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Livewell Southwest

Social Worker

Job Type

Permanet

Region

South West

Salary

Location

£35,392 to £42,618

Posted Date

5 May 2024

Plymouth/Devon

Closing Date

20 May 2024

We are looking for a person-centred Social Worker to join our award-winning Urgent Care team. This is an exciting time to join the Community Crisis Response Team as investment allows expansion of roles in admission avoidance and the development of exciting new initiatives. All roles are valued members of this highly integrated team and you will gain great satisfaction in using your skills, in collaboration with trusted health and social care colleagues, to work with patients during their health crisis.

The team includes Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, General Nurses, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Community Care Workers, Paramedics, support workers and coordinators. In addition, there are opportunities for working with Acute Response Practitioners within the team to expand your understanding of physical assessment and clinical reasoning of frail elderly patients in primary care.

CCRT promotes a culture of learning and improvement, and as part of our team you will have the opportunity to gain desirable interdisciplinary skills whilst maintaining your social care identity. Staff are supported with a regular training programme to meet team competencies, as well as encouragement to attend relevant professional courses.

"please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility"

Main duties of the job

- Manages a day to day case load and will be required to assess and support people to live independent lives in the context of intermediate care criteria and statutory duties in order to enable vulnerable people to manage their own lives.
- The post holder reports to the Advanced Practitioner via annual performance appraisals and six monthly reviews, 1:1 meetings where case work can be discussed as necessary and regular professional supervision.
- Responsibility for holistic and partnership assessments of service users and their carers who have complex needs, utilising Social Work theories, personalised approaches models and methods to identify strengths and needs to inform appropriate interventions.
- Assess the urgency of a request for action and identify the need for legal and procedural intervention.
- Complete assessments through detailed conversations with all groups of clients that may include those with mental health illnesses, learning disabilities, substance and alcohol misuse, sensory impairment, acquired brain injuries and a wide range of physical disabilities.
- Assess the outcome of any intervention against need, professional standards and best practice under the Care Act 2014.
- Assess eligibility and negotiate immediacy of intervention against resources, risk and need. The post holder will need to have an awareness of budgetary constraints.

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

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About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Promote and uphold the privacy, dignity, rights, health and wellbeing of people who use health and care services and their carers, at all times.

Work in collaboration with colleagues to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare, care and support.

Communicate in an open and effective way to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of people who use health and care services and their carers.

Supervise and/or train students and Band 5 colleagues as and when required to ensure their practice is safe and professional.

Provide supervision on a 1:1 basis or through peer supervision as and when required to ensure practice is safe and professional.

Support the delivery of induction training for new staff within the service as and when required to ensure practice is safe and professional.

Strive to improve the quality of care and support through continuing professional development (CPD)

Uphold and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

To be legally literate with the Care Act (2014), the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Human Rights Act (1998). To have a good understanding of the Mental Health Act (1983) and its subsequent amendments and the Children Act (1989).

To have an awareness of national policy and guidelines and how these should be used in practice.

Preparing legal documents for court and representing the organisation in a court setting.

Maintain contact with people who use our services either face-to-face, telephone or assistive technology such as video links and conference calls.

Design, implement and review care and support plans, which may involve the input of other professionals /disciplines.

Work to a number of protocols/procedures such as lone working, risk management and health and safety.

Complete carers assessments and seek feedback from people who use the service.

Learning some basic clinical skills to enable the undertaking of holistic assessments and liaison with the multi-disciplinary team.

Take an asset-based approach, including signposting to universal services, advice and information and considering the persons links and integration with their community and services such as advocacy.

Duty of candour and supporting people to make complaints if they wish too.

Maintain positive working relationships and communicate clearly with team colleagues, line manager, other professionals, people who use our service and their families/carers which may include highly sensitive issues.

Listen to and work in partnership with the people who use our services and families and carers.

Maintain professional conduct and communicate clearly when faced with competing demands and in situations that are potentially highly emotive, such as being challenged by families or other professionals.

Present evidence-based decisions and judgements about potentially complex/ ambiguous situations in a manner fit for the audience. This includes writing court reports, explaining legal requirements to people and their families and projecting social work values in a multi-disciplinary setting.

Working closely with the integrated locality teams, Ageing well MDT, GP and voluntary sector.

Act as a patient advocate as required ensuring individual needs, preferences and choices are delivered by the Service.

Person Specification
Qualifications
Essential

- You must hold a qualification in Social Work, such as postgraduate diploma, bachelors degree or masters level.
- You must have a valid Social Work England professional registration.

Desirable

- Any postgraduate qualifications relevant to social work, such as Graduate Certificate in Practice Education or Approved Mental Health Professional

Experience
Essential

- Proven relevant experience of working in the health and social care sector.

Desirable

- Experience of working with other professionals in an integrated service

Knowledge and skills
Essential

- Knowledge of social work theories and models, the strengths and limitations and how they can be applied to practice.
- Knowledge of the legal framework relevant to social work, including the Care Act (2014), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Mental Health Act (1983) and subsequently in 2007; and The Human Rights Act (1998).
- Knowledge of the Professional Capability Framework and the standards set by the social work regulatory body, and maintaining professional registration.
- Undertake safeguarding investigations and the application of the 6 principles of Making Safeguarding Personal.
- Ensuring that case records are accurate, timely and that work is completed in accordance with the priorities outlined by the line manager; and record keeping guidelines.

Desirable

- Knowledge of total communication (e.g. BSL, PECS and Makaton). Experience of writing court reports and/or appearing in court.

Other requirements
Essential

- To be available to work in a service that operates 7 days a week, with varied shift patterns.
- Hold a full UK driving licence.
- Relevant IT skills.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
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