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Senior Mental Health Practitioner (Social Worker) – Band 6

Job Reference: 327-19-060

2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Wotton Lawn Hospital
£28,050 to £36,644 per annum

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2gether NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

2gether NHS Foundation Trust currently employs approximately 2600 staff working across 90 sites within the counties of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire.

We have Inpatient Units across the Trust including Stonebow and Oak House in Hereford, Wotton Lawn Hospital, Working Age Adults in Gloucester, Charlton Lane Hospital, Older Adults, Honeybourne and Laurel House, Recovery Units in Cheltenham, Berkeley House Learning Disability Unit in Stroud.

We are seeking a hardworking, enthusiastic and committed person, who has a keen eye for detail. The successful candidate would be expected to support the main point of contact (Bed Management Lead) with the management of hospital discharge across 2gether Foundation Trust Inpatient Services in line with Trust procedures and national guidance.

The successful candidate will support the Bed Management Lead and Hospital Social Worker in:

  • Supporting safe and careful discharge of our acute sector inpatients, primarily focused upon Wotton Lawn Hospital.

  • Delivering the latest community care provisions/pathways and able to work closely with both inpatient staff and identified community teams.

  • Having a positive impact on patient care, with identified benefits by way of reducing DTOC (delayed transfers of care) and by resolving complex care presentations.

Good interpersonal skills are essential and the successful candidate will have had previous experience within an inpatient setting or hospital, with an understanding of mental health issues.

The successful candidate must be competent in understanding social care processes and should display the ability to communicate with a variety of professionals in order to aid patient discharges. They must also have the ability to multi-task, prioritise and problem solve in a calm, focussed manner.Given the nature of the environments, the post holder may be required to adapt their day accordingly at short notice, which could then impact on scheduled arrangements.

This role will be closely aligned with all of the inpatient units and will be managed and supervised by the Countywide Operational Performance Manager.

The post holder would need to demonstrate their commitment to their own development, supervision and statutory and mandatory training updates.

This role would best suit a self-motivated, hardworking and driven individual who enjoys a challenge and is able to prioritise their workload effectively

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

The 2gether NHS Foundation Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust’s view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need, therefore we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

For further details regarding this opportunity, please contact:

  • Leon Meek, Operational Performance Manager on 01452 894420 or email

  • James Lewis-Watkins, Bed Management Lead, on 01452 894556 or email

  • Bridget Powell, Senior Mental Health Practitioner, on 01452 894602 or email

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document ‘2gether NHS Foundation Trust Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice’ prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render him/her liable to dismissal.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Applicants should note that all appointments to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (excluding Medical Staffing appointments) are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.

Please be aware that all employees of the Trust who need to have a DBS check in order to carry out their role, will be required to repay the cost, which is currently £50 for an enhanced check or £32 for a standard check.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

As part of the Trust requirement to practice safely all internal applicants, including bank staff, are required to be up to date with statutory and mandatory training, or have booked dates for expired training.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust’s Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

The Trust is a signatory to the Mindful Employer Charter

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

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

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