Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Working pattern: Full-time
Closing date: Sunday 12 July 2020
For an informal discussion, please contact Kate Owen - Interim Practice Manager on 01273 337220
About the role
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a full time, permanent position as a Senior Practitioner Social Worker within the Mental Health and Substance Misuse team North covering Lewes, the Havens and High Weald area of the County. We currently work with a mixture of older age and working age clients who have a range of severe and enduring mental health difficulties including dementia and substance misuse difficulties. We are co-located with health colleagues from Sussex Partnership Trust in Newhaven and Uckfield, and work closely with our partner and third sector agencies.
The focus of this Senior Practitioner post will be to lead in a team of social workers and resource officers mainly providing assessments and services under the Care Act for people with dementia and mental health issues. This is a varied and interesting role and will provide numerous development opportunities. You will work alongside Senior colleagues, partner agencies, and managers to assist in the development of care pathways for people being referred to the service to ensure needs are met in the least restrictive environment possible. We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, forward-thinking Practitioner to join our friendly team. You will need to be an effective communicator, have a commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and the ability to promote independence and resilience, in accordance with the Care Act 2014. As such you will have a good understanding of the necessary legislation, service frameworks and a good understanding of mental health needs to ensure the person’s needs are met and associated risks are well managed. The ability to engage with our clients’ families, carers’ and providers is also essential.
As the Senior Practitioner of this team you will be responsible for the day to day running of the service with the support from the Practice Manager. Your responsibilities will include the supervision of Social Care staff, Chairing Best Interest meetings under the Mental Capacity Act, screening and allocation of referrals and reviews and act as Lead Enquiry Officer and supervisor for Adult Safeguarding Enquiries including the chairing of safeguarding meetings .
If you are qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), this would be an advantage. However, qualified and experienced candidates with substantial Senior Practitioner, or Social Work experience in the area of mental health/ substance misuse, may also be considered.
Experience in the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards under the Mental Capacity Act would also be beneficial, and workers trained in Best Interest Assessments would be welcome to apply.
The successful candidate will benefit from access to on-going training and professional development as well as a robust support and supervision.
The office base is at Hillrise, in Newhaven, although there is likely to be the expectation of remote working from home in the Covid 19 recovery period. You will need to be able to travel across the County to cover the extensive rural catchment area of the team to fulfil the needs of the role.
This is a rewarding post and would be a good opportunity for further professional development. You will need to be HCPC registered. Salaries will be commensurate with the post. The role is full time, 37 hours per week.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Kate Owen, Practice Manager on 01273 337220 .
Please complete the online application process to apply. Thank you for your interest.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.