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Social Worker (2 positions)

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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds
Salary details:
£27,905 - £34,585* pro rata
Job term:
Full Time or Part Time
37 per week
Closing date:
03 July 2020 11:30 PM
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* salary - depending on experience

  • Newly Qualified Social Worker £27,905
  • Social Worker £29,636 - £31,371
  • Senior Social Worker £32,029 - £34,585

We are looking for 1 position in our Youth area (position 1)  and a 2nd in Home Treatment (position 2)

We are looking for 2 motivated social workers to join our Mental Health transformation in Suffolk and join us in our improvement journey.

Mental Health service provision in Suffolk is currently going through significant change underpinned by a new Mental Health strategy that has been co-produced with partners and service users, with an unwavering commitment to improve services for the better.

Partnership working is strong and there is an appetite to build on our strengths and move the service towards innovative and reflective practice. Staff will be supported through a reinvigorated Section 75 Partnership agreement, and a network of partnership support.

Position 1

This post is available within our Youth service (14-25) which sits under the newly configured children, family and young people service line. The Youth service exists to enable supportive transitions into independence and adulthood with a focus on enabling and preventative interventions.

Position 2

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as a Social Worker in our Home Treatment Team/Crisis Pathway playing a crucial role in providing safe-guarding leadership of the team, providing brief psychological interventions and supporting staff to provide a high quality service to service users and Carers.

We are looking for a highly experienced and enthusiastic person who has a real passion for mental health and who promotes the highest standards of care in their practice. This is a diverse and challenging role and requires an experienced social worker who can assess and manage risk in crisis situations and support staff to do the same whilst ensuring that high standards of practice are maintained. The role will involve a substantial level of direct care and support to services users and Carers working predominantly 9-5 Monday to Friday. It is vital that you have an excellent understanding of safeguarding and practical experience of how it affects your role and the service users you support. 

For both posts, you will be working within a highly skilled and knowledgeable multi-disciplinary team who will support you in your development and your ability to deliver the best care you can to our service users.

There will be opportunities for you partake in developing a reflective and learning culture, where best practice is celebrated through an academy approach, working with Principal Social Work colleagues and the local university. In all cases, there will be a full package of induction, support and development that will be tailored to meet your needs.

This is a great opportunity for you to join this well-established team, and to play a key role in the development and delivery of a specialist service area.

You will have a genuine commitment to collaborative working with partners across the system and be passionate about finding and embracing new and innovative ways of working to deliver better outcomes for the people of Suffolk. 

You will benefit from an opportunity to achieve your own development goals in line with the operational requirements of the post. Working alongside your colleagues, you will manage demand and contribute to the effective leadership of mental health services, supporting the management team in delivering a culture where Mental Health is understood and valued at all levels.

A relevant social work qualification and Social Work England registration is essential, along with evidence of continued professional development.

You will need to hold (or need to gain at the earliest opportunity) an AMHP (Approved Mental Health Professional) qualification, which usually takes between 6 to 12 months to obtain, after which you would participate on the local AMHP rota.

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

For an informal discussion only please contact Simon Leach on 07733 123174

Please read the Job and Person Profile before applying for this job.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.

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