ASC Senior Social Worker/Senior OT - Mental Health Team

Location
England, Essex, Harlow
Salary
£39168 - £47405 per annum
Posted
17 Sep 2020
Closes
08 Oct 2020
Ref
29257
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
Essex County Council continues to review its ways of working during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to work within adult social care with a focus on "digital first", where the default position is, where possible, for our staff to work from home (this is continuously reviewed). All candidates applying to Adult Social Care will be expected to join on a 12-week rota on a 6-day shift pattern and this will include some weekend work. However, we still promote flexible working and a flexible work pattern can be discussed. For further details please enquire with our resourcing team, alternatively working patterns can be discussed at interview.

Job Purpose
ECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is moving towards a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a model with four key principles: - prevention; early intervention; enablement and safeguarding.
This will enable people, their families and carers to access information and tools, live healthily and independently and for our function an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.

Senior social workers are passionate in demonstrating expert and effective practice ability in complex situations. Managing a caseload and supporting colleagues with complex cases, with an ability to mitigate high levels of risk. Working collaboratively with statutory and non-statutory/voluntary agencies ensuring a joined-up approach.

Significant experience of social work in mental health and older adults, modelling good practice and providing expert advice and guidance is essential in this role. We are looking for an experienced social worker who is an Approved Mental Health Practitioner, with community experience of working with people who have severe and enduring mental health and complex dementia outcomes. We are a small but dedicated, well established team that works closely in partnership with community and inpatient EPUT mental health services across the West Quadrant of Essex.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Educated to degree level (i.e. Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS) or equivalent.

Evidence of continuing professional development and demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards eg professional capability framework, knowledge and skills statement. Current registration with Social Work England as a registered social worker.

Postgraduate qualification and current practice as an Approved Mental Health Practitioner is required, although candidates who have applied or are already undertaking this qualification process may also be considered.

Significant experience of social work, demonstrating a comprehensive and up to date understanding of all relevant legislation, regulations and guidance.

Experience of mentoring both newly qualified and experienced staff and being a subject matter expert in professional practice.

Experience of chairing meetings involving clients, family members and/or carers and other multi-agency professionals.

Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and vulnerable adults.

Understanding of the financial implications of care packages commissioned.

Proven track record of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider 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 the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.

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 Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.

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