Social Worker - Mental Health Brentwood

Essex County Council
30000.00 - 32000.00 GBP Annual
04 Oct 2017
18 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Social Worker - Mental Health Team
Salary from GBP30,000- GBP35,000 per annum
Permanent, Full Time Contract

If shortlisted, interviews have been provisionally booked for 24 th October 2017.

This is your opportunity to be the Social Worker you want to be. You became a social worker to help change lives for the better. By following the Care Act, 2014 and promoting a recovery focussed, rights based, and strength-based approach, you can make a difference in changing the life of working age adults with mental health needs. It's about having the time to really get to know your service users and understand the issues they face, and the autonomy to deliver creatively tailored and personalised solutions.

By assessing the individual's needs you can discuss options available to ensure the customer feels supported and valued. Adult Operations truly believe in their value statement "Helping People to Help Themselves by Making Personalisation Real".

Essex County Council has an award winning training academy to support with your continued learning which allows you to further your career whether that be into a more senior role or remain front line with additional learning opportunities of becoming a Practice Educator, Approved Mental Health Professional Specialist (AMHP) or Best Interest Assessor.

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK and is undergoing significant transformational change to further enhance customer focus, service and delivery.

This is an exciting opportunity to join mental health social work in our Partnership organisation that promotes the standards for Employers of Social Work and subscribe to the Department of Health's social Work for Better Mental Health programme, and the Think Ahead initiative. As a Social Worker you will play a key part in providing social care service and exemplar social work practice within the Community Mental Health Team ensuring that excellence of service is provided across the department. Contribute to change management, concluding ECC's transformation and ensuring it is configured for continuous improvement adhering to the Key Performance Indicators as provided by ECC under the Section 75 partnership agreement.

Core Accountabilities

  • Undertake comprehensive needs-led assessments under the Care Act 2014 and prepare, implementing and the monitoring of care plans
  • Working with service users and their families/carers
  • Attending and participating effectively in supervision by team leader/senior practitioner on regular basis in accordance with Directorate policies
  • Co-working effectively with other professionals including attending multidisciplinary case discussions and team meetings
  • Recording information accurately in line with ECC and EPUT policies
  • Expected to be committed to continuous workplace learning through organisations and attendance at social care forums and meetings
  • Any other duties as may A full valid driving license and car available for business use or access to a car and driver reasonably be required
  • Ensure social care services are commissioned with best value and personalised outcomes in mind and ensure that social care funded packages are reviewed on a regular basis in a robust way.
  • To contribute to the commissioning and provision of effective after-care services, including those required under s117 MHA, Care Act 2014 and CPA.

Knowledge, skills and experience
  • Diploma / Degree in Social Work
  • HCPC registered
  • Evidence of continuing professional development / post qualifying training relevant to the post.
  • Significant experience within an Adult Mental Health environment. Proven ability to undertake Mental Health assessments
  • Experience of delivering public services in a complex, multi-disciplinary environment and ability to implement and maintain high quality of service delivery, with knowledge of relevant legislation, statutory guidance and policy (incl. Care Act, MHA, MCA / DoLs)
  • Experience of working in a political environment, skills in understanding and responding to different perspectives and taking a cross organisational perspective.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to advocate on behalf of clients
  • Evidence of ability to work as part of a team and ability to contribute to the development of services as part of a wider team
  • Required to undertake AMHP training and once qualified to be active on the AMHP rota
  • Proven ability to meet timescales and deadlines and maintain high quality service delivery.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees, including:

  • A local government pension scheme (LGPS), a career average scheme with employee and employer contributions
  • Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)
  • Purchase of additional annual leave (up to agreed limits)
  • Flexible working arrangements (for most roles but depending upon service requirements)
  • Discounted shopping through a dedicated Reward Portal (including discounts at major supermarkets)
  • Training and development and payment of professional fees (approved professions only)
  • Relocation package (up to GBP8,000) where agreed
  • Employee assistance programme provided in-house (wellbeing and counselling provision)
  • Childcare vouchers, through salary sacrifice

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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