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Community Mental Health Practitioner - Qualified Social Worker

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2024
Looking for a new and exciting challenge?

Bedford Older People's Community Mental Health team are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Social Worker to join our forward-thinking and dynamic team.As a post holder, you will be working collaboratively with secondary mental health services, local authorities, Integrated Care Board, primary care services, housing associations as well as the voluntary and private sector all contributing to provide a person centered and recovery focused model of care.

You will have access to various career growth opportunities such as
  • Training and development opportunities specific to social work including ASYE, AMHP training and PE training.
  • Psychosocial intervention training
  • Regular supervision with experienced social work professionals
  • Regular social work forums and seminars.

We understand that this may be your first job in mental health services, however we are committed in supporting our staff with their wellbeing, training and career development. Continuous professional support is given throughout your career with us and unique skills and achievements are highly recognised and celebrated Trust wide

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community to ensure our workforce is representative of the population we serve.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will hold a caseload and work within the principles of the agreed model of care for the service as laid down in the operational policy. The post holder will work as an autonomous practitioner within an integrated Multi-disciplinary team. This will involve the assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of the care provided and will liaise with all agencies involved with the client.

The post holder will be responsible for:

Ensuring that the values outlined in the NHS Constitution are adhered to daily and any matters of concern are raised with the relevant Line Manager or through the necessary processes within the Trust. Responsible for delivering a compassionate, dignified and respectful service to patients at all times.

Continually delivering and maintaining high standards for a defined caseload as agreed with your Line Manager.

Leadership, supervision and support to junior staff.

Ensuring national targets and standards are achieved.

Building trust and developing relationships to ensure service user involvement.

Demonstrating a professional manner in all work carried out.

Maintaining accurate and timely records.

Ensuring equality and diversity values underpin the day to day working of the practice area.

Continuous professional development.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy for more information.

Person Specification

Educational/ Qualification


  • Qualified Social Worker registered by the HCPC.


  • Qualified Mental Health Social Work/Award/Appoi nted AMHP
  • Educated to Degree Level.



  • Post-qualification experience including within mental health services.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary environment/community experience..
  • Experience of working within an NHS/Local Authority environment and an understanding of the issues/ policies/ practice within these environments.



  • Thorough understanding and working knowledge of mental disorder and the treatment options.
  • A thorough working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and subsequent amendments.
  • Working knowledge of the NHS & Community Care Act, The Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and other social care & mental health legislation, policy & guidance.
  • Ability to assess manage complex and high risk situations effectively and to the benefit of service users and carers.
  • Good report writing skills and ability to compile complex case recording ad report presentation, including legal documents i.e. social circumstances reports, court reports etc.
  • Assessment skills and the ability to compile care plans in partnership with service users, carers and others.
  • Assertiveness and engagement with other professionals, able to make reasoned arguments and represent own professional views and perspectives.
  • Decision-making and problem solving, able to adopt creative and flexible approaches to meet the needs of service users.
  • Highly developed organisational skills, able to prioritise workload and delegate effectively.
  • Well-developed communication skills, able to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
  • Mental Health Practice Skills and an understanding of CPA and the NSF standards..
  • IT skills, experience of working with service user data systems.

Personal Qualities


  • Team player, able to negotiate and lead other professionals whilst considering competing views and agendas.
  • Able to work independently, with initiative, but to seek appropriate guidance and supervision when required..
  • Self-motivated, committed and open to new ideas and experiences.
  • Committed to equal opportunities, and equality and diversity issues.
  • Anti-discriminatory & antioppressive practice.
  • Committed to core social work values, able to recognise that protection is sometimes required and should be carried out in the least restrictive manner observing the human and civil rights of the individual.
  • A commitment to leadership & change management.

Additional Requirements


  • Car driver essential and be able to travel between Trust sites throughout the County.
  • Full driving licence.
  • Flexible working according to the needs of the service and to support work/life balance and improving working lives.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Whitbread Building, Twinwoods Health Resource Centre

Milton Road


MK41 6AT

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