Senior Social Worker (UK Visa Sponsorship Available)

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is currently looking for qualified and competent individuals to fill the role of a Senior Social Worker. Applications from individuals who meet the requirements below are welcome.

At Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT), the organization is leading the way in mental health, learning disability, and neurodiversity care.

LYPFT is the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. Additionally, the Trust offers adult neurodiversity services in Leeds, some specialist services across West Yorkshire and Humber & North Yorkshire, and highly specialized services across the North of England.

The Trust’s caring and respectful staff use their expertise to deliver a wide range of specialist and innovative services to all the communities they serve. From community support to crisis treatment, the care provided is people-centred. This approach actively involves the person using the services, empowering them to achieve their personal goals and enjoy a fulfilling life.

The mission of LYPFT is to improve the health and lives of the communities they serve by providing outstanding mental health, learning disability, and neurodiversity services. The Trust aims to be a great place to work and a great partner to work with, actively involving people in their care to empower them to achieve their personal goals and enjoy fulfilling lives.

Position: Senior Social Worker

Salary: £43,742 – £50,056 per year

 Job Type: Full Time

Location: York, UK

About the Role

We are recruiting to a brand new, exciting post and are looking for an experienced social worker to join the expansion of an existing service and help develop the integration of social work into the overall service. The Forensic Outreach Liaison Service (FOLS) provides specialist community support and intervention for service users with ongoing significant/complex mental health needs who present a significant risk to others related to their mental disorder. The service will be based at Clifton House in York, providing a service to York, Selby and other parts of North Yorkshire.

We’re on the lookout for a motivated and dynamic social worker to be an integral part of FOLS. In addition to care co-ordinating a small community caseload, the team will provide in-reach work to the inpatient wards at Clifton House, utilising their expertise to assist discharge from secure services and ensure that the transition into the community is seamless and timely. The FOLS will also work with established community services and stakeholders to provide risk management advice through a tiered consultation model, provide specialist interventions and assessments and offer training to agencies to support people to remain in their local areas.

Main Duties

  • To provide a lead to Social Work within the Forensic Services
  • Provide a Safeguarding lead within Forensic Services
  • To be a member of the leadership team within Forensic Services
  • To work as a senior team member within the Community Forensic Outreach team supporting patient pathways across the region
  • To provide a lead role for transition and discharge for service users within Forensic Services, working closely with partner providers within the region
  • To work as a Care Co-ordinator in partnership with service users and other Professionals’ with-in the Care Programme Approach framework managing and co-ordinating complex packages of care
  • To act as an autonomous senior clinician being accountable for a defined caseload of service users with complex needs
  • To manage self and lead others in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) recognizing limitations, demonstrating ability to practice within ethical and legal frameworks with clear understanding of service users, and their families’ civil rights.
  • To support, supervise and contribute to the professional development of members of staff working in Forensic Services
  • Whilst they will work as a member of a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team (MDT), delivering excellent quality care to our service users and carers, there will also be an expectation that the person will sometimes work autonomously, case managing a small number of patients detained in other hospitals.
  • To participate in the mentorship, education and supervision of students from a range of disciplines
  • To engage statutory and voluntary services to support the smooth transition of patient’s throughout the Forensic Pathway
  • To engage with Service Users accessing in-patient services outside of the Region and to support repatriation to services nearer their home
  • To provide a senior role in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency forums
  • Provides advice and guidance to other staff on complex cases
  • Form part of the senior leadership team contributing to the on-going development of Forensic Services to maintain comprehensive and up to date written records of assessments, CPA plans, evaluations and on-going process notes in line with Trust Policy and to share these with the MDT and external agencies as appropriate.
  • To ensure effective communication and collaboration with others through attendance at, and chairing of CPA meetings, team meetings, ward rounds, clinical meetings and meeting held by partner agencies.
  • To work in partnership with Service Users and partner agencies (e.g. housing, Benefits, Social Services etc.) to facilitate benefit claims and other financial and housing support.
  • To complete complex social and statutory reports.
  • To ensure the service user and their families are central to and fully involved in the plan of care and have copies of care plans.
  • Imparting sensitive and complex information to service users and their families.
  • To be aware of and adhere to all professional and Trust Policies including the reporting of incidents and accidents, complaints procedures and the management of confidential information.
  • To maintain links with carers and ensure that Nearest Relatives are informed of their rights under the Mental Health Act, 1983
  • Support Carers to access Carers Assessments, supporting carers to make contact with Local Authorities.
  • Ensure that Statutory Social Circumstances reports are available for mental health tribunals and/or hospital manager’s hearing.
  • Ensure that the needs of service users’ children are understood, making referrals to social care where required and ensuring that all relevant parties are involved in child visiting arrangements.


  • Previous experience of supervising junior members of staff is also desirable as this post carries some leadership responsibilities within the service.
  • The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, emotionally resilient, and able to work with individuals who challenge services.
  • The successful candidate must have current HCPC registration and will be expected to be able to travel to sites across a wide geographical area, so being a driver would be advantageous.


  • Visa Sponsorship for registered healthcare practitioners only
  • 27 – 33 days annual leave
  • Flexible working and remote working arrangements,
  • The NHS Pension Scheme
  • Coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more NHS Discount Offers.

Required Documents

  1. CV/Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Application Process

Interested and qualified individuals should kindly CLICK HERE to learn more about the role and to apply

Application Deadline

July 10, 2024 (23:59 PM)

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