About the role
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is committed to Creating Futures, our new Corporate Strategy. This provides a fresh focus and a clear sense of direction.
Providing high-quality Adult Social Care is of vital importance to us. We are committed to ensuring our services enable our most vulnerable residents to be resilient, independent, safe and well.
As our mental health and social care lead, you will provide essential direction across the service, in conjunction with the Head of Service. This comprises three distinct but collaborative teams: Community Recovery, Access and Assessment and Older People’s Mental Health.
As part of the Specialist Social Work Directorate and under the management of the Head of Service you will work at both a strategic and operational level.
You will ensure that our mental health services are responsive to changing priorities and demographics. You’ll work in an integrated way with the North East London Foundation Trust under a s75 agreement to pro-actively reduce risks facing service users, as well as to improve their life outcomes. You’ll also seek effective interventions for residents who do not meet formal thresholds but can still benefit from active support.
As a key member of the management team, you’ll help shape broader service delivery and social care practice to remain ahead of the curve – pro-actively supporting the authority’s innovative Think Familyapproach.
These roles will attract a retention bonus with £1000 payable in July and £1000 payable in December subject to sickness levels or any capability or disciplinary actions
A qualified social work professional and approved mental health practitioner, you’ll have a demonstrable track record in delivering mental health services, either within a local authority or health service.
You’ll be accustomed and committed to working collaboratively with partners and other stakeholders to deliver integrated services and solutions.
As an experienced leader and manager, you’ll be able to successfully balance the different, and sometimes conflicting, demands of a multi-disciplinary team. You’ll retain a clear focus on service standards and outcomes - supporting all members of your team to maximise their input and perform at their very best. Colleagues will respect your approach, including your ability to tackle performance issues and ‘take people with you’.
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is a progressive borough. Over the past few years, we have changed significantly for the better. Good schools, great parks, excellent culture facilities, mass regeneration and budding community entrepreneurship are making our borough a place that people want to call home. We’ve also just been awarded the prestige of being the first ‘London Borough of Culture’.
As a council we have also changed and, despite the challenges of austerity, we have seen our highest-ever levels of resident satisfaction. As funding reductions continue, Waltham Forest is creating a council for the future.
In line with our ambitions, the Adult Social Care service in Waltham Forest has grand plans to progress to excellence supported by the unique Think FamilyStrategy which sees Adult Social Care working across the Families & Homes Directorate. Waltham Forest is in a unique position to deliver this as we have strong health and community partnerships and an emerging Integrated Care System.
Waltham Forest Council is an employer of choice. We offer a huge range of benefits to make working with us more than worthwhile. These include flexible working options, plus learning and development opportunities which will offer considerable scope and opportunity to progress your social work career further.