An opportunity has come up to join our Adult Community Mental Health Service in Watford as a full time Senior Social Worker.
This is an opportunity for staff seeking development in their social work career to promote and lead the team in principles of personalisation, enabling individual's rights to choice and control, when open to the services of a multi disciplinary mental health team.
In this post you will be a key champion and leader of social care within the locality as we embed the Hertfordshire Connected Lives Model of Social Care.
You will need to be registered with Social Work EnglandMain duties of the job
You will work as part of the leadership team providing professional supervision and support to social care staff and expert advice to the wider team.
You will promote, lead and act in accordance with the principles of personalisation, ensuring that they are working to promote wellbeing, and enabling individual's rights to choice and control. In doing so they will carry out assessments of need, plan and deliver services and review outcomes with the individual, their personal support networks and support providers.
You will ensure that practice within their teams is responsive, inclusive and community based with a clear focus on outcomes. You will bring your professional expertise to your work with complex cases and contribute your perspectives to the multi-disciplinary teamAbout us
We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission
Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. Everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout: Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
To be a champion of social care with a comprehensive understanding of legislation and statutory guidance.
To maintain regular links and attend meetings with the corporate Social Work and Safeguarding Team, and keep up to date with accurate, consistent, and robust social care, legal and practice advice, and support to locality staff.
To undertake the most complex assessments and reviews, for people who may present with a high risk, or those with significant interpersonal, social, legal and/or environmental complexities, ensuring people are assessed appropriately against social care eligibility criteria as defined by The Care Act 2014.
To offer direct support to service users and their carers, and to colleagues, through information and advice, to ensure that those who do not meet social care eligibility are appropriately signposted and supported.
To ensure that appropriate health and social care services are commissioned with and on behalf of service users, including the duty to offer direct payments, and that processes are in place for service users to be charged by the local authority for the social care services they receive, if applicable.
To ensure that commissioned services allow choice to service users and carers and focus on people living in the community with appropriate support and access to universal services.
To undertake regular risk assessments and ensure that vulnerable people are kept safe.
To lead in the promotion of both child and adult safeguarding practice in line with current policy, and take a lead role in adult safeguarding investigations, including the chairing of strategy meetings and case conferences.
To advise colleagues in best practice when undertaking carer assessments, including identifying contingency plans, and provision of support.
To be skilled in partnership working and identify, develop, and facilitate a wide range of recovery-focused community services, ensuring that colleagues within the locality are also aware of developments and best practice. For a more in-depth Job and Person Specification please read the attached before applying Person SpecificationExperienceEssential
- An appropriate professional social work qualification
- Registration with Social Work England
- Education to degree level
- Masters Degree or equivalent training
- Approved Mental Health Professional training and qualification (or prepared to undertake training within a year of appointment)
- Relevant post-qualifying training for social workers
Experience and KnowledgeEssential
- Other post-qualifying training e.g. CBT, family therapy
- Best Interests Assessment training
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Extensive post qualification experience with demonstrable evidence of excellent practice at a high level
- knowledge of legislation, statutory guidance, theory and policy in relation to relevant adult and children's social care.
- Experience of undertaking assessments, focussed as personalisation, choice and control, and care planning
- Understanding and experience of personal budgets and direct payments
- Experience of supervising and mentoring staff
- Experience of multidisciplinary working and evidence of collaborative work
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation TrustAddress
21 Upton Road
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