Forensic Social Worker - Higher Grade

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: SEP20217456

Job details


St Mary's Hospital

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£35,744 - £39,880 Per Annum

Closing date

25 October 2021

The post is with The Mental Health Recovery Teams, Adult Mental Health at St Mary’s Hospital, under the sec 75 agreement.

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The Service

The Mental Health Recovery Teams are an established multi-disciplinary team providing support and treatment to those who have a severe and enduring mental illness. This role requires previous forensic social work with social supervision experience working with The Ministry of Justice casework section.  Our teams work hard to ensure high quality service user centered care is at the heart of everything we do, and our staff are supported in their roles and encouraged to develop. This role has become available due to retirement of our previous post holder, who worked within the teams for many years.

As a service we take pride in our work by valuing others, focusing on what’s important so that we make a real and positive difference.  Our values are outlined in our Ways of Working and our Guiding Principles and if they reflect how you are and how you work then this could be the role that meets your expectations.

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated Forensic Higher-Grade Social Worker to support in the delivery of a forensic social work service within a robust and effective Mental Health Recovery Team in Portsmouth.   In this role you will balance the protection of the public whilst promoting quality of life of individuals with a forensic history and enduring mental illness.  By working in partnership with relevant others to identify, assess and manage risk; identify and challenge discriminatory structures and practices.  You will have a good knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Criminal Justice legislation, The Care Act, Safeguarding and MAPPA.

You will also carry out Care Act assessments and Mental Capacity assessments. You will assess the needs of people with serious mental health problems and complex needs, and their carer’s and arrange and purchase care which meets those identified needs. The post holder will work with a wide range of services and agencies including the police, probation, Ministry of Justice, housing, GPs, residential/nursing homes, domiciliary care agencies, psychiatric hospitals including secure hospitals, substance misuse services, homeless services, CCGs, CQC and local charities.

Your New Role

This role will be involved with the post holder acting as a social supervisor for individuals who are subject to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) restrictions and provide high quality and timely reports to the MOJ as required. Within this role the post holder will participate in the completion of HCR20 risk assessments for individuals, and will will ensure that quality care is maintained and that appropriate and timely plans are made for the discharge of clients from inpatients facilities. 

This role will require the post holder to be able to offer comprehensive needs assessment, care plans and risk assessments, ensuring the implantation and review of appropriate care and treatment, as well as representing adult mental health at MAPPA and MARAC meetings on behalf of the Trust.

The role will be part of the Care Act Assessment Rota for AMH and complete assessments for service users with complex needs, which will require creative and personalised ways to provide support and treatment.

The post holder of this role will also contribute to the development of and, participation in the delivery of training, education, and reflective learning sessions, as well as actively engaging and facilitating learning for other professionals and students on placement who are shadowing the team.

What you’ll need to succeed

To be successful you will need to hold a professional social work qualification and appropriate registration in social work, as well as having a working legal, theoretical and practice knowledge base, in relation to The Care Act, The Mental Health Act, Criminal Justice legislation, The Mental Capacity Act, Making Safeguarding Personal and safeguarding adults.

You will also require substantial experience as a forensic social worker working as a social supervisor and preferable experience of working in an inpatient secure setting, including possessing robust and comprehensive skills in risk management with a confident ability in assessing, planning, and recording of sensitive information and data.

Also, the post holder must have a professional curiosity and the ability to negotiate, work creatively and flexibly with aptitude for innovative decision making, as well as being able to demonstrate a range of effective communication skills including the ability to converse with a diverse range of people sometimes under challenging circumstances or where there maybe barriers to understanding.

Also, the ability to produce comprehensive and robust reports in line with professional and legal timescales and present the information in a professional and sensitive manner in a wide range of platforms will be needed.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role. Please ensure you address the role requirements in the personal statement section of the application. The How to Apply document attached will help you understand what information to include.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Please note that this role will close on the 25th October at Midnight, with a view for interviews to be held on the 1st November.