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Social Worker 

Job Title: Social Worker 
Job Location: Park Lodge, Woverhampton 
Pay: Disclosed on Application 

Job Purpose: 

To be responsible under the terms of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 and the Care Programme Approach, for assessing the social care needs of children and young people with complex mental health needs (including autism, eating disorders, attachment difficulties, learning disabilities and development conditions) and who may be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. 
To design, arrange and develop social care elements of individual care programmes and to monitor and review these in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team. 

Main Tasks: 

Ensure that all new team members are appropriately recruited into the Company and analyse initial training and development needs 
In conjunction with the management team, recruit and select new staff taking an active part in the interview process 
Attend interviews for potential new packages of care and support as required with the senior management team 
Implement induction/assessment programmes for all new service users, in conjunction with the wider management team 
Understand and promote a person centred and needs led approach to deliver a quality service which fully complies with the Arcadia philosophy, values, policies and procedures 
Understand the wider implications of the business in relation to the commissioning process, audit and inspection (CQC etc.) 
Always promote a professional image of the service and the Company. 
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with key stakeholders i.e. Adult Social Care & Health, CCG’s etc 
Ensure effective communication is established and maintained throughout the service and with external agencies, service users and their circle of support 
Ensure that own knowledge of individual service users’ care/management plans and risk assessments is kept current and up to date including any reviews/changes to these. 
Observe and report on service users’ needs and difficulties and report any changes of condition and/or presentation to the registered manager. 
Ensure that own knowledge of individual service users’ care/management plans and risk assessments is kept current and up to date including any reviews/changes to these. 
Assist with the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of individual care/support plans. 
In conjunction with other staff, initiate and be involved in activities with service users, including social, recreational, and divisional activities, and accompany service users on community visits such as physical health appointments. 
Refer all enquiries regarding service users to the registered manager. 
Assist in the reception and care of service users’ relatives and visitors to the hospital/home, informing the registered manager of their arrival. 


The post- holder will have access to a wide range of confidential information relating to patients, staff and the company which must not be divulged to any unauthorised person in any circumstances. 
This role description may be subject to amendment to take account of changing circumstances but such amendments will only be made following consultation between the post- holder and the Hospital Director. 
The post holder will be subject to the usual DBS and Safeguarding checks both pre-employment and ongoing as required. 
Undertake other specific tasks which arise up to a level consistent with the principle roles and responsibilities of the post. 


Assist patients to obtain their full entitlement to benefits and to maintain a high level of knowledge and expertise in this area. 
Act as financial appointee for patients if required. 

Administration and Training: 

Provide comprehensive reports as required for use in clinical meetings, MHRT, CPA meetings, Hospital Managers reviews and the Courts. 
Ensure that all policies and procedures are observed, implemented and strictly adhered to. 
Attend and participate in statutory and mandatory training as required. 
Ensure that there is a high standard of record keeping and general administration in respect of individual patients’ needs and progress. 
Be the named professional for Safeguarding Alerts, CQC notification and reporting on same to clinical governance meeting of the Hospital. 
Ensure that all personal training is up to date in line with local policy. 
Ensure that all patient records are contemporaneously recorded and reflect accurate and relevant information on which to base care decisions.. 


Have a relevant professional qualification and experience of direct work with the client group. 
Undertake professional assessments in subject specific areas (such as ADOS) and report on same. 
Take responsibility for ensuring that the multi-disciplinary team have an up to date working knowledge of developments in Social Work practice. 
Develop a comprehensive knowledge of resources and make this available to colleagues so that they are fully informed of choices, options and any other assistance available. 
Be competent in the performance of professional procedures and practices. 
Have an understanding of the Care Standards Act 2000 and practice within the requirements of this legislation. 
Contribute to family orientated work through co-working arrangements with other therapists in the MDT to deliver family support and evidence based interventions. 
Participate in the training of social workers and other professionals. 
Attend supervisory, team meetings and staff meetings and undertake professional training and development as appropriate. 
Contribute towards the overall development of the service 
Attendance at meetings, working parties and forums. 
All employees should be aware that because of the nature of work Arcadia Care Healthcare undertakes there are elements of risk relating to challenging behaviour, lifting, and handling and passive smoke. Appropriate training will be offered, and staff will be expected to participate. This Job Description is a guideline and is in no way restrictive or definitive. This document is subject to review in line with changes to requirements of service provision. 

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