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Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS FoundationTrust

Social Worker

Job Type



North West



£35,392 - £42,618

Posted Date

3 June 2024

Soss Moss Site -Alderley Low Secure Unit

Closing Date

17 June 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our multi-disciplinary team as a Forensic Social Worker for our two low secure services. Alderley Unit is a 10-bed male Low Secure Learning Disability & Autism unit, and Saddlebridge Recovery Centre is a 15-bed male Low Secure Mental Health unit.

Both units are part of the North West network of secure services, as well as being members of the national Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services, with a recent peer review including positive feedback from staff/carers/service users about the care provided. You would be working within a well-represented multi-disciplinary team including specialist professionals. The role is varied and would suit an individual looking for an exciting new challenge!

Both units are based on the same site in the beautiful surroundings of Nether Alderley, close to Alderley Edge. With good road links to Manchester, Stockport and Stoke, the site also offers free parking for staff.

The successful candidate will have experience in working within Mental Health and/or Learning Disability and Autism services; working within a multi-disciplinary team along with evidence of partnership working; and developing links with other organisations both inside and outside of the NHS.

Main duties of the job

To provide statutory social care functions and a social work service to the patients within the low secure services.

To work as a part of the multi-disciplinary team contributing to the assessment, care planning and treatment of service users’ care. To assist service users in maintaining positive links with friends and, carers and family members.

To act in accordance with all relevant legislation, policies and protocols, and professional code of conduct maintaining effective links with the Local Authority to effectively lead the safeguarding process.

The individual will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of working with Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism service users with complex and challenging needs. We are looking for a dynamic, driven individual who shows a real passion for supporting these service users.

CWP provide full access to clinical and managerial supervision which will assist you in developing your professional development plan. To be successful in this role you will need to be committed to Personal Learning and Development, Evidence and Values Based Practice and Patient Centred Care.

Working for our organisation

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care – including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours which are ‘the 6 Cs’ Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A ‘Guide to completing your application form’ can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer ‘YES’ to the question: ‘Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?’

Please inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a ‘Silver’ award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

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