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Social Worker

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Social Worker to join the Adult Community Eating Disorder (ACED) team in Oxford.

We are passionate about what we do and will be looking for someone who can join an 'up and coming' community team which is in the process of developing a new service model to address the needs of the people of Oxfordshire in the 21st century. We are moving towards the development of a life span service and have good links with colleagues in the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Services as well as other Adult Community Eating Disorder services across the Thames Valley region.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills which will enable them to thrive within a multi-disciplinary team context and in working with this complex patient group and their families. If you have interests you wish to develop, then please discuss with us.

Main duties of the job

The main components of the role will be to work within the Adult Community Eating Disorder service (ACEDS) providing social care expertise and care coordination and to ensure that all service users within the ACED service have a full assessment of their Care and Support needs under the Care Act 2014 and that support planning takes place to meet these needs. This will include providing expertise for Specialist Eating Disorder inpatient staff with regards to Adult and Children's Safeguarding responsibilities and section 117 aftercare planning.

You will need to identify and address any barriers to promoting a social model of mental disorder in partnership with the Service User, their family and support network, and the multi-disciplinary ACEDS. You will also provide expertise with regards to application of the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act within the ACEDS.

You will need to demonstrate the skills and aptitude to maintain their Social Work professional identity when working within a multi-disciplinary team.

About us

The Adult Community Eating Disorder team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nursing staff, Dietitians, Assistant Psychologists, Community Support Workers and team Administrators.

The service provides an integrated formulation-based model tailored to the needs of adults with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder as well as those with co-morbid mental health problems and their carers. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and deliver these within the community.

The service offers excellent opportunities for supervision, service development, service evaluation and research, teaching and training including CBT-e. We have good supervision and operational structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as good links with Oxford University and Oxford Brookes. The service is also committed to evidence-based and evidence generating practice and you will have the opportunity to be part of service evaluation and Quality Improvement.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

The post is based at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford but we provide a service across the whole of Oxfordshire. Our service provides a stepped-care model tailored to the needs of adults with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder as well as those with co-morbid mental health problems and their carers. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and deliver these within the community.

Applicants must have a full valid driving licence and access to a car for work, if necessary adjustments can be considered in line with the Equality Act 2010.

The service operates 5 days per week Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

We strongly encourage informal discussions.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Qualification in SW (Degree or equivalent)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio
  • Professional Registration with Social Work England
Knowledge Essential
  • Familiarity with relevant legislation and case law
  • Skills in assessing risk
  • Knowledge of Eating Disorders
Experience Essential
  • To have appropriate, relevant experience which should include a thorough understanding of working within community mental health services.
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Understanding and experience of Risk Management
  • To have experience of working with people with an eating disorder
  • To have experience of supervising student placements.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • To be able to manage in a stressful working environment and with patients/or carers with challenging behaviours
  • Responsive to change and ideas; adapt to new systems; hybrid working and flexible working patterns

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