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Senior Practitioner - Mental Health Secure Services Team

Senior Practitioner - Mental Health Secure Services Team

Posted 11 February by Essex County Council

This is a full time fixed term/secondment role for 12 months and interviews will take place on the 10th February 2020 at Brockfield House, Runwell Chase, Wickford Essex.

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 to discussions of issues and proposals by developing and leading integrated social work practice within the relevant service area and

Key Responsibilities

  • 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
  • Implement the personalisation agenda through strengths based assessments and deliver the statutory social care duties and responsibilities within the Care Act (2014).
  • Work as an AMHP, undertaking Mental Health Act (MHA) assessments and other allocated work in relation to individuals with a range of mental health problems and engaging with their carers so that, within the legislation, appropriate action is taken.
  • Provide Self Directed Support (SDS) and as the Senior Social Worker, have responsibility as the Lead role within the team and for the professional social work supervision for social work staff within the team.
  • Work flexibly and collaboratively across structural boundaries in support of key outcomes
  • 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
  • Think creatively, challenge the norms, and constructively challeng 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

For more information or a formal chat please contact Debbie Griffiths on

  • Educated to degree level in Social Work or Occupational Therapist
  • HCPC Registered
  • 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

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.

As part of employment with 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.

ECC is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://benefits

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.

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