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Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust

Senior Social Worker

Job Type

Permanent

Region

South East

Salary

Location

£41,659 - £47,672

Posted Date

29 September 2022

Hemel Hempstead

Closing Date

7 October 2022

An exciting opportunity for the post of Senior Social Worker within Adult Community Mental Health Services in North West Hertfordshire, the post holder will provide support to the teams in Dacroum.

The NW Quadrant is busy, thriving and diverse. The areas are well served with easy access to historic Hertfordshire and all of its beautiful countryside as well as excellent transport links into London and beyond.

Main duties of the job:

You will promote, lead and act in accordance with the principles of personalisation, working to promote wellbeing, and enabling individual’s rights to choice and control. You will carry out assessments of need, plan and deliver services and review outcomes with the individual, their personal support networks and support providers.

You will ensure that practice within the team are responsive, inclusive and community based with a clear focus on outcomes and bring your professional expertise to your work with complex cases.

You will act as a champion and leader of social care within the locality/quadrant. You will be expected to give robust, consistent expert social care practice advice in partnership with other specialist senior social care colleagues. As an AMHP, you will provide advice, support and supervision to other AMHPs.

The postholder will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of the relevant legislation, theory and policy in relation to the care group.

You will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

For full details please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

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

Job Summary:

All Senior Social Workers must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Senior Social Workers will promote, lead and act in accordance with the principles of personalisation, ensuring that they are working to promote wellbeing, and enabling individual’s rights to choice and control. In doing so they will carry out assessments of need, plan and deliver services and review outcomes with the individual, their personal support networks and support providers.
Senior Social Workers will ensure that practice within their teams is responsive, inclusive and community based with a clear focus on outcomes. They will bring their professional expertise to their work with complex cases and contribute their perspectives to the multi-disciplinary team.
As a Senior Social Worker you will act as a champion and leader of social care within a locality/quadrant. You will be expected to give robust, consistent expert social care practice advice in partnership with other specialist senior social care colleagues. You will reinforce the need to deliver high quality, cost effective social care services to service users and their carers focused on the principles of choice, control and independence, as well as ensuring their safety. You will have a small caseload of the most complex cases and, as an AMHP, you will provide advice, support and supervision to other AMHPs.
Partnership working is a key component of this post both within and outside 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.
You will be expected to work in partnership with service users and carers so that they can be empowered, and services can be improved as a result of feedback of their experiences.
All staff should comply with the Trust’s Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.
Person specification
KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
Essential criteria

- An appropriate professional social work qualification
- Registration with General Social Care Council
- 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

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Essential criteria

- Minimum of 5 years post qualification experience with demonstrable evidence of excellent practice at a high level
- Extensive knowledge of legislation, statutory guidance, theory and policy in relation to relevant adult and children’s social care.
- Experience of undertaking assessments,focused as personalisation, choice and control, and care planning Understanding and experience of personal budgets and direct payments
- Experience of supervising and mentoring staff
- Experience of multidisciplinary working and evidence of collaborative work
- Experience of partnership working with service users and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect particularly in very challenging situations
- Experience of work as Approved Mental Health Professional.

Desirable criteria

- Experience of work as a Best Interests assessor

COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Essential criteria

- Excellent ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including service users and carers, other professional colleagues, members of other organisations and local communities, verbally and in writing.
- Evidence of successful management of difficult meetings.
- Ability to manage highly sensitive information
- Experience of using electronic recording systems and ability to produce accurate, appropriate and timely reports

ANALYTICAL SKILLS
Essential criteria

- Ability to analyse service user and carer information.
- Experience of undertaking small scale audits and surveys.

Desirable criteria

- Understanding of basic research methods

DIVERSITY
Essential criteria

- Demonstrable ability to working sensitively with diverse needs and environments
- Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice

PHYSICAL SKILLS
Essential criteria

- Ability to visit and attend meetings at a variety of locations and environments Experience of using computer - PC
- literate to ECDL standard
- Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)

PHYSICAL EFFORT
Essential criteria

- Ability to meet timescales and respond to crises and appropriate

MENTAL EFFORT
Essential criteria

- Flexibility and ability to respond to a variety of tasks, and to prioritise own workload
- Ability to manage others and convey information which may be contentious sensitively so that it achieves required improvements and outcomes

EMOTIONAL EFFORT
Essential criteria

- Ability to deal with distressing and sometimes aggressive behaviour of service users, carers and colleagues

GENERAL
Essential criteria

- Experience of working in an integrated health and social care environment

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