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Social Worker - Mental Health HCC9511

Job Details:

Salary Range: £32,752 - £36,862 per annum
Work Location: Beech Hurst, Andover
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date:  24 June 2019

Advert Text:

Hampshire County Council’s Adults’ Health and Care Department is seeking driven and committed Mental Health Social Worker to join its high performing Mental Health and Substance Misuse Social Care Team in delivering social care.


In this role you will work collaboratively with partner agencies to promote the independence and improve the wellbeing of adults with mental health and substance Misuse.  Working in accordance with social care legislation and local government requirements, informed by the values and principles of social care, you will be supporting in the delivery of strength based approach and effective social care services. Our priority is to safeguard the most vulnerable and to be as efficient as possible, whilst utilising the opportunities afforded by closer working with partner agencies.


You will be based in a designated area of Hampshire covering the geographical area of Andover and Winchester, but working flexibly across the county undertaking reviews.


We offer a supportive team environment where you will give and receive support and encouragement in your role. You will receive regular supervision an experienced practitioner who has excellent operational understanding. Professional development is supported and encouraged through training opportunities.
 

Job Purpose:

To use professional knowledge, skills and interventions in accordance with code of practice, statutory duties, professional practice, departmental policies and procedures, and best value.

To assess, monitor and review the social care needs of adults, and their carers in relation to their caring role. To support the planning and arrangements, provision or purchase of appropriate services/care that will meet a person’s assessed and eligible needs and the outcomes identified.

To work in partnership with users, carers, relatives and other agencies, to identify current and future service requirements and contribute to service development within the scope of the role.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Professional Practice – how the social worker meets the requirements of social work registration, continuing professional development and supports the professional development of others. Accountabilities include:
  • Demonstrate own professional practice and meet the requirements of registration
  • Model the social work role within and outside the team
  • Understand the boundaries for own professional practice, when to seek support, and how to address own learning needs
  • Establish a network of internal colleagues with whom you can share expertise and seek advice
  • Contribute to the development of social work practice and the learning of others
  • Understand the organisational and political context in which you are working and how this impacts on practice

Risk Management – how the social worker identifies, assesses and manages risk in relation to addressing social care needs, and/or service and practice planning. This will apply to individuals and/or carers in relation to their caring role. The social worker will identify ways in which risk can be mitigated.
 

  • Undertake the assessment of risk in different situations. Apply strategies to mitigate risk, and identify least restrictive interventions
  • Undertake the assessment , planning and review for safeguarding cases
  • Complete and/or support the completion of a range of care assessments and reviews that will identify needs, options and promote well-being
  • Manage and/or support cases and/or situations with identified risk, and ensure social care interventions are proportionate to need
  • Manage workload independently, seeking support and suggesting solutions for workload difficulties
  • Report concerns and complaints following appropriate escalation routes

 

Information, Advice and Advocacy – the nature and quality of information, advice and advocacy that a social worker provides to help individuals, families, communities, agencies and other professionals to make informed choices and decisions about social care.
 

  • Provide, and ensure the staff and/or services you supervise, provide information and advice using a professional understanding in the application of social care law
  • Provide, and ensure the staff and/or services you supervise, provide information and advice through local community networks, to support local empowerment and well-being
  • Promote the availability of information and advice to other professional colleagues and teams, that address social care needs
  • Empower and advocate on behalf of individuals and communities, and enable access to an independent advocate when appropriate

Role Requirements:

  • Social work qualification
  • Social work registration
  • Enhanced criminal records check
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to communicate in challenging situations
  • Ability to assess risks, needs, analyse information
  • Ability to recognise problems, identify solutions and negotiate
  • An understanding of the statutory duties of local government in social care
  • Knowledge of social care model
  • Good numeracy
  • Ability to record case and financial information
  • Ability to understand best value principles and resource constraints
  • Understand equalities issues
  • Understand data protection & confidentiality
  • Undertake required training as an Approved Mental Health Professional.

Working Conditions:

  • Regular travel and lone working, assessing people in their homes, hospital, community
  • Frequent use of IT systems
  • There may be unknown risks associated with visits such as unpredictable or challenging behaviour, and will need to be assessed
  • Some work may be outside normal working hours
  • Possible transport of service users
  • Some work may incur stress such as high risk case work

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to Criminal Records Check

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Please contact Gillian Williams, Team Manager for an informal discussion on 01264 367777

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 


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