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Contract Type:
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Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
26/10/2021 23:59
Grade K+1 (£38,890 - £41,881).
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Job Category:
Social Care - Adult Service
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Closing date:
26 Oct

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Important information about the role. The Government mandatory covid vaccination legislation effective from 11 November 2021 means that the successful candidate will be required to show evidence of having been fully vaccinated unless you have a medical exemption (certified in writing by a medical professional), due to the fact that they will be working in, or may be required to visit in a professional capacity, a site where mandatory vaccination is a requirement. Please note that you will be required to show evidence of your vaccination or exemption status as part of the pre-employment checks.

Gateshead Council is one of the forward thinking and ambitious councils in the country. We believe our employees reflect that spirit and drive that is needed to make a real difference to the people of Gateshead, helping them thrive and improving their lives for the better. Adult Social Care in Gateshead is committed to partnership working with an emphasis on recovery, choice and control and maximising independence.

Gateshead Adult Care are currently looking to appoint an experienced dynamic Senior Practitioner to work in the Mental Health Team. You will have significant post qualifying experience working with people with complex mental health needs, and provide a professional person centred social work service. You will have the ability to support the team in the absence of the Team Manager, supervise and mentor staff to ensure the delivery of quality services. The candidate will be able to demonstrate their experience of inter-agency collaborative practice and multi-agency working, as well as an understanding of safeguarding and risk management frameworks. You will be joining a team of both experienced and newly qualified practitioners. We have a dedicated AMHP Team who are supported by an AMHP lead.

You must hold a professional Social Work qualification MA, BA in Social work, Dip SW CQSW or CSS and be registered with SWE.

As an experienced practitioner you will be willing undertake the Practice Educator Post Qualification. Approved Mental Health Professionals are required to continue to attend Legal Update days, this post will support reduced AMHP duty rota responsibilities.

You will have excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and competing demands. Effective Communication skills, competent at using the local authorities social care database, including case recordings, commitment to anti oppressive practice and experience of working with clients whose primary need is a learning disability and/or Autism

You will be able to demonstrate your knowledge of all relevant legislation for adult care as well as social care policy and developments, best practice and current trends in social care as well as knowledge and understanding of the personalisation agenda.

Completing Risk Assessments- including reviewing and applying relevant criteria when assessing needs and completing mental capacity assessments is essential as well as the ability to interpret Social Care Legislation and apply it to practice whilst adhering to the Local Authority statutory responsibilities.

You will have excellent IT skills.

You must have a current Driving Licence or means to mobility support.

Gateshead offers attractive Terms and Conditions of Employment, including generous annual leave entitlement. Flexible working hours, membership of LG Pension Scheme.

Gateshead Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

If successful you will have to apply for an enhanced Disclosure.

Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk

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