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Senior Social Worker - Children and Young People's Mental Health

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£43,742 - £50,056 plus HCAS per annum

Posted Date

12 December 2023

Child and Family Centre, Barking

Closing Date

26 December 2023

Job overview
We are now able to offer an exciting opportunity for a Children's Senior Social Worker with an interest in looked after children (LAC) to join the team, working in BD CAMHS team.

The post holder will achieve this by ensuring best practice of clinical standards within the triage function of a tier three CAMHS service working closely with other health care professionals within the CAMHS multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will be an HCPC registered social worker. They will be responsible for undertaking assessments and brief intervention of Looked after children within CAMHS triage. The role will encompass the provision of effective clinical supervision of more junior staff members and offering expert advice around the treatment of looked after children to the wider team and network. They will ensure effective assessment and triage of looked after children who may require mental health interventions, as well as being able to provide brief intervention and treatment. They will ensure the delivery of the LAC care pathway and the prioritisation of the assessment of looked after children within CAMHS.
The post holder will support their peers and Triage lead and be an effective team member. They will be able to work on their own initiative and supporting the delivery of the triage function for looked after children within CAMHS. They will have a commitment to collaborative working and actively supporting and liaising with other health and social professionals and agencies.

Main duties of the job

1. To prioritising own day to day workload
2. To offer support and clinical advice and guidance to the team around the treatment of LAC.
3. To undertake assessments of LAC children and their wider support network to ensure their mental health and wellbeing needs are met.
4. To offer brief intervention/ advice and guidance to children and their wider support network as appropriate.
5. To ensure all children are assessed in a timely manner in line with local and national LAC targets.
6. To ensure that care and assessments are adequate planned and documented on the electronic medical notes system.
7. To offer signposting/ support and guidance to other staff members and services as appropriate regarding the treatment and management of LAC.
8. To have detailed knowledge relating to both the national and local protocols and procedures regarding the treatment and management of LAC and to ensure that these are adhered to across the wider CAMHS network.
9. To ensure the provision of accurate records of information required by the Trust for audit purposes.
10. To ensure that any safeguarding issue are identified and effectively escalated to ensure the safeguard of children and their families.
11. To work collaboratively with other NELFT teams and staff as well as the local authority and other providers to ensure comprehensive and robust assessment of children and young people and their family’s needs.

Working for our organisation
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 focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

COVID-19 Vaccination
We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

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).

High Cost Area Supplement – London
This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of £4,313 and a maximum payment of £5,436 per annum pro rata).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
You will be supported by a dedicated and supportive leadership team and have the opportunity to participate in research, clinical modelling, and service development. You will also work collaboratively with the young people and their families and carers, other NELFT professionals, schools and other partner agencies to deliver outstanding care. There will be an emphasis on taking responsibility for communication and development of clear discharge plans for the young people . You will take a lead role in ensuring communication is clear within the network, with the voice of the young person at the centre.

The team are operating a hybrid model of working across both office and agile community working. You will be expected to see young people in the community (home, school or local community areas)

This is an exciting time to join team NELFT as we transform and expand the services to establish the above pathways, new ways of working and develop Barking and Dagenham as a centre of excellence. Working together with the provider collaborative, local commissioners, and in-line with national drivers, we deliver high quality care , to provide what young people need, at the right time, and in the right place.

This post would be attractive for somebody who is passionate about young people’s mental health and is excited and motivated by the opportunity to develop an excellent service. You will be joining a well-established, skilled, multi-disciplinary team. Our goal is to draw from a wide range of effective interventions to ensure that each young person and their carers receive the care that fits their individual needs. This is a fantastic opportunity to access training in both clinical knowledge and/or leadership development to support you in your future development in a supportive organisation.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Person specification
Essential criteria

Approved Mental Health Professional Qualification. This must include registration as a Social Worker in England with Social Work England (SWE)
Evidence of Continuous Personal Development (CPD)
Desirable criteria

Current registration in one or more qualifying profession for AMHP approval.
Practice Teaching qualification or other specific job related post registration qualification Application Form Interview Assessment Prior Approval and experience in working as AMHP on beha
Essential criteria

Risk assessment and management within a mental health clinical setting (community/inpatient) Application Form Interview Assessment Ability to perform under pressure, quickly and effectively, making timely and autonomous decisions and following through agreed care pathways.
Desirable criteria

Providing staff supervision and appraisal to both qualified and nonApplication Form Interview Assessment 10 professionally aligned staff

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