Are you looking to broaden your Community Mental Health experience, working alongside the military in a temporary capacity?

We are looking for experienced, enthusiastic, and professional Senior Social Workers specializing in Community Mental Health to work at military locations throughout the UK for ad-hoc assignment opportunities, which once registered with the Staff Bank, will be available to you through the easy-to-use Patchwork Health app.

We are launching a first-of-its-kind Staff Bank to support the permanent military and civilian workforce predominantly in the provision of primary, but also secondary, healthcare and dental and mental health services. Previous experience of working with the military population would be desirable but not necessary to apply to the Staff Bank.

Service Requirements

As a Senior Social Worker supporting the Staff Bank, your role will be:

  • To provide a comprehensive mental health social work service to Tri-Service military personnel. This includes providing mental health social work interventions and support to military patients who have a mental health diagnosis, which may lead to a medical discharge, or assist in their return to duty, as appropriate.
  • To act as the professional lead for the multidisciplinary staffed Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH) with regards to safeguarding issues relating to children and adults at risk.
  • To deliver therapeutic social work interventions, solutions and advocacy in carrying out the task of supporting mental health patients in their clinical transition process from the military to the civilian world. Equally, to provide social work support and solutions to psycho-social problems to enable service personnel to return to Unit.
  • To demonstrate competence in the knowledge of mental health legislation and to provide professional support and advice regarding the legal status and rights of Service Personnel who are ‘detained’ persons under the Mental Health Legislation.
  • To provide reports and attendance at Mental Health Review Tribunals (MHRT), as directed by the Panel chair who administers the legal processes.
  • To provide understanding, support and advice to the patient group (families/partners of patients) regarding the impacts of particular mental health conditions, in order to assist and involve them with the patient, in the formulation of delivery of care plans.
  • To deliver professional social work support to patients and the patient group, where the patient is an in-patient in an In-Patient Service Provider hospital (ISPs), NHS hospital or another facility.
  • To provide comprehensive assessments and care plans to assist patients and the patient group in the complex processes associated with the transition back to civilian life. To similarly provide guidance, advice, and solutions to enable other patients to return to work, in consultation with Mental Health colleagues and the Chain of Command (CoC).
  • Manage patient caseloads according to DCMH allocation processes and practices as directed by the clinical team lead and MHSW regional area manager.
  • To proactively work with the Chain of Command (CoC) and a range of internal and external agencies concerned with Service personnel and Service Veterans. To advise patients on the availability of State and other Benefits available to them and how to apply.
  • To keep comprehensive, contemporaneous records (electronic) of interactions with patients, families, professionals and allied agencies. Maintain detailed records of all types of work undertaken and submit monthly returns on the relevant databases, and other statistics as may be required. Actively engage, as the mental health social work representative, at Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings and attend and contribute to all Defence Mental Health & Social Work team meetings

Essential Requirements, Qualifications, and Experience

  • Must have a Degree and/or Diploma in Social Work or a suitable equivalent that is recognized by the appropriate regulatory body, of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Care Council of Wales (CCfW) or Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
  • Must be currently registered with the appropriate regulatory body of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Care Council of Wales (CCfW) or the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
  • Must be an experienced Mental Health Social Worker with post-qualifying experience of working in a mental health setting.
  • Caseload management experience in a multi-professional setting.
  • Must hold a full driving license valid in the UK
  • Must be in date and able to provide certification for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Safeguarding Adults up to and including Level 3 training.

By joining the Staff Bank, you will benefit from:

  • Priority access to temporary assignments
  • Continuity of access to temporary assignments
  • Access to a dedicated Bank Team
  • Free CPD Training
  • Free Health & Wellbeing Services
  • Free Occupational Health Screening
  • Free Appraisals
  • Free Revalidation
  • Free Mandatory Training

To receive a full job description or to apply, submit your CV to us or call 02380987619.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications regardless of sex, age, race, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity or disability.

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