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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Social Worker

Job Type



North West



£33,706 - £40,588

Posted Date

29 September 2022

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Closing Date

11 October 2022

If you are a conscientious, hardworking social worker who is interested in working within an organisation; that is committed to providing an exceptional service to our community then we would like to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have the ability to deliver an efficient and high quality social work service, have well developed assessment and analytical skills and demonstrate knowledge of appropriate Health and Social Care legislation to promote asset and strengths based care planning/interventions. You will bring a sound knowledge base about Adult Social Care, strong interpersonal and organisational skills. You will be able to practice within a fast paced environment and work to deadlines.

In return we will invest in you with regular supervision, a balanced workload, access to good training and further career opportunities.

Applications from newly qualified social workers are welcome. In this instance you will enter the Trust with a starting pay grade and Job Description at BAND 6 AFC.

The trust has adapted to a hybrid model of working.

To find out more please contact:

Naomi Sloan, Team Leader 07880101097

Or Michael O'Rourke, Team Leader 07880472409

Working for our organisation:

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to ‘perfect care’ – care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We’re currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

- To manage a complex caseload of service users as part of a hospital avoidance and discharge pathway and to co-ordinate care in the context of relevant health and social care legislation and policy frameworks including but not limited to:
- The Care Act 2014
- Mental Health Act 1983/2007
- Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Interagency Adult Safeguarding policies and procedures
- CHC Framework/Guidance
- To contribute to the assessment and care management process within a multi- disciplinary team
- To make service users aware of financial contributions, to provide information enabling service users to make an informed choice.
- MDT working in both community and hospital settings (The Royal Liverpool Hospital Frailty Unit, Longmoor House Aintree Hospital, Liverpool Innovation Park).
- Assessing and commissioning packages of care and residential and nursing placements
- Hospital discharge planning
- Safeguarding enquiries
- Court of protection work

Person specification
Essential criteria

- Recognised qualification in Social Work at certificate or Diploma level e.g DipSW, CQSW or CSS
- Social Work England Registration

Desirable criteria

- Masters Degree (MSW) or Post Graduate (PGDipSW)
- Best Interest Assessor Qualification or willingness to undertake training.
- Practice Educator Award or willingness to undertake training
- Approved Mental Health Professional Qualification

Essential criteria

- Minimum of two years post qualifying experience as a Social Worker in a health/social care setting
- Care Act 2014 Mental Health Act 1983/2007 Mental Capacity Act 2005 Interagency Adult Safeguarding policies and procedures
- Knowledge and application of professional standards, codes of conduct and HCPC standards of proficiency.
- Good working understanding of Experience of working with clients with acquired brain injury Experience of supervising others Application form & Interview 10/07/2019 Information Governance, Data Protection and confidentiality.
- Ability to assess and manage complex cases in a multidisciplinary team setting
- Skilled at assessing need, coordination and review of support plans
- Skilled at assessing and implementing risk management frameworks.
- Skilled at assessing and promoting the involvement of people in developing their own care/support plans using a strengths and asset based approach
- An understanding of diversity and how it affects practice.

Desirable criteria

- Experience of supervising others

Essential criteria

- To be able to practice safely and effectively within scope of practice.
- To be able to practice within the legal and ethical boundaries of Social Work profession
- Understand the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to Social Work profession
- Be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice.
- Develop written documents including report writing relevant for practice.
- An ability to manage time, prioritise work and meet deadlines.
- To be able to practice as an autonomous professional
- To be able to communicate effectively
- To be able to build compassionate and effective relationships
- To be able to maintain records appropriate

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