Social Worker

Website The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

About Us:

Adult Social Care and Public Health

While many of our residents are flourishing in our borough, others need a little more support – and that is where our Adult Social Care and Public Health team come in.

Working alongside colleagues in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), we have formed a Bi-Borough partnership which supports the sharing of facilities and expertise – this allows us to provide joined-up health and social care services that are constantly evolving and improving.
With both boroughs ranked as having some of the best adult social care services in the country, we intend to maintain these high standards, supporting people to stay close to their communities and homes, and outside of acute and institutional care where it is appropriate.  We help our community to be as independent as possible, and we have a clear focus on early intervention.

If you have the drive, determination and vision to make a positive impact on our residents’ lives, please take a look at our vacancies below.

The Role:

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) are seeking to appoint a Social Worker/Approved Mental Health Practitioner who wants to make a real difference to the delivery of social care within our busy integrated community mental health service in central London.

As a Social Worker/AMHP you will undertake social care assessment, care and support planning, placement and review, safeguarding, and MHA/MCA work. You will be an Approved Mental Health Professional with sound experience of this work, able to carry out exemplary assessments under the Act, or you will be looking to train for this role when opportunity presents. Ideally you will be a Best Interests Assessor.

You will be surrounded by supportive and friendly colleagues, in a reflective workplace culture where continuing professional development is well-embedded. We will support you to continue developing your skills in specialist areas of practice through our many learning and development opportunities and through personal development planning conversations with your professional supervisor and line manager.

Applicants must demonstrate suitability against the person specification and Job Description.

For more information about the role, please see the full Job Description.

About You:

You will be knowledgeable in recent legal and practice issues in particular, local authority duties under the Mental Health and Care Acts, possess good communication skills and demonstrate a resourceful approach to managing multi-disciplinary mental health case-work.

Approved Mental Health Practitioners in RBKC who meet annually agreed criteria for statutory MHA work will attract a £3000 p.a. deferred allowance; and in addition all RBKC staff are entitled to apply for a Zones 1 & 2 Travelcard.

Role Requirements:

Qualifications and Experience:

Essential: 

  • DipSW or equivalent.
  • Approved Mental Health Professional qualification or prepared to train when AMHP management agrees readiness.
  • Able to meet the registration criteria set down by the HCPC.
  • Experience of working with adult service users with Mental Health problems, from a range of ethnic and cultural groups.
  • Post qualified experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary team.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

To apply for this job please visit careers.newjob.org.uk.