Social Worker

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year gross per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Perinatal Community Mental Health Service here at NSFT are seeking a Social Worker to join our growing team. We are undergoing a period of rapid growth and expansion as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Our dedicated team is seeking to recruit an experienced social worker with experience of working with mothers and infants and within a mental health setting. You'll work alongside our case managers, a parent infant psychotherapist, a team of clinical psychologists and specialist nursery nurses.

This is a new role to support the two existing social workers in the team. There will be the opportunity to develop, train and increase your perinatal knowledge. We can offer specialist clinical supervision and will provide you with a protected induction and orientation programme.

If you're enthusiastic, person centred and have experience working in a community setting, we would love to hear from you!
Main duties of the job

The Norfolk and Waveney Community Perinatal Mental Health team is a county wide specialist service working with women in the perinatal period who have previously experienced, are currently or are at risk of experiencing serious mental illness. The mothers we work with present with a range of mental health difficulties including postpartum psychosis, bipolar disorder, complex trauma, perinatal depression, and significant perinatal anxiety.

Interventions currently offered by the social work team include supporting case managers with safeguarding the infants and children of some of the women who are experiencing mental illness, and offering a consultative role.

Our service is currently made up of two Consultant Psychiatrists, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, therapies team, case managers from a range of disciplines, two Social Workers, Peer Support Workers, Nursery Nurses, and OT. The service is supported by 2 Community Team Managers and a Service Manager.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a talented, friendly, and supportive team. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We are an improving Trust, with ambitious aspirations and pushing ahead with exciting transformation work. Our aim is to improve all aspects of people's lives in the community of Norfolk and Suffolk through services that people feel proud to be part of.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? You are never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. Our villages, towns and cities are full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see job description for further details or contact Melinda Bird, Service Manager via email at or via phone on 01603 786745

Person Specification
  • Relevant professional qualifications e.g. DipSW, BA Social Work, CQSW.

  • Recognised professional Assessors/Practice Teacher Qualification

  • Experience of conducting assessments
  • Experience of working in mental health
  • Ability to manage clients with complex needs

  • Community experience including care co-ordination
  • Experience in working within multi disciplinary team

  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to acknowledge limitations and seek advice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Recovery Principles, Psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of relevant current policy and legislation informing social work practice

  • Ability to understand the importance of record keeping , being accurate and up to date
  • Ability to travel independently
  • Positive attitude to change and team development

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“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

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