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Experienced Social Worker - Mental Health

Social Care Adults - Qualified
19001194 Requisition #
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| £33,082 - £38,913 per annum (Salary dependent on experience and progression through the Career Grade is based on the fulfilment of required capabilities) | Permanent, 37 hours per week | 


At Kent County Council, we’re understandably proud of our Mental Health teams. Caring for a complex caseload of people, they provide a first-rate service that first and foremost promotes the welfare of the client and their carers. 

With up to 190,000 people in Kent living with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and a further 60,000 people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and severe depression the service they offer is invaluable. 

We’re now looking for Experienced Social Workers to join our teams to further the work already being done, and to help us offer even higher standards of care. 

This 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 multidisciplinary colleagues and with other agencies, including Acute and Community Trusts and 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.

The service works alongside those aged 14-35 experiencing a first episode of psychosis. This is part of an integrated secondary care service which sits in an NHS Partnership Trust, under a section 75 agreement.

If this role appeals to you, please clearly express this within your application.

As an Experienced Social Worker, you may also be eligible for a £2000 “Golden Hello” payment after appointment and a £2000 Market Premium payable upon re-approving as an Approved Mental Health Professional.


With a minimum of three years diverse post qualification practice experience in Mental Health, you will be educated to degree level in Social Work, CQSW/DipSW or equivalent and be registered as a Social Worker with the HCPC. You must also possess:

• A current AMHP warrant and you will meet the requirements of the Practice Educator standards Stage 1.

• Substantial working knowledge of all relevant Mental Health and Social Care legislation and Codes of Practice. You must also have a good understanding of HCPC and Social Work Reform Board requirements.

• A robust working knowledge of mental health conditions and treatments, and approaches to social work intervention. You will also have a solid understanding of Care Programme Approach.

• The ability to mentor student placements and other staff. You will also have the ability to work with limited resources, and within a multi-disciplinary environment.

• Good computer literacy and writing skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and mediation and negotiation skills.

• An interest in leading training courses and a willingness to attend regular training opportunities. You will also need a flexible manner to working hours and locations, plus the ability to work effectively on your own initiative as well as within team. 

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and registration as a qualified Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council. 

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.

Please note we shortlist applications weekly.

Please do not re-apply if you have been interviewed for this post in the last six months.

To view and download the job description and person specification for this role please click here.


For further information on this role please contact the Social Care Recruitment Team on 03000 411118.

Closing date: 28th May 2019

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