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Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Social Worker with Recruitment Incentive £3500

Job Type



East of England



£35,392 - £42,618

Posted Date

1 October 2023

Welwyn Garden City

Closing Date

6 October 2023

Are you interested in working with an outstanding Trust?

It's an exciting time to work within adult eating disorders as there is significant development and transformation!

As part of this transformation we are looking to recruit a social worker to our community team. If you are an experienced social worker, preferably with a knowledge of working well with people with eating disorders and if not, with strong transferable skills, we would love you to join us!

Please contact Helen Dudeney on 0783 323 5057 for an informal chat or to arrange a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!

Our staff survey results tell a story of highly engaged, motivated, passionate people working at HPFT. The survey has shown that staff overwhelmingly believe that their role makes a difference to service users, to the extent that HPFT had the best score nationally for this question.

This role attracts a Golden Hello of £3,500, new employees only.

£1,500 on commencement and £2,000 on completion of one years’ employment.

Main duties of the job

This role will lead the social work function of the team by:

- ensuring excellent safeguarding practice
- supporting the team in accessing social care packages including supported accommodation provision
- ensuring high quality carers' assessments
- conducting Connected Lives assessments

The successful candidate will:

- be a social worker with mental health knowledge and experience
- work together with our established multi-disciplinary team to deliver excellent care and interventions for adults with moderate to severe eating disorders and their families
- work alongside psychiatrists, dietitians, support workers, nurses, psychologists/psychotherapists, administrators
- have opportunities to learn and to develop

In return, we can offer you:

- leadership and management training
- 5% on top of basic salary high cost allowance supplement (maximum £2,011 per annum pro rata)
- 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
- Birthday leave
- One of the UK's best pension schemes
- Special leave for family and personal reasons
- NHS Car Lease Scheme (for substantive staff)
- Employee Assistance Programme

Working for our organisation

We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. Everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To lead on the social work function for the community team working with adults with a moderate to severe eating disorder. This will include:

- supporting the whole team with social care and Connected Lives assessments
- supporting the systemic therapist and carers liaison worker with carers' assessments
- liaising with the placements team to source appropriate accommodation for those who need supported accommodation
- supporting the team with safeguarding practice, referrals and investigations and leading these where necessary
ensuring the social care needs of our service users are identified and addressed

Person specification
Essential criteria

- Some post qualification experience
- Knowledge of English legislation, theory and policy in relation to adult eating disorders.
- Experience of undertaking assessments, focussed as personalisation, choice and control, and care planning
- Understanding and experience of personal budgets and direct payments
- Experience of multidisciplinary working and ability to work collaboratively
- Experience of partnership working with service users and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect
- Experience of working within mental health services

Desirable criteria

- Experience of working within an eating disorders service

"Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here Work in the UK.

It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge"

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