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Social Worker

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will provide consultancy on issues relating to the social care needs of forensic clients of the Specialist Support Team, providing skilled advice and guidance to staff both for the Specialist Support Team and in the wider social care community within the requirements of legislation.

Shortlisting Date Planned for 10 June 2024

Interview Date Planned for 19 June 2024

Main duties of the job

1. Ensure an accurate comprehensive, holistic and up to date social history is available for each service user which offers complex formulations and recommendations.2. Provide a skilled comprehensive assessment and social work service to people who have a Learning Disability and complex needs.3. When it is part of an agreed care plan, focused casework with individual service users using a range of interventions.4. Work in partnership with service users and carers to assess and identify their needs and achieve service provision which is outcome focused and enhances their quality of life, independence and social integration.5. Contribute to planning and development of future services by providing complex analysis and information to assist the multi-disciplinary team.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to attached Job Description and Person Specification. Main responsibilities of the role will be detailed in the document.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Social Work or DipSW or CQSW
  • Current Social Work England registration
  • Post-qualifying training (formally or work based) in relevant areas of social work and/or mental health, learning disability or forensics
  • Evidence of significant continuing professional and personal development


  • Qualifications relating to the Mental Capacity Act, e.g., Best Interest Assessor.
  • Practice Educator qualification 1 & 2 (PEPS).
  • Approved Mental Health Professional Qualification.

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Legislative Framework
  • Health Act. 1999, National Service Frameworks, Mental Capacity Act (2006), Mental Health Act 2007
  • Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding
  • Requirements of relevant legislation, Childcare legislation and criminal justice system, Care Programme Approach, Social work models in forensic work, Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse, Interaction between learning disabilities and offending behaviour within a family and social context
  • National and local policies
  • Models of risk assessment and risk factors and management, Financing of community care
  • Housing and welfare provision, roles, responsibilities of other agencies, Learning from enquiries' reports, Role of Mental Health Review Tribunals, Victims
  • Theoretical models of forensic social work/forensic psychiatry/forensic psychology
  • Significant Post Qualification experience


  • Putting People First (DH 2006)
  • New Horizons (DH 2009)
  • Revised NHS Operating Framework 2010/11 (June 2010)
  • Transforming Care
  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Approved Social Work
  • Multi-Disciplinary Work
  • Offence related work
  • Group work
  • Mental Health Social Work (Community Mental Health Team), Continuing Care Team, Hospital Social Work Team, Emergency Duty Team, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team, Probation Service)
  • Appropriate adult



  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Ability to apply social work practice in the framework of a non-medical model.
  • Complex Risk Assessment & Complex Risk
  • Management skills
  • Recording and preparing assessment and Mental Health Review Tribunal reports
  • Ability to travel nationally at short notice to complete assessments and visit families
  • To be able to practice as an autonomous professional


  • Offence related work
  • Victim work

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


GMSST, 2 City Approach , Floor 7


M30 0BL

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