Social Worker
Northern Sydney Local Health District
Sydney Region, AU
4d ago
source : I work for NSW

Where you'll be working

Northern Sydney’s vision is to be "leaders in healthcare, partners in community wellbeing". Our purpose is embracing discovery and learning, building partnerships and engaging our community to deliver excellent health and wellbeing.

What you'll be doing

Each person’s unique journey of recovery will be supported by mental health drug and alcohol services in a way that fosters hope, purpose and resilience.

MHDA Statement of Intention

The intention of the NSLHD MHDA is to provide recovery-oriented, trauma informed services that are guided by evidence based practices and collaboration.

The Social Worker will be based in the Mental Health Inpatient Unit and work across the Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) at Royal North Shore Hospital.

The Mental Health Inpatient Unit is a 32 bed mental health facility and the PECC Unit is a 6 bed short stay admission unit on the campus of Royal North Shore Hospital The mental health units are primarily targeted for consumers aged 18-65 years, however admit consumers across the age spectrum.

Both mental health units are committed to providing recovery orientated and innovative approaches to care promoting consumer and carer participation.

The mental health units strive to provide an optimistic and positive approach to treatment and care with a focus on collaborative decision making and social inclusion.

Working with other service partners is central to the model of service delivery promoted across the mental health units.

The Social Worker will be responsible and accountable to the Nurse Unit Manager Level 3 and will work collaboratively with all members of the multidisciplinary team.

The Social Worker will be expected to deliver high quality social work services to consumers across mental health units in accordance with the ethics and standards established by the Australian Association of Social Workers, the NSW Ministry of Health, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and other relevant bodies.

The Social Worker will provide professional social work services to inpatients of the Mental Health Inpatient Unit, the PECC Unit and community mental health consumers and their families / carers.

The Social Worker will also be expected to participate in quality activities conducted within the clinical setting.

The Social Worker will be actively involved in the development and provision of a broad range of structured activities, rehabilitation programs and other therapeutic interventions or consumers of the mental health units.

The mental health units have three key functions reflecting different levels of care. These include an admission / assessment function through to community integration and discharge.

A variety of social, vocational, clinical rehabilitation and an living skills programs are delivered across the mental health units are targeted to meet consumer and carer needs.

There are four key domains of responsibility related to his position description as outlined below.

Candidates will need to meet the following criteria :

  • Consistently demonstrates behaviours that reinforce the CORE Values of our organisation; Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment.
  • Demonstrate these behaviours with all stakeholders; colleagues, direct reports, as well as our patients and consumers, and those that care for them.

  • A Bachelor or post graduate degree in Social Work, full membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and extensive clinical experience as a Social Worker.
  • Current Driver’s Licence.

  • Demonstrated extensive specialist knowledge in the provision of evidence based social work interventions in the acute mental health inpatient setting.
  • The ability to understand the principles of mental health recovery and demonstrated experience and skills using a collaborative, strengths- based approach to the care of mental health consumers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement and professional development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the NSW Mental Health Act (2007) and the NSW National Framework for Recovery Orientated Mental Health Services (2013).
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal skills and written communication and documentation skills, including the ability to engage and collaborate with consumers, their families and carers and to effectively communicate and consult with other health, community and welfare professionals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to contribute to the teaching and learning capacity of the social work team including student supervision and training
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