Social Worker

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 18/01/2019 23:59
Grade I/J. (£30,756 - £36,153). 37 Hours. Full Time. Permanent.
Hours per week:
37 Hours
Job Category:
Social Care - Adult Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Gateshead Civic Centre
Post Number:
Closing date:
18 Jan
Further Information

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.

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced Mental Health Social Worker to work within the Mental Health Team.
You will have knowledge of relevant legislation with the ability to interpret this legislation and apply it to practice, while adhering to the Local Authority's statutory responsibilities.
You will be committed to anti oppressive practice and equal opportunities, and have a background of multi-disciplinary and partnership working in mental health. You will carry a community and hospital complex caseload, undertake assessments and apply relevant criteria where necessary identifying appropriate services to meet eligible needs.
You will be required to analyse information, assess risk and levels of need in line with eligibility criteria. Ideally you will have experience of working in health, using the Care Programme Approach.

You must be qualified with a Social Work degree, (i.e Ba or MA in Social Work, Dip.SW.CCSW.CSS) or equivalent,) have at least 2 years post qualifying experience working within a specialist mental health team and registered with the HCPC.
As an experienced practitioner you will be willing to undertake the Practice Educator Post Qualification, including supporting and mentoring less experienced staff.
You must have a commitment to continuous professional development and be willing to undertake relevant training as and when required.

It is essential you have experience of working with adults (and carers) who have physical disabilities, mental health needs and learning disabilities and can demonstrate previous experience of multi-disciplinary and partnership working within mental health.

You will have excellent IT, Time Management and Communication skills, the ability to work as a team member, but also use your own initiative.

Management and organisation of your workload is essential including the ability to prioritise and manage competing demands. You will also maintain the Local Authority social care database including the accurate recording of case observations.

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

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

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Deborah Laverton on 0191 4332070 or email

Previous applicants need not apply.

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This job is closed for applications.