THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF MR K’s RECOVERY
Adult Social Care in Westminster City Council is a world of extraordinary stories, where our passionate, caring and committed professionals do brilliant work every day.
Mr K has a diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia and was in care for a long period as a child. Before he came to MH Reablement, Mr K had frequent re-admissions to hospital, and his risks included social isolation and self-neglect.
Our Independent Living Assessor/ Occupational Therapy Care Manager (OTCM) of the MH Reablement Team worked closely with Mr K to support him with his activities of daily living and he became independent in managing laundry, personal care tasks and completing meal preparation independently. We improved his health and nutrition, reduced hospital admissions and he met his re-ablement goals and continues to flourish independently within our community.
As a Social Worker within one of three teams who are currently recruiting for compassionate and motivated colleagues, you will make a powerful contribution to the wellbeing of Westminster’s residents.
Working within a high-profile borough such as Westminster is both exciting and challenging. Our Social Work teams are co-located alongside our local NHS Trust healthcare staff, which makes for a truly collaborative working environment, in which health and social care colleagues can act quickly to deliver outstanding results for those who most need us. Collectively, we want to help those with mental health issues achieve a great quality of life, and this means that we must help them maintain their independence for as long as possible, while safeguarding the most vulnerable. We don't believe that one size fits all, and as such, we have unique teams for individual mental health challenges, and it is against this backdrop that you could find a truly fulfilling opportunity in one of three teams.
Within the North and South Community Social Work Locality Teams we have 5 vacancies for Social Workers who will conduct assessments under the Care Act, and devise effective plans in partnership with other services to protect vulnerable residents. For these particular roles, you will have the opportunity to train as an AMHP if you are not already qualified, and once qualified you will benefit from an annual allowance of up to 5% of your annual salary.
Alternatively, you could join our Mental Health Placement Review Team, which is focused on residents who are in supported accommodation, residential or nursing care beyond the Westminster perimeter. The aim of this team is to help these residents return to independent living (where possible) within Westminster, so you will assess their individual needs and put the measures in place to help them achieve this goal. This role will obviously require you to travel beyond Westminster, but with your knowledge of the relevant Acts, safeguarding procedures and so forth, you will find great satisfaction in helping these people return to the borough that they love.
Finally, we have an interesting vacancy within our Westminster Older Adults Mental Health Social Work team in which you will have the opportunity to ascertain the individual needs of each person and devise personalised packages of care. Supporting service users and their families and carers, you will provide valuable information on where they can find suitable support, while listening to what they really want.
Regardless of which team you choose to join, you will find that our interventions-based colleagues are passionate about doing things differently. That isn’t just limited to the people that we're working with in our community, but also how we work with each other within our forward-thinking team. As such we offer genuinely exceptional supervision and guidance via our social work forum, and there is the scope to have a mentor if this would be beneficial to you. If you would like to be part of our BAME support network, you will also have the chance to take part in reverse mentoring for senior managers.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information.
We have a number of job opportunities within our service (North and South Community Social Work Locality Team, Mental Health Placement Review & Older Adults Mental Health). Please indicate in your application which role/s you are interested in.
We know that the best results happen when our people have the freedom and autonomy to adapt their interventions to each person they’re working with. You’ll therefore be a proactive individual, with a creative approach to working with service users and their families and carers. Above all else, you’ll put their dignity and respect at the heart of every intervention you’re proposing. On a practical level, you’ll be a qualified and registered Social Worker or AMHP, and it would be helpful if you have a background in working with adults who have mental health problems. This experience will be complemented by a good knowledge of the relevant legislation and guidance. Comfortable working with people from a wide range of ethnic and cultural groups, we’ll expect you to have fantastic communication skills with the capacity to build relationships with people from every walk of life.
What We Offer:
Westminster is an amazing place. We are home to more than 200,000 residents from all backgrounds, over 50,000 vibrant and vital businesses and three-quarters-of-a-million people work in Westminster. Westminster City Council’s strategy is to work towards a Fairer Westminster. A Fairer Westminster is one in which our communities are at the heart of our decision-making and help to determine the city’s future. By working directly with our communities and other partners, we can build a more inclusive city that celebrates our diverse communities, and where residents, workers and visitors from all backgrounds will feel welcome and safe.
At Westminster City Council, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive workplace and employer of choice. We encourage and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that, at all levels, represents the communities we serve. We champion equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued, has a sense of belonging and is empowered to be their best, that is the Westminster Way. To find out more about how we do this visit https://www.westminster.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-strategy-policies-and-reports/equality-duties
As a forward-thinking Council we appreciate that people work in different ways, therefore our staff benefit from working a range of flexible working patterns as well as Agile working.
The Council is a Disability Confident Employer. If you have declared a disability in your application, we guarantee an interview if you meet the essential criteria of the job. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked if you need any reasonable adjustments in order to attend, and we will make these wherever possible.
Come and find out more about the exciting career opportunities in social work at Westminster City Council at the Compass Job Fair, 20 November 2023, The Grosvenor Hotel, London.
Contact details for an informal discussion: Alison Evans, Service Manager, via email: ALISON.EVANS2@NHS.NET.