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Advanced Forensic Social Work Practitioner

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a Band 7 Advanced Forensic Social Work Practitioner.

There is a strong Social Work team across Forensics, who offer peer support, supervision, and both development and training opportunities. You will working on a 16-bedded rehabilitation ward in the Hatherton medium secure unit based in Stafford.

On the ward, you will be part of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team addressing individual needs through tailored packages of care. You will work in an integrated way with, service users and carers, inpatient services, the Forensic community team, the local authority and other partners.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the Community. The post is a permanent appointment to meet the requirements of our service development and is an ideal opportunity to develop expertise in Forensic Social Work, within a supportive Team environment

Main duties of the job

To contribute to a high quality specialist Social Work service within the multi-disciplinary teams across the Forensic Directorate for adults with severe and enduring mental health problems and a history of serious offending behaviour.

To hold a specialist caseload of inpatients, respecting their rights to live as independently and with as much control over their lives as possible.

To provide specialist assessment and social work interventions.

To supervise and support the assessment and therapy provided by other staff providing evidence-based social care interventions.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of social work practice.

To implement policies and propose service developments and policy changes within own area of practice as agreed with the relevant lead social worker and/or team leader.

To contribute to teaching, research, and cross specialty initiatives relevant to needs of the Forensic Social Work Service, the wider Forensic Service, and Midland Partnership NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust and the Reach Out collaborative.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Please note, we may be required to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications

Job description

Job responsibilities

To bring the social work perspective to forensic risk assessment, Care Programme Approach care planning and liaising with the area of origin.

To negotiate complex packages of care with relevant statutory agencies

To prepare and present comprehensive statutory reports for Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings, offering considered recommendations.

To provide statutory reports required by the Mental Health Unit of the Ministry of Justice, offering considered recommendations.

To initiate contact with families and informal carers and where applicable undertake statutory Carers assessments

As Approved Mental Health Professionals to:

Apply the provisions of the 1983 Mental Health Act (including provisions under Part III of the act) and duties in relation to Community Treatment Orders.

Practice in line with the current MHA Code of Practice and local AMHP policies.

Refer cases to the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPA) and to present cases at this and other multi-agency forums.

To uphold child protection legislation, safeguarding children policy and good practice guidance.

To uphold local protocols in relation to the protection of adults with Safeguarding needs. To act as an Appropriate Adult under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.

To take responsibility for maintaining current knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance, case law, research and publications including Mental Capacity Act 1995, DOLS, IMHA, IMCA, and Court of Protection.

Person Specification



  • A recognised Social Work qualification, CSS, CQSW, DipSW, etc.
  • Approved Mental Health Professional status
  • Evidence of current professional development


  • Practice Educator Certificate
  • Post Qualifying Award(s) in Social Work



  • Significant post qualification experience of complex interventions in the field of Mental Health
  • Significant experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system and roles and


  • Participation in regional and national forums
  • Substantial experience in working with adults with offending history



  • Good written and verbal communication (English) skills. High level presentation skills in formal settings
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation including those relating to Mental Capacity Act 1995, Mental Health Acts 1983 & 2007 (including DOLS, IMHA, IMCA, & Court of Protection), Care Act 2014
  • Ability to work autonomously within the


  • Groupwork Experience
  • Evidence of Delivering training

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Hatherton - St George's site,


ST16 3SR

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