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Social Worker - Mental Health Team Chelmsford

Posted 7 March by Essex County Council Ended

Social Worker - Mental Health Team

Essex Wide

£30,000 to £41,000 per annum

Full Time, 6 month Fixed Term Contract

If shortlisted, provisional interviews have been booked for Thursday 29th March 2018

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK and is undergoing significant transformational change to further enhance customer focus, service and delivery. The adult social care function delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable adults and their families. These services are delivered against specifications set by the people commissioning function in line with the County Council's overarching outcomes.

The role reports directly to an operational team manager and will be a member of a small team of senior social workers, social workers, an employment specialist and support workers working across Essex.

The postholder is responsible for:

  • Working with individuals who have social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of a mental health condition, exclusion, or diminished capacity
  • Promoting autonomy and development with individuals who have social care needs and are more vulnerable to exclusion
  • Working with communities, individuals and families to promote their personal strengths, preventing an escalation in need and enhancing independence and wellbeing Interventions will be based upon ECC's Good Lives approach

Non Line Manager Core Accountabilities

  • 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
  • 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 responding to areas of risk including health and safety and business continuity

Role Specific Accountabilities

  • To assess, review and provide help to an individual, family or carer with mental health needs, taking full account of appropriate policy and guidance. This will include taking due account of the principles of personalisation, service eligibility criteria and legal framework
  • To intervene and provide help to an individual or family whose mental health needs or risks indicate that they need professional support providing brief solution focussed interventions to ensure the individuals independence is maximised
  • To carry out an assessment or enquiry and plan responses with an adult, or their representative or advocate if they lack capacity, to safeguard them from abuse, neglect or exploitation, building effective relationships with individuals and families as appropriate
  • To enable an adult who has been abused or neglected to improve their circumstances, where it is unclear whether the person lacks mental capacity to make decisions, or where it is unclear whether their decisions are compromised by the undue influence of others
  • To seek to promote social justice and rights by challenging neglect, discrimination and exclusion, and helping to build safe, strong and caring social networks and communities
  • To be the lead professional in collaborative work in situations where a social work perspective is needed to inform or drive decision-making, ensuring that a legally based, human rights perspective is applied to when and how interventions are made in the lives of individuals, families and communities experiencing complex social and family problems
  • To take a lead on community development to assess, identify and maximise the strengths or assets of individuals, their families and their communities. For example, repairing, constructing and reinforcing networks of support for individuals in their own communities who would otherwise require admission to institutional care
  • To build relationships with individuals with mental health difficulties and their families who find it difficult to engage with services but need support to develop or maintain independence or autonomy
  • Accountable for making recommendations about whether a case has reached the threshold for statutory intervention
  • Facilitate service user choice and empowerment through promoting independence as far as possible, by using knowledge and skills to promote quality of life, through the application of the principles of the personalisation agenda, such as support planning, at validation / risk management board discussions and family group conferencing
  • To hold a caseload of a level of complexity and provide case management, guidance, support and expert advice to social care staff, students and newly qualified social workers, as and when required
  • Record, investigate and respond to safeguards and risk management boards, complaints and compliments, and provide detailed and professional responses in accordance with relevant standards and time frames
  • To participate upon the Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) rota if suitably qualified

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Diploma/ Degree in Social Work
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

Required skills

  • <UL><LI>Diploma/ Degree in Social Work</LI><LI><DIV>Registration with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)</DIV></LI><LI><DIV>A good working knowledg

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