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Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Social Work Assistant

Job Type



Social Work



£22,816 - £24,336

Posted Date

22 January 2024


Closing Date

31 January 2024

Job overview
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 3 Social Work Assistant to join our Forensic Social Work Team at Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

You will be part of a dynamic team supporting and contributing to the delivery of an excellent Social Care Service to a forensic patient population across four Clinical Care Streams at Rampton High Secure Hospital. This includes the National Service for Women, the National Learning Disability Service for men, National Deaf Service for men, as well as the Male Personality Disorder and Mental Health Service for men.

You will work alongside Senior Social Workers and Social Workers within a supportive team structure and have opportunities to access training . You will have regular supervision and also gain knowledge and enhance skills from the expertise of other members of the team.

Main duties of the job
The role will require an individual to work effectively under the direction and leadership of a registered Social Worker in contributing to the patient's overall care, treatment and recovery. The role involves working directly with patients on wards and supporting and involving families/carers.

The role will also involve undertaking administrative tasks and gathering information to inform the social work assessments.

Working for our organisation
Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.
We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.
Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.
If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Building therapeutic relationships with patients, families and carers to undertake social care tasks, under the direction of the allocated Senior Social Worker.
Attending and contributing to clinical meetings.
Providing administrative support to Senior Social Workers.
Support in the gathering of information to inform Social Work Assessments / Reports.
Communication with own service, other colleagues and other agencies; use of the telephone, MS Teams, email.
Use of IT systems such as Outlook, MS Teams, Word & Excel.
Organisation and administration of patients written files and electronic records.
Supporting and liaising with family and Carers and undertaking home visits where required.
To liaise, provide information and support social visitors in relation to transport issues to enable visits to patients. To occasionally transport carers in own vehicle / pool car as required.
To represent the Social Work Department at any Social Visitor involvement meetings or event days.
Supporting the Child Accreditation process including the supervision of child visits.
Successfully time manage and prioritise areas of responsibility.
This is not an exhaustive list of duties and may be changed in line with service needs in conjunction with the post holder.

Person specification
Skills and attributes
Essential criteria

Caring and compassionate attitude
ability to work well with others
ability to maintain confidential and ethical boundaries
committed to personal and team development
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Able to plan and maintain high level of organisation,
ability to work within a high-pressured environment
analytical skills
Essential criteria

NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in Health & Social Care or experience of working in a Health or Social Care setting
a good standard of general education including GCSE in Maths and English or equivalent
and a working knowledge of computer programmes including Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft packages
Desirable criteria

Other qualifications pertinent to the position, ECDL
Essential criteria

Commitment to participate in appropriate training courses or updates in accordance with mandatory requirements and/or individual Personal Development Plans.
Desirable criteria

Safeguarding Adults & Children, GDPR, Mental Health, Mental Capacity Awareness
Essential criteria

Relevant work experience (paid or voluntary) in health or social care setting
Evidence of working in a collaborative manner with other professionals
Experience of working with people in emotional distress and presenting with social care needs
Ability to work autonomously within the boundaries of the role
Desirable criteria

Experience of working in a secure forensic service or Criminal Justice Service or a health setting
Essential criteria

Knowledge of Adult & Child Safeguarding
Awareness of the principles underpinning diversity, equal opportunity and anti-oppressive practice
Knowledge of mental health
Knowledge of confidentiality and data protection
Desirable criteria

Knowledge of Mental Health Code of Practice
Carer awareness
Boundary awareness

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