The Role

Richmond and Wandsworth Adult Social Care & Public Health Department has strong social work values and a focus on improving outcomes to vulnerable adults and their carers.

The Mental Health Service is made up of the following areas:

  • Richmond and Wandsworth Mental Health Social Care Team
  • Substance Misuse Team
  • Mental Health Reviews, Accommodation and Projects Team
  • The teams consist of enthusiastic Social Workers and Social Care Assessors with a focus to provide a holistic, personalised, strength-based service to residents over the age of 18 who have a primary mental health diagnosis or substance misuse issues.

    We are looking for an experienced Senior Social Worker to join our Wandsworth Mental Health Social Care Team. The team is currently working from home due to COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions.

    Your duties will include:

  • Using strength-based approach in promoting service user choice and empowerment through promoting independence and strength-based practice to enable residents to maintain their independence and local community connections for as long as safely possible.
  • Facilitate and enable supervisees to make responsive communication with partners, especially the Health Trust. Emphasis of multi-agency working to provide the best for our service users
  • Ensure accurate electronic recording for self and supervisees (good report writing skills are very important).
  • To undertake statutory interventions, act as SAM (Safeguarding adult manager) where service users are deemed to be at risk, including situations where people may be neglected or abused in accordance with the Inter-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults and to chair Section 42 Safeguarding Adults Enquiries where required.
  • To assist as required with the management of budgets, ensuring that processes and procedures are carried out in a timely and effective way; including authorising Reviews/ assessments, reassessments and arranging necessary funding to meet the requirements of individual support plans within available resources.
  • To provide operational and motivational leadership of staff, promoting a positive working environment with the primary aim of delivering high quality services, including supervision of a small number of staff.
  • To manage the team’s duty team on a rota basis and oversee all incoming referrals and safeguarding concerns.
  • To promote equality, diversity, and inclusion, maintaining an awareness of the equality and diversity protocol/policy and working to create and maintain a safe, supportive and welcoming environment where all people are treated with dignity and their identity and culture are valued and respected.
  • We are committed to the development of our staff; our Adult Social Care Academy offers a range of professional development opportunities for staff in Adult Social Care and Public Health.

    To apply please submit a CV and supporting statement outlining your knowledge, skills and experience. This information will be used for shortlisting purposes.

    For an informal discussion regarding the roles please contact Ann Umusu on

    We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

    In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

    Indicative Recruitment Timeline

    Closing Date: 6 December 2021

    Shortlisting Date: w/c 6 December 2021

    Interview Date: TBC

    Useful Information:  The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.

    Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

    Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

    Important Information:  This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

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