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NHS Hertfordshire

Senior Social Worker

Job Type



East of England



£43,742 - £50,056 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary

Posted Date

3 November 2023

Oxford House, Bishops Stortford

Closing Date

16 November 2023

This a fantastic development opportunity to join an experienced group of clinicians and practitioners and develop your career with our services.

As a Senior Social Worker, you will act as a champion and leader of social care and safeguarding within your locality. You will be expected to give robust, consistent, and expert social care practice advice in partnership with other specialist senior social care colleagues. You will reinforce the need to deliver high quality, recovery-focused and cost-effective social care services to service users and their carers, focused on the principles of choice, control and independence, as well as ensuring safety.
You will actively address adversity and will support adults at risk of social inclusion and assist adults accessing support to deal with a range of adverse circumstances. You will actively champion equality and diversity and be expected to challenge discrimination in all it’s forms as part of your role.

Main duties of the job
You will have a small caseload of complex cases and will provide supervision to both experienced and newly qualified social workers.

You will support social workers in your locality to maintain constant reflection and development of their practice and will support their continuing professional development in line with the standards set out by the professional regulator, Social Work England.

You will be a practicing AMHP or prepared to undertake the training required to undertake the AMHP role. As an AMHP, you will provide advice, support, and supervision to other AMHPs.

You will be expected to work in partnership with service users and carers, so that they can feel empowered, and services can be improved as a result of feedback of their experiences. 2 Partnership working is a key component of this post, both within and outside of the Trust, and you will need to be innovative in ensuring that there is a range of appropriate services locally to support individual recovery journeys.

Person specification
Essential criteria

An appropriate professional social work x qualification
Registration with General Social Work England
Education to degree level
Masters Degree or equivalent training
Approved Mental Health Professional training and qualification (or prepared to undertake training within a year of appointment)
Relevant post-qualifying training for social workers
Desirable criteria

Other post-qualifying training e.g. CBT, family therapy
Best Interests Assessment training
Essential criteria

Extensive post-qualification experience with demonstrable evidence of excellent practice at advanced level
Extensive knowledge of legislation, statutory guidance, theory, and policy in relation to adult and children’s social care
Experience of undertaking assessment focused on personalisation, choice and control, and care planning
Understanding of and experience of use of personal budgets and direct payments
Experience of supervising and mentoring others
Evidence of multidisciplinary and collaborative working
Evidence of partnership working with service users and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect, particularly in very challenging situations

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