Social Worker- Mental Health Adults

Location West Sussex
Salary £30.00 - £32.50 per hour
The Southern Area Operational Team are responsible for eligible older people, adults with physical disabilities and acquired brain injury across the Shoreham, Worthing and Littlehampton area. To provide an accountable statutory social work service to those people who access or need the service to include assessment, planning and review. The postholder is expected to work within organisational, policy and legislative requirements. To lead on complex casework and work within a specialist area providing expertise and guidance to colleagues. Level of Knowledge Advanced theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of social work. Knowledge of current social work research, legislation, white papers and developments in best practice. Good, up-to-date working knowledge of legislation relevant to the specialist area of the post e.g. National Assistance Act, NHS and Community Care Act, Carers Recognition Act. Advanced knowledge of working with adults with varying disabilities and their carers is required, alongside a personalised approach to solutions. Breadth of understanding of the therapeutic interventions that can be used and an excellent understanding of the partnership agencies including health, housing, learning, statutory, voluntary and independent sector. Qualifications and Professional Membership Degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification e.g. Certificate of Qualification in Social Work or Diploma in Social Work. Completion of HCPC Post Qualifying Award (full award) or equivalent. Registration with the HCPC and responsibility for maintaining registration. Full, valid driving licence. Desirable Experience Demonstrable experience of dealing with a wide breath of issues and complex situations and using highly developed analytical skills to provide solution focussed and resource efficient options. Evidence of good assessment skills, including the ability to ensure regular reviews and risk management with a variety of individuals, carers or families. Evidence of effectively prioritising work and meeting deadlines. Experience of effective partnership working with those who access or need the service and maintaining a focus on the needs of the individual whilst handling conflict and disagreement. Experience of forming effective working relationships within a multi-agency/ multidisciplinary setting. Evidence of working with those who access or need the service to identify issues and identify specific action by means of creative and pragmatic solutions. Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex cases.