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Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Social Work Assistant

Job Type

Fixed Term





£22,816 - £24,336

Posted Date

29 September 2023


Closing Date

8 October 2023

The S75 Social Care Team West have a 12-month Fixed Term post for a Social Work Assistant, based in Lincoln. The post will cover both the Lincoln and Gainsborough areas. The post is full time, 37.5 hours per week. Applications for part time hours are welcome.

This post is to provide support and assistance to qualified social workers located within the S75 Social Care West team, working with adults experiencing mental health difficulties.

Social work interventions are delivered under the provisions as outlined in the Care Act 2014. Candidates will preferably have experience of working in a mental health setting, good communication and social skills, ability to work flexibly, good time management skills and able to work as part of a team.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to achieving better outcomes through the delivery of robust and person-centred support plans.

Appropriate training and regular supervision will be offered. Successful applicant must have the means to travel around the county, due to the nature of the work.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the implementation of care plans and care packages to services users experiencing severe mental illness and/or mental health problems within a defined locality. The post holder will work under the supervision of a Social Worker and will be managed by one of the Social Care Team’s, Team Coordinators. Main requirements are to:

- Contribute positively to multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team work
- Support people in the community aged between 18 and 65 who have severe and enduring mental illness.
- Work with individuals to develop support plans, set outcomes and enable people to achieve those outcomes.
- Support individuals through the recovery process, to achieve the best quality of life possible and to be able to live as independently as possible.

Take direction from qualified social workers.

Working for our organisation

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of ‘outstanding’ for well-led and ‘good’ overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We’re really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To liaise with the Registered Social Care Professionals and carry out assigned duties delivering a variety of mental health and social care interventions to service users suffering from mental ill health.

Provide direct social care support including short term social work intervention, rapid reablement and longer-term social care intervention under the direction of a qualified social worker.

Provide direct physical, social and psychological care to service users under supervision in accordance with individualised support plans, reporting about the service user’s condition to qualified staff and enabling service users to achieve defined outcomes set out in their support plans.

Exchange factual information with service users, who may have barriers to understanding using reassurance, tact and empathy.

Contribute to the assessment and analysis of clinical and non-clinical situations, making routine judgments to resolve straight forward problems.

To be prepared to work on own initiative as necessary and report to social care professionals.

Promote equality for all service users and understand their social care needs.

Demonstrate an awareness of service user and carer perspectives on the provision of social care.

Comply with and carry out safe practice in accordance with Trust policies and procedures and HCPC codes of conduct.

Liaise with, and develop effective partnership working with, people and organisations within the Trust and Local Authority, as well as other statutory and voluntary agencies.

To work within the policies, protocols and clinical procedures of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and to promote competent working practice within the team.

Ensure accurate record keeping in accordance with Trust policy.

Participate regularly in clinical supervision sessions.

Liaise with representatives from associated voluntary and statutory organisations and facilitate good communication processes.

Attend in-service training and other study / refresher days to meet individual, statutory and service needs.

Participate in performance reviews.
Person specification
Essential criteria

- Cavendish Care Certificate or willingness to work towards resourced by LPFT
- NVQ 3 in Care or equivalent
- NVQ 3 in Promoting Independence or equivalent or working towards achievement

Desirable criteria

- Training in mental health awareness or any other training relevant to this post
- NVQ 2 in Care or equivalent

Essential criteria

- Previous relevant experience of working with people with mental health problems as a nursing assistant grade or equivalent within a health and social care setting
- Knowledge of risk assessment principles
- Experience in providing support for people in the community
- Experience of working with people with mental health needs

We are leading the way with mental health transformation projects. Multi-million-pound schemes to transform patient environments and radically redesign community services are currently underway, as part of our commitment to reshaping the future of mental healthcare.

We believe the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall, and 75% of our staff recommending us as a place to work.

We offer options for flexible working and provide development pathways and opportunities. We have a proud partnership with the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln Medical School, which has expanded our academic offerings to nurture talent across the Trust.

We are committed to ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels. We are currently under-represented particularly at senior leadership level, so we welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those from the LGBT communities.

We support and celebrate diversity. We have active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, Lesbian Gay Bi Trans (LGBT+) staff, staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE) and our dedicated staff groups for men and women. We are a Silver Standard Employer with ENEI, were in the top 100 organisations in the country within the Stonewall Index (in 2019), and have been a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award two years in a row.

We offer 24-hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

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