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Central and North West London

Social Worker

Job Type

Permanent

Region

South East

Salary

Location

£31,163 - £37,875

Posted Date

4 November 2022

Harrow

Closing Date

16 November 2022

Harrow Community Mental Health Hub, based in Harrow and Wealdstone is looking for passionate Social Workers who are looking to make a difference whilst working in an environment that promotes staff development and training opportunities. CNWL is passionate about developing its own staff, driving them to go on to become more established practitioners and this post is no different.

You could be a newly qualified Social Worker looking to take their first steps in the field or an experienced practitioner looking for a new venture; we have training and development opportunities tailored to suit your needs.

Flexible working- Our Hub operates Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm however there are opportunities for this post to be tailored to suit you and your lifestyle needs with flexible working and condensed hours available in a team that is dynamic and transforming the way we offer support to people in Harrow with mental health challenges. If this sounds like something that could inspire you then we want to hear from you!

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

To be you and to do what you do best in the job you love!

You will be accountable for the Care Co-ordination of a defined caseload of adults. To assess health and social care needs (including accommodation, finances, and support in accessing education, training or employment) and negotiate care plans with service users and their carers, remaining objective when working with diagnostic uncertainty.

To help support you with the above we offer a robust induction and tailored training will be given and encouraged. As an employer, CNWL and Harrow Local Authority also offer various training opportunities, dependent on how long you are in post and your development needs as well as the CMHH offering internal training opportunities so that the team continues to learn and evolve their practice and support of their clients and each other.

Working for our organisation

We are committed to offering you an environment to flourish which includes dedicated development opportunities as well as a healthier work life balance. We will offer you;

- Flexible shift working, Part-timer or Condensed hours to provide a healthy work-life balance; 60/40 work split allowing time to work from home
- Commitment from the team to develop you by offering coaching and in-house development sessions such as Preceptorship Workshop, Leadership programmes, CBT-P training
- Free access to our Staff and Wellbeing service to ensure that you are always looking after yourself
- Commitment to career mapping to ensure continuous professional development including opportunities within the Trust
- On-site shadowing opportunities including HTT, Psych Liaison and many more
- Local social worker forums run by one of the senior leads
- An opportunity to work with a friendly, dynamic, passionate and diverse team who are committed to looking after each other as well as their patients
- Excellent staff benefits: our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include: childcare vouchers, health and wellbeing services, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, blue light card, discounts at Nando's and Superdrug, mobile phone contracts and much more! 
- Award-winning Staff Networks
- Hidden Gem & annual award ceremonies

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

See attached documents for details regarding JD

Interview date: TBC

Bentley House is a short distance from main train links and bus stops. The following transport lines have routes that pass near Bentley House:

Bus: 140, 182, H10, H9

Train: Overground, Southern and West Midlands Railway

Tube: Bakerloo Line

If you have any questions at all then please feel free to get in touch with us, we would be very happy to have any informal discussions with you.

Overview of Main Responsibilities
Key Tasks

1. To be accountable as the named worker of a defined caseload of adults of working age, utilising the Care Programme Approach (CPA), intervention-based practices and encompassing the Strengths-based approach and being person-centred.
2. To assess health and social care & support needs of people in accordance with the Care Act 2014 and Dept of Health guidance, subsequently formulating care plans with them and their carers, remaining objective when working with diagnostic uncertainty.
3. To ensure delivery of care & support plans in partnership with multi-disciplinary colleagues and a range of health and social care agencies, making use of the CPA framework.
4. To help patients gain fair and equal access to services, through choice and social inclusion, being sensitive to age, culture, ethnicity and gender, sexuality and disability.
5. To participate in delivering group programmes of discipline specific interventions
6. To prioritise time and workload, in a flexibly manner to meet caseload responsibilities, participate in meetings and effectively develop personal skills knowledge and experience through supervision and training.
7. To monitor treatment, support concordance and ensure prompt action is taken to alleviate unwanted effects.
8. To undertake risk assessments, according to Trust policy, utilising risk management approaches to help the patient and their family to reduce and manage symptoms, high risk behaviour and other disabling effects of their mental health condition and enable, as far as possible, full and sustained recovery.
9. To engage the patient and their family in relapse prevention and crisis planning, provide, and coordinate interventions that maximise the patients’ ability to resolve crises, remain at home and avoid the need for hospitalisation.
10. If admission to hospital occurs, to attend joint Inpatient reviews to ensure the patient is transferred/discharged to the lowest stigma/least restrictive environment as soon as clinically possible.
11. To ensure CNWL Child Protection Guidelines and procedures are fully understood by self and others. To ensure the welfare of any patient’s children is paramount and take appropriate action when a child is felt to be at risk or in need, by referring to the Local Authority’s Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub.
12. To raise a Safeguarding Adults Concern if a patient discloses an incident of abuse, or if abuse or neglect is observed to be experienced by a patient.
13. To assist patients with substance use difficulties, including joint working with those from Substance Use services.
14. To deliver a flexible and responsive service through working practices that are dictated by patient/carer need and contribute to the provision of service continuity including outside normal working hours when necessary.
15. To maintain standards of professional conduct at all times and observe the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act (1983), the Mental Capacity Act (2005),The Children Act (1989), the Care Act (2014) and other relevant legislation and guidance.
Person specification
Qualifications
Essential criteria

- Current Professional Qualification in Social work .Recognised social work qualification Dip SW, CQSW, CSS, Registered with HCPC
- Evidence of post registration training and CPD

Desirable criteria

- Training in Psychosocial Interventions
- Other relevant training, e.g. substance misuse
- Training in Care Act 2014

Experience
Essential criteria

- Experience working with mental health/vulnerable patients as a practitioner or student

Desirable criteria

- Work with people experiencing mental health crisis.
- Audit and research.
- Teaching
- Working with people who use substances

Skills
Essential criteria

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including report writing and presentations / IT skills
- Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive care package for the identified client group, using a wide range of resources.
- Able to develop a comprehensive programme of intervention and support for the identified client group and their families
- Skills in risk assessment and management
- Can demonstrate understanding of psychosis and its impact on service users and carers.
- Knowledge of current legislation and guidance applicable to this client group.
- Can demonstrate understanding of the needs of diverse groups, e.g. residents of inner city; black and minority ethnic groups, and skills in engaging with them.
- Skills in psychosocial interventions

Desirable criteria

- Skills in leadership: ability to motivate others, use initiative and manage change
- Basic counselling and group work skills
- Dual diagnosis/substance misuse

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