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Mental Health Social Worker
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DAC0080
  • Published: Thu 22/10/2020, 7:50 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 01/11/2020, 23:54 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £25,000 - £34,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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Mental Health Social Worker

Salary: £28,672 to £32,234

In Reading, we are at an exciting juncture in Adult Mental Health Social Care Services.  We are continuing to re-shape how we work to better meet the needs of our residents, focusing on local enablement and community engagement. 

We are looking for Social Workers to complement our existing team.


We want to ensure that people are supported to maintain their independence and to improve the quality of their lives through a focus on prevention and early intervention in line with the Care Act 2014.

We work with individuals and partners to ensure a holistic approach is taken to supporting vulnerable people experiencing mental health issues. Our aim is to help people meet their needs and achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their lives, involving the person and supporting them to have choice and control.


About the Role
You will be accountable to a manager within Reading Borough Council but will work closely with health colleagues and other teams and agencies in the best interests of the service user, ensuring council resources are appropriately allocated and managed.


You will be required to manage a complex caseload and undertake social work assessments and written reports to meet the statutory requirements of the role and to ensure effective support and services to service users and their carers.

This includes providing an effective response to safeguarding concerns and enquiries in line with the requirements of the Care Act 2014 and undertaking Best Interest Assessments (BIA) as part of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) legislation.


Your knowledge and insight will enable you to undertake the more complex assessments in our service, support and assess individuals’ social care needs with the aim of promoting independence and protection and contribute to meeting these needs through care and support planning and review.

You will have a good working knowledge of legislation such as the Mental Health Act, Human Rights Act and the Care Act to inform your work with adults in a mental health setting.


What we will offer you:

  • Peer and management support, professional development and the chance to be part of a team that delivers high quality services to residents.
  • Excellent comprehensive staff induction, supervision and care and support planning.
  • A supportive working environment.
  • Clear pathways and opportunities for professional training and development.
  • A culture of continuous learning.
  • Opportunity to take up BIA training and/or refresher training if already qualified.
  • Laptop and mobile.
  • Flexible working options, depending on your job role.
  • Initial 24 days (pro rata) annual leave with additional 5 days after 5 years continuous service.
  • Local government salary-related pension.


We are looking for candidates who have previous experience of working with people with Mental Health needs or have transferable skills and experiences.


What we will expect from you:

  • Social Work qualification registered with HCPC.
  • Professional knowledge of statutory social work with regard to the Care Act 2014 and other current legislation.
  • Ability to identify and prioritise risks.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent team work skill, and
  • Be highly organized and flexible.


We are looking for a vibrant and confident individual, who can priorities their time and add value and knowledge to our team.


For further information on the post, please contact Jo Purser via email


Closing date: Sunday 1st November 2020

Interview date:  TBC

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.