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Social Worker

West London NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to be part of a team improving the way adult mental health care is provided in the community? Hounslow East Mental Health Integrated Network Team (MINT) is a community based service supporting people's mental and physical health as well as social care needs.

We work closely with the local GP practices, primary care networks, social services, voluntary sector and other organisations to provide interventions in a more collaborative way which are simpler and support joined-up, personalised treatment and care.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a social worker with a keen interest in providing outstanding support within mental health community settings. The Community Mental Health Framework represents a new approach to providing community-based integrated support, care and treatment for adults with mental health problems whatever their level of need.

Interested? Please read on!

Main duties of the job

Social Work plays a key role in dissolving the barriers that can exist between mental health and physical health, social care, voluntary and community social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and local communities, and primary and secondary care, to deliver integrated, personalised, place-based and well-coordinated care for adults and older adults.

Our service users need Social Workers to support them with their mental health needs to access health care when and where they need it and be able to move through the system easily.

This role means supporting people to be able to manage their problems and move towards individualised recovery on their own terms, surrounded by their families, carers and social networks, and supported in their local community.

As a Social Worker you will support individuals to be able to contribute to and be participants in the communities that sustain them, to whatever extent is comfortable to them.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be registered with Social Work England and have experience of working with adults facing mental health and wellbeing challenge. Operating within a multidisciplinary team alongside colleagues from Primary Care Networks to provide appropriate, professional social work support for adults with mental health needs and their identified carers, with a focus upon enablement, recovery and supporting the meeting of individual identified outcomes. Proactive and ongoing engagement with community and voluntary services to enable the provision of a high standard of intervention to service users.

Within the context of a strengths based approach and operating within an integrated service, to provide individualised, outcomes-led, personalised support, based on person centred, structured, individual assessments that inform the setting up and commissioning of appropriate enablement packages of support and meet the principles of mental health enablement model.

Provide expertise to the health and social care agenda within community services, ensuring timely and proactive care planning is offered to users and their families to the best possible standard in keeping with the Care Act 2014.

Provide professional expertise in relation to the Care Act 2014, the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended in 2007), the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other relevant health and social care legislation.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in Social Work, with current Social Work England registration
  • Attained at least Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C)
  • Educated to degree or Diploma level.
  • Evidence of recent and on-going relevant further professional development.
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of post qualifying work as a Social Worker/Mental Health clinician in a mental health setting.
  • Understanding and experience of operating with a comprehensive assessment framework
  • Experience of preparing clear and accurate correspondence, reports and other written documentation
  • Experience of working with people within a social care model of mental health
  • Evidence of experience in a Band 6 position or equivalent
  • Other relevant post registration experience
  • Experience of working in a primary care setting/ social care/ voluntary sector
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of counselling skills/cognitive behavioural skills, psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of recovery approaches in mental health
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health conditions as well as their relationship to physical health
  • Risk assessment/management and crisis intervention skills
  • Experience of social work assessment and interventions
  • Higher level communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to engage challenging and/or acutely distressed service users and use de-escalation techniques effectively
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options, with senior clinical support/supervision
  • Team/self-management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual service user and the service
  • Computer literate
Skills Essential
  • Ability to work under pressure, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed service users.
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Self-motivated, able to work autonomously and independently with confidence when required
  • Exercise initiative, flexibility and tact and self-awareness
  • Willing to use peer and group supervision creatively
  • Be able to work flexibly if required

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