Location Northamptonshire
Job type Temporary
Salary £23 - £24 per hour
Reference 21500
Date posted April 08, 2020
Maxxima’s Social Work team are currently recruiting for NHS Mental Health Social Workers to fill a full-time job role in Northamptonshire

The roles will be based within Social Work Services, who are looking for Senior Practitioners to start as soon as possible on a full-time basis.

The pay rate for this role is up to £24 per hour

Requirements and details of this vacancy

Please be aware we need staff who are well experienced in crisis assessment as they will be asked to step into a fast paced intense hospital environment to Provide specialist assessment and brief interventions to patients across the Crisis Care Pathway, which prevents admission to ED, or contributes to a smooth and early discharge and/or prevents an admission to a mental health unit.

Acute Liaison Mental Health Service, Kettering General Hospital & Northampton General Hospital

24/7; early 08:15-16:15, late 13:15-21:15, twilight 16:00-00:00, night 20:45-08:30

Role Requirements:


1. Provide specialist assessment and brief interventions to patients across the Crisis Care Pathway, which prevents admission to ED, or contributes to a smooth and early discharge and/or prevents an admission to a mental health unit.

2. Improve the experience of patients with mental health illnesses who receive care in the acute hospital and crisis care pathway.

3. Provide specialist mental health perspective to the multi-disciplinary team members regarding assessment, intervention, management and discharge planning.

4. To work as a key member of a comprehensive Acute Liaison Mental Health Service within the two general hospitals. Offering a range of interventions throughout the hospitals for patients with a wide range of mental health difficulties, in line with the service operational policy.

5. To offer education, opportunistically and on a planned basis, to staff within the general hospitals in order to improve their knowledge and skills of mental health, and reduce the stigma of mental health.

6. There will be an expectation that out of hours support will be provided within this role, and that the post holder will be able to provide cross cover over the two sites as service needs dictates, working on a shift pattern basis across a 24/7 basis.

7. To initiate a comprehensive risk assessment process, highlighting risks to self and others, with consideration given to continuity of care following discharge from hospital.

8. To formulate detailed care plans/packages of care for individuals whilst in hospital, remaining mindful of their discharge, to ensure that mental health care provision is seamless and inclusive of mental health needs across the spectrum of primary and secondary care.

9. To assist in the appropriate use of the Mental Health Act with individuals requiring transfer to a psychiatric hospital setting.

10. To involve patients throughout the assessment and treatment processes, ensuring that care packages are tailored to meet individual needs.

11. To ensure risk assessment are routinely conducted and reviewed, with regards to high-risk suicide and self-harm individuals, in line with the trust risk assessment process


Maxxima Benefits:

  • Dedicated and experienced consultants
  • Excellent and highly competitive rates of pay
  • Exclusive opportunities you won’t find anywhere else
  • Dedicated payroll consultant to ensure prompt payment
  • Guidance and advice on CV and interview techniques
  • Practical assistance with professional body registration
  • A choice of PAYE, umbrella or LTD company payments
  • Practical assistance with relocation, accommodation and DBS/CRB checks
  • The security of working with a CCS supplier, established since 2001

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Reasonable adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting our team. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.

Recommend a colleague:

Often, our candidates are so pleased with our service that they recommend us to their friends and colleagues. To encourage this and say thank you, we offer a referral bonus incentive.

The way it works is simple: if you introduce a candidate who is not previously known to Maxxima and we are successful in placing them, we will pay you up to £1,500. More information regarding referrals can be found on our website.


*The post qualification experience range stated is purely a guide. We will consider candidates that fall outside of this range if they can strongly demonstrate the required competencies.