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Social Worker - Early Discharge Planning Team

Role Responsibility

Mental Health social work in Kent has gone through significant transformation in the last two years which has enabled us to develop a service based on recovery and social inclusion principles, designed to be accessible to anyone needing mental health and wellbeing support in both Primary and Secondary Care including those people who fall through the gaps between services.

The services which are co-located with our health colleagues are now looking to appoint Social Workers across a number of teams.

The role will offer you plenty of opportunities to both undertake and contribute to training initiatives and in-house core training courses, while assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating appropriate recovery plans. We are committed to working in co-production with service users and carers, within a recovery approach which maximises self-determination and empowerment. Working alongside multi-disciplinary colleagues and with other agencies, including Acute and Community Trusts, Primary Care Services and the voluntary sector you will support service users and carers to develop personalised care and support plans which draw on community resources in order to achieve the most positive outcomes.

You will be registered with Social Work England, have a degree in Social Work, CQSW/Dipsw or equivalent (or on the verge of completing your social work degree).

You must also possess:

- Evidence of successful completion of the Assessed and Supported year in Employment (ASYE) or be willing to work towards this if Newly Qualified.

- Good working knowledge of all relevant Mental Health and Social Care legislation and Codes of Practice. You must also have a good understanding of SWE requirements.

- A robust working knowledge of mental health conditions and treatments, and approaches to social work intervention.

- Good computer literacy and report writing skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and mediation and negotiation skills.

- Working knowledge of the Care Act 2014, ability to work in partnership with people, the Kent Enablement and Recovery Service (KERS) and with our Strategic Partners to help identify services or resources in the community that can support well-being.

Our offer

- Relocation packages up to a maximum of £8,000

- Full induction and comprehensive professional learning and development

- Starting annual leave allowance of 28 - 30 days

- A minimum of 5 day's training each year

- Excellent local government pension scheme.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and registration as a qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Currently staff are working from home with some work in offices as needed to cover duty. Face to face work continues with our clients to ensure they are supported through these unprecedented times whilst we continue to capitalise the benefits of new technology in our work. We are looking for dynamic, creative and enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and supportive teams.

Contact Details

If you are interested in developing your practice skills by joining a dynamic and progressive Mental Health social work team, please contact Szilvia Mackenzie Team Manager for the Early Discharge Planning Team on 03000 422953.

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.


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