JOB TITLE: Social Worker
RESPONSIBLE TO: Team Manager
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Associate Director
HOURS: 37½ hours per week – worked flexibly in response to the demands of the service
LOCATION: Area Based
The postholder will use exemplary social work knowledge and practice and be committed to undertake person centred work with individuals and families focussing on their strengths, interests and assets in accordance with the Care Act (2014). As part of a multidisciplinary team you will support the understanding and knowledge of the role of social work within mental health, as identified by the five role categories for Social Work for Better Mental Health.
You will work as a Social Worker in a multi-dsiciplinary team leading and contributing in all social care knowledge and skills including legislation and safeguarding.You will be expected to continue to develop your social work skills working towards successful completion of the AMHP training. If a newly qualified social worker you will complete your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) working in a community environment with regular supervision and support. In delivering your duties you are expected to display behaviours that are aligned with your profession as highlighted in HCPC standards of conduct, the Trust values and as required in accordance with the NHS Constitution at all times.
You will be expected to work collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team in delivering services; providing a 7 day a week, 24 hours a day service for 365 days a year working shifts where appropriate.
Please note that this role outline serves to provide an illustrative example of the duties and responsibilities you may be expected to undertake during the course of your normal duties. It is not an exhaustive list and you will therefore be required to undertake other responsibilities and duties that are considered to be commensurate with the band.
Core Clinical Support
• Assess, manage, careplan, support and review care needs in line with policy, procedures and legislation, including the provision of aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act. Act as a care coordinator for your own caseload
• Use strength based approaches to support service users, focusing on them achieving positive outcomes to enhance their wellbeing, look at prevention and increasing their independence in line with the Care Act 2014.
• Provide a clear picture of how a person’s independence can be promoted and maximised. Promote conversations to draw on the support around each person, their networks, local community and personal resources and support with delivering statutory responsibilities under the Care Act (2014).
• You will support adults to be safeguarded in line with the Care Act 2014, manage risk and meet eligible need.
• You will use digital and technology solutions where they will meet the need and offer a more sustainable approach.
• You will have the required skills and knowledge to manage risk positively to enable service users to utilise their strengths and community assets.
• You will be able to provide and receive complex, sensitive information in a hostile or highly emotive atmosphere ;highly complex, sensitive, contentious information/ in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere
• You will be effective at communicating highly sensitive issues eg child protection, vulnerable adults, guardianship issues/ communicates information in an emotive atmosphere ; deals with child protection, vulnerable adults, mental health issues, disclosure of sensitive information, bereavement, explaining legislation in emotive situations
• You will be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge underpinned by theory and relevant practical experience in order to assess and provide care and support for service users with complex needs, their families and carers, including the assessment and management of risk.
• You will be able to work autonomously within agreed policies and regulations.
• To understand eligibility criteria and assess for personal budgets to meet Service User need and to promote recovery, and to review personal budget and commissioned services in a robust and efficient manner. To take a pro-active approach to the promotion of personal budgets.
• To understand and utilise Health and Social Care commissioned services, demonstrating an understanding of the requirements of the Care Act (2014), and working in collaboration with nursing and other health care colleagues to ensure the appropriate and timely presentation of cases to panel, and the robust reviewing of placements to ensure effective and efficient use of resources, and recovery based delivery of services.
• Establish therapeutic relationships with service users, their families and carers. Maintain a person centred approach balanced with need to manage risk of harm or deterioration.
• Enable individual’s families and carers to address issues which affect their health and social well-being.
• When operating as an AMHP the post holder must be able to work in accordance with the relevant legislation, including the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty safeguards 2009 and related Codes, Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998 and local policy. The post holder must also fully comply with the Mental Health AMHP Regulations 2008.
• To lead and be responsible for the co-ordination of the Mental Health Act
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