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37.5 hours per week. We are looking for a motivated social worker to join our MDT as part of the acute care pathway. The role will be across the acute care pathway which includes our community CAMHS acute services and inpatient unit. The successful applicant will have a minimum of two years post registration experience. Ideally with experience within a CAMHS setting.
We are looking for an individual who is keen to work with young people who are struggling with their mental health in both a community and inpatient setting.
You will provide a comprehensive, effective and integrated social work service to young people and their families and carers using our services.
You will liaise with, advise and support a range of regional and national external and partnership agencies both voluntary and statutory, in relation to the services provided by CAMHS and in working to promote and safeguard the needs of children and young people.
To deliver these services in accordance with current legislation, Local Authority and Trust policies and procedures.
To fulfil statutory and other requirements of a local authority employed social worker as and when appropriate.
Due to the specialist nature of the role, candidates will require combined extensive knowledge and experience of both the work of children's social care and child and adolescent mental health services with a sound in-depth knowledge of child care and mental health legislation.
Main duties of the job
The post holder is required to discharge statutory social care functions on behalf of the organisation and to uphold the standards outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work. As such, they are required to undertake complex and proportionate assessments that are evidence-based. The post holder is also required to arrange and review the delivery of social care support.
Wherever possible the post holder is required to support people to take positive risks in complex situations as part of an MDT so that their outcomes and wishes are promoted. The post holder is also required to undertake safeguarding investigations and consider decisions made in a persons best interest that may deprive them of their liberty.
This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.
Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.
As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.
We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.
Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:
Protected CPD time for registered staff
Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff
Leadership & mentoring programmes
Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training
A Robust Preceptorship
A bespoke induction programme
Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.
SCOPE AND RANGE
Social workers primarily work with Children, Young People & Families (CYPF) in complex situations. Complex is defined as - unpredictable or ambiguous situations where the CYPF may be experienced as resistant, coerced or there is significant risk to self and/or others. These situations are often time-consuming owing to the multiple factors that have led the CYP to becoming socially excluded. Decisions require proportionality and analysis of many different views and factors, such as psychological, biological, legal, environmental and economical.
Livewell Southwest is fully committed to an integrated health and social care workforce which operates a shared skills model, whilst adhering to the core principles of the social work profession.
5. MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
5.1 Responsibility for People Management
- Supervise and/or train students and Band 5 colleagues as and when required to ensure their practice is safe and professional.
- Provide supervision on a 1:1 basis or through peer supervision as and when required to ensure practice is safe and professional.
- Support the delivery of induction training for new staff within the service as and when required to ensure practice is safe and professional.
5.2 Responsibility for financial and/or physical resources
- Responsibility for the occasional short-term security of a persons cash, legal documentation or valuable items (e.g. house keys) until they can be securely deposited.
- Duty to consider best value option when planning for peoples care and support.
5.3 Responsibility for administration
Plan and organise day-to-day work using an online calendar, recording systems, and workload management tools (that are available on the intranet) in accordance with departmental guidelines.
Ensure records are timely, kept up-to-date, accurate and used in accordance with the GDPR and organisational guidelines.
Have a good understanding of the various computer programmes essential for the completion of daily work, such as Microsoft office.
Arrange and plan meetings with colleagues and/or people who use services and be willing to chair them if required.
5.4.1 Responsibility for people who use our services
Maintain contact with people who use our services either face-to-face, telephone or assistive technology such as video links and conference calls.
Design, implement and review care and support plans, which may involve the input of other professionals /disciplines.
Work to a number of protocols/procedures such as lone working, risk management and health and safety.
Complete carers assessments and seek feedback from people who use the service.
Learning some basic clinical skills to enable the undertaking of holistic assessments and liaison with the multi-disciplinary team.
Take an asset-based approach, including signposting to universal services, advice and information and considering the persons links and integration with their community and services such as advocacy.
Duty of candour and supporting people to make complaints if they wish too.
5.5 Responsibility for implementation of policy and/or service developments
Contribute ideas (and advocate on behalf of the people who use our services) towards the development and implementation of policies and/or services.
Work in other teams and across the organisation in order to support organisational demands and pressures.
Represent the team/organisation on planning or developmental groups as and when required.
A flexible and adaptable approach to organisational change.
5.6 Other Responsibilities
Correct use of computer hardware/software; security; processing and generating information; creating, updating and maintaining information databases.
Awareness of current social care research trends and to take part in development activities, such as Safeguarding Adult Reviews.
6. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Maintain positive working relationships and communicate clearly with team colleagues, line manager, other professionals, people who use our service and their families/carers which may include highly sensitive issues.
Listen to and work in partnership with the people who use our services and families and carers.
Maintain professional conduct and communicate clearly when faced with competing demands and in situations that are potentially highly emotive, such as being challenged by families or other professionals.
Present evidence-based decisions and judgements about potentially complex/ ambiguous situations in a manner fit for the audience. This includes writing court reports, explaining legal requirements to people and their families and projecting social work values in a multi-disciplinary setting.
7. PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
Travel between different offices to attend meetings.
Visit people at home, community setting (e.g. café), hospital, care home or prison. Visiting people in their own homes may be prejudicial to health and wellbeing. Some visits may be out of county and on occasion may require an overnight stay. Protective equipment may be required such as gloves and facemask in certain settings.
Sitting at a computer either in office or remote working (refer to DSE policy).
Take pro-active steps to maintain self-care and resilience (e.g. through the use of supervision, occupational health services etc.)
8. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ALL POSTS
The post holder is required to comply with all relevant policies and procedures pertinent to their post. Current versions can be found on the intranet or via your manager. The areas listed below are those Livewell Southwest currently places particular emphasis on. Failure to follow correct policies and procedures may result in disciplinary action.
8.1 Risk Management
In accordance with the Risk Management Strategy, employees will participate, whenever required, with the risk management process. They will support line managers by attending mandatory and statutory training, completing incident/accident forms for every adverse event or near miss that occurs, report all defects and complaints, and communicate any dangerous situation to individuals potentially at risk.
8.2 Health and Safety at Work
You must co-operate with those in authority and others in meeting the statutory requirements and in following policies and procedures. A copy of the Health and Safety Policy is available from the intranet or from the Risk Management Department.
You are reminded that in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 you have a duty to take reasonable care to avoid injury to yourself and to others affected by your work activities.
You will be notified where your post carries a requirement for immunisation.
You may be required to be able to undertake physical intervention training and participate in physical intervention as part of a physical intervention team and Basic Life Support (BLS).
8.3 Infection Control
Livewell Southwest is determined to eradicate healthcare-acquired infection and puts a great deal of emphasis on the responsibility of all staff to ensure their own personal and others compliance with Infection Control (including Hand Washing) Policies. All staff must comply with infection control policies and guidance, attend relevant updates and report issues of concern to their immediate line manager (if no action or explanation received, then it is the individuals responsibility to escalate their concerns to the Director of Operations or Chief Executives Office).
8.4 Safeguarding Children and Adults
All employees have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults and are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards their health and wellbeing. Familiarisation with and adherence to national and local safeguarding adults and children policies is an essential requirement upon all employees. Livewell Southwest has specific safeguarding policies and in addition, employees also have a responsibility to practice and work within the multi-agency policy developed by the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Safeguarding Children Board. Staff are also required to participate in related mandatory/statutory training.
Skills & Technical Competencies
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).