Senior Social Worker

St Andrew’s is the largest independent provider of services to the NHS, a unique mental health charity aspiring to deliver truly world-class care.  Our highly specialist Integrated Practice Units (IPUs) put the needs of our patients first and places them firmly at the heart of decision making, with all surpluses reinvested into their care.

Our Women’s Medium Secure Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) offers a gender specific treatment programme for women patients who require specialist forensic input. The care and treatment offered is based on a multidisciplinary therapeutic programme focused on individual patient.

The role:

An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Social Worker with at least 2 years post qualification experience and offers the successful candidate the opportunity to develop their skills in relation to legislative frameworks of both the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act and other related legislation.

You will need to be able to prepare reports and present to Mental Health Act Tribunals and there will be opportunities to engage with families and carers. You will be managed by the Lead Social Worker, have regular supervision and annual performance review as well as being able to access opportunities for professional development in social work and other related practice issues.

All social workers work within the Care Programme Approach and will be expected to lead on particular responsibilities that may include:-

  • Assessment of patient needs for social work interventions throughout admission
  • Ensuring that patient’s rights are protected under the Mental Health Act 1983, Human Rights Act, Safeguarding Adults procedures, and Community Care legislation.
  • Preparation and presentation of Mental Health Review Tribunal reports.
  • Working with carers and family members including visits to family homes, completing Core Assessments as needed, liaison with home area Health and Social Care services, other voluntary or statutory agencies, identifying and assessing appropriate community resources.
  • Planning for Discharge and recording Section 117 Aftercare arrangements.
  • Attendance at Clinical Review meetings and presentation of evidence of social work intervention.

Your profile

The successful applicant will be a member of the multi-disciplinary team and have good communication and interpersonal skills.  There is an expectation that the post holder will seek to develop their skills within this specialist area.

You should be in receipt of the Degree in Social Work or equivalent and have at least 2 years post qualifying experience within mental health and will hold a post qualifying award. You will be HCPC registered and there will be opportunities for training to ensure re-registration.  You should also have completed your Practice Educator level 1.

Knowledge of Mental Health Legislation including the Care Programme Approach would also be helpful. You must be willing to support students in training and/or offer supervision to less experienced colleagues.


We offer an excellent benefits package including pension, sickness policy on par with NHS, 35 days holiday, life cover, car lease scheme, free parking, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers & access to vocational qualifications.