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Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Advanced Practitioner Social Worker - Adult Community Mental Health

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£42,503 - £45,495

Posted Date

29 September 2023

Cromwell House

Closing Date

18 October 2023

A permanent vacancy has arisen for an Advanced Practitioner Social Worker, to be based at Cromwell House Adult Community Mental Health Team. You will provide positive leadership, support and advice to social work staff and assist the Team Manager in ensuring the delivery of effective services for adults through the promotion of high standards of practice in assessment and care planning.

You should be an experienced practice educator and ASYE assessor and support student social workers and newly qualified social workers. You will need to demonstrate expert and effective practice in complex situations, assessing and managing higher levels of risk while promoting enablement and self-determination. You will need to network and liaise with a wider range of professionals and other colleagues, including at more senior or strategic levels. As the advanced practitioner social work you are expected to promote a culture of professional curiosity and contribute to the positive social work identity within the organisation.

You will take the lead on safeguarding for Cromwell House, providing advice and support to the MDT and act as the chair, leading on investigations.

Staff wellbeing is important at Cromwell House and we offer regular social work peer support groups, reflective practice groups, mindfulness and other team activities

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support and provide professional supervision to social workers working in the CMHT. The post holder will be an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and will carry out the statutory duties of an AMHP in accordance with the relevant legislation, national and local policies and professional code of conduct. The post holder will be expected to maintain their AMHP status, to participate on the AMHP Manager duty rota and to take part in the AMHP duty rota.

- The post holder will also:

- Provide positive leadership, support, professional consultation and advice to all staff at the CMHT.

- Provide consultation and guidance with respect to complex social care practice issues to care coordinators and senior staff within the team.

- Assist the Team Manager in providing clinical leadership to the team and ensuring effective service delivery by promoting high standards of practice.

- Act as Care Coordinator in line with the Care Programme Approach and carry a significantly reduced caseload in recognition of other duties.

- Carry out social work duties in relation to complex cases, requiring the highest levels of skills, knowledge and professional expertise.

- The post holder will report to the CMHT Team Manager for day to day management. Professional social work supervision will be provided by the Operational Lead for Social Care for Salford services.

Working for our organisation

Salford Care Organisation is part of the Northern Care Alliance, one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. Salford is the place which is taking bold, pioneering steps towards delivering a world class, fully integrated care system for adults. Salford Care Organisation is responsible for delivering a range of community and primary care services and specialist services to Greater Manchester and beyond.

We are committed to supporting the recruitment and retention of our Social Work staff. It is recognised by the Trust that many experienced Social Work staff are currently likely to be employed by local government organisations, and to ensure there is clarity over terms and conditions of employment we offer NJC Pay Scales to Social Workers we appoint, rather than NHS pay-scales.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:

In line with the Trust’s Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, marital status, social back ground or trade union membership. However, as members of ethnicity minority groups and individuals with disabilities are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.
Person specification
Essential criteria

- Possession of a recognised Social Work qualification or equivalent.
- Best Interest Assessor or willingness to undertake the training
- Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) status or willingness to undertake the training
- Registered with the Health and Social Care Professions Council

Desirable criteria

- You have additional qualifications; Post Qualifying courses such as best interests assessor or relevant other continued professional development

Essential criteria

- Substantial prior experience working with individuals presenting with mental health issues.
An understanding of the principles and values underlying the Care Act 2014; Health and Social Care Act 2012; Mental Health Act (1983, as amended) and Mental Capacity Act (2005) and other legislation as they relate to this client group.
- Evidence of previous leadership roles or experience providing supervising Social Workers

Desirable criteria

- Prior experience working as a care coordinator in community mental health services.
- Experience of acting as Enquiry Lead or chair and undertaking adult safeguarding enquiries in line with s.42 Care Act.
- Previous experience commissioning packages of care in line with the Care Act 2014.

Knowledge and skills
Essential criteria

- Up to date knowledge of mental health, mental capacity and human rights legislation including current case law.
- You must clearly evidence an understanding of the integration agenda; the enablement model of health and social care; what is personalisation and how do you ensure your work is person centred including knowledge of Making Safeguarding Personal.
- You must clearly evidence that you have a clear understanding of the Social Worker role in a Community Mental Health Team.
- Knowledge of relevant welfare rights legislation.

Desirable criteria

- Understanding and ability to interpret relevant legislation.

Additional Skills
Essential criteria

- Able to work in a flexible manner whilst managing own time and work load.
- Commitment to training, service, and continuous professional development.

We understand the importance of balancing work and home life. We are committed to supporting flexible working for our people wherever possible and all our colleagues are given the opportunity to discuss potential for flexible working. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

We reserve the right to close the online vacancy when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. Should you wish to apply for this post you are advised to complete and return your application form as soon as possible.

The Northern Care Alliance serves a richly diverse population and our Care Organisations work hard to ensure all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. We respect the value of difference. So our aim is to employ a workforce as representative as possible of this population. Regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, trans status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, all are welcome. If you require reasonable adjustments to the application process, please contact the ResourcingTeam to discuss.

In applying for this post, you give the Trust permission to use your data for recruitment purposes.

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