Approved Social Worker [Crewe] #5133212
Crewe CW1 2ER, UK
JOB TITLE: Approved Social Worker
RESPONSIBLE TO: Team Manager
JOB PURPOSE To undertake the assessment of service users as defined by the 1983 Mental Health Act; to collect all relevant background information including medical opinion, to make an application for the detention of service users in hospital or to provide alternative arrangements for a service user’s care in accordance with professional practice.
1 Consult with doctors, specialists and other professionals to establish service users' current circumstances and previous history. Collect additional relevant background information from a variety of sources, for example medical records, case notes, etc. 2 Interview the service user in an appropriate manner as defined by legislation, to undertake a full risk assessment which will inform the decision-making process for an application for detention. Co-ordinate the service user's assessment process which necessitates liaison with other professional bodies – e.g. the police (occasionally armed), ambulance services, or courts - to obtain warrants for entering premises. 3 Determine the appropriateness of an application for detention in hospital, completing the Approved Social Worker report and circulate to all relevant parties. Produce reports for hospital managers and in preparation for attendance at Mental Health Tribunals. Arrange the safe transport of the service user and legal documentation to the hospital, and check the documents for accuracy which could be the subject of legal challenge. 4 Identify and consult with the nearest relative of the service user, as defined by legislation. Advise the service user of his/her legal right of appeal, and the right of the nearest relative to request the discharge of the service user. 5 Make alternative arrangements for the service user’s care where an application is not made under the Act (or is refused) and to inform all relevant agencies, including the nearest relative, of these arrangements. 6 Maintain appropriate records of work undertaken and carry out required administrative procedures. 7 Prepare for and attend supervision sessions and staff meetings and make use of all available training and developmental opportunities. 8 Contribute to the evaluation and development of services and new ideas by sharing knowledge about theory, skills and practice with other Social Services staff, professional groups and interested bodies. Notwithstanding the detail in this job description, in accordance with the Council’s Flexibility Policy the job holder will undertake such work as may be determined by the Director/Corporate Manager from time to time, up to or at a level consistent with the Principal Responsibilities of the job and in any location within the Borough of Cheshire East.
Candidates must be SWE registered, qualified and have a valid enhanced DBS dated within 12 months.