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Sussex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust

Senior Social Worker

Job Type



Social Work



£43,742 - £50,056

Posted Date

27 November 2023

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Closing Date

10 December 2023

So what can we offer you in return?

We're an organisation which puts people first. We'll do everything possible to help you feel respected, valued and included. We'll help you learn, acquire new skills and gain further experience to support your career development. And we'll provide the opportunity for you to bring your fresh ideas to work about how we can do things differently and continue improving.

You will also be joining a health and care system committed to working together to do the best we can for the communities we serve. Above all, at Sussex Partnership you'll have the chance to make a difference to the lives of the patients, carers and families across our communities.

As a Trust we are committed in making a difference. Your development is important to us, so don't forget to ask us during interview what opportunities we can offer. We can offer fully funded lifelong learning opportunities such as an apprenticeship from GCSE to Masters level.

If you like the sound of that, then come and join our team.

Job overview
The Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team are seeking to appoint a Senior Social Work Practitioner. This newly created post will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to become part of a dynamic and fast paced service. We are a lively and friendly team where you will be offered plenty of support, and the chance to undertake training courses relevant to your professional practice.

As a Lead Social Worker within our service you will be working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including social workers, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists and medics. You will work with people with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, providing specialist interventions specific to your knowledge base and experience as a social worker with a team caseload of clients.

You will be able to use your specialist knowledge and experience to support staff through consultations and provide supervision to other members of the team.

You will also be working as a member of the Leadership Team and where your expertise, knowledge and ideas will be valued.

Main duties of the job
To be responsible and provide effective leadership as a part of a leadership team. To provide specialist social work knowledge and guidance for a clinical team providing a high quality service within the resources available within a defined area, and specifically to deliver on the following key areas: Where required, take the role of practice educator for social work students and the role of ASYE assessor and supervisor for newly qualified social workers in the team. To be a key link with local authority partners and Assessment and Treatment Services/nurturing and maintain good relationships to ensure the best outcomes for service users. To engage with the social work professional network in SPFT: attending forums and supporting professional supervision and CPD for social workers within this setting. To keep up to date with current regional and national social work-related developments and share these with the team as appropriate

Working for our organisation
As a mental health trust Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, as well as ensuring our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do.

As a Senior Social Worker in our team we can offer you:

Access to full psychological and wellbeing support, via our internal wellbeing team
Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
Subisidised parking on-site
Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
A position within a trust rated as ‘Outstanding’ for caring and ‘Good’ overall by the CQC
Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
A ‘Golden Hello’ or relocation package of up to £4000 (see attached documentation)
Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the links in the right-hand column or contact:

Lynn Hodges, Team Leader on 0300 304 0645

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
As a Senior Social Worker within our service you will be working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including social workers, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists and medics. You will work with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

We are building a new hospital in Bexhill to replace our inpatient services at the Department of Psychiatry. This means that, if you are successful in your application, you will be asked to transfer to the new facilities when they open in 2025.

Person specification
Essential criteria

Recognised social work qualification (Degree/MA in Social Work)
Evidence of post registration training in relevant qualification.
Essential criteria

Knowledge of current NHS performance agenda
Significant experience of and demonstrable achievement in clinical practice
Experience of providing professional support/supervision and motivation of staff
Understanding of Mental Health Act, Care Act and other relevant legislation (Mental Capacity Act/Human Rights Act/etc)
Experience of managing staff
Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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