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West London NHS Trust

Senior Social Worker and AMHP

Job Type

Fixed Term


South East



£43,742 - £50,056

Posted Date

25 September 2023


Closing Date

9 October 2023

We are currently recruiting a Senior Social Workers preferably three year’s post qualification experience. This is a full time vacancy in a hospital team. The successful candidate is someone who is motivated, can work under pressure and is able to demonstrate the benefit of having social work within an acute mental health setting supporting discharge.

The post holder will be part of the local inpatient team and the trust wide Community Access Service.

The post holder would be expected to provide client-centred Social Care assessments including CAA and Carers assessments for service users with complex needs, within the local services working within a multi-disciplinary and social work team.

Provide advice, support and protection as needed

Provide assessment upon access to the services that help keep adults-at-risk safe.

Forge links with partner agencies and safeguarding leads in other areas as well as developing clearly understood pathways for safeguarding referrals from MASH into other Adult Social Work teams will be a major part of each role.

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and Responsibilities

- Key tasks and accountabilities are intended to be a guide to the range and level of work expected of the post holder. This is not an exhaustive list of all tasks that may fall to the post holder and employees will be expected to carry out such other reasonable duties which may be required from time to time
- To participate in a full and flexible manner in the provision of services to vulnerable adults with complex mental health support needs and their carers, using appropriate resources of the Health Trust, the council and the local community, non-statutory organisations and primary care
- To participate in the assessment or care management service in conjunction with other professionals in the team. To participate in the Approved Mental Health Professional rota, ensuring that an effective and sensitive service is provided at all times, with full documentation logged and distributed as appropriate.

Working for our organisation

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We’re rated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we’re committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

- To deliver, or support the delivery of, highly specialist evidence-based assessment, care planning, treatment and review for patients admitted on an acute ward
- To provide specialist consultation, advice and support to both WLT in-patient and community services, as well as other external services/stakeholders on best practice when working individual’s on an acute setting.
- To work jointly with care co-ordinators from local MINT Services, with a small complex and challenging caseload with complex social needs
- Within the Acute Service is responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of adults and children who come into contact with the service, in compliance with The Care Act 2014 and Children Act 2004 and ensure that the principles are embedded in all practices, advice, decisions and support associated with this role.

Person specification
Essential criteria

- Mental health diagnoses/presentations
- Ability to articulate and apply relevant experience to mental health setting
- Core skills of housing and social care process
- Clinical and environmental risk

Desirable criteria

- Relevant current legislation, NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
- Evidence of training in Mental Health
- Clinical/case supervision training

Essential criteria

- Qualified Social Worker (Registered with Social Work England) evidence of registration
- Evidence of continuing professional development relevant to role
- Current / up to date entry on the mentorship register (or equivalent)

Desirable criteria

- Educated to degree level or equivalent
- Dual qualified as social worker, RGN, midwife or health visitor
- Qualification / training in additional specialist skills e.g. therapeutic / psychological interventions

Essential criteria

- Significant post qualification experience working in mental health services
- Experience working with individuals with serious mental illness
- Experience of social Work assessment and interventions
- Experience of working in a complex multi-disciplinary / multi-agency context

Desirable criteria

- Involvement in research and clinical audit
- Experience joint working with a multiagency environment

As an employee of West London NHS Trust, you have a responsibility to maintain a sound understanding of, and a commitment to uphold the National Health Service values and principles set out in the NHS Constitution.
We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment checks which can take between 4-8 weeks . After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system (ESR ).

Please ensure you include email addresses for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

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