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Qualified Social Worker- Mental Health

Qualified Social Worker- Mental Health

  • Location

    Essex, England

  • Sector:

    Social Care

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  • Salary:

    £30 - £32 per hour

  • Contact:

    Lorna Burner

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  • Published:

    8 months ago

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You do not need to be an AMHP for this role however this would be advantageous

You will work as a Social Worker in the designated team and to also actively practice as an AMHP (subject to AMHP qualification - if not currently an AMHP, you will be required to undertake AMHP training at the earliest opportunity) on the Area AMHP rota, undertaking MHA assessments and other allocated work in relation to service users with a range of mental health problems and engaging with their carers so that, within the legislation, appropriate action is taken.

Manage care, plan, support and review care needs in line with policy, procedures and legislation.

  • Act as care co-ordinator for individual service users as allocated from time to time (as required) including the provision of aftercare under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.
  • When in the AMHP role to lead and be responsible for the co-ordination of the Mental Health Act Assessments liaising closely with other professionals and involved others.
  • Practice as an AMHP as required, responding effectively to referrals and enquiries. When operating as an AMHP the post holder must be able to work in accordance with the relevant legislation, including the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty safeguards 2009 and related Codes, Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998 and local policy. The post holder must also fully comply with the Mental Health AMHP Regulations 2008.
  • To ensure where appropriate that service users are referred for suitable follow-up care.
  • To understand eligibility criteria and assess for Self-Directed Support (SDS) to meet Service User needs and to promote recovery, and to review SDS services in a robust and efficient manner. To take a pro-active approach to the promotion of SDS.
  • To understand and utilise Health and Social Care commissioned services, demonstrating an understanding of Fairer Access to Care Services, and working in collaboration with nursing and other health care colleagues to ensure the appropriate and timely presentation of cases to panel, and the robust reviewing of placements to ensure effective and efficient use of resources, and recovery based delivery of services.
  • Establish therapeutic relationships with service users, their families and carers. Maintain client centred approach balanced with need to manage risk of harm or deterioration.
  • Enable individual's families and carers to address issues which affect their health and social well-being.
  • To provide mental health advice and support for staff in hospital wards or A&E settings.
  • Statutory responsibility for the assessment of carer's (including young carer's) needs and the formulation of a carers care plan in conjunction with the carer's support workers.
  • Prepare and present clear, assessment and other reports as necessary to set out the basis of decisions made in respect of service users. Maintain all records to a high standard in accordance with relevant legislation, policy and procedures. Provide information, written assessments, reports and statements to support other service professionals, managers and agencies in making decisions related to care.
  • Provide specialist reports to Mental Health Review Tribunals and Home Office for service users subject to the Mental Health Act.

If you are interested in this role please send your updated CV .