Senior Community Mental Health Social Worker

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year (pro rata) per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Exciting opportunities have become available for Social Workers to join our multi-disciplined Integrated Community Mental Health teams covering the Harrogate, Ripon and Wetherby areas based in the centre of the picturesque town of Harrogate at Windsor House, next to the Valley Gardens Park.

The Harrogate and Ripon Integrated Community Teams comprise a number of different disciplines including Social Workers, Nursing Staff, dedicated Occupational Therapy as well as comprehensive Psychology and Psychiatry input on site. Additional input form employment support, primary care and IAPT are all available on site, supporting ease of construction of care packages and prompt response to needs of those who are referred to the service.

We are looking for enthusiastic staff to contribute an additional social work perspective to the teams, with understandings of key social work models, legislation and practice to contribute to a firm psychosocial model. The teams ambition is based firmly on a functional model; supporting the individual to maximise their response to challenges they face and increase independence.

As a senior practitioner you will have a genuine interest in collaborative working with people of varying ages and complex needs, including service users, their carers and families.

Locally social work perspectives are strongly represented in the local leadership structure, with one Team mentioned managed by a former Social Worker, AMHP and Local Authority Safeguarding Lead.

Main duties of the job

As a registered professional this is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to develop their leadership and clinical skills in a community setting. As a core member of the team, you will also be responsible for your own caseload, providing assessments, care co-ordination and delivering intervention in the community with people who have complex needs ranging from mild to moderate level of need to sever and enduring level of need and complexity.

You will ensure that the service users' recovery goals are identified and central to their Safety plans, promoting social inclusion, independence and well-being. You will demonstrate excellent assessment skills, interpersonal, and team working skills and be able to work collaboratively with a range of statutory and third sector agencies.

The team is embracing a number of changes to improve the quality and effectiveness of the service provided and as a senior practitioner you would be expected to demonstrate leadership to bring these about. As a Band 6 you will be expected to take on day to day support of the team and offer supervision to other staff and students.

You will have an enthusiastic approach towards your own personal and professional development. In return, you will receive regular appraisal, clinical, management and caseload supervision and will benefit from the support of an experienced and committed multi-disciplinary leadership team, including the Team Manager and the Advanced Practitioner.

About us

The Trust values social work perspectives and is a keen contributor to the Open University Think Ahead programme for Specialist Mental Health Social Work Training. The trust also offers in house specific social work supervision and connections and support with submissions for Social Work England.

We have a number of good schools both primary and secondary

Relocation packages and consideration of relevant experience and pay match across to NHS Agenda for Change pay scales are available through discussion.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Please do give us a call to come and visit the team and discuss the role in more detail.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registration with SWE
  • A registered social work qualification plus a period of indentured practice
  • Practice Educator 1 & 2 Evidence of psychosocial educational qualification or willingness to work towards within agreed timescale
  • PSI/CBT Leadership and management experience experience of working with psychological models of care
Experience Essential
  • Experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • An ability to communicate effectively both orally and written reports for relevant meetings/outcomes of treatment
Knowledge Essential
  • Detailed understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
Skills Essential
  • Demonstrate an ability to be a role model for social work, set expectations for others and contribute to the public face of the organisation and/or profession as identified in the Professional Framework Capabilities for Experienced Social Workers
  • Able to articulate an advanced and detailed understanding of the relevant legal Frameworks/legislation including CPA process, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding both children and adults.
  • Demonstrate confident and critical application of professional ethical principles (using the Code of Ethics) to decisionmaking and practice, supporting others to do so using a legal and human rights framework
  • Understanding and ambition to develop skills in psychological models of care and treatment
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need

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