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Specialist Social Worker

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about supporting older adults with organic or functional mental illness in the community?

Are you a strengths based and creative social worker who is able to work in a fast-paced multi-disciplinary team?

Fulfilment of social work statutory duties within a specialist mental health setting requires a critically reflective and anti-discriminatory focus. Is your aim to ensure the least restrictive, person centred package of care for those you work with?

As an employer Humber are dedicated to being a best practice example of inter-professional working in mental health. As part of this we encourage and provide opportunities for continued professional development such as AMHP qualification, Practice Education and access to specialist mental health training and skills development.

Humber is proud to have expanded our social work workforce and we are committed to providing multiple opportunities for social workers to develop their leadership skills, post qualifying expertise and areas of interest in practice. We are a Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership employer and are proud to contribute to the delivery of social work education with the University of Hull.

Main duties of the job

Your role will centre on the delivery of specialist mental health support to older adults with mental illness who are requiring treatment and care in the community.

There will also be a requirement to complete statutory social work duties on behalf of the local authority including the completion of Care Act Needs Assessments, Mental Capacity Act assessments and to provide social work support to people subject to the Court of Protection.

This will be in the form of direct work and care coordination with people on caseload, providing duty support to those under the team and contributing to multi-disciplinary team meetings both in house and with colleagues externally. As a social worker you will ensure this work is undertaken in a strengths focused manner and from a rights based perspective.

Empowering and supporting service users to make effective personal decisions which promote their psychological well being and recovery.

Undertakes supported person led assessments, risk assessments, support planning and outcome focused reviews of service users and carers who have eligible needs and complex and/or long term conditions in accordance with legislative requirements, policy and professional frameworks.

In addition to undertaking person led assessments, you will manage a caseload with complex needs and provide case load guidance, support and specialist advice to junior members of staff and ensure care is completed within the practice and performance framework.

About us

We are an award winning and CQC rated good health and social care Trust delivering integrated services across Hull, East and North Yorkshire. Find out more on our website

We are a forward thinking and dynamic Trust with a real commitment to staff development. We value our colleagues and invest in them to ensure they have the right skills to deliver outstanding care.

We are proud to score above or equal to the average for all NHS People Promise theme areas demonstrating our commitment to improve the experience of working in the NHS for everyone. Wherever you work we know you will receive a warm welcome and all the support you'll need to get you started.

We recognise the positive value of diversity and promotes equality whilst challenging discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Work life balance is about having influence and flexibility over when, where and how you work. If the work pattern for this role does not meet your needs, we welcome an application and are happy to discuss working arrangements that differ from those advertised.

We offer a unique range of benefits that go above and beyond other NHS Trusts including an enhanced leave package and health and wellbeing support.

From city to countryside, market towns to moors you'll find a place to call home including some of the most affordable places to live in the UK.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Specialist Social Worker you will be providing professional leadership to the social care team and supervision to your social work colleagues. You will have access to a variety of professional networking opportunities such as Social Work forum and reflective practice forum in order to promote the social work identity and ensure accountability across the workforce.

For further details with regard to this vacancy opportunity, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • Degree and current professional registration held with Social Work England
  • Accredited Practice Educator or willing to undertake Practice Educator course
  • Approved Mental Health Professional or willing to undertake AMHP training
  • Post registration/graduate diploma or equivalent experience in related work area, to demonstrate specialist level of practice


  • Evidence of CPD or experiential learning at an advanced level e.g. Post graduate/Masters level
  • Leadership training/qualification/experience



  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to the service area at specialist level
  • Evidence of development of specialist practice skills and able to demonstrate the impact of this on practice change/development
  • Evidence of promoting/supporting active user/carer involvement/participation
  • Evidence of working within Care Act 2014
  • Ability to form an maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with vulnerable people


  • Development of specialist/advanced level of professional/practice skills and able to demonstrate the impact of this on practice change/development
  • Leadership/management experience which has had a positive impact and created change within the service delivery/practice
  • Professional networking locally



  • Full understanding of relevant policy, legislation, drivers and their application to the service area, e.g. Safeguarding, Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Social Inclusion, Liberty Protection Safeguards and other relevant legislation.
  • Full understanding/application of relevant practice/standards/audit within identified service area
  • Standard IT skills


  • Evidence of project work that has impacted on practice and demonstrates a higher level of communication/planning/change that impacts within own area of work/responsibility

Personal Attributes


  • Effective inter-personal skills and experience in supervising and mentoring
  • Able to demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Good time management skills


  • Ability to lead and motivate staff to embrace change
  • Working knowledge of Trust policies and procedures in order to effectively lead and manage others

Employer details

Employer name

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust


Hull Integrated Care Team for Older People

Block A Townend Court



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