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Mental Health Transitions Social Worker

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

Job Introduction

An exciting opportunity for a senior social worker to join our Adult Social Care Mental Health Team, leading and supporting on our Transitions Pathway placing. In return, we offer a £3,000 - £4,000 market supplement (pro rata) dependant on experience and a Golden Hello payment of £2,000 - £6,000 (pro rata) for those new or returning to care and dependant on experience.

You’ll primarily work with young people aged 16-25 with complex mental health and trauma histories as they transition from children’s services into adult services. You’ll prepare them for adulthood, working alongside external agencies and partners to produce positive outcomes. You will also work alongside CAMHs transitions workers and children’s services colleagues.

Reporting to the Mental Health and Complex Needs Team, you’ll attend transitions meetings, and make assessments, acting with independence and autonomy.

This role would suit a social worker with a children’s background (or familiar with relevant children’s legislation) who is keen to gain experience within adult services, or someone with transitions experience or a strong interest within transitions pathways.

For more information on the Mental Health and Complex Needs Team please see information attached.


Main Responsibility

  • Risk – jointly responsible for leading and coordinating cases involving cases of high risk and complexity.
  • Carryout Adult Social Care Assessments and Review primarily focusing on young people and adults who are 16-25 through our transitions pathway.
  • Lead Transitions Pathway development with joint working with Children and Adult services.
  • 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.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You’ll be a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England with experience with Mental Health and ideally have experience of adult social care or Children's Social care.
  • Good knowledge of current legal frameworks such as the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 1983 and Children Act 1989.
  • 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.

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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