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Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Social Worker in Mental Health Teams

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£35,392 - £42,618

Posted Date

29 September 2023


Closing Date

10 October 2023

You will be joining KMPT at an exciting time. The work around the implementation of the Community Health Framework for Mental Health will enable Social Work to develop a strong profile within secondary care mental health service to improve patient experience and compliment our existing MDT.

As a social worker you will provide a high standard of support and care delivery with regards to social care needs to those service users whose ability to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by mental health issues, emotional, psychological and social problems.

You will be required to support secondary care mental health services throughout West Kent offering the successful candidate a choice of base between either Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with other agencies and individuals to support service users with a clear focus on recovery, social inclusion and social justice. The role will entail assessment, support planning and the opportunity to provide 1-1 strength based therapeutic interventions.

You will act as Lead Health Care Professional, (where applicable) with individuals who have serious and enduring mental health difficulties.

KMPT believe that Professional Practice should be informed by the following principles;

• Our intervention only when absolutely necessary
• People know what they need best
• We see the person and not their difficulties
• People have the right to live without fear or harm

If you want to be part of a multi-disciplinary team and embed the Mental Health Social Worker role within the Community Mental Health Services then we look forward to hearing from you.

Working for our organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Develop and deliver evidenced based psychosocial interventions where appropriate. This is to include the Change Model for individuals diagnosed with Complex Psychological needs (Personality Disorders) and undertake training where appropriate.

Undertake holistic social work assessments using strengths based model collaboratively with services users, relatives and carers in order to promote the appropriate support towards recovery.

Undertake a range of procedures and practices underpinned by theoretical knowledge or relevant practice to provide a service that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

Ensure effective communication with particular regard for individuals who may have difficulties in relating to the complexity of emotional and psychological conditions.

This will include skills in managing moods, motivation, counselling, training,
empathising and reassurance.

Manage an appropriate caseload requiring social work interventions.

Ensure appropriate risk assessments and risk management plans are completed and reviewed.

Ensure all child protection, adult safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act issues are dealt with according to policy and procedure.

Undertake the function of Care-Coordinator in line with Trust policy for the Care Programme Approach where appropriate.

Work collaboratively and in partnership with service users, relatives, carers and others in order to seek community based solutions.

Please see job description for full details.
Person specification
Essential criteria

• Registered social worker
• One year experience within mental health

Desirable criteria

• Post-registration certificate relevant highter academic or skills focussed awards

Essential criteria

• Evidence of continued professional development

Desirable criteria

• Excellent IT skills

PLEASE NOTE: If role is patient-facing, candidates will be required to meet any government requirements for Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of deployment to be appointed. A full course of the Covid-19 vaccination (or where applicable a valid exemption) may be required to be evidenced prior to receiving an unconditional job offer.

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