Social Worker - WAMHS

Location West Sussex
Salary £33.00 - £35.50 per hour
About the job In this challenging, but rewarding role, you will be required to act as allocated social worker responsible for delivering a statutory social work service to those people who access or need specialist mental health services, to include assessment, planning, implementing and review. This includes being responsible for leading on specialist areas of service delivery (for example peri-natal, early intervention, transitions and homelessness), ensuring that key developments are communicated to colleagues and that business change is successfully implemented. You will work as part of a geographically based specialist mental health social work team, providing a service to people who are aged 18-65, with occasional contact with young people in transition, who are under 18. Required experience and skills (These will be used as the shortlisting criteria) Key Skills: 1. Ability to analyse and interpret complex people related information and data in order to prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision. 2. Solution focussed with the ability to analyse a range of complex situations and provide forward thinking strategies and solutions that consider a variety of possible solutions and balance risks/resources and desired outcomes. 3. Ability to undertake direct work with those who access or need the service in order to support individuals. Ability to work in partnership with carers, colleagues and a variety of external agencies in order to deliver the most effective service. 4. Ability to work proactively as a member of the team to make an accurate assessment of needs and negotiate and implement effective plans and outcomes. Ability to be proactive in having up-to-date knowledge and understanding of changes in legislation, white papers, current research and best practice developments. 5. Highly developed communication skills in order to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral format, including the ability to explain complicated information to a wide range of people and negotiate and persuade others to adopt a particular course of action that they may not otherwise wish to take. 6. Ability to recognise the limits of own accountability and responsibility, and to seek appropriate support, advice and supervision. Qualifications and/or experience: • Degree in relevant professional or equivalent qualification e.g. Certificate of Qualification in Social Work or Diploma in Social Work. • Completion of relevant post qualifying training. • Registration with the relevant professional registration body and responsibility for maintaining registration with that body. • Approved Mental Health Practitioner (it is a requirement to have AMHP qualification or to be working towards the qualification to be complete within 2 years of appointment and to maintain level of knowledge). • Practice Teacher’s Award - Desirable • Full, valid driving licence. • Experience of working with service users with severe and enduring mental health problems in the community. • 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. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act. Job Description & Person Specification • Advanced knowledge of risk management within Mental Health. • 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. • Demonstrable experience of dealing with a wide breadth 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 safeguarding cases. • Experience of effectively coaching and supervising others, acting as a practice role model and promoting exemplary practice. • Sound and accurate IT knowledge. Please note we require 2 SSWs for this team. Candidates must be able to undertake visits across West Sussex as part of the role, this is non-negotiable - please do not submit candidates who can only work from home. Please refer to the attached boundary map to see the area this team covers.