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Highly Specialist Forensic Social Worker

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Social Work
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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SST Offices, Administration Building Whally Site Mersey Care
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
01/06/2020 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool and Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. Our services are currently provided from 124 sites across the North West.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care and become the world’s leading organisation in physical, mental health, addiction and learning disabilities. We set our own standards and goals for improvements in care rather than aiming to meet minimum standards set by other organisations. Our values are those of: Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support. We are the first Trust in the UK to publicly commit and develop a policy to have zero suicides among people in our care by 2020.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good” overall and “Outstanding” for being well led.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Specialist Support Team (SST) - Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The team has been developed from a new model of care and support, providing specialist health service to adults who have a Learning Disability and/or Autism and who present a risk of offending or who have a history of criminal conviction as well as individuals who are described as having complex challenging behaviour.

The service is based on the principles that underpin the Transforming Care initiative; that services for people who have Learning Disabilities should be configured around and with local communities, with strengthened support closer to home and reduction on the reliance of hospital care.

The SST will focus on supporting people to live in their own communities, providing robust, personalised care and support to people to prevent admission to secure accommodation both locally and out of area.

The team will also work to enhance the discharge process, ensuring that people who do need in-patient care stay for only for as long as they need it. The SST will provide expert care and wrap around support to individuals and their support teams on discharge from hospital and work with community providers to ensure the correct training and support is available. In addition, the team will provide Early Intervention Support to prevent crisis and support people to stay at home with the right care and support that they need, at the right time.

The Social Work role within this team is essential to support our joint working with the local Authority and to ensure we support people within the appropriate legal frameworks from a least restrictive position and that anti-discriminatory practice and Human Rights are embedded  within the work that we do.


The post holder will lead on consultancy issues relating to the complex social care needs of forensic clients of the Specialist Support Team. Providing highly skilled advice and guidance to staff both for the Specialist Support Team and in the wider social care community within the requirements of legislation., taking the lead for MAPPA and Safeguarding.


The post holder will work directly with individuals and acting as a resource to locally provided community learning disability teams, the SST will model best practice in personalised care and support planning in addition to supporting local teams to plan creative and flexible supports.

The service will be underpinned by the principles of positive behavioural support ensuring that person cantered practices provide the foundations of all support.

The successful candidate with demonstrate excellent leadership and communication skills and be motivated to developing new ways of working. They will have a clear commitment to person-centred practices and be able to demonstrate this in their work with individuals, families and teams.

They must be willing to travel across Lancashire and South Cumbria working with a number of partner agencies including health, social care and the Criminal Justice agencies. You will be required to work primarily 9-5, Monday to Friday as well as being part of a 24 hour on-call Rota.

Shortlisting is planned for: 02nd June 2020

Interviews planned for: 12th June 2020

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Meryl Brayford-Cuzak

Office: 01254 821670


email: meryl.brayford-cuzak@merseycare.nhs.uk