Social Worker (Entry Level)

West London NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Per Annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for recently qualified Social Workers who have a career interest in Forensic Social Work.

West London Forensic Service, as part of West London Health Trust, is responsible for the in-patient treatment of adults detained under the Mental Health Act, who require medium or low levels of security in order to protect others and themselves. This includes providing a Social Work Service to the Women's Enhanced Medium Secure Service, (WEMSS). The service has benefited from a recent redevelopment programme that has resulted in a new, purpose built, medium secure unit, Thames Lodge.

The post will include working with a small protected caseload, balanced with learning and development opportunities within the service to develop the key skills and knowledge required for this interesting area of Social Work. You will be supported through your Assessed Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), with completion being a requirement of these posts. You will have the benefit of regular supervision and mentoring and will have protected time to complete any ASYE requirements.

As a newly qualified Social Worker, you will be joining a well-established and integrated Social Work department, that has a proven track record in the development of team members from students to experienced practitioners.

Main duties of the job

West London NHS Trust, delivers a forensic social work service across medium and low levels of security, covering a large London geographical area. We work within well-resourced multi-disciplinary teams, contributing to risk assessment and care planning from admission to discharge.

We address the social care needs of patients within our services. Social Workers operate to the Forensic Mental Health Social Work: Capabilities Framework (2016) with opportunities for working across a number of specialist areas.

As a recently qualified Social Worker, you will benefit from a balance of casework, alongside learning and development of skills and practice, with a versatile arrangement of learning and practice development opportunities. You will develop your understanding and application of relevant risk assessment and risk management models, effective MDT working and the legal frameworks associated with forensic social work.

The role will involve direct patient work, undertaking statutory assessments and writing formal reports, identifying and actioning safeguarding processes as well as working directly with families and carers. Forensic Social Work involves developing skills in multi disciplinary practice and working with other agencies including MAPPA Chairs, Probation Service, the Victim Contact Scheme as well as Adult and Children and Families Social Work colleagues.

About us

Working for a forward thinking and expanding NHS Trust you will have access to a comprehensive induction programme, excellent training opportunities, and the opportunity to develop your skills, professional interests and career. You will be further supported through individual supervision and personal development planning working for a Trust which understands Social Work values and has qualified Social Workers employed at every level, including in senior management. There is a Trustwide Social Work forum that meets regularly, allowing Social Workers to be supported in their practice, keep up to date with local and national initiatives and to develop their understanding of Social Work roles across the Trust. Additionally, visits to other services within the Trust and beyond are encouraged.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Work within the multidisciplinary team and attend relevant clinical meetings to provide appropriate assessments and deliver interventions to patients and families in order to support recovery and minimise risk
  • Write reports for Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings, and attend to give oral evidence, initially with the support of a more experienced Social Worker
  • Identify the home Responsible Local Authority for section 117 after-care purposes, and liaise with that RLA and the relevant Community Mental Health Team
  • Provide a social history for new patients on admission wards
  • Keep family and carers informed about the patients assessment, progress and care plan, consistent with the patients wishes
  • Contribute to the provision of individual and group interventions to mentally disordered offenders

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Social Work Qualification
  • Registration with Social Work England
education Essential
  • Working within a community or forensic mental health team
  • Multi-Disciplinary team working
  • Ability to analyse information
  • Working with mental health in-patients and their families
  • Experience of working with Mentally Disordered Offenders
Knowledge Essential
  • Legislation: Mental Health Act, Care Act
  • Mental Capacity Act, Child and Adult Safeguarding
  • Commitment to develop knowledge to complete ASYE and progress to a Band 6 Forensic Social Worker
  • Knowledge of wider Criminal Justice legislation

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