Specialist Social Worker - Adults MH & LD (Grade 9)

Salary £29.00 - £32.00 per hour


To work in the high needs case management team to provide high quality social work practice and manage a caseload with a focus on supporting people with complex needs who are experiencing mental health difficulties or a learning disability. The people who are supported in the case management team with be in receipt of high levels of restrictive support such as DOLS and will require consistent and person centred social work support to enable them to reach their  long term personal goals.


Work directly with the specialist mental health and learning disability commissioner to plan, prepare and deliver bespoke services for people with complex needs. To ensure through ongoing case management that these services continue to meet needs and are best value.


Through case management will be the specialist social worker for MAPPA and coordinate the mental health provider involvement to ensure there is not duplication of effort.


These posts will work alongside other specialist services such as Mental Health, Probation, Learning Disability services and providers of specialist community services to ensure the best use of public resources. .


Champion best practice for Mental Health and Learning Disability, ensuring that practice is evidence based and reflects national and local strategy e.g. transforming care and MAPPA.


To provide expert and effective social work practice in complex situations ensuring that social work is planned, progressed, and reviewed in accordance with legislative and departmental requirements. That safeguarding process is implemented and positive risk management approach is core to case management practice.


Work in partnership with the transition social worker to ensure that people with high needs in specialist placement are supported to return to the local area when they transition to adult services.


Navigate and secure services that enable people to remain in control, have access to good information, advice and care.  Use Connect to Support as a tool to achieve this, particularly to create and deliver key messages about community and peer support for young people and their families.


Leads on local / national strategies for Mental Health and/or Learning disability, including workforce development, guidance, policies and procedures ensuring ASC Senior Management Team are kept updated.


Support the development of staff/team to promote an approach to people who use services that is based on the principles of co-production.  To promote and develop integrated and collaborative ways of working to ensure that the best possible outcomes are achieved.  This includes use of Connect to Support to enable people to get access to information and advice and access voluntary and community sector organisations and local supports.


Through directly managing a caseload along with management and supervision of  staff provide assistance, guidance and decision making regarding managing complex needs and  high levels of risk, providing expert opinion regarding law and legal processes e.g. the Court of Protection.


Provides expert leadership in strengths-based approaches to social care, solution focussed conversations, active listening, techniques to agree goals, as well as maintaining high standards of professional practice to ensure the local authorities legislative responsibilities and duties are fulfilled.


The post holder will be able to explain to others about good practice in response to primary legislation, and be able to personally demonstrate that good practice.  This pertains to legislation such as Mental Capacity Act 2005, Human Rights Act 1998, Care Act 2014 and Mental Health Act 1983.