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Social Worker - Inpatient Eating Disorder Ward

Employer
Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Location
Tottenham
Salary
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Profession
CBT Therapist / Other
Service
Eating Disorders
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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The Eating Disorders inpatient unit based at St Ann's Hospital, provides a comprehensive specialist inpatient service to people suffering with an eating disorder.

The inpatient unit is part of range of eating disorder services the Trust provides and is aimed at patients over the age of 18 years old with a primary diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. The post holder will take a lead in ensuring that social care needs are identified on admission and form a central part of the care plan. They will provide training, support and consultation to colleagues as well as ensuring that services are identified and in place to meet those identified social care needs upon discharge.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will take a lead in liaising with secondary care teams that hold responsibility for delivering the social care needs on discharge and ensure that services are in place to prevent delayed discharges occurring.

The post holder will also take a lead on the Transforming Care agenda with patients who have a comorbid learning disability.

Maintain accurate and up to date patient records ensuring confidentiality is kept at all times.

To provide accurate written reports following assessment, in line with quality standards.

Collect and provide statistics related to work, as instructed by the manager.

Make referrals to other professionals as appropriate.

Liaise with the inpatient and outpatients services for general mental health teams.

Assist with clients under the care of the locality mental health teams.

Initiate and promote general mental health and community initiatives in order to raise awareness and understanding of Eating disorders /mental health issues.

About us

The Eating Disorders Service at St Ann's Hospital in Haringey provides comprehensive care for patients 18 years old and above with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder. It is one of the largest units in the country providing services to a catchment area that includes North Central London, and East London. The service provides intensive inpatient treatment on Iris ward which is located in a newly built state of the art mental health building, Blossom Court. Our 20 bedded unit features ensuite bedrooms, more daylight and views of nature to help reduce patient stress, anxiety and pain as well as a sensory room. The service also includes our outpatient services, community liaison services, and a day programme whilst our MDT consists of Psychiatry, Community Liaison Nursing, Dieticians, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Admin and Peer Support

Job description Job responsibilities

Conduct triage and comprehensive social work assessments that produce informed recommendations about their needs and implements a care pathway

To prepare accurate written reports following assessment in line with quality standards.

To make social care judgements on situations as they arise, or change.

A high standard of interpersonal skills is required to manage the complex and often conflicting needs and wants of those involved in the process.

To facilitate appropriate signposting to/referring on, or interventions in close collaboration and liaison with other relevant agencies. Using a good working knowledge and understanding of local services.

Safely managing within a recovery focused framework

To undertake risk assessments and provide risk management strategies

Participate and represent the team in the strategic management of high risk/complex needs patients by attending regular clinical reviews, CPA meetings and case conferences.

To have an overview of the patients, their careers and available resources to aid the multidisciplinary team in the formulation of care plans, packages of care and management of risk.

Maintain a knowledge and skill base, which supports professional practice in a range of therapeutic interventions, including individual and group therapies in domiciliary and other therapeutic settings.

To plan, implement and evaluate social work interventions, taking account of risk to the patient and the community.

To work therapeutically with patients on own caseload and co-ordinate therapeutic input of others.

To provide specialist consultation to relatives, carers and others concerned in the care of the patient.

Liaise with other sector service providers in health/social statutory and non-statutory.

Manage time and resources to provide a safe and effective high quality of care.

Maintain accurate and up to date patient records ensuring confidentiality is kept at all times.

To provide accurate written reports following assessment, in line with quality standards.

Collect and provide statistics related to work, as instructed by the manager.

Make referrals to other professionals as appropriate.

Liaise with the inpatient and outpatients services for general mental health teams.

Assist with clients under the care of the locality mental health teams.

Initiate and promote general mental health and community initiatives in order to raise awareness and understanding of Eating disorders /mental health issues.

Participate in the provision of services that are sensitive to the needs of the individual, paying particular attention to their ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Provide expert advice, underpinned by research evidence, to others regarding the management of care
  • To demonstrate specialist knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by MHA 2007)
  • To be conversant and possess sound working knowledge of the legal guidelines in relation to mental health
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • The Mental Health Act 1983, Amendments (2007)
  • Community Care Act
  • Valuing People Document
  • Health & Safety at Work Act
  • Data Protection Act
  • Access to Health Records 1991
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Domestic Violence procedures

To work closely with community mental health and social care teams to plan for care packages and residential support, including completing funding paperwork and, where needed, Care Act assessments and presenting or co-presenting cases to the funding panel.

To follow up on matters relating to referrals, care packages and residential support once patients have been discharged from the ward.

To liaise with the North London Collaborative Case Manager regarding complex case management and funding issues.

To alternate between chairing and minuting community meetings on the ward.

To complete Social Circumstances Reports and present them at Mental Health Tribunals and Managers Hearings.

To liaise with AMHP services regarding Mental Health Act assessments, arranging for them to attend the ward, coordinating the assessments on the day and providing information to the AMHPs to support their assessments.

To set up CTR meetings for patients who are autistic or have learning disabilities, ensuring that all relevant information and documentation is provided to the panel.

To carry out Mental Capacity Act assessments.

To advise colleagues, including from the Outpatient Service and from the Day Programme, on housing, benefits, safeguarding and other matters relating to social care needs.

To attend safeguarding meetings in relation to adults and children, providing an expert opinion on levels of risk.

To deliver difficult news regarding care to patients and their families, including talks on substance use, decisions regarding leave and serving CTO recall papers.

To provide professional letters regarding inpatients to external services, including the DWP, local authorities, universities and the Home Office.

To plan and run therapeutic groups.

To act as the safeguarding champion for the ward, investigating concerns, completing relevant documentation and referral and liaising with the Trusts safeguarding team.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registration with HCPC
Desirable
  • Masters in Social Work
Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Experience in ward/community setting
  • Supervising junior staff and student nurses Working with funding panels
Desirable
  • Working with patients with learning disabilities
  • Working with patients with eating disorders
  • Knowledge of Transforming Care
  • Good knowledge of the complications of eating disorders (AN/BN)
Skills and Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to manage under pressure; work to tight deadlines, evidencing excellent time management.
  • Evidence of strong leadership skills, the ability to negotiate, persuade and influence at a senior level with a supportive style whilst also able to take difficult decisions and act assertively.
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Positive, energetic, enthusiastic in outlook and able to set a good example.
  • Self-motivated.


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