We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

Specialist Health/Social Care Dual Diagnosis Worker

An opportunity has arisen for a specialist post working across health and social care with clients presenting with complex health and social care needs often with multifactorial diagnoses. You will be based across several teams and deliver high quality care to the wider community. This will mean producing high quality work in terms of the Care Act Assessment, an understanding of CPA as well as associated legislation. You will be assisting worker mangers and senior staff with challenging cases in terms of dual diagnoses and the ability to respond promptly to crises as well as hospital discharges. You will need excellent clinical case management skills and may have to carry a small caseload of highly challenging and often risky cases.

Reporting to a Team Manager you will help reshape the way we deliver services to our clients in a post COVID world. This will involve working to improve the life chances of those with complex needs in terms of employment, accommodation, meaningful activities as well as person centred services utilising best practise. You will have excellent communication skills. This will include producing high quality care plans and working with families and networks against a backdrop of competing demands.

The post holder will be expected to:

  • Submit brief monthly reports to demonstrate progress/outcomes and highlight issues
  • Work across mental health and substance misuse treatment, linking in with housing teams and CGL ( Change Grow Live)to provide a mental health element to the wrap around support for patients
  • Outreach element with 1-2 days doing home visits with police officers
  • 1 day a week at police station with IOM colleagues
  • 1 day a week at mental health Single Point of Access to do assessments to improve engagement into treatment and early intervention.
  • Supporting into combined mental health and substance misuse treatment and linking in with adult social care, housing, rough sleepers teams as needed to provide a mental health element to the wrap around support for the individual.
  • Significant liaison with adult care management
  • No caseload (or very small focused caseload if decided to be achievable) – scope will be initial engagement and brief intervention and then passing onto teams/key workers
  • Attend monthly partnership meetings to review progress
  • Element of training and teaching
  • These posts are available for one year.

    About you 

    These roles require an experienced individual, with a proven track record of delivering outstanding care in a pragmatic and sensitive way that matches the needs of a multi-cultural community. Your knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance and procedures will be second to none. 

    We want people who are team players and can work effectively under pressure. You’ll have outstanding communication skills and the ability to engage service users, colleagues and third parties alike. 

    We’re looking for people who want to be part of a leadership team in the adult health and social care service delivering improved life chances for our residents. Do you relish a challenge and the chance to work in new innovative and imaginative ways to ensure our residents are resilient, independent, safe and well? If the answer is ‘yes’ then we’d encourage you to apply

    About us 

    The London Borough of Waltham Forest is fiercely ambitious. We want to make sure each and every one of our residents enjoys a good quality life. Over the past few years, the borough has changed significantly for the better. Good schools, great parks, excellent culture facilities, mass regeneration and budding community entrepreneurship are making it a place that people want to call home.. 

    In line with our ambitions, the Adult Social Care service in Waltham Forest and NELFT has plans to progress to excellence. We want the service to enable the most vulnerable residents to be resilient, independent, safe and well.

    Probationary Period

    This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

    Assessment/Interview info

    At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

    Starting with NELFT

    NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction.

    High Cost Area Supplement – London

    This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of £3,784 and a maximum payment of £4,822).

    As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Excellent working environments in a mix of state of the art and historic buildings
  • Agile working with outstanding ICT support
  • A long-standing and award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • Staff Benefits including NHS Pension, childcare vouchers, a salary sacrifice car scheme, the MyTrustBenefits discount scheme, cycle scheme and Annual Leave Sale / Purchase scheme, trade union membership and a range of ambassadorial roles
  • A focus on staff health and wellbeing featuring subsidised gym membership, access to Mindfulness, walking groups and other wellbeing support.
  • We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme

    Equal opportunities employer

    We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics.

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