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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Level 2 Social Worker

Job Type

Permanent

Region

West Midlands

Salary

Location

£35,392 - £42,618

Posted Date

12 March 2024

Stafford

Closing Date

2 April 2024

An exciting opportunity for a qualified level 2 Social Worker has arisen within the Stafford district, Older Person/Physical Disability Team.

You will be joining a well-established, busy and dynamic area social work team, made up of qualified social workers & social care assessors. We work closely with citizens, families & other professionals, including but not exclusive to community psychiatric teams, district nurses, mental health support services, voluntary sector services, GPs & police.

As part of this role, you'll require an in-depth knowledge of social work legislation, safeguarding, complex case management, responding to crisis situations &will enjoy supporting & working with team members to promote exceptional practice.

Opportunities to offer colleagues mentoring & peer support to less experienced or unqualified staff & there may be an opportunity to support band 5 social workers as an ASYE assessor.

The role does offer excellent development opportunities that'll suit a practitioner who holds either a Practice Educator, Best Interest Assessor qualification or Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) status OR is willing to work towards within a defined timescale.

There's an expectation of travel mainly within the geographical area that the team covers. We offer the option of hybrid working between office base & home and there is an opportunity for some flexible working providing service needs & requirements are met which can be discussed at interview stage.

Main duties of the job

As part of your role in the Older Person / Physical Disability Team you will be required to:

- Carry and be responsible for your own caseload, including complex case management work
- Complete care act assessments, support plans and where needed risk assessments
- Complete mental capacity act assessments and best interests decisions, including attendance at best interest meetings where needed
- Lead on safeguarding enquiries, including management of safety measures and protection planning
- Attend multi-disciplinary meetings
- Work closely with partners to achieve positive outcomes

Working for our organisation

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by

- Supporting your career development and progression.
- Excellent NHS Pension scheme
- Generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave
- Options for flexible working
- Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.
- Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resource.
- If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients.
- Salary sacrifice car – fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full details of the role, please see attached the job description and person specification. If you do have any further questions regarding the role, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Social Work Learning Academy (SWLA)

On appointment, the post holder will be auto-enrolled in the SWLA and aligned to the appropriate British Association of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework. The relevant SWLA ‘stage’ (i.e. stage 1 (ASYE), 2 (Social Worker) or 3 (Advanced Social Worker) will also be agreed taking all prior Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and relevant experience into consideration. The post holder will be required to take responsibility for their own Continuous Professional Development.
Person specification
Qualifications & Training
Essential criteria

- Professional Social Work qualification, DipSW, CQSW, CSS, BA, MA or Foreign qualification where certified by the Professional Social Work regulatory body
- Ensuring current registration with the Professional Social Work regulatory body at all times.
- To hold/to undertake and achieve the status of Approved Mental Health Professional and/or Best Interest Assessor as per the SWLA Career Pathway
- To undertake and achieve the status of Work Based Supervisor and Practice Educator as per the SWLA Career Pathway
- Good keyboard / IT skills including word processing, spreadsheets, email and PowerPoint
- An ongoing commitment to personal and professional development.
- A clear understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice

Desirable criteria

- Existing accreditation relating to Practice Educator/Work Based Supervisor

Experience
Essential criteria

- Significant post-qualification experience of working with adults with needs associated to older age, physical health or mental health needs and their carers

Desirable criteria

- Experience of social work in other user groups/settings i.e. Children and Families, Learning Disabilities, Older Adults Experience of a development role for service/ facilities

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