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Lead Practitioner - Services for Ageing Mental Health

Camden London Borough Council
Camden, London (Greater)
£41,952 – £48,663 per annum
Closing date
16 Jan 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Social Care
Contract Type
Full time
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About us

Camden is listening to everyone, including you. We’re giving a platform to people inside and outside our community. Because, we’re not just home to the UK’s fast-growing economy. We’re home to the most important conversations happening today. And we’re making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind. As a Social Worker within the Camden Early Intervention Service, you will be part of a multidisciplinary team assessing and supporting people who may be experiencing thir first episode of psychosis.

The Role

We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity for a Lead Social Work Practitioner to join our team to support older adults. As a Community Mental Health Team we cover the entire Borough of Camden and as a specialist team, we work with those who experience severe and enduring mental illness, typically having complex needs and comorbidities associated with age related frailty.

As Lead Practitioner, you will support the management of the social work service that supports older adults with mental health needs, working closely with the Team Manager to embed Camden’s Model of Social Work and strengths based practice throughout the service.

In this role you will support, coach and mentor staff by providing a clear and responsive practice leadership role within the service. This will include modelling best practice, promoting and ensuring the highest professional standards are maintained throughout areas of responsibility. This will include Safeguarding and acting a Safeguarding Adult Manager, S.117 Aftercare planning, Court of Protection and MCA.  You will be expected to take on a small caseload of complex cases. The role will also require support to oversee the Social Care Review component of the team. 

You will be responsible for supervisory responsibilities for up to 6 Qualified Social Workers, managing staff on HR issues (performance management, attendance, conduct) as required and in line with the relevant organisational policies and procedures.

As an employee of Camden, the successful candidate will be working in the team’s base at Kentish Town, as part of a multi- disciplinary team, within Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. The Service for Ageing and Mental Health Division, for which this team sits, gained outstanding rating from our latest CQC inspection in November 2019. As a specialist service we are committed to supporting older adults to maintain autonym, independence and control over their lives for as long as possible, and value the diversity that the Borough has to offer.  

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.

About You 

This role requires you to be a qualified Social Worker with a minimum of 5 years post – qualifying experience.  You must be registered with Social Work England. Also, to be successful in this role, you must be willing to show a commitment to undertake Post Qualifying Courses when relevant, including the Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) course.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, passionate and committed to work within the recovery model and dedicated to improve the well-being of people and their carers.  Extensive knowledge of the legislative framework relating to Adults and the Care Act 2014 is essential in this role.

We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine our Mental Health services here in Camden, and we’ll redefine what a career can be.

Working for Camden

We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine how we’re supporting people, and we’ll redefine what a career can be.

At Camden, you’ll receive a host of benefits as well as joining a flexible working employer. Click HERE to see full details of our benefits.

Additional information

To view the Job Profile, please click HERE

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application you will be required to demonstrate how you meet the role criteria noted in the Job Profile under the “About You” section.

To discover more about Camden and our commitment towards diversity, equality and safeguarding, please visit our recruitment website

Asking for Adjustments

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as accessible as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people, neurodiverse people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the application, interview or assessment process, including providing information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at or post to 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG


Camden: A diverse and vibrant borough
What makes us different?

Camden London Borough Council offers the opportunity to create a place for everyone. The council is committed to excellence and aims to recruit vibrant and talented people to develop and cultivate highly competent work teams. 
Camden Council promotes culture, innovation and excellence by celebrating awards such as the Camden Business Awards, Community Support Awards and Camden Design Awards. 

Great values

Based in the heart of the capital, Camden has much to offer its dedicated staff. The council is committed to excellence, and dedicated to safeguard and support the welfare of vulnerable adults, young people and children. Camden aims to work hand to hand with the communities it serves to find new and better ways to increase quality of life.
Why work for Camden?

  • Camden is committed to providing high quality services
  • Competent and skilled work teams.
  • A trusting, supportive working environment
  • Strong focus on innovation
  • Competitive salary.
  • Free season ticket / travelcard loan scheme. 

Would you like to work in an innovative, multicultural, vibrant and transforming environment?

Camden may offer the opportunity you are looking for.

Find Us
020 7974 4444
Town Hall
Judd Street
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