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Job summary

Main area
Social Work
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 6
Contract
X3 Permanent
Hours
37.5 hours per week (Full Time 37.5 Hours Per Week)
Job ref
350-COM3121144
Employer
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust
Town
Liverpool
Salary
£24,907 - £37,890 Per annum pro rata
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
16/05/2021 23:59

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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Social Worker Band 6

NHS AfC: Band 6

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

'An exciting' opportunity has arisen for 3 Band 6 Social Workers to join LOOHS (Liverpool Out Of Hospital Service) Social Work Team.This is an ideal professional development opportunity for social workers from other divisions or areas who would like to undertake statutory social work or develop the necessary skill in this area of social work practice.

LOOHS are part of Community Division ICRAS (Integrated Community Reablement & Assessment Service) pathway for adults presenting to health services as experiencing an acute physical health crisis.

ICRAS provide alternatives to hospital admissions and accident and emergency attendance by offering appropriate community or outpatient pathways to health and social care services across Liverpool.

LOOHS Social Work Service acts as a link across community and acute settings, providing short term interventions to ensure collaborative working between sectors to ensure coordination of care and discharge planning.

Main duties of the job

Some of the generic statutory social work tasks associated with LOOHS include: Commission care provision within the Care Act 2014 Reinstate/review packages of care Undertake Mental Capacity assessments and undertake Best Interest Decisions within the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Applications to the Court of Protection Section 42 Safeguarding enquiries Assessment for eligibility for CHC funding (Continuing Health Care)

The successful candidate will have the ability to deliver an efficient and high quality social care service, have well developed assessment and analytical skills and demonstrate knowledge of appropriate health and social care legislation to promote asset and strengths based care planning/interventions. You should have effective interpersonal, communication and organisational skills and the ability to work within a Multi Disciplinary Team setting, work autonomously and work alongside service users and carers.

 

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in
Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To manage a complex caseload of service users as part of a hospital discharge pathway and to co-ordinate care in the context of relevant health and social care legislation and policy frameworks including but not limited to:

Care Act 2014

Mental Health Act 1983/2007

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Interagency Adult Safeguarding policies and procedures

CHC Guidance

To contribute to the assessment and care management process within a multi- disciplinary team

To carry out financial assessments, to provide information enabling service users to make an informed choice.

To commission on going care provision within the Care Act and Carers Act utilising the procedures and processes of Liverpool City Council and Sefton for Bed based and Community Packages of Care and reinstate current packages of care.

Undertake where appropriate Mental Capacity Assessments and undertake Best Interest Decisions within the Mental Capacity Act.

Undertake enquiries as per the Liverpool City Council and Sefton Council Safeguarding procedures.

Make applications to the Court of Protection for financial and welfare decisions.

To work with local authority and acute settings to ensure collaborative working between all sectors to ensure care coordination and discharge planning is achieved in line with Key Performance Indicators and relevant health and social care legislation.

To undertake assessment of need from point of referral to discharge. To compile detailed assessments, reports and care plans in partnership with service users and their carers, which can also be used by Brokers and service providers to commission services to meet identified health and social care needs in line with eligibility criteria of relevant health and social care legislation and partnerships agencies.

To anticipate, assess and manage risk, including complex cases and support others to develop risk management plans

To work in partnership with service users and carers to promote asset strength based care to meet health and social care needs which arise, and to navigate and signpost to appropriate service provision.

To support service users by focusing on them achieving positive outcomes to enhance their wellbeing, promoting prevention and increasing independence and championing the role of social care/prescribing in recovery pathways and delivery of therapeutic and clinical interventions.

To work collaboratively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, providing social work/care related guidance, knowledge and joint working as required.

To engage with service users and families to ensure they are aware of rights in line with relevant health and social care legislation and take a lead role associated with carers.

To promote advocacy and empower service users and carers to exercise their rights.

To be a champion for equality and diversity and promote anti discriminatory practice associated with the protective characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

To ensure carer’s assessments are offered and completed as required and to take a lead role to support and promote carer involvement.

To take a key role in the MDT as Safeguarding Ambassador to assure the Safeguarding of Children and Adults are adequately considered within the Multi-disciplinary team. To initiate appropriate statutory action to protect service users at risk, carrying out any related preventative and therapeutic activity appropriate to the Social Work role.

Maintain all records to a high standard in accordance with relevant legislation, policy and procedures.

Supervision and leadership of junior staff, including acting as Practice Educator for student Social Workers.

Manage work to ensure personal safety and security of self and others and contribute to development of safe working environment.

Maintain professional practice by keeping up to date on social work research and legislation and practice development, and if appropriate undertake or contribute to research.

Develop knowledge and practice and provide evidence of continued professional development by means of a professional portfolio.

Participate in and contribute to service governance and development.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Recognised qualification in Social Work at certificate or Diploma level e.g DipSW, CQSW or CSS
  • Current HCPC registration
Desirable criteria
  • Masters Degree (MSW) or Post Graduate (PGDipSW)
  • Best Interest Assessor Qualification or willingness to undertake training.
  • Practice Educator Award or willingness to undertake training
  • Approved Mental Health Professional Qualification

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Minimum of two years post qualifying experience as a Social Worker in a health/social care setting
  • Care Act 2014 Mental Health Act 1983/2007 Mental Capacity Act 2005 Interagency Adult Safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and application of professional standards, codes of conduct and HCPC standards of proficiency.
  • Good working understanding of Experience of working with clients with acquired brain injury Experience of supervising others Application form & Interview 10/07/2019 Information Governance, Data Protection and confidentiality.
  • Ability to assess and manage complex cases in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Skilled at assessing need, coordination and review of support plans
  • Skilled at assessing and implementing risk management frameworks.
  • Skilled at assessing and promoting the involvement of people in developing their own care/support plans using a strengths and asset based approach
  • An understanding of diversity and how it affects practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with clients with acquired brain injury
  • Experience of supervising others

Skills

Essential criteria
  • To be able to practice safely and effectively within scope of practice.
  • To be able to practice within the legal and ethical boundaries of Social Work profession
  • Understand the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to Social Work profession
  • Be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice.
  • Develop written documents including report writing relevant for practice.
  • An ability to manage time, prioritise work and meet deadlines.
  • To be able to practice as an autonomous professional
  • To be able to communicate effectively
  • To be able to build compassionate and effective relationships
  • To be able to maintain records appropriate

Skills

Essential criteria
  • To be able to practice safely and effectively within scope of practice.
  • To be able to practice within the legal and ethical boundaries of Social Work profession
  • Understand the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to Social Work profession
  • Be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice.
  • Develop written documents including report writing relevant for practice.
  • An ability to manage time, prioritise work and meet deadlines.
  • To be able to practice as an autonomous professional
  • To be able to communicate effectively
  • To be able to build compassionate and effective relationships
  • To be able to maintain records appropriate
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Susan Dowling
Job title
Operational Manager, Social Work
Email address
Susan.Dowling@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07584640839
Additional information

Should you wish you discuss further please do not hesitate to contact Sue Dowling, Social Care Operational Manager on 07584640839

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