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Social Work Positions (Community Mental Health Teams)

Salary details: £28672 - £37890

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Health and Social Care - Adults
Salary details
£28,672 to £37,890 (pro rata)
Job term
Appointment type
John Fellows
Contact email
Contact telephone
01202 868247
Closing Date
31 October 2021 11:00 PM
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Social Work Positions within Community Mental Health Teams

 Full and Part time hours available

£28,672 to £37,890 (pro rata)

Grades 10-11



Are you a Social Worker looking for a rewarding and exciting new challenge?

Do you want to be part of a nurturing organisation where you are actively encouraged to participate in shaping services for the future? 

Are you passionate about enabling people to build on their strengths and abilities so they can achieve their full potential?

Do you want to work for an organisation that understands the demands and emotional challenges of the job, that provides you with a positive, safe, and supportive working environment?

Do you want regular, meaningful supervision that supports Continuous Professional Development opportunities?

Do you want to work for an organisation that is proud of its robust learning and development offer?

If the answers are yes, then Dorset Council is the employer for you! We are an organisation with a strong commitment to a strengths-based approach in our relationships with customers and employees alike. We foster a vibrant, happy, and high achieving workforce through professional development.  This includes access to the ASYE programme, external BIA and AMHP training and internal training to develop specific areas of practice.

We are currently looking to recruit dynamic level 2 and 3 social workers across all our Community Mental Health Teams. Whether you have experience of working within mental health services, or you have transferrable skills and want a new challenge or direction in your social work career, we look forward to receiving your application.

North Dorset teams are in Sherborne, Shaftesbury, and Blandford. East Dorset teams are in Wimborne and Purbeck. West Dorset teams are in Dorchester, Weymouth, and Bridport. Positions are be based within teams, but the successful applicant will work flexibly across the service and at times will be required to support individuals who reside in a different locality.

We are committed to enhancing our mental health social care practice and recently reviewed this jointly with the Trust and a neighbouring council. From this, we are further developing our practice, pathways and services building on our strengths of collaborative relationships with partners and people who use our services.

You will, as part of integrated/collaborative mental health teams, use strengths and rights-based approaches, have good legal literacy across key legislation (Care Act; Mental Health Act, and key statutory social work duties). In addition, you will need to have good communication and risk assessment/management skills, be creative, strengths based and passionate about supporting our customers to be as independent as possible.

The social work role is varied and will offer opportunities to work with people with a range of complex needs and experiences, in a recovery and reablement approach.   You will also be working with young people as part of our Birth to Settled Adulthood programme working closely with Children’s Services, providing commissioned support but also utilising community-based support and developing further independence and skill development. 

Working with community mental health teams can be both a rewarding and challenging environment. Teams are committed to staff development and training is available to enable applicants who wish to enhance specific skills in support of this role, for example if you are interested in completing the Approved Mental Health Practitioner training.  You will work within a supportive team of professionals and there will be regular supervision and access to training from both health and social care and CPD opportunities.

Flexible working arrangements can be considered and discussed.

Please contact John Fellows, Area Practice Manager at j.a.fellows@dorsetcc.gov.uk  or on 01202 868247 for additional information.

How to apply:

Apply by Application Form:

If you wish to apply for this role by application form, please do so by following the ‘Apply for this Job’ link below.

Apply by CV:

We will accept a CV in place of an application form for this role. If you wish to submit a CV please e-mail to PAHCentralisedRecruitment@dorsetcc.gov.uk  clearly indicating which role you are applying for (e.g. Job title & Vacancy Number).

When applying by CV it is important that you include all the information needed to evidence your suitability for the role (as detailed in the Job Description and Person Specification) including giving:

  • Your contact details
  • Detailed information about your experience (as you would in an application form).    
  • Current employer details and an explanation for any career breaks
  • Details of two referees (which should be from your two most recent places of work or education). Note: references may be taken up prior to interview if you are shortlisted. If you wish to be contacted before references are taken up, please give details in your CV.
  • Membership of professional/technical bodies
  • Your National Insurance (NI) Number

NB. If applying by CV you will be asked to complete two additional information sheets which will be sent to you on receipt of your application.

Please contact us at: PAHCentralisedRecruitment@dorsetcc.gov.uk , if you would like any additional information or have any additional questions concerning recruitment.

Interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams, however, please get in contact if you are interested in the position but unable to attend an interview via this platform. Interviews will be expected to be convened within 10 working days of the advert closing date and if shortlisted you will be sent an invite to interview letter. There may be up to four people on the interview panel to enable the organisation to recruit to numerous posts.

For more information about Dorset Council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

You must have a degree in Social Work and be registered with Social Work England and be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.

Dorset Council provides a framework of behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here.

Dorset Council requires all newly qualified social workers to undertake the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) and meet the expected standards during the ASYE period. The ASYE arrangements should normally apply to the appointment of all newly qualified social workers who qualified after September 2012 unless they can demonstrate that they already fully meet the standards laid out in the professional capabilities framework (PCF). Please click here for additional details of the ASYE scheme.

For further information on our policy on safeguarding children and young people please click here.

For further information on our adults safeguarding policy please click here.

This post involves working with children or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them and will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

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NB: You will be unable to view the job description and person specification forms after this vacancy has closed.

Dorset Council is committed to making our recruitment process barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone.

For more information on how to apply, please see this helpful guidance.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Application closing date: 31st October 2021