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Social Worker

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum pro rata (inclusive of high cost area supplement)
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are delighted to announce that a part-time Social Worker opportunity has become available within the KMPT Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit (MBU). The MBU which is based in Dartford is an 8 bedded inpatient unit for women experiencing acute perinatal mental health issues.

We are therefore looking for an experienced Social Worker to join another part-time Social Worker colleague as a job share. The post holder will have either experience working within perinatal mental health and/or experience working within children and family social services.

We are looking for a Social Worker who is committed to the development and clinical leadership of the MBU.
  • The post holder will be registered with Social Work England
  • The post holder will have completed their ASYE
  • The post holder must hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car/vehicle to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Main duties of the job

To work with the Mother & Baby Unit (MBU) multi-disciplinary team providing social worker practice and support across the Unit. The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of social work services ensuring the needs of individual mothers and their babies are met. They will provide social care advice to staff and take a lead role in safeguarding for the MBU.

You will work closely with other agencies and individuals to support mothers with a clear focus on recovery, social inclusion and social justice. The role will entail assessment, support planning and the opportunity to provide 1-1 strength-based therapeutic interventions. KMPT believe that Professional Practice should be informed by the following principles
  • Our intervention only when absolutely necessary
  • People know what they need best
  • We see the person and not their difficulties
  • People have the right to live without fear or harm

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

What is High Cost Area Allowance?

The High-Cost Area (HCA) allowance, also referred to as London Weighting is a payment made to employees who work in London and the surrounding areas.

As this post is based in Dartford, Gravesham or Swanley, the successful applicant will receive an additional payment each month.
  • 5% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of �1,192 per year and a maximum payment of �2,011 per year (the agreed annual amount will be divided into 12 equal amounts and paid monthly)

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide social work input to the assessment, planning and treatment of mothers admitted to the service and their families.

To complete a comprehensive social history report on all mothers admitted to the MBU and contribute to their care planning addressing their social care needs as part of the CPA process.

To contribute to the ongoing risk assessment and risk management in relation to mothers admitted, their babies and their families.

To liaise with relevant social services across Kent, Surrey and Sussex as required ensuring that robust discharge planning is in place.

To provide mothers and their families with information regarding entitlements to statutory benefits and ensure that all necessary benefit claims are completed as required.

To engage and empower mothers and their families and actively to elicit service user and carer feedback in order to ensure person-centered interventions.

To promote the involvement of mothers and carers in both care planning and service development.

To support the ward manager in the development of best practice and ensure a shared understanding of child protection within the team.

To be the nominated Designated Safeguarding Lead for the MBU working closely with the Trusts Safeguarding team and relevant Local Authorities, undertaking the following duties:
    • Implement the Trust Policies for Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children and Young People.
    • Advise the service on local procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse made against staff members, other adults and volunteers that are consistent to local statutory requirements/national guidance.
    • Undertake training in interagency working, in addition to safeguarding adults training.
    • Act as a source of support and expertise to the service on matters of safeguarding and adult or child protection working with the Trusts Head of Safeguarding to ensure lessons are learnt across the service to improve services.
    • Ensure all staff read and understand Trust Safeguarding policies and provide additional local training as required.

Person Specification



  • Relevant Professional Qualifications DipSW, BA, MA,MSc in Social Work, CQSW
  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Successful completion of the ASYE programme.(for Band 6 post 2012)


  • PEPS 2 qualified Practice Educator or willingness to train
  • Additional qualifications e.g. qualified AMHP or Best Interest Assessor, or other relevant continued professional development.

Knowledge and skills


  • To apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice.
  • Ability to apply a number of holistic therapeutic social work interventions from strengths based perspective promoting recovery and independence
  • Up to date legislative knowledge


  • Knowledge of Perinatal Mental Illness
  • Understanding of infant and child development



  • Substantial prior experience working with individuals presenting with mental health issues.
  • Demonstrate a significant understanding in relationship based social work practice
  • An understanding of the principles, values and application underlying the MHA, Children Act, MCA, Human Rights Act Care Act Health and Social Care Act
  • An understanding of the Care Programme Approach and function of care-coordination


  • Clinical experience of working in Perinatal Mental Health

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Rosewood MBU, Dartford

Bow Arrow Lane



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