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Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Social Worker

Job Type



East Midlands



£35,392 - £42,618

Posted Date

15 February 2024

Rampton Hospital

Closing Date

28 February 2024

As a Social Worker you will report to the Social Work Manager and contribute to the delivery of an excellent Social Care Service to a forensic patient population across four Clinical Care Streams at Rampton High Secure Hospital. This includes the National Service for Women, the National Learning Disability Service for men, National Deaf Service for men, as well as the Male Personality Disorder and Mental Health Service for men.

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of £2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Main duties of the job
We are looking to recruit individuals who are confident, and committed to providing a high quality Social Care service to a caseload of up to 25 forensic patients and their families. You will be motivated to work as a part of a multi-disciplinary team and link with external agencies. It is desirable that you have an interest and understanding of issues affecting people in secure mental health services. We expect you to be knowledgeable about legislative frameworks and issues regarding safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, and have a strong commitment to anti-discriminatory practice. The successful candidates must be able to prepare and present complex reports in a variety of forums. You can expect regular supervision and support, and opportunities for professional development.

Working for our organisation
Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Providing a social work service in accordance with National Standards to a clinical caseload of forensic psychiatric patients detained in high security. Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary clinical team (MDT), within a Clinical Care Stream and represent the Social Care Service (SCS) internally and externally. This requires liaison to provide the interface between the MDT, family/carers, social care agencies and probation; identifying, assessing and managing risk whilst balancing public protection with quality of life and effective treatment for patients; identifying and challenging discriminatory structures and practices so as to engage effectively with patients and their carers. Take a lead role in relation to safeguarding adults and children in particular procedures based on the Government Directions for visits by children to the High Secure Hospitals.

Person specification
Essential criteria

Mental Health Act 1983 as amended 2007, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Criminal Justice Legislation, Care Act 2014, Children Act 1989 & 2004, Human Rights Act, Equality Act 2010.
Desirable criteria

Evidence of continued professional development relevant to the position
Essential criteria

Professional social work qualification: Masters, Batchelor’s Degree, Diploma or Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.
Social Work England registered/eligible for Social Work England registration
NQSW/ASYE or equivalent work experience at experienced social worker level
Desirable criteria

Practice Educator Award, or willing to work towards or other post graduate qualification relevant to the position
Essential criteria

Previous experience working within the following relevant legislative frameworks; Mental Health Act 1983 as amended 2007, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Criminal Justice Legislation, Care Act 2014, Children Act 1989 & 2004, Human Rights Act, Equality Act 2010.
Evidence of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working with individuals presenting with complex needs and posing risks to themselves and others.
Previous experience in providing professional challenge to restrictive practices and promoting the rights and freedoms of others.
Desirable criteria

Experience of working within adult mental health
Experience of mentoring, training and/or supervising staff, or students
Essential criteria

Knowledge acquired through post-qualifying experience, in the application of social work practice, relevant to individuals with complex needs who present significant risks to themselves and others.
Application of social work practice, associated policies, theories, and frameworks relevant to: capabilities framework at experienced social worker level.
Knowledge of how the Mental Health Act 1983 amended 2007 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 apply within a mental health hospital.
Knowledge of how to incorporate culture, race and gender perspectives to underpin anti-oppressive practice and promote equal opportunities
Essential criteria

Ability to sustain and model engagement with people in fluctuating circumstances and capacities, including where there are negative responses, rejection of help, hostility and risk.
Ability to gather information quickly and effectively so as to inform judgment for interventions including in crisis, and in response to challenge, or in the absence of sufficient information.
Skills in autonomous report writing, including reports for court.
Ability to work proactively as an effective member of a clinical team while providing professional challenge.
Ability to offer advice to Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) regarding risk assessment and risk management.
Ability to use IT systems and software packages to maintain accurate and comprehensive work records.
Desirable criteria

Ability to contribute to developing and participating in educational, training and professional
Demonstrate evolving leadership skills
Contractual Requirements
Essential criteria

Ability to travel to other secure units within the UK
Physical requirements
Essential criteria

Has the physical ability to perform the full range of duties including Breakaway training

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