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Social Worker

Employer
Livewell Southwest
Location
Plymouth
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Permanent role of up to 37.5 hours per week.

Livewell Southwest is one of the largest independent social enterprises in England. We work as part of the NHS family in a similar way to GPs, dentists and pharmacies. Our 3,000-strong workforce delivers health and social care to people in Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon, as well as some specialist services to people living in parts of Cornwall and Devon.

Livewell Southwest champions a positive work-life balance and offers multiple flexible working options.

Livewell Southwest are currently looking for Social Workers within it Discharge to Assess Pathway, Care Home Service and Integrated Hospital Team

Social workers primarily work with people in complex situations. Complex is defined as - unpredictable or ambiguous situations where the person may be resistant, coerced or a significant risk to self and others.These situations are often time-consuming owing to the multiple factors that have led the person to becoming socially excluded. Decisions require proportionality and analysis of many different views and factors, such as psychological, biological, legal,environmentaland economical.

Livewell Southwest is fully committed to an integrated health and social care workforce which operates a shared skills model, whilst adhering to the core principles of the social work profession.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is required to discharge statutory social care functions on behalf of the organisation and to uphold the standards outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work. As such, they are required to undertake complex and proportionate assessments that are evidence-based. Examples include Mental Capacity assessments and Care Act assessments of people who have a variety of needs that may create a high level of risk to their wellbeing. The post holder is also required to arrange and review the delivery of social care support.

Wherever possible the post holder is required to support people to take risks in complex situations so that their outcomes and wishes are promoted. The post holder is also required to undertake safeguarding investigations and consider decisions made in a persons best interest that may deprive them of their liberty.

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

Job Share(s) Considered

please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder is required to discharge statutory social care functions on behalf of the organisation and to uphold the standards outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.

As such, they are required to undertake complex and proportionate assessments that are evidence-based. Examples include Mental Capacity assessments and Care Act Assessments of people who have a variety of needs that may create a high level of risk to their wellbeing. The post holder is also required to arrange and review the delivery of social care support.

Wherever possible the post holder is required to support people to take risks in complex situations so that their outcomes and wishes are promoted. The post holder is also required to undertake safeguarding investigations and consider decisions made in a persons best interest that may deprive them of their liberty.

The post holder needs to

Be accountable fortheir actions or omissions.

Promote and uphold the privacy, dignity, rights, health and wellbeing of people who use health and care services and their carers, at all times.

Work in collaboration with colleagues to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare, care and support.

Communicate in an open and effective way to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of people who use health and care services and their carers.

Strive to improve the quality of care and support through continuing professional development (CPD)

Uphold and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

To be legally literate with the Care Act (2014), the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Human Rights Act (1998). To have a good understanding of the Mental Health Act (1983) and its subsequent amendments and the Children Act (1989).

To have an awareness of national policy and guidelines and how these should be used in practice.

Preparing legal documents for court and representing the organisation in a court setting.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • A qualification in Social Work, such as postgraduate diploma, bachelor degree or masters level.


Desirable

  • Any postgraduate qualifications relevant to social work, such as Graduate Certificate in Practice Education or Approved Mental Health Professional


Experience

Essential

  • Proven relevant experience of working in the health and social care sector.
  • Knowledge of social work theories and models, the strengths and limitations and how they can be applied to practice.
  • Knowledge of the legal framework relevant to social work, including the Care Act (2014), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Mental Health Act (1983) and subsequently in 2007 and The Human Rights Act (1998).
  • Knowledge of the Professional Capability Framework and the standards set by the social work regulatory body, and maintaining professional registration.


Desirable

  • Experience of working with other professionals in an integrated service.


Knowledge and skills

Essential

  • Communication and Relationships
  • Maintain positive working relationships and communicate clearly with team colleagues, line manager, other professionals, people who use our service and their families/carers which may include highly sensitive issues.
  • Listen to and work in partnership with the people who use our services and families and carers.
  • Maintain professional conduct and communicate clearly when faced with competing demands and in situations that are potentially highly emotive, such as being challenged by families or other professionals.
  • Present evidence-based decisions and judgements about potentially complex/ ambiguous situations in a manner fit for the audience. This includes writing court reports, explaining legal requirements to people and their families and projecting social work values in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Risk Management
  • In accordance with the Risk Management Strategy, employees will participate, whenever required, with the risk management process. They will support line managers by attending mandatory and statutory training, completing incident/accident forms for every adverse event or near miss that occurs, report all defects and complaints, and communicate any dangerous situation to individuals potentially at risk.
  • Responsibility for People Management
  • Supervise and/or train students and Band 5 colleagues as and when required to ensure their practice is safe and professional.
  • Provide supervision on a 1:1 basis or through peer supervision as and when required to ensure practice is safe and professional.
  • Support the delivery of induction training for new staff within the service as and when required to ensure practice is safe and professional.
  • Responsibility for financial and/or physical resources
  • Responsibility for the occasional short-term security of a persons cash, legal documentation or valuable items (e.g. house keys) until they can be securely deposited.
  • Duty to consider best value option when planning for peoples care and support.
  • Responsibility for administration
  • Plan and organise day-to-day work using an online calendar, recording systems, and workload management tools (that are available on the intranet) in accordance with departmental guidelines.
  • Ensure records are timely, kept up-to-date, accurate and used in accordance with the GDPR and organisational guidelines.
  • Have a good understanding of the various computer programmes essential for the completion of daily work, such as Microsoft office.
  • Arrange and plan meetings with colleagues and/or people who use services and be willing to chair them if required.
  • Responsibility for people who use our services
  • Maintain contact with people who use our services either face-to-face, telephone or assistive technology such as video links and conference calls.
  • Design, implement and review care and support plans, which may involve the input of other professionals /disciplines.
  • Work to a number of protocols/procedures such as lone working, risk management and health and safety.
  • Complete carers assessments and seek feedback from people who use the service.
  • Learning some basic clinical skills to enable the undertaking of holistic assessments and liaison with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Take an asset-based approach, including signposting to universal services, advice and information and considering the persons links and integration with their community and services such as advocacy.
  • Duty of candour and supporting people to make complaints if they wish too.
  • Responsibility for implementation of policy and/or service developments
  • Contribute ideas (and advocate on behalf of the people who use our services) towards the development and implementation of policies and/or services.
  • Work in other teams and across the organisation in order to support organisational demands and pressures.
  • Represent the team/organisation on planning or developmental groups as and when required.
  • A flexible and adaptable approach to organisational change.
  • Other Responsibilities
  • Correct use of computer hardware/software security processing and generating information creating, updating and maintaining information databases.
  • Awareness of current social care research trends and to take part in development activities, such as Safeguarding Adult Reviews.
  • PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
  • Travel between different offices to attend meetings.
  • Visit people at home, community setting (e.g. café), hospital, care home. Visiting people in their own homes may be prejudicial to health and wellbeing. Some visits may be out of county and on occasion may require an overnight stay. Protective equipment may be required such as gloves and facemask in certain settings.
  • Sitting at a computer either in office or remote working (refer to DSE policy).
  • Take pro-active steps to maintain self-care and resilience (e.g. through the use of supervision, occupational health services etc.)


Desirable

  • Discharge to Assess cover a 7 day working week and therefore there is the expectation that the appointable social worker be flexible and prepared to work some weekends on a rota basis


Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest

Address

200 Mount Gould Road

Mount Gould

Plymouth

Devon

PL4 7PY

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