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Senior Practitioner Mental Health Social Worker

  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DAC0120
  • Published: Wed 05/05/2021, 9:25 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/05/2021, 23:26 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £35,000 - £44,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

Salary: £36,922 - £42,821 Per Year

In Reading, we are at an exciting juncture in Adult Mental Health Social Care Services.  We are continuing to re-shape how we work to better meet the needs of our residents, focusing on local enablement and community engagement. 

We are looking for an experienced Senior Practitioner Mental Health Social Worker to join our Mental Health Social Care Team.


We want to ensure that people are supported to maintain their independence and to improve the quality of their lives through a focus on prevention and early intervention in line with the Care Act 2014.

We work with individuals and partners to ensure a holistic approach is taken to supporting vulnerable people experiencing mental health issues. Our aim is to help people meet their needs and achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their lives, involving the person and supporting them to have choice and control.


You will be accountable to the Mental Health Social Care Team Manager in Reading Borough Council but will work closely with health colleagues, voluntary and charity colleagues and other teams and agencies in the best interests of the service user, ensuring council resources are appropriately allocated and managed.


You will be required to undertake operational management duties for the Mental Health Social Care Team, including duty management, supervision of qualified and unqualified staff and students, allocation and review of work.

You will be required to manage a complex caseload and to carry out statutory functions under the Care Act 2014, the Mental Capacity Act and arrange aftercare under S117 of the Mental Health Act, with the aim of promoting the individual’s strengths and independence, through care and support planning and review.

If you are a qualified Best Interest Assessor (BIA) or an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) you will participate on these rotas on behalf of Reading Borough Council.


You will have a good knowledge of legislation such as the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Human Rights Act and the Care Act to inform your work with adults in a mental health setting.


What we will offer you:

  • A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits
  • Peer and management support, professional development and the chance to be part of a team that delivers high quality services to residents.
  • Excellent comprehensive staff induction, supervision, training and appraisal.
  • A supportive working environment.
  • Clear pathways and opportunities for professional training and development.
  • A culture of continuous learning.
  • Opportunity to apply for BIA or AMHP training and/or refresher training if already qualified.
  • Laptop and mobile phone.
  • Flexible working options, depending on your job role.
  • Initial 24 days (pro rata) annual leave with additional 5 days after 5 years continuous local government service.
  • Local government salary-related pension.
  • Life assurance – three times your annual salary (for members of LGPS)


We are looking for candidates who have previous experience of working with people with Mental Health needs or have transferable skills and experiences.


What we will expect from you:

  • Social Work qualification registered with Social Work England.
  • Professional knowledge of statutory social work with regard to the Care Act 2014 and other current legislation.
  • Experience of supervision and line management of staff.
  • Ability to identify and priorities and manage risks.
  • Experience of managing complex, high risk cases.
  • Ability to identify and prioritise risks and safeguarding concerns
  • Ability to gather and analyse information and clearly evidence decisions.
  • Excellent IT and typing skills.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent team work skill, and
  • Be highly organized and flexible.


We are looking for a vibrant and confident individual, who can priorities their time and add value and knowledge to our team.


For further information on the post, please contact Liz Tait (Mental Health Team Manager) via email Liz.Tait@reading.gov.uk


Closing date: Sunday 16th May 2021

Interview date:  TBC

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.


  • Job Description
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DAC0120
  • Published: Wed 05/05/2021, 9:25 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 16/05/2021, 23:26 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £35,000 - £44,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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