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Hospital Mental Health Social Worker

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We’ve created a rewarding new role for a Mental Health In-patient Social Worker to represent and build links to our Adult Social Care service within local acute mental health unit, The Campbell Centre and the Cherrywood Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit.

In return, we offer a £3,000 - £4,000 annual payment (pro rata and for qualifying colleagues) and offer a warm welcome with a  Golden Hello payment of £2,000 - £6,000 (pro rata) dependant on experience. We will also reimburse your social work registration fee's! 

Please visit our dedicated social work page Social Work Careers in Adult Services ( to read about how the Adult Leadership Team invest in its workforce. Visit our team pages to find out more about what our colleagues say about working at MKCC.  You can also read about our career progression framework for social workers which seeks to support professional development and create opportunities for progression.  

You’ll be responsible for carrying out adult social care assessments and supporting timely discharge of patients. You’ll attend ward rounds and liaise with the multi-disciplinary team to achieve the best results and appropriate discharge for patients.

This role is primarily based within the Campbell Centre Acute Mental Health Hospital but will be managed through Milton Keynes City Council Adult Social Care Mental Health team. Travel out of area will be required at times as you will need to assess some local residents ready for discharge from hospitals in other areas.

Some completion of Social Circumstances reports will be required. 

You’ll receive a minimum of monthly peer supervision, have the opportunity for clinical supervision provided by Mental Health clinical staff and supervision support through the Adult Social Care Mental Health team.


Main Responsibility

  • Risk – jointly responsible for leading and coordinating cases involving cases of high risk and complexity.
  • Ability to anticipate, assess, analysis and make judgements whilst building trust and credibility and listening to vulnerable adults are all critical to considered outcomes.
  • Record and monitor.
  • Professional Curiosity - ability to reflect and use creativity to explore individual circumstances to plan appropriate interventions.
  • Effective Case Management - balance the varying demands of a caseload, maintain accurate individual case records and ensure that all required reports are completed to agreed timescales.
  • Supporting formal and peer discussions with junior colleagues including observation and providing feedback.
  • Strength Based Practice - supporting individual’s independence and their ability to make choices, maximising those strengths to enable them to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Recognise the short- and long-term impact of psychological, socio-economic, environmental and physiological factors on people’s lives, taking into account age and development and how this informs practice.
  • Promote and work in accordance with ethical social work practice.
  • Coordinate and lead professional meetings and support junior colleagues.
  • Attendance and in-patient ward rounds.
  • Coordinating timely discharge through Adult Social Care assessment.
  • Compiling Social Circumstances Reports.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You’ll be a qualified social worker with experience with Mental Health and ideally adult social care. 
  • Good knowledge of current legal frameworks such as the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Post qualification experience of being a Best Interest Assessor or an Approved Mental Health professional or Practice Teachers award would be desirable.
  • Must have access to a vehicle and valid driving licence.
  • Qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.

Package Description

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Great holiday benefits - most roles include 28 days annual leave every year on top of public (bank) holidays, increasing to 32 days after five years.  In addition, there is a holiday purchase scheme allowing staff to purchase up to 5 additional days of leave each year.
  • Excellent pension – everyone who works for us can join the national Local Government Pension Scheme, widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity support and a childcare subsidy.
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits programme that includes a health cash plan, a low-cost bike purchase scheme as well as high street discounts and money off entertainment and travel.
  • Blue Light Card - employees working within social care can qualify for an additional range of discounts from national retailers and local businesses.

Our roles are either designated ‘site based’ or ‘home based’. ‘Site based’ roles can include up to two days a week working from home whilst ‘home based’ roles are based at home four days a week.  Of course, managers designate which category roles are in based on the needs of the service and the circumstances.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes City Council is a large, modern and financially stable employer with around 2,500 people working across our eight areas. Together we provide local residents and businesses with a wide range of important round-the-clock services and aim to make our city a better place to live.

We work hard because of the demands placed on us, like protecting children from harm or preventing homelessness. However, working for the city is always rewarding and everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference. 

We’re very proud of our diversity and are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community we serve. Whatever your background, you will be welcome here if you share our values of being dedicated, respectful and collaborative.

We offer great training and support and because of the size and scale of the organisation there are always new opportunities to explore when it’s time for a new role.

If you’d like to know more about how we do things and what matters to us, take a look at our short booklet What makes us Milton Keynes City Council.

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