Senior Social Worker Adults Mental Health Chelmsford

  • workinsocialcare.com
  • Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • 05 Jun, 2017
Full time Health & Social Care

Job Description

Senior Social Worker - Older Adult Mental Health Team
Chelmsford
Salary from 34,000- 42,000 per annum on appointment with performance related progression up to 50,400
Permanent, Full Time Contract

This is your opportunity to be the Senior Social Worker you want to be. You became a social worker to help change lives for the better. By following the Care Act and promoting Good Lives you can make a difference in changing the life for our vulnerable adults. It's about having the time to really get to know your service users and understand the issues they face, and the autonomy to deliver creatively tailored solutions.

By assessing the individual's needs you can discuss options available to ensure the customer feels supported and valued. Adult Operations truly believe in their value statement "Helping People to Help Themselves by Making Personalisation Real".


The role of the senior social worker is to ensure that professional intervention is appropriately discharged to maximise vulnerable people's potential in being able to support themselves within agreed resources. The role is underpinned through the 6 key principles empowerment, prevention, proportionality, protection, partnership and accountability defined by the Care Act 2014.

There are 2 Older Adults Mental Health Teams and the team consist of Joint Health and Social Care funded Operational Team Managers, Senior Practitioners, Social Workers; Social Work assistants and CPN's.

The post holder is responsible for working with individuals who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity. They will be required to support the operational team manager by modelling good practice, setting expectations for others and taking responsibility and accountability for the practice of others and mentoring newly qualified social workers. The role also requires the post holder to build on existing relationships with strategic partners, particularly where there is a joint agency team.

Key accountabilities

* To assess, review and provide help to an individual, family or carer with complex family or social care needs, taking full account of appropriate policy and guidance.
* 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.
* To build relationships with individuals and families who find it difficult to engage with services but need support to develop or maintain independence or autonomy.
* Taking on roles that require autonomous professional decision-making, concerning the restriction of personal liberty and/or involving significant infringements of private and family life. For example, when working as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) or Best Interests Assessor (BIA); when making decisions that an adult safeguarding case has reached the threshold for statutory intervention
* Taking responsibility for the learning, development and practice of others, including through local leadership of practice, or supervision of colleagues and students.
* Providing professional leadership and opinion within multidisciplinary contexts and responsible for arguing their case confidently and persuasively in multidisciplinary discussions, or other situations involving conflicting views, such as with family members in court proceedings.
* To ensure a high level of data quality for all information recorded, ensuring that the information is timely, accurate and complete to ensure the service meets all statutory recording requirements.
* Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Our client 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.

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.