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Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Senior Social Worker

Job Type



North West



£41,659 - £47,672

Posted Date

9 January 2023

Withington Greater Manchester

Closing Date

19 January 2023

We are looking for a Senior Social Worker to join our team.

Job overview

The post holder will be based within North Mersey community mental health team within Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will support and supervise social workers in that area.

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 in the management of the AMHP duty system and to take part in the AMHP duty rota as required.

The post holder will be expected to participate in Bronze on call rota, which will also include weekend working based at designated on site.  

Main duties of the job

 The post holder will act as a care coordinator for a small number of highly complex cases in line with the Trust Care Programme Approach (CPA) guidance and policies, and will also act as a social worker/AMHP consultant for team managers and care coordinators on other highly complex cases as required.

The post holder will report to and receive Professional social work supervision from the Divisional Lead for Social Care. The post-holder will be required to provide AMHP/social work support, training and mentorship to newly qualified social workers and health colleagues within the Trust and they will also act as a practice assessors for student AMHPs and ASYE's.

The post holder will aim at all times to promote the independence and well-being of adults of working age and/or older people, to assist social inclusion and valued community presence and to enable the widest possible expression of chosen lifestyle.

Working for our organisation

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over 6,400 members of staff, who deliver services from more than 160 locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford, Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description for further information. Some of the main responsibilities include:

Advise and direct other social workers, team members and health colleagues regarding the requirements of the Care Act (2014) Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007), Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Programme Approach (CPA) and related codes of practice, and any other related legislation affecting the role and duties of a Social Worker/Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). Support and supervise other AMHPs within the division, offering specialist advice and direction regarding complex cases as required

Act as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), balancing the human rights of the service user within a legislative and statutory framework alongside the issues of risk and safety to achieve the least restrictive alternative, whilst offering protection to those who may be at risk of exploitation or harm.

Assess and monitor complex mental health and social care needs of service users and carers, sharing information in an appropriate and secure manner using both electronic and paper-based systems. Produce a care plan to meet the highly complex needs of the individual, taking into account the perspective of carers, family members and friends as well as other members of the community, and where appropriate/possible making all decisions in conjunction with the individual. Commission/implement packages of care where appropriate and to support the care plan, promoting individual budgets in line with needs.

Provide care coordination for a small number of highly complex cases under CPA; developing specialist programmes of care including complex risk management plans and carrying out an appropriate review or re-assessment for individuals and/or carers as required.

Support CMHT in its applications to funding panel, providing advice and quality assurance of assessments.

We are aspiring to ensure our workforce is representative of the diverse communities that we serve, and we are strongly committed to removing barriers to employment for candidates from under-represented groups, for example BAME, Disabled and LGBT+ communities. If you would like to have an informal chat about the recruitment process for this role or would value some additional support, we’d love to hear from you. 

Please contact Denise Gleave, Recruitment & Retention Advisor 0161 358 1448 or email

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