Social Worker

The Priory Group
Walsall, UK
13 Jun 2019
19 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

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The Ayr Clinic is made up of a well-established 36 bedded low secure hospital, and an 8 bedded specialised step-down facility for men and women with mental illness and/or personality disorder. The Ayr Clinic is situated in the coastal town of Ayr in West Central Scotland.


The post holder will be responsible to provide a social work service for patients and their families in the context of a low secure psychiatric hospital, recovery and rehabilitation services. Duties will include assessments, providing verbal and written evidence to Care Programme Approach (CPA), support with welfare benefits, housing related matters, liaison with external agencies and addressing discharge and aftercare issues. Social workers, working within multi-disciplinary clinical teams, are key professionals regarding the assessment and management of risk and public protection requirements.

This is a generic role profile and will be adjusted according to the experience of the successful post holder.


The Priory Group is the largest and most experienced independent healthcare provider of specialist psychiatric, secure and step-down care across the UK. With hospitals and services around the country, our highly experienced teams help patients, residents and referring teams find the right care pathways, without the need for multiple reassessments.

The Ayr Clinic currently provides 36 low secure beds and 18 specialised community rehabilitation beds. The service accepts referrals from Scottish NHS Boards and NHS Commissioning bodies in England seeking to repatriate Scottish residents closer to their home areas and families.

Patients may suffer from mental illness, personality disorder and/or mild learning disabilityand are detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 or under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

Our service provides high levels of therapeutic care that is underpinned by evidence-based knowledge, delivered by a highly experienced team. Our individualised and group treatment programmes have clearly defined goals and outcomes for our patient group. Treatment is offered in a safe and positive environment where patients develop their skills for independence, self-confidence and knowledge of how to manage their mental health wellbeing.

Key Outputs


• Adhere to the standards established in the Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

1.0 Clinical

2.1 Maintain regular patient contact on the wards within the hospital.

2.2 Liaise with the Patient Finance Officer regarding patients' benefits and finances.

2.3 Assist patients in liaison with external agencies regarding financial matters.

2.4 Liaise with housing agencies regarding patients' tenancies, housing benefits and rent enquiries.

2.5 Attend multi-disciplinary team meetings, departmental meetings and any other meetings as directed by the Hospital Director or the manager of the service..

2.6 Record all contact with patients, relatives/carers and external agencies as clinical notes.

2.7 Complete Social Work Assessment Reports following admission but within the CPA timeframes.

2.8 Undertake Social Circumstances Reports as required for Care Programme Approach Meetings, pre-discharge meetings and relevant patient reviews.

2.9 Actively participate in patients' Care Programme Approach meetings and ward based Individual Care Review meetings

2.10 Provide the lead role within the clinical team regarding vulnerable adults, including liaison with the Local Authority Adult Support and Protection Team, making referrals as appropriate.

2.11 Address public protection requirements including liaison with MAPPA and victim issues.

2.12 Liaise with the RMO to support arrangements for communication with the Scottish Government for patients subject to Restriction Orders.

2.13 Appropriate Adult for police interviews under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

2.14 With the consent of the patient work closely with their families and carers.

2.15 Active involvement in multi-disciplinary risk assessments, e.g. HCR-20.

2.16 Maintain contact with patients' external care coordinators.

2.17 Liaison with external agencies regarding social care issues, e.g. Social Services Departments, NHS Trusts and Criminal Justice Teams and Referring Teams.

2.18 Ensure that the statutory requirements relating to the discharge and aftercare of patients under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

2.19 Liaison with community agencies in preparation for the discharge of patients to the community.

2.20 Provide information to social care professionals with regard to the transfer of patients to other hospitals.

2.21 Assist the Audit and Compliance Lead in undertaking departmental audits.

2.22 Promote user involvement through liaison with Advocacy and attendance at Patient Forums.

2.23 Actively participate in clinical supervision.

2.24 Undertake appropriate training within the Social Worker Department, multi-disciplinary teams and external agencies, in consultation with the Social Work Lead.

3.0 Administrative

3.1 To provide updated information into patients' electronic records.

3.2 Undertake other administrative duties as required, including the administration of records relating to child welfare and public protection issues.

4.0 Health & Safety

4.1 To take personal responsibility for ensuring the work practices and the environment meet the requirements of Health & Safety at Work legislation and report all deficits to management.

4.2 Ensure all annual statutory and mandatory training is up to date

This job description forms the broad framework within which the post holder will undertake his/her duties and will be the subject of regular review with the post holder.


• Social Workers

• Patients

• Relatives and Carers

• Line Manager

• Multi-Disciplinary Teams

• External Professionals and Agencies

• Commissioners and Case Managers

• Other departments

Decision Making Authority

• Within company guidelines, taking into account statutory considerations.

• In consultation with Hospital Director.

• Advise on issues within scope of expertise under supervision.

Key Performance Indicators

• Submission of allocated work within defined guidelines.

• Ability to meet objectives set with supervisor in supervision and annual appraisal.

• Satisfactory audits against departmental objectives and goals.



• Relevant Social Work qualification, e.g. CQSW, Dip SW, BA in Social Work or MA in Social Work.


• Interpersonal and verbal communication skills including ability to negotiate, mediate and present information.

• The ability to work in a secure setting with patients who present with challenging behaviour and who have mental disorders.

• Work within a multi-disciplinary team.

• Flexibility in adapting to the needs of patients and their families.

• Wide range of written skills.

• Demonstrate effective work planning and time management.

• Ability to practice within the ethos of the Social Work's philosophy.

• Update knowledge of welfare benefits and housing related benefits.

• Respect of patient and agency confidentiality, being aware of information governance.


• Appropriate experience in working with service users in secure settings or at least within mental health settings.

• Working with mentally disordered offenders and their families would be an advantage.

• Ability to maintain confidentiality

• Experience of supervision.

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check for all successful applicants. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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