Clinical Lead Social worker

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum inc HCA
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder with other clinical leads will be a senior member of staff providing supervision, support and advice to staff working within the City and Hackney Crisis Pathway which consists of the Home Treatment Team, Crisis Line, Urgent Assessment Team, Homerton Psychological Medicine and Street Triage.

The Clinical Lead Social Worker will be a champion of the social model of intervention within the crisis resolution services and will ensure that the social factors contributing towards the mental health crisis are recognized and addressed as far as possible.

The successful candidate will be also responsible for undertaking a significant amount of the clinical work involving completing holistic assessments of needs, mental state examination, risk assessments as well as other specific assessments, especially care and support needs assessments according to Care Act 2014 and career's assessments.

The successful candidate will work very closely with other professionals within the multi-disciplinary team including mental health nurses, occupational therapists, support workers, peer support workers, psychiatrists and clinical psychologists.

The role will also encompass clinical management, evidence-based service development, performance management, audit and supervision of junior staff as well as deputizing for the Operational Lead, and to operationally manage the multi-disciplinary team in the absence of the Operational Lead.

Main duties of the job

Our service aims to provide holistic care and support to our clients and their families and you will be working alongside other professionals to champion social model of intervention. You will be one of several clinical lead representing other disciplines (nursing, psychiatry, occupational therapy, etc.) and will be part of the management team supporting the Operational Lead in operational management of the service. You will be a lead on social work and social care related matters and you will be acting as Safeguarding Adults Manager as well as the safeguarding children lead for the service. You will be representing the service on various inter-agency forums such as MARAC, MAPPA, etc. and often you will be deputizing for the Operational Lead.

You must be excited and strongly believe in the social intervention and ensure the social work intervention is equally recognized and utilized throughout the service. You will be involved in the exciting changes to the way the crisis services operate and you will have an opportunity to champion the importance of the social interventions delivered by the crisis services in Hackney and City of London.

You will be line managing various professionals and will be providing professional supervision to social workers within the service as well as from other services in case it is required.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification



  • oRelevant social worker degree/masters and current registration with Social Work England
  • oLevel 3 Adults Safeguarding Training
  • oLevel 3 Children Safeguarding Training


  • oEvidence of continual professional development-AMPH
  • oTrack record of managing and leading members of a multi-disciplinary team
  • oNo Recourse to Public Funds Training



  • Experience working within a crisis rapid response service, crisis management and autonomous working
  • Extensive post qualification experience of working with people with acute mental health problems / severe and enduring mental illness.
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of making full psycho-social assessments and writing reports
  • Experience of completing 48 hours reports following the serious untoward incidents
  • Ability to manage to manage and lead members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that staff are supported in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively both verbally and in writing to service users, colleagues, stator and voluntary agencies about a range of complex issues
  • Ability to manage the performance of staff supervised to ensure that local and national standards are met and where necessary address any deficiencies.


  • Experience of work in the field of adult social care and adults safeguarding with experience
  • Experience of developing care and support plans, especially those involving deprivation of liberty and the good understanding of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards scheme and newly planned Liberty Protection Safeguarding scheme, especially aspects related to the deprivation of liberty in the community setting
  • Experience of undertaking carers assessment and developing carers support plans and making applications for personal budgets
  • Experience of making referrals to MARAC for victims of domestic violence and attending MARAC hearings Experience of making referrals to MAPPA and attending the meetings
  • Experience of supporting clients at risk of homelessness/homeless with engagement with the relevant housing authorities and charities to address their housing needs
  • Experience of undertaking mental capacity assessments of clients with regard various decisions, especially regarding their care arrangements and/or place of residence, contacts and ability to manage complex finances and chairing best interest decision meetings
  • Ability to provide structure and focused supervision and consultation



  • Ability to complete comprehensive assessments of clients' mental health needs and subsequent care plans that address the clients' difficulties from a holistic perspective.
  • Ability to manage to manage and lead members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure staff are supported and developed in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively both verbally and in writing to service users , colleagues, stator and voluntary agencies about a range of complex issues
  • Ability to manage the performance of staff supervised to ensure that local and national standards are met and where necessary address any deficiencies


  • Ability to provide structure and focused supervision and consultation
  • Ability to organize own workload, to work effectively under pressure and demonstrate good liaison and good recording skills.
  • Ability to deputise for the Team Manager and represent the team at multi-agency meetings and to chair such meetings as appropriate
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to be innovative in daily practice.
  • Word processing and computer skills or willingness to attend training.
  • Demonstrate awareness and skills of prevention and management of violence and aggression/ DSH.



  • Very good working knowledge of the relevant legislative and policy framework, especially Care Act 2014 and Statutory Guidance, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Code of Practice, Mental Health Act 1983/2007 and the Code of Practice, Modern Slavery Act 2015, Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, Housing Act 1996, Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and Homelessness Code of Guidance, Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, Sexual Offences Act 2003, Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime 2015, Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and the Prevent Duty Guidance (2019), Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, Data Protection Act 2018, Human Rights Act 1998 , Children Act 1989, Working Together to Safeguarding Children 2020, Children Act 2004, Children and Families Act 2014 and Special Education Needs and Disability Code of Practice, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018


  • Very good working knowledge of the regional and local policy framework in relation to adult safeguarding especially any current Pan-London policy and procedures as well as local policies issued by London Borough of Hackney and the City of London, especially in relation to MARAC and MAPPA arrangements, Person in the Position of Trust in relation to Vulnerable Adults protocols, and the High Risk Panel protocols.
  • An understanding of the principals of Clinical Governance and evidence based practice and how they are applied in practice
  • Knowledge of key principles underpinning the Governments mental Health Crisis Concordant 2014
  • Good understanding of common physical health issues, mental health problems with an organic origin and psychopharmacology.
  • Knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities policies and practice, anti discriminatory practice and how they affect staff and service users



  • Ability to work unsociable hours on an internal rotation basis.
  • Good attendance and punctuality record.
  • Meet the Health requirements of ELFT.


  • Able to recognize signs of stress and take appropriate actions
  • Lead in the management of change.
  • Assertiveness skills

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


C& H AMH Home Treatment Team

The Junction, East Wing, Homerton Hospital,


E9 6SR

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