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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/12/2020.

Social Worker Band 6 or (Band 5 – working towards completion of ASYE)

Job Reference: 350-COM2752918---A

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Social Work
MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
£24,907 - £30,615 Per Annum

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

'An exciting' opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Social Worker to join LOOHS (Liverpool Out Of Hospital Service) Social Work Team for a 12 month fixed term full time post and a Band 6 Social Worker full time Permanent Post. This is an ideal professional development opportunity for social workers from other divisions or areas who would like to undertake statutory social work or develop the necessary skill in this area of social work practice. LOOHS is a forward thinking and supportive service that is keen to invest in staff and develop a workforce with the right skills and social work values are and so is open to considering applications from newly qualified social workers, all or those who may not necessarily have statutory experience as a full induction and training support plan will be offered.

LOOHS Social Work is part of Community Division ICRAS (Integrated Community Reablement & Assessment Service) pathway for adults presenting to health services as experiencing an acute physical health crisis.

ICRAS provide alternatives to hospital admissions and accident and emergency attendance by offering appropriate community or outpatient pathways to health and social care services across Liverpool.

LOOHS Social Work Service acts as a link across community and acute settings, providing short term interventions to ensure collaborative working between sectors to ensure coordination of care and discharge planning. Some of the generic statutory social work tasks associated with LOOHS include: Commission care provision within the Care Act 2014 Reinstate/review packages of care Undertake Mental Capacity assessments and undertake Best Interest Decisions within the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Applications to the Court of Protection Section 42 Safeguarding enquiries Assessment for eligibility for CHC funding (Continuing Health Care)

The successful candidate will have the ability to deliver an efficient and high quality social care service, have well developed assessment and analytical skills and demonstrate knowledge of appropriate health and social care legislation to promote asset and strengths based care planning/interventions. You should have effective interpersonal, communication and organisational skills and the ability to work within a Multi Disciplinary Team setting, work autonomously and work alongside service users and carers to ensure that needs are met and positive outcomes are achieved.

Applications from newly qualified social workers, or those undertaking the ASYE programme are also encouraged to apply for the post. In this instance you will enter the Trust with a starting pay grade and Job Description at BAND 5 AfC and upon successful completion of the ASYE programme both Job Description and pay grade will progress to Band 6 AfC'

Should you wish you discuss further please do not hesitate to contact Sue Dowling, Social Care Operational Manager on 07584640839

Shortlisting is planned for 4th December 2020.

Interviews are planned for 8th December 2020.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameSusan DowlingEmail addressSusan.Dowling@merseycare.nhs.ukTelephone number07584640839

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply. All information regarding your application will come from not NHS Jobs. Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact recruitment on 0151 472 7557 to ensure that measures can be put in place to support you.

We reserve the right to close any vacancy earlier than advertised in exceptional circumstances once we have received a high volume of applications.

The Trust expects all post holders who require an enhanced DBS for their role subscribe to the DBS Update Service. You will be required to enrol for this service for a fee of £13 per year and maintain registration. Trans applicants who require a DBS check and do not want to reveal details of their previous identity can contact the DBS Sensitive Applications Team (01516761452 or email with their application number once they have completed their DBS application form. The team is able to prevent any previous identity showing on the DBS Certificate, unless the applicant has a conviction under their previous details in which case this will need to be disclosed.

We celebrate diversity and promote equal opportunities; we are committed to challenging and eliminating racism and other forms of discrimination and advancing and promoting equality of opportunity in the provision of services and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to be disabled who meet the minimum (essential) criteria for the role in the person specification. If you would like your application to be considered under the Trust’s guaranteed interview scheme you can indicate this in the personal information section of your online application form.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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