Social Worker -Mental Health Team

England, Essex, Basildon
£22700.0 - £40750.0 per annum
20 Aug 2019
05 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full time

Social Worker

Adults Mental Health

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.

ECC is transforming to be far more proactive and our new model centres on a transformational shift from focussing on long term care and support to early intervention, recovery and enabling people to live independently for as long as possible. Our mission is to make the best and most sustainable use of all resources available to the adult, their families and carers; to ensure they have access to information and tools to enable them to live healthily and independently for as long as possible; and, to exercise choice and control over their lives, while ensuring safety, dignity and quality of life for all the adults we work with, including those in need of long term care.

The Social Worker will play a key part in providing social care services ensuring excellence of service across the department and within the multi-disciplinary team. The successful candidate will provide high quality assessment and intervention to customers experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, promoting recovery and independence, using Mental Health Care clusters to identify appropriate pathways and treatment plans with service users.

The Social Worker will support the delivery of strength and asset based approaches promoting recovery and social inclusion with customers and families meeting agreed service standards under the Section 75 Partnership Agreement between ECC and Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT).

The post holder will contribute to change management, concluding ECC's transformation and ensuring it is configured for continuous improvement.

The purpose of this job is to raise or contribute to discussions of issues and proposals by developing and leading integrated social work practice within the relevant service area and
Core Accountabilities

Undertake comprehensive needs-led assessments under the Care Act 2014 and prepare, implementing and the monitoring of care plans
  • Working with service users and their families/carers
  • Attending and participating effectively in supervision by team leader/senior practitioner on regular basis in accordance with Directorate policies
  • Co-working effectively with other professionals including attending multidisciplinary case discussions and team meetings
  • Recording information accurately in line with ECC and SEPT policies
  • Expected to be committed to continuous workplace learning through organisations and attendance at social care forums and meetings
  • Any other duties as may A full valid driving license and car available for business use or access to a car and driver reasonably be required
  • Ensure social care services are commissioned with best value and personalised outcomes in mind and ensure that social care funded packages are reviewed on a regular basis in a robust way
  • To contribute to the commissioning and provision of effective after-care services, including those required under s117 MHA, Care Act 2014 and CPA
  • Skills and Knowledge

    • Professional qualification (educated to degree level in relevant subject area i.e. DipSW, CQSW, CSS etc) and evidence of registration with HCPC.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development / post qualifying training relevant to the post.
    • Significant experience within an Adult Mental Health environment. Proven ability to undertake Mental Health assessments
    • Experience of delivering public services in a complex, multi-disciplinary environment and ability to implement and maintain high quality of service delivery, with knowledge of relevant legislation, statutory guidance and policy (incl. Care Act, MHA, MCA / DoLs).

    • Experience of working in a political environment, skills in understanding and responding to different perspectives and taking a cross organisational perspective.

    • Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing

    • Ability to advocate on behalf of clients

    • Evidence of ability to work as part of a team and ability to contribute to the development of services as part of a wider team.
    • Required to undertake AMHP training and once qualified to be active on the AMHP rota
    • Proven ability to meet timescales and deadlines and maintain high quality service delivery.
    Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

    The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

    ECC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

    We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

    If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Recruitment Team on 03330135888