Social Worker/Care coordinator

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Biggleswade CMHT provides compassionate person-centred interventions to people experiencing mental ill-health in the North Eastern corner of Central Bedfordshire; including Biggleswade, Sandy, Potton, Shefford, Arlesey and surrounding villages.

The team is a multi-disciplinary team, with a strong social care presence and ethos. The team has recently recruited a senior social worker to bolster the support structures and ensure that professional supervision is readily available for our social workers. The Trust is also increasing our focus on social care across the area; developing an exciting new ASYE programme, new CPD pathways and training structures under the guidance of our new Social Work Learning and Development Project Lead. In short; now is a good time to be working as a social worker for ELFT in Bedfordshire!

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Social Worker to work as part of our team. You will be registered with Social Work England and ideally have one year of post qualifying experience in a relevant health or social care setting; however with our new ASYE programme we would be happy to work with a newly qualified social worker who is able to demonstrate how their pre-qualifying experience and value base would benefit our team.

You will carry out the role of a care coordinator under the principles of CPA, while ensuring that our responsibilities under the Care Act (2014) are met. This will involve assessments, implementing agreed care & support plans, reviewing the care provided, leading on Safeguarding enquiries and supporting people under the Mental Capacity Act (2005).

You will be required to participate in the Duty rota and be responsible for an identified caseload where you will need to ensure a high standard of professionalism and conduct which is consistent with best practice.

In the role, you will liaise with Primary Care services, the Voluntary and Private Sector and contribute to providing a recovery focused model of care. You will play an active role in the discharge of our service users from hospital and will commission health and social care services as required.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy for further information.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working within a multi-disciplinary environment/community experience. oExperience of working within a multi-disciplinary environment/community experience.
  • oExperience of attending funding panel and care commissioning
  • oExperience of working within an NHS/Local Authority environment and an understanding of the issues/ policies/ practice within these environments.
  • oPost-qualification experience within mental health services
  • oPrevious appointment as an AMHP /Best Interest Assessor (BIA) NB Social Workers are expected to train and practise as AMHP's
Knowledge/Skills Essential
  • oComprehensive understanding of the social determinants of mental illness and interventions to support recovery.
  • oUnderstanding a range of models of mental disorder and the treatment options.
  • oAbility to conduct safeguarding enquiries and investigations when required
  • oWorking knowledge of the NHS & Community Care Act, The Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and other social care & mental health legislation, policy & guidance
  • oAbility to assess manage complex and high risk situations effectively service user of carer
  • oGood report writing skills and ability to compile complex case recording ad report presentation, including legal documents i.e. social circumstances reports, court reports etc.
  • oAbility to manage and coordinate professionals, teams and services and mobilise provision where appropriate.
  • oAssessment skills and the ability to compile care plans in partnership with service users, carers and others
  • oKnowledge of relevant safeguarding legislation, statutory guidance and procedures
  • oAssertiveness and engagement with other professionals, able to make reasoned arguments and represent own professional views and perspectives.
  • oDecision-making and problem solving, able to adopt creative and flexible approaches to meet the needs of service users.
  • oHighly developed organisational skills, able to prioritise workload and delegate effectively.
  • oWell-developed communication skills, able to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences
  • oMental Health Practice Skills and an understanding of CPA and the NSF standards.
  • oIT skills, experience of working with service user data systems
  • oA thorough working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and subsequent amendments
Additional Requirements Essential
  • oCar driver essential and be able to travel between Trust sites throughout the County
  • oFull driving licence
  • oFlexible working according to the needs of the service and to support work/life balance and improving working lives.
Educational/ Qualification Essential
  • oQualified Social Worker registered with Social Work England
  • oEducated to Degree Level
  • oRelevant specialist post qualifying/post graduate training
Personal Qualities Essential
  • oTeam player, able to negotiate and lead other professionals whilst considering competing views and agendas
  • oAble to work independently, with initiative, but to seek appropriate guidance and supervision when required.
  • oSelf-motivated, committed and open to new ideas and experiences
  • oCommitted to equal opportunities, and equality and diversity issues
  • oAnti-discriminatory & ant oppressive practice
  • oCommitted to core social work values, able to recognise that protection is sometimes required and should be carried out in the least restrictive manner observing the human and civil rights of the individual
  • oA commitment to leadership & change management

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