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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Assistant Social Worker

Job Type



Social Work



£25,147 - £27,596

Posted Date

22 January 2024


Closing Date

4 February 2024

Job overview
This is a newly created post which has arisen out of the revised s75 agreement between Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Buckinghamshire Council.

Social Work Assistants will carry out a range of social care tasks including assessment of need and review of existing packages of care for service users and carers under the Care Act.

You will arrange for care packages to be set up or amended in line with Care Act and s117 (MHA) eligibility criteria. Training and support to develop your existing knowledge and skills is available within this supportive and experienced Older Adult CMHT. While working closely with, and being based within the multi-disciplinary team, your line management and direct support sits within the dedicated social care structure.

The post-holder will be required to visit people in their own homes and in placements across the north of Buckinghamshire and input directly in the Council's electronic information system, LAS. There is an expectation for the post-holder to train to carry out the Appropriate Adult function under the Police & Criminal Evidence Act and act in this capacity on a rota basis.

Main duties of the job
Undertake Care Act assessments for older adults and their carers who are ordinarily resident in Buckinghamshire and appear to be in need of care and support.

Using a strengths-based approach you will help older adults and their families make best use of community resources to support them to live as independently as possible.

Arrange for commissioned services to be put in place where necessary, in line with eligibility and Council policy.

Review existing packages of care in line with the Care Act and s117 MHA.

You will develop a good understanding of the Council's charging and top-up and choice policies and give information and advice to older adults and their families when assessing and arranging care and support.

Work jointly with Social Worker and health colleagues to deliver a supportive and empowering service to older adults and their families.

Working for our organisation
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset.

Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes, delivering care as close to home as possible

Our vision is that no matter who you are or where you are, you will tell us that you receive: “Outstanding care delivered by an outstanding team”

Our values are: “Caring, safe and excellent”

At Oxford Health we offer a wide range of benefits designed to support your career and wellbeing. These include:

Excellent opportunities for career progression
Access to tailored individual and Trust wide learning and development
27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, rising to 33 days with continuous service
NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
Competitive pension scheme
Lease car scheme
Cycle to work scheme
Employee Assistance Programme
Mental Health First Aiders
Staff accommodation (please note waiting lists may apply)
Staff networking and support groups hosted by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
The recent s75 consultation has created a new structure for delivering social care within Oxford Health in Buckinghamshire and streamlined the management and reporting processes. Social care staff remain co-located and work in dedicated CMHT teams, while benefitting from supervision and line-management within the social care framework.

Social Work Assistants are a new role within this structure and bring opportunities for workers to extend and develop their skills and knowledge. There are opportunities for career progression into Buckinghamshire Council's Apprenticeship programme to become a qualified Social Worker. Training and development opportunities are available from both Oxford Health and Buckinghamshire Council which provide a wide range of options for learning and development.

To assess and review the needs of clients referred to or already within the service. To develop high quality assessment, reviews and plans which focus on both which focus on both independence for and outcomes desired
by the individual. To work in partnership with other professionals and organisations.

See Job Description and Person Specification

Person specification
Essential criteria

Demonstrate an understanding of assessment and support planning.
Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of vulnerable adults.
A knowledge of services available to support vulnerable adults
Desirable criteria

A working knowledge of local authority electronic recording systems
A working knowledge of local authority finance and/or commissioning processes
Essential criteria

Ability to communicate with vulnerable adults and carers who are experiencing mental health distress
Be able to work alone and use initiative within boundaries set by the Team Manager/Advanced Practitioner.
Be able to work effectively within a complex professional environment.
Excellent written and spoken English
Desirable criteria

To possess a Health and Social Care qualification/Certificate
Educated to A Level standard or equivalent
Essential criteria

Extensive experience of working with vulnerable adults and adults with complex needs
Experience of working with a variety of Microsoft Office systems.
Experience of working with professionals within social care including social workers, nurses and occupational therapists.
Desirable criteria

Experience of working in a community mental health setting
- Experience of using the LAS electronic information system

All new starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process, aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale

Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
We are ambitious in our pursuit of excellence, driven by the belief that a fair, just and fully inclusive organisational culture enables our teams to deliver the best quality of care and services possible and we work hard to ensure that our diverse workforce reflects the communities that we serve.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, are an Equal Opportunities employer with a number of internal networking groups to support our employees and where possible will always look to make reasonable adjustments in order that you can fulfil the role to recognise your full potential. All our employees are committed to demonstrating through their behaviour our core values – safe, caring and excellent.

Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Oxford is a world-renowned centre of excellence for research. Oxford Health works closely with the University of Oxford department of Psychiatry and the Department of Primary care, has a Biomedical Research Centre dedicated to improving mental health and the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at the Warneford site. The Trust also hosts the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) which carries out applied research that directly impacts patient health and wellbeing

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