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Social Worker

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North London Clinic, 15 Church Street, Edmonton, London, N9 9DY

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Part Time


£28000 – 32,000 pro rata depending on experience


26.25 hours p/wk

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We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


Job Advert Location Description

The North London Clinic provides a full care pathway from medium secure, low secure to a locked rehabilitation wing. The full multidisciplinary team works with men who have a diagnosis of mental disorder and associated challenging behavior.

Job Advert Role Description


This post holder will be an integral member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team responsible for assessing the social care need of patients in secure care from a forensic perspective and be a principle provider of a quality Social Work service to address those needs as outlined in patient care plans. This will involve work with patients who have complex mental health needs and who offend.

The post holder will bring knowledge of social policy and expertise in Social Work practice to bear upon the needs of the clients and customers (internal and external). They will have responsibility for ensuring and maintaining a quality Social Work service to patients and their families.

Key Responsibilities


  • To meet the standards set out in the General Social Care Councils Code of Practice for Social Care Workers.
  • Be registered with the Health and Care professions Council.



  • Undertake a comprehensive assessment of the patients social care needs.
  • Have full responsibility for managing a caseload.
  • To actively participate in the MDT care planning process.
  • Contribute towards completion of patients CPA documents providing comprehensive assessment reports when required.
  • To ensure an accurate holistic and up to date social history is available for each patient, which offers formulations and recommendations.
  • When it is part of an agreed care plan focussed casework with individual patients using a range of interventions.
  • To facilitate group work jointly with other disciplines.
  • With the patient’s permission initiate visit and maintain contact with patients families, carers and/or significant others offering support, information and where relevant to the care plan joint family and patient sessions which are enabling.
  • To liaise with Social Services Departments to ensure that reports and attendance by a representative are available for Mental Health Reviews Tribunals.  Where necessary, prepare reports and attend hearings in collaboration with Social Services Departments.
  • To play a co-ordinating role in the process of section 117 Mental Health Act 83 aftercare plans with the relevant community agencies which meet the needs of the patient and takes full account of risk factors.
  • In conjunction with the responsible Social Services Department or Integrated NHS assist in the assessment of suitable after care placements working across professional boundaries.
  • To maintain accurate and up to date records of their social work inputs to the care plan including Section 117 care planning and transfer summaries, which reflect the patient’s views.
  • Ensure that patients have access to independent advice on financial legal and advocacy matters.
  • To attend relevant Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings as required.


Management &Departmental Responsibilities:

  • To undertake patient and staff related investigations
  • Identify the training needs of all social work staff with a view to enhancing opportunities for individual professional development within the department and contribute to the in service training programme as required.
  • To actively participate in the development of the team, taking responsibility for specialist clinical areas of patient need by delivering therapeutic expertise.
  • To attend and actively contribute towards Social Work Team meetings.
  • Review and evaluate regularly with the social work team the service offered to ensure the service provided meets the needs of the patients and is in line with Social Work Practice guidelines.


Health and Safety/Security:

  • To comply with the provisions of the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act 1974 and other relevant legislation and policies, ensuring the provision and maintenance of a safe environment for all members of the hospital community.
  • To participate in maintaining the physical, relational and procedural security of the service to ensure the safety of all.
  • To take personal responsibility for ensuring the work practices and the environment meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work legislation and report all deficits to management.


Continuing Professional Development:

  • Maintain own Continued Professional Development (CPD) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The job holder will be required to attend hand-over meetings, ward rounds, CPAs, case conferences and ward meetings, including community meetings and reflective practice meetings.  They are expected to be aware of, and comply with, all policies and guidelines relating to staff at the North London Clinic and in particular those dealing with confidentiality, safety and security.

To maintain written and electronic records of clinical activity, in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council standards and company policy.

These duties are intended to be a guide to the post and should not be considered exhaustive. It is subject to review depending on the needs of the department. The post holder will be encouraged to participate in any such review.

Essential Skills/ Qualifications/ Accreditation/ Registration

  • The job holder will be a Registered Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council and eligible to use a protected title. 
  • They should have a minimum of four years post qualification experience, and a period of time within Forensic Mental Health Services.

 Skills and Knowledge:

  • Able to work as part of a team, within the social work department, the hospital and including external professionals.
  • Able to communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Have an open and transparent attitude towards supervision and professional development.
  • Able to manage stress in a positive way.
  • Effective in time management.
  • Supportive towards colleagues in the department and the MDT.
  • Self-motivator and highly committed to offering a high quality service.
  • Respected and trusted by other members of the department and the MDT.
  • Flexible in the use of personal style within the work setting.
  • Able to work positively with clients who sometimes present with challenging behaviour.
  • Creative problem solver.

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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. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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