Hospital Social Worker - Mental Health (Ref.1954)

  • Devon
  • Full Time
  • £33,486 - £37,568 per annum pro rata

Fixed Term Until 31st March 2023

Full Time, 37 Hours Per Week


Over the last few years we have implemented an exciting transformation programme in the way that Social Care is delivered within Devon Partnership Trust.

We are seeking to recruit three Social Worker's to join our established social care teams across the county to undertake a range of work with a hospital discharge focus, based within our acute psychiatric wards. 


These are fixed term positions with funding secured until 31st March 2023, though efforts are underway to secure funding beyond this date. We would welcome internal candidates looking to develop their mental health social work skills through a secondment position, in agreement with your current line manager.


Roles available in the following locations:


North and Mid Devon Mental Health Social Care Team: Working out of North Devon District Hospital (Barnstaple)


Exeter and East Devon Mental Health Social Care Team: Working out of The Cedars, Wonford House Hospital (Exeter)


South and West Devon Mental Health Social Care Team: Working out of Torbay Hospital -  and also expected to link to Sycamore Ward, Psychiatric Acute Ward, Taunton.


We expect candidates to be able to evidence a commitment to strengths based practice, a real pride in service to others, and a passion for delivering social care to individuals in contact with DPT's mental health services.

You would be employed by Devon County Council and assigned to Devon Partnership Trust. The role is integrated within local Community Mental Health Teams and Inpatient Wards, to support meaningful partnership working and delivery of service. 


Social Worker Career Pathway 

We have implemented the first phase of a new Social Worker Career Pathway within our Adults and Children’s Services, with our vacancies available at the Social Worker (Grade F) or Experienced Social Worker (Grade G) levels. Our Social Worker and Experienced Social Worker roles align with the national Professional Capability Framework (PCF) for Social Workers, which provides a robust structure for all local authorities to use as a way of standardising professional capabilities and provides a clear career pathway.    

This is a fantastic opportunity to provide you with an achievable, clear pathway for your career; to enable you as a practitioner to reflect and identify your own practice and development on the PCF pathway. 


If successful in being shortlisted for interview, your experience, skills and knowledge, will be assessed against the PCF domains and if found appointable, this will determine your appointment to either the Social Worker (Grade F) or Experienced Social Worker level (Grade G). 


With on-going learning and support from your line manager, those appointed as a Social Worker will be able to evidence incremental learning and submit an application in due course for progression to the Experienced Social Worker (Grade G) via a portfolio of supporting evidence against the PCF framework.

Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).


The PCF is a framework for the nine levels of social work in England. Identify which level you are, define your professional capabilities and develop your career.

Main duties and tasks of the role include:

-You will need strong effective communication skills including listening, speaking and writing for a range of situations - from sensitive communication with individuals with lived experience of mental distress, to more formal reports for statutory or funding request purposes.

-You will be experienced in working within legislation frameworks such as Care Act 2014 and Mental Capacity Act 2005. You will also need to work within relevant policy and budgetary approaches.

-You will be offering a personalised and person-centred approach to assessment, support planning, safeguarding and review.

-You will be working to build partnerships across teams and ward and with other statutory and voluntary sector organisations.

-You will need a commitment to involving service users and carers in the delivery of a high quality and equitable service.

What We Can Offer To You
In return for your skills, experience and commitment, we will provide all the support you need. You will have a comprehensive induction and regular 1:1 supervision from a social care team manager. You will also be supported by social work and other peers and wider professional networks. Individual and team sessions support reflective practice. Effective administrative support is available. We aim to enable you to be able to provide a good standard of service, be happy in your work and be the best you can be.

  • We are committed to your continuous professional development, doing all we can to help you to get the most from your career. You will receive excellent support and supervision, with regular opportunities to discuss and reflect on your practice, both with your line manager and peers. 
  • We offer 25 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, rising incrementally to 30 days after 5 years’ service. 
  • Flexible working opportunities are available, these include part-time hours, flexitime, compressed working hours and homeworking (this is subject to the needs of the role – please discuss at further at interview) 
  • Offer an opportunity to enter a generous Local Government Pension Scheme.  
  • As a place to live and work, Devon is hard to beat with top-performing schools, universities, vibrant cities, pretty villages and some of the most scenic coast and countryside in the UK. Living and working in Devon as an Social Worker has never been more attractive.  


For an informal discussion about either of these positions please contact: Philip Beattie, Social Work Practice Lead on 07773159164 or 


Please note Devon County Council is not currently offering VISA sponsorship for this role. We will only consider applicants with valid Right to Work in the UK. 

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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Council
  • Work LocationDevon
  • Work Postcode


  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupSocial Care & Health

  • Salary Details

    £33,486 - £37,568 per annum pro rata

  • Job TermFixed
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
  • Hours

    37 Hours Per Week

  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required