Inpatient Social Worker

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging opportunity? Would you like to be part of a highly skilled MDT, maximising positive outcomes for service users and bringing the social care perspective into the forensic inpatient setting?

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated Social Worker to join our team at Clifton House low secure hospital in York. Working across 3 inpatient wards and multidisciplinary teams, you will have a key role in contributing to service user pathways from admission to discharge, with a particular focus on discharge planning. You will liaise with a range of external agencies including Local Authority Social Services, Police, Probation, ICB's and Housing Providers.

Main duties of the job

Working with in patients and families / carers from admission to discharge.

To work within a multidisciplinary team to provide appropriate assessments and deliver interventions to individuals, families and carers in order to support recovery, promote self-management, and minimise risk.

To undertake duties under the Mental Health Act as required e.g. report writing and attendance at Mental Health tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings.

To undertake statutory work as defined under the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act and demonstrate an understanding of the restrictions that legal orders may have on apatient's life.

To undertake complex case work involving risk management, and a working understanding of safeguarding processes and responsibilities.

To work closely with patients and the multidisciplinary team to ensure timely discharge planning alongside Section117 aftercare service support. Liaison with Local Authorities and with housing providers / placements.

To take on the role of Carer Lead for the hospital. Supporting families and carers, supporting the Ward Carer Champions, making links with community organisations,

To seek to empower service users, and promote anti discriminatory practice.

About us

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme (LYPFT pays 20.6% into your scheme each year), coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more organisations such as Blue Light Card, Health Service Discounts and NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank. Bank-only workers can choose the hours they want to work and will have the opportunity to gain additional experience, keep skills up to date, develop new ones and earn extra money without having to commit to a permanent role. For an informal discussion or more information please contact the team

Job description
Job responsibilities

To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary In-patient team offering specialist Forensic Services.

To provide an innovative professional social work service to in-patient service users within Forensic Services.

To work with members of the Community - Forensic Outreach Liaison Service supporting patient pathways across the Humber Coast and Vale ICS.

To work with the MDT, community providers and service users to identify suitable placements for service users, supporting transition to community based services.

To work in partnership with service users and other Agencies within the Care Programme Approach framework managing and co-ordinating complex discharge plans.

To act as an autonomous senior clinician being accountable for a defined caseload.

To manage self and practice in accordance with Social Work England, recognizing limitations, demonstrating ability to practice within ethical and legal frameworks with clearunderstanding of service users, and their families' civil rights.

To support, supervise and contribute to the professional development of members of staff working in Forensic Services.

To participate in the mentorship, education and supervision of students from a range of disciplines.

Person Specification
  • Professional Registration as a Social Worker with Social Work England

  • Significant post qualifying experience
  • Experience of forensic inpatient work and / or community mental health work
  • Experience of complex case management, multi-agency working, and risk management

  • Understanding of relevant legal frameworks and codes of practice

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