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Senior Social Worker with Recruitment Incentive �3500

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Hemel Hempstead
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Social Worker seeking promotion?

Do you want to work for an outstanding Trust?

Due to internal movements in our team, we are seeking to recruit a Band 7 Senior Social Worker within Adult Community Mental Health Services in North West Hertfordshire, the post holder will provide support to the teams in St Albans.

For an informal chat, please contact John Woodward on 07796261057

You must hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

This role attracts a Golden Hello of �3,500, new employees only.

�1,500 on commencement and �2,000 on completion of one years' employment.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • promote, lead and act in accordance with the principles of personalisation, working to promote wellbeing, and enabling individual's rights to choice and control
  • carry out assessments of need, plan and deliver services and review outcomes with the individual, their personal support networks and support providers
  • ensure that practice within the team are responsive, inclusive and community based with a clear focus on outcomes and bring your professional expertise to your work with complex cases
  • act as a champion and leader of social care within the locality/quadrant
  • provide advice, support and supervision to other AMHPs.
  • be professionally registered.

In return, we can offer you:
  • leadership and management training opportunities
  • 5% on top of basic salary high cost allowance supplement (subject to a minimum and a maximum payment pro rata)
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
  • One of the UK's best pension schemes
  • Comprehensive health and wellbeing services
  • Special leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

About 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 description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary:All Senior Social Workers must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).Senior Social Workers will promote, lead and act in accordance with the principles of personalisation, ensuring that they are working to promote wellbeing, and enabling individuals 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.Senior Social Workers will ensure that practice within their teams is responsive, inclusive and community based with a clear focus on outcomes. They will bring their professional expertise to their work with complex cases and contribute their perspectives to the multi-disciplinary team.As a Senior Social Worker you will act as a champion and leader of social care within a locality/quadrant. You will be expected to give robust, consistent expert social care practice advice in partnership with other specialist senior social care colleagues. You will reinforce the need to deliver high quality, cost effective social care services to service users and their carers focused on the principles of choice, control and independence, as well as ensuring their safety. You will have a small caseload of the most complex cases and, as an AMHP, you will provide advice, support and supervision to other AMHPs.Partnership working is a key component of this post both within and outside the Trust and you will need to be innovative in ensuring that there is a range of appropriate services locally to support individual recovery journeys.You will be expected to work in partnership with service users and carers so that they can be empowered, and services can be improved as a result of feedback of their experiences.

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

Person Specification



  • An appropriate professional social work qualification
  • Registration with General Social Care Council
  • 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


  • Other post-qualifying training e.g. CBT, family therapy
  • Best Interests Assessment training



  • Stong post qualification experience with demonstrable evidence of excellent practice at a high level
  • Extensive knowledge of legislation, statutory guidance, theory and policy in relation to relevant adult and children's social care.
  • Experience of undertaking assessments,focused 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
  • Experience of partnership working with service users and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect particularly in very challenging situations
  • Experience of work as Approved Mental Health Professional.


  • Experience of work as a Best Interests assessor



  • Excellent ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including service users and carers, other professional colleagues, members of other organisations and local communities, verbally and in writing.
  • Evidence of successful management of difficult meetings.
  • Ability to manage highly sensitive information
  • Experience of using electronic recording systems and ability to produce accurate, appropriate and timely reports



  • Ability to analyse service user and carer information.
  • Experience of undertaking small scale audits and surveys.


  • Understanding of basic research methods



  • Demonstrable ability to working sensitively with diverse needs and environments
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice



  • Ability to visit and attend meetings at a variety of locations and environments Experience of using computer - PC
  • literate to ECDL standard
  • Able to travel between bases and offices, as required, using suitable mode of transport.



  • Ability to meet timescales and respond to crises and appropriate



  • Flexibility and ability to respond to a variety of tasks, and to prioritise own workload
  • Ability to manage others and convey information which may be contentious sensitively so that it achieves required improvements and outcomes



  • Ability to deal with distressing and sometimes aggressive behaviour of service users, carers and colleagues



  • Experience of working in an integrated health and social care environment

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Marlowes Health and Wellbeing centre

39-41 Marlowes

Hemel Hempstead


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