Social worker - Older Adults Mental Health Team

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: SWG - £31,557 - £40,869
Location: Red Oak Lodge, 17 Thorne Close,Langthorne Road, Leytonstone,London
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 01/10/2021 at 23:55
Reference: Fam/21/150263

The Older Adult Team is based in the south of the Borough in Red Oak Lodge.

We are looking for a social worker who has a strong desire to work with older adults and has a positive outlook on older age. You will be based in the Older adults Mental health team as part of the specialist social work division.

There is roughly a 50:50 split of service users with Dementia and functional mental illnesses.

You will undertake Care Act eligibility assessments , attend Recovery panel and secure packages of care, housing and placements. You will also raise and investigate safeguarding concerns. All of this work will be recorded on mosaic and you will need to be skilled in your knowledge and use of it.

 You be expected to carry a case load of complex cases and be responsible for delivering high quality care to a diverse community. This will mean producing high quality work in terms of the Care Act and associated legislation. You will be required to work with challenging cases in terms of the daily lives of  our client group responding to safeguarding enquires, carrying out duties under DoLs, reviewing  care packages ,residential placements direct payments and responding to members enquiries. You will be involved in duty work including prompt responses to hospital discharges. You will need excellent clinical case management skills because you will carry a case load of highly challenging complex cases with multifactorial needs.

Reporting to Practice manager and   Team Manager you will help reshape the way we deliver services to our clients in a post COVID world. This will involve working with clients to achieve fulfilling lives through community based support with appropriate accommodation, meaningful activities as well as person centred services utilising best practise. You will have excellent communication skills. This will include producing high quality care plans and working with families and networks against a backdrop of competing demands.  

General Skills

These roles require an experienced individual, with experience working in a mental health setting, and a proven track record of delivering outstanding care in a pragmatic and sensitive way that matches the needs of a multi-cultural community. Your knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance, and procedures will be second to none.  You will be skilled at using IT systems such as Mosaic and RIO

We want people who are team players and can work effectively under pressure. You’ll have outstanding communication skills and the ability to engage service users, colleagues and third parties alike. 

We’re looking for people who want to be part of a fresh leadership team and adult social care service delivering a improved life chances for our residents. Do you relish a challenge and the chance to work in new innovative and imaginative ways to ensure our residents are resilient, independent, safe and well? If the answer is ‘yes’ then we’d encourage you to apply

About us 

The London Borough of Waltham Forest is fiercely ambitious. We want to make sure each and every one of our residents enjoys a good quality life. Over the past few years, the borough has changed significantly for the better. Good schools, great parks, excellent culture facilities, mass regeneration and budding community entrepreneurship are making it a place that people want to call home. We’ve also recently been the first ‘London Borough of Culture’. 

In line with our ambitions, the Adult Social Care service in Waltham Forest has plans to progress to excellence.  We want the service to enable the most vulnerable residents to be resilient, independent, safe and well. This is supported by the unique Families at the Heart of our Place Strategy which sees Adult Social Care working across the Families & Homes Directorate. Waltham Forest is in a unique position to deliver this as we have strong health and community partnerships and an emerging Integrated Care System. 

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact  Team Manager: Tina Luckie or Practice Manager Veena Goel on 03005551270

Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

How to apply

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