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Senior Practitioner Social Worker


Main area
Adult Mental Health
Full Time 36 hours per week
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Oasis House
Harold Wood, Havering
£38229 to £41898 pa
22/11/2018 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Practitioner Social Worker post within the Havering Access Assessment and Brief Intervention Team. We are looking for a Social Worker who can rise to the challenge of working within the busy Havering Access Assessment and Brief Intervention Team and support the continued development of the service.

The applicant will need to:

  • Hold a CQSW, Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CSS or equivalent. 
  • Have a current live HCPC registration
  • Have AMHP Status.
  • Be an experienced Social Worker

The applicant will: 

  • Carry out high quality assessments, using person-centred community focused and multi-agency interventions to bring about positive change through developing effective relationships and to secure the best outcomes for service users and carers including group work.
  • Manage caseloads, dependent upon experience, grade of post and complexity of cases, utilising specialist knowledge for appropriate interventions, needs and risk assessments, care planning and safeguarding investigations.
  • Ensure that vulnerable adults are adequately protected in line with Havering Safeguarding Adults Policy and procedures and relevant legislation
  • Undertake assessments under the Mental Health Act in the community, hospital premises and other locations.
  • Participate in the AMHP duty Rota.
  • Deputise, in the absence of the Team Manager and assume responsibility as required.
  • Participate in the recruitment process
  • Manage team Rota
  • Supervise staff and students

The applicant will need to demonstrate well developed interpersonal skills especially when handling conflict and change, and should have the appropriate skills to facilitate the resolution of difficulties.

The post can be emotionally demanding and the applicant will be expected to be able to address and explore this within supervision, team meetings and also within informal work related support systems.

The applicant should show a willingness to work unsocial hours when necessary and be able to provide high levels of emotional support to staff, service users and carers.

Contribute to the delivery of an effective Adult social care service as part of a multi-disciplinary mental health team, improving outcomes for Adults and Carers.

Manage caseloads, utilising specialist knowledge for appropriate interventions, needs and risk assessments, care planning and safeguarding investigations.

The Havering Access Assessment and Brief Intervention Team is the central point of initial referral and access to secondary mental health services within the London Borough of Havering for people from the age of 18years old, who present with mental health needs. The team acts as a gateway providing initial screening and assessment of referrals that are potentially for secondary mental health services, and will provide, after assessment, short-term intervention as indicated, or signposting to other agencies as appropriate. Havering Access Assessment and Brief Intervention Team works within the Recovery & Well-Being model.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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