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Social Worker - Older People

Social Care

Older People

Oldham Council

People, Communities and Society

Adult Services, Mental Health, & CYPF

Ref: G6G7G8/OL-74016

Contract: Permanent,

Salary: Grade 6 £30,151 - £33,820

             Grade 7 £34,723 - £38,296

             Grade 8 AMHP £38,296 -  £42,503 

Hours: 36.66 per week

Based: Forest House , Royal Oldham Hospital

Closing Date: Sunday 1st October 2023

Shortlisting & Interview Dates: TBC

Job Description & Person Specification (Grade 6).pdf

Job Description & Person Specification (Grade 7).pdf

Role Overview:

An opportunity has become available in Oldham’s Older Adults integrated mental health service for a passionate and enthusiastic social worker.  The vision of the team is to help the people of Oldham live their best lives possible through promoting independence; by providing high quality strength based, outcome focused support for residents that is appropriate for their needs.  The CMHTs operate an assessment and Care Coordination function working with those over 65 who have complex mental health needs.

Our integrated teams consist of Social Workers, Community Mental Health Nurses, Community Support Workers, AMHPs, Occupational Therapist and  Community Psychiatrists You will be joining a service area where strong collaborative relationships already exist between partners such as Adult Social Care, Care Home Liaison , Intensive Home Treatment Service, Inpatient Wards  and ICB colleagues.

Oldham Mental Health services is embarking on significant transformation work, with a focus on developing CMHTs  and  a new mental health offer aligned to our Primary Care Networks, with a strong focus on place based support for people where it is needed.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Social Worker in the CMHT your main duties will be to provide an assessment, support planning and review service, underpinned by professional knowledge and legislation in order to ensure that:

  • Significantly complex individuals with Dementia or a functional mental health need, are supported appropriately including, contributing to Mental Health Act assessments when needed, undertaking mental capacity assessments and best interest processes
  • Vulnerable adults are safeguarded and are supported to live well with risk;
  • Strength based conversations that result in person centered outcomes and support requirements are identified.
  • Coproduce support plans that are strength based and outcome focused
  • People are encouraged and enabled to live healthy and independent lives.
  • Care coordinate a case load that reflects your experience, knowledge and skills.
  • You should have a good knowledge of the MHA, MCA and safeguarding and be able to utilise relevant legislation.
  • You will be leading on and contributing to risk assessments and risk management plans.
  • When required support all team functions, assessment, Care Coordination and the duty system
  • Contribute Social Work expertise and challenge ideas and decisions based on a person’s age.

If an AMHP is appointed, there is a requirement to support the AMHP rota.

Our Offer to You:

  • We want the very best professionals who share our determination to make a real difference to adult lives. Our range of benefits includes:
  • Flexible and agile working arrangements
  • Essential Car User Allowance for designated posts
  • An Employment Assistance Scheme that provides 24 hours access to advice and support
  • Local Government Pension Scheme and generous leave arrangements with opportunities to purchase additional days
  • Regular supervision and peer support
  • A personalised development plan.

In order to apply for this exciting position, we need you to have:

  • A DIPSW or degree level social work.
  • Social Work England registration
  • Willingness to improve practice of self and others

If applying at Grade 7 post, you will have an appropriate post qualifying award such as consolidation module, practice educator stage 1 and/or 2, Best interest Assessor or equivalent with significant experience.

If an AMHP and contributing to the AMHP rota as required salary will be at a grade 8.

For a chat about any of the roles or further information. Please contact Maggie O’Malley  CMHT Manager 07929231711

Oldham Council 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.

The successful applicant will be required to register to the DBS Update Service to enable the Council to undertake rechecks throughout your employment.  The cost to register is £13 and can be claimed back upon commencement to the role but will not be refunded if you do not accept the offer of employment.

NB. - Any candidate that meets the criteria of our Guaranteed Assessment Scheme and meets the essential criteria of the role, will be guaranteed the first stage of assessment (whether that is an interview or another assessment, as appropriate).

Our Guaranteed Assessment Scheme supports candidates with disabilities, carers, those who are aged 24 or under and have previously been in or currently in care, and those whose last long term substantive employer was the Armed Forces.

About Us:

Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough.  Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.

The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses.  Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater. Jobs pages Working for Oldham

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Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy. 

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