Senior Practitioner - Mental Health Team

England, Essex, Rayleigh
£40637 - £49183 per annum
25 May 2021
22 Jun 2021
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time

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 Senior Practitioner 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 Senior Practitioner 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 discussions of issues and proposals by developing and leading integrated social work practice within relevant service area and meet agreed service standards under the Section 75 Partnership Agreement between ECC andEssex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Key accountabilities

  • Understand the needs of your customers and deliver the best possible outcomes through exemplar behaviour in accordance with ECC's Values and Core Organisational Behaviours.
  • Work flexibly and collaboratively across structural boundaries in support of key outcomes.
  • To contribute to development of organisational capability by taking ownership of your own training and development, including identifying and taking part in training and development activity and responding to feedback on performance.
  • Thinking creatively, challenging the norms, and constructively challenging those around them (including those more senior) to ensure continuous improvement and commercial astuteness, and inspire the same in colleagues.
  • Take responsibility for identifying and actioning areas of risk including Health and Safety and Business Continuity.
  • Work as part of project or process teams as required under the new operating model, ensuring excellent cross functional output.
  • Ensure department delivers its outputs, ensuring best value for money and accurate in-year spend.
  • Use specialist skill, knowledge and experience to ensure the effectiveness of the department.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance. Meet customer standards and ensure consistent adherence to both designed outcomes and agreed service levels.
  • Ensure compliance with all external and internal regulation.
  • Work collaboratively with partners to ensure the best overall outcome for the people of Essex, whilst protecting ECC's interests.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Professional qualification (educated to degree level in relevant subject area) and evidence of registration with HCPC i.e. DipSW, CQSW, CSS or other equivalent social work qualification. Other alternative recognised qualification as appropriate.
  • Approved Mental Health Professional Mental Health Act 1983 as recognised by ECC.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development / post qualifying training relevant to the post.
  • Post qualifying knowledge and experience of Mental Health social work including statutory work.
  • Experience of delivering public services in a complex, multi-disciplinary environment and ability to implement and maintain high quality of service delivery.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to undertake Mental Health assessments.
  • Ability to demonstrate supervisory skills.
  • Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

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    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.

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