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Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Social Work Team Manager

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East Midlands



£43,742 - £50,056

Posted Date

30 June 2024


Closing Date

7 July 2024

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Mental Health Social Care Service in the role of Social Work Team Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for the West Social Work Team covering the areas of Lincoln and Gainsborough. Working alongside Colleague Managers and Senior Management Team in support of Social Workers and Social Work Assistants in the delivery of; assessments, short- and long-term social work interventions, support planning and undertaking reviews in accordance with the Care Act 2014. Partnership working across Health, Local Authority with system colleagues to shape and promote positive partner relationships.

You will be an inspirational leader with ability to demonstrate previous management experience. Essential to this role will be your ability to support and manage the team to ensure service users and their carers receive a high standard of care; our priorities are ensuring a positive strength-based approach and outcomes for people. Having excellent communication skills and a comprehensive knowledge of statutory legislation including safeguarding procedures and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Working with the team to ensure workloads are manageable and that the relevant learning opportunities and supervision are provided. You will have excellent management skills, with the capacity to identify and support Social Workers in complex situations. A supportive management Team approach is our ethos, regular Social Work led supervision is provided.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the Service Manager in providing effective frontline management of the Social work community Team. In agreement with the Principal Social Worker, the post holder will provide leadership and, in working in partnership with users will ensure access to the full range of specialist assessment and interventions.

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 provide a high standard of clinical care in one’s own practice and the team’s practice.

To delegate aspects of the role to other members of the team, whilst maintaining overall responsibility for team delivery, where appropriate.

To ensure the clinical caseload and clinical practice of members of the Community Social Work. Resource are of the highest standard of clinical care.

Provide a management role which would include scrutinising referrals, information gathering, sign posting to or referring on to more appropriate agencies, allocating to individual workers based on the complexity of the case, work load and experience of the practitioner and the safe management of any social care waiting list.

To manage case-load and service delivery in accordance with and in order to contribute towards the attainment of Service/Trust productivity requirements.

Work with individuals to assess their mental health, recognise mental illness and identify their related needs and circumstances; and enable them to understand, manage and where appropriate change their behaviour.

Plan, implement, review and improve interventions to meet people’s identified needs and manage their inherent risk.

To assess carers’ and family’s needs and develop, implement and review programmes of support for carers and families.

Protect people from abuse, neglect and harm.

Enable individuals to develop independent living skills and live in the community.

To contribute to the development of the service, participating in management discussions and decision making through attendance at individual briefing sessions and group management meetings as required.

Promote direct supervision to specified staff delegated by the Service Manager.

Receive and, where appropriate participate in staff development and performance appraisals.

To recruit to posts within their locality.

Support the development of the professional practice in the service, ensuring the provision of clinical supervision.

Promote the mission and values of the Trust.

Support the Service Manager in planning and managing the overall expenditure of the team of staff, supplies equipment, etc, within the budget, determined by the General Manager and in accordance with the Trust’s standing orders, standing financial instructions, budgetary rules and other financial policies.

Keep up to date on current practices in mental health, including participation in departmental training programmes and professional development education.

To attend relevant regional and national contributing professional development activities to maintain up-to-date skills and knowledge in meeting the needs of service users.

Assist the Service Manager by monitoring performance and activity targets.

Promote equality and ease of access to Services.

To support the development and use of systems to monitor and review the Service Provision against national and local standards as a means of initiating and implementing change and ongoing improvement in services content, quality and delivery.

To support the Service Manager on service improvement following internal case review, complaints and incidents.

Play an active role in relevant professional and service improvement groups, within the service and Trust-wide and within the Local authority as directed by the Service Manager.

Develop and deliver information to enhance professional awareness of issues related to the emotional and mental health needs of service users in other services and/or agencies.

Support the development of new ways of working within the service and the Trust.

To advise the Service Manager of any undue occurrence reported, witnessed or complaint received.

To observe and oversee adherence to all Health and Safety at work policies and contribute towards safe working practices.

Work within Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust’s agreed policies and procedures, protocols, guidelines and standards at all times and promote competent working practice within and integrated, multi - disciplinary setting.Be aware of, understand and comply with the relevant professionals guidelines, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Care Act 2014, the Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation at all times. Conform to the organisational Clinical Governance and Patient’s Charter Standards.

Promote and support the participation of service users in developing local services, information and guidelines through effective communication, consultation and promote opportunities for service users and their families to contribute at all levels.

To engage with community resources, develop a good understanding of those resources and promote the development of those resources.

Make strong links with the Managed Care Network, the Dementia Care Network, Shine, other service providers and the local authority.

Play a lead role in community capacity building and contribute to the coordination of community development.

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