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Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Senior Social Worker

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East England



£43,742 - £50,056

Posted Date

15 February 2024


Closing Date

27 February 2024

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

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.

Job overview

Our welcoming and supportive Forensic Community Learning Disability Service in Norwich has the opportunity of a Senior Social Worker post within the multidisciplinary team. This a fantastic development opportunity to join an experienced group of clinicians and practitioners and develop your career within our supportive and experienced multi disciplinary Adult Forensic Learning Disability community service.

The post is supported by a team that includes nurses, psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. Time and Recovery workers.

Main duties of the job

As Senior Social Worker, this post will give you the opportunity to promote, lead and act in accordance with the principles of personalisation, working to promote wellbeing, and enabling individual’s rights to choice and control, in a multi disciplinary mental health team.

In this post you will be a key champion and leader of social care within the locality. You will be supported to develop your skills to provide robust, consistent expert social care practice advice in partnership with other specialist senior social care colleagues including the professional leads for social care in the Trust.

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on…

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. To be a champion of social care with a comprehensive understanding of legislation and statutory guidance.
2. To maintain regular links and attend meetings with the corporate Social Work and Safeguarding Team, and keep up to date with accurate, consistent, and robust social care, legal and practice advice, and support to locality staff.
3. To undertake the most complex assessments and reviews, for people who may present with a high risk, or those with significant interpersonal, social, legal and/or environmental complexities, ensuring people are assessed appropriately against social care eligibility criteria as defined by The Care Act 2014.
4. To offer direct support to service users and their carers, and to colleagues, through information and advice, to ensure that those who do not meet social care eligibility are appropriately signposted and supported.
5. To ensure that appropriate health and social care services are commissioned with and on behalf of service users, including the duty to offer direct payments, and that processes are in place for service users to be charged by the local authority for the social care services they receive, if applicable.
6. To ensure that commissioned services allow choice to service users and carers and focus on people living in the community with appropriate support and access to universal services.
7. To undertake regular risk assessments and ensure that vulnerable people are kept safe.
8. To lead in the promotion of both child and adult safeguarding practice in line with current policy, and take a lead role in adult safeguarding investigations, including the chairing of strategy meetings and case conferences.
9. To advise colleagues in best practice when undertaking carers assessments, including identifying contingency plans, and provision of support.

For a more in-depth Job and Person Specification please read the documents attached before applying.

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