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

Part Time C2 Mental Health Social Worker

Job Reference: J221-A-20-18194

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
RAF Digby
Ashby De La Lunde, Lincolnshire
£31,696 pro rata *Pay Award Pending

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

This post attracts a Market Skills Supplement of £2,000 pro rata

Are you a highly skilled Mental Health Social Worker looking for an exciting and rewarding role? Are you seeking job satisfaction, numerous benefits and training opportunities? Would you like your career to take a different direction into a friendly and professional organisation?

If the answer is yes, you would be well-suited to the Part Time Senior Mental Health Social Worker role that we have at RAF Digby, Ashby De La Lunde in Lincoln. The position is for 20 hours per week.

Our successful candidate will provide effective Mental Health Social Work in support of a designated Department of Community Mental Health, Defence Mental Health Social Work Service and the wider Defence Mental Health Services.

Within your role, you will:

  • Contribute to the development of service delivery, suggesting developmental initiatives in support of observations.
  • Manage patient caseloads according to Department of Community Mental Health allocation processes and practices as directed by the clinical team lead and the Mental Health Social Work Regional Lead.
  • Support the management of the Department of Community Mental Health by providing direct delivery advice for Mental Health Social Work to the Department of Community Mental Health manager (single post locations) or the Mental Health Social Work Regional Lead (dual post locations).
  • Undertake such additional clinical/management tasks as may be appropriate to the grade and the role agreed in discussion with their line manager.
  • Practice as lead MHSW practitioner for social work interventions, including therapeutic interventions, in support of the holistic management of mental health patients within the Departments of Community Mental Health.
  • Provide social care management for Mental Health patients within the Department of Community Mental Health and the designated civilian In-patient Service Provider or National Health Service Mental Health facilities, conforming and adhering to the standards set by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or Scottish Social Services Council, Defence Medical Services (DMS) and Defence Primary Health Care Service (DPHC).
  • Provide reports for and attend Mental Health Tribunals, as directed by MHT chair.
  • Enable the effective social care transfer of service leavers, discharged for reasons of mental health illness (S8 Medical Discharge), to identified and appropriate services.
  • Practice as lead clinician for the social work assessments of patients, their home circumstances and relationships, providing reports in order to support the patient’s care management plan.
  • Engage in regular clinical supervision and attend regional and national Mental Health Social Work meetings and training sessions at a variety of locations across the country.
  • Engage in peer supervision arrangements with Mental Health Social Work colleagues in neighbouring DCMHs.
  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in areas relating to mental health social work practice and in the promotion of the well-being to patients, professional colleagues, commanders and where appropriate unit personnel.
  • Provide psycho-social and social care education to Defence Primary Healthcare staff to enhance their capability to manage mental healthcare issues and to support their responsibilities in addressing the mental health of all personnel.

There is no requirement to deploy as this is met by our uniformed personnel, but you will form the continuity of care required by our patients when based at home.

The selection at sift stage will be based on your CV and at interview, you will be tested against the following Behaviours.

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving

Please ensure you demonstrate that you have the required skills, qualifications and memberships in your CV and that you have saved it using your surname then first name prior to submitting your application. The successful candidate will:

  • Be an appropriately qualified and experienced Mental Health Social Work Practitioner. Be registered with: The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); Scottish Social Services Council; The Care Council for Wales; or Northern Ireland Social Care Council.
  • Have a Degree in Social Work or equivalent Diploma in Social Work (DipSW)/Certification of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW).
  • Provide evidence of continued professional development.
  • Have an understanding and working knowledge of all relevant social care legislation – MHA (83), MCA (05) Inc DOLS, Care Act 14, ECHR (98) Adult and Children Safeguarding Policies.
  • Have a full UK Driving Licence.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

All employees joining Ministry of Defence who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

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