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Mental Health Social Worker

Band 6

Main area
Social Worker
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
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Mellmead House
£28,050 - £36,644 plus HCA pa
20/01/2019 23:59
Interview date

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.

Redbridge Integrated Care Directorate invites applications for the post of Band 6 Mental Health Social Worker within the Access, Assessment and Brief Intervention Team. This multi-disciplinary mental health team includes Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Support Workers and administrative staff. We work closely with a range of statutory and voluntary partners such as inpatient services, Home Treatment Teams, specialist drug and alcohol services, personality disorder services and psychological therapies. The Redbridge Access, Assessment and Brief Intervention Team provide a single point of access to adult Mental Health Services in the borough. The team provides assessment and advice and acts as a signposting service to other teams and organisations as appropriate. They offer short term individual interventions and groups for service users aimed towards recovery and independence.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible individual who has a passion for supporting service users with mental health conditions on their recovery journey. As a team, we embrace and promote the Recovery Model and expect our staff to be familiar with and work within the model; working with service users within their homes, the wider community and clinical settings.

NELFT offers excellent opportunities for career development across the range of services it operates and has well embedded systems of appraisal and professional support.

We would welcome applicants who are enthusiastic, creative and in addition you should:

  • Be a qualified social worker with a relevant qualification (DipSW or Degree), current HCPC registration and have experience of working in mental health; 
  • Be an Approved Mental Health Practitioner or be willing to train;  
  • Possess excellent assessment skills; be able to determine appropriate evidence–based interventions and proposed outcomes of intervention for service users and their carers; 
  • Have a sound knowledge of relevant legislation, policy and practice issues; 
  • Be committed to a multi disciplinary way of working within a dynamic team, which promotes innovative practice; 
  • Be confident in managing a caseload that reflects the diverse needs of people with severe mental health problems. 

In return we will offer you access to excellent support, peer and management supervision, an individually tailored performance plan, opportunities for training and development, and flexible working options.

If you are shortlisted for this post, your interview will take place on the 30 January 2019.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement – London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,659 to a maximum of £4,664).


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Please contact Sue Tatch (Service Manager) or Steve Cohen/Jane Saban (Senior Practitioners) to discuss these posts in detail - Tel no: 0300 300 1570 (Option 1)

If you have problems applying, contact

0300 300 1530 Option 2