Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 37 per week
Are you a skilled Mental Health professional who wants to be a practice lead in a team providing inventive support solutions for people with mental health needs?
Here on the IOW, we are developing the Mental Health Social work team alongside health partners within an Island wide Mental Health Transformation Programme to deliver a collaborative and innovative community-based Mental Health and Wellbeing Service which empowers people by delivering the very best person-centred outcomes for those we serve. We are passionate in our belief that our residents have the right to expect no less.
We are seeking to appoint a qualified Mental Health Senior Practitioner who will shape the practice of all aspects of mental health social work for daytime and out-of-hours provision with the support of the Team Manager. You will directly manage and supervise several of the team and report to the Team Manager.
Do you have experience of supervising, maybe as a Practice Educator or Mentor?
The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of the AMHP role, and the complexity of the work undertaken to achieve the best outcomes for people who are being assessed for detention under the Mental Health Act. You will undertake the day-to-day management of social work practice within the team, including the development of team members’ skills and service delivery to ensure a high quality of practice that promotes independence, recovery, choice and autonomy. And you will ensure the provision of high-quality assessment and support to people during a period of significant change, making certain that service delivery is Care Act compliant and customer care is at the centre of your and your team’s professional practice.
About the role:
We have a full time Senior Practitioner position available in our Isle of Wight Mental Health Team.
The team consists of 18 other staff members, including AMHP’s, qualified Social Workers, Social work assistants and an administrative officer. As a Senior Practitioner you will be overseeing the day-to-day operations and supervision of the adult social care staff in the Mental Health Team.
The team are on a journey of integration with our health colleagues with regular MDT Integration meetings and at some point, in the future we will be working towards being co-located with some of our health colleagues.
Our social care staff must be able to listen hard to the people of the Isle of Wight, to understand what really matters and to connect them to resources that help them continue with their chosen life, either with support or independently. The focus being on preventative rather than reactive practice.
You will also be working with staff supporting them to work with individuals to help them to regain control of their lives in a crisis or following an episode of mental ill health. To best support the people, we work with, we need Social Workers who are experienced in promoting their own and others professional curiosity, good risk assessment skills and who are competent in their knowledge of legislation and meeting their professional capabilities.
As a Senior Practitioner, we understand the work you do daily and provide the support you need to make a difference to the people of the Isle of Wight.
To join us, you must:
- Have a social work qualification and be currently registered with SW England.
- Be an accredited Practice Educator or AMHP
- Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
- Have experience of chairing meetings
- Be able to demonstrate skills and experience of promoting a person centred and strengths-based approach
- Have an excellent working knowledge of legislation used within Adult Social Care in particular sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act & Mental Capacity Act.
- Have a good knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding, including s.42 Enquiries and Making Safeguarding Personal
- Be confident in decision making, whilst knowing when to seek support
- Understand the importance of data in supporting staff, teams, and wider service
- Have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe working approach to social work practice
- Have proven ability to work as part of a team and capacity to lead a team that puts the strengths of individuals, families, and community at the heart of care and wellbeing.
- Be able to take part in the Out of Hours (OOH) stand-by duty rota as and when requested by management on an occasional basis.
- Share our ambitions, passion, and attitude to ensure the people we serve live the best lives possible. You will be a critical thinker who has competence and confidence in your practice.
Here on the Isle of Wight we strive to be the best we can be for our community, with talented Social Care professionals leading the way. We are a hard-working team and committed to improving the lives of those that live with mental ill health.
In fact, the last 5 years have seen our whole service focusing on enabling individuals to live independent lives, with our innovative ‘Care Close to Home’ strategy, and we are seeing impressive results. You can read up on this scheme here “Care Close to Home Strategy”
You will benefit from a unique and enriching environment within an organisation that values strong leadership, a good work life balance, quality management and reflective supervision. Please visit the Adult Social Care career opportunities page which holds inspiring testimonies from team members, a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal development opportunities we offer.
Team IWC Values:
Community & Customer focused
Effective & Efficient
Fair & transparent
We are proud of our commitment to offer:
Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce
Providing opportunities for our staff as they develop and progress their professional careers
Providing regular training opportunities.
As well as being a great place to work, we also offer a competitive remuneration package including:
Competitive rates of pay and allowances
Annual leave entitlement of 31 days p/a (plus public holidays)
Local Government pension scheme
Relocation package (if eligible) of up to £8,000 plus home relocation scheme via Help to Buy
Travel allowance (if eligible) and discounted Solent ferry travel
Island bus network discount, cycle to work scheme and staff parking permit scheme
Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership
National and local discounts & benefits schemes
Access to private health care packages
We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.
For further information about this vacancy or for an informal discussion, please contact the Team Manager Diane Pragnell or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.
A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.
The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.
The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.
If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email email@example.com. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.
We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.
Closing Date: 25 November 2022
Interview Date: 8 December 2022