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Health Professional Level 2 - Social Worker

ACT Government Health - Canberra, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Full Job Description
Health Professional Level 2 - Social Worker (Job Number: 01WBH)


Job Title: Social Worker
Classification: Health Professional Level 2
Position Number:45531
Annual Salary: $67,892 - $93,203
Branch: Justice Health, Alcohol and drug services
Section: Mental Health
Vacancy Type: Permanent full time
Closing Date: 9 July 2021
Contact Officer: Roz Fitzgerald (02) 5124 5401 roz.fitzgerald@act.gov.au

Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.
Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

Position Overview
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: https://www.health.act.gov.au/
The adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) is a 40 be inpatient unit for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. AMHU is a contemporary evidence - based service providing high quality mental health care, guided by the principles of recovery. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the person, their carers and the other key services. MHSSU is a low dependency 6 bed inpatient unit in the Emergency Department for the people requiring extended mental health assessment and/or treatment initiation
At this level it is expected that you will provide high quality interventions and achieve sound outcomes for people under routine supervision. It is also an expectation that you will contribute your expertise to the multidisciplinary team, provide supervision to staff to staff at level HP1, Allied Health Assistants and students and support the Allied Health Manager in change processes. You will be required to undertake quality initiatives to promote service delivery at a standard of best practice.

The position will report operationally to the Allied Health Manager of AAMHS. Professional governance of this position will come from the Discipline Principal Social work (MHJHADS)

About You
CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.
Behavioural Capabilities
To be successful in this position, it is expected that the successful candidate will have the following attributes:
  • Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet client’s needs
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
Relevant Qualifications
  • Degree in Social work
  • Professional membership or eligibility for membership of the Australian association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Registration under the working with vulnerable people ACT 2011
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months paid work experience, post qualification, in a related/ relevant organisation/ service
  • Current passenger Vehicle driver’s licence.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Obtain a compliance certificate from OMU (occupational medicine unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specific infectious diseases
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for the Allied Health professional
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
Under limited direction of the Allied Health Manager you will perform independent professional judgement on moderately complex tasks.

You will:
  • Provide appropriate skilled social work clinical assessment and interventions to consumers with severe, complex and / or acute mental health issues within the social work scope of practice and established best practice framework
  • Include carers, children, nominated persons, GPs, and other service providers in the recovery planning process as required.
  • Participate in the therapeutic group program, including evaluation of the program
  • Adhere to risk management processes, identifying and escalating issues appropriately.
  • Complete clinical and program records to standards required and meet data collection requirements.
  • Participate in clinical supervision, continuing professional development and personal performance review process. Provide professional supervision and training to health professionals level 1, Allied Health Assistants, students, and other support staff.
  • Actively contribute to the implementation of clinical governance activities, quality improvement projects, research programs, and health promotion in areas relevant to service.
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.
What You Require:
These are the key Selection Criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your curriculum vitae and experience:
1.Proven ability to provide appropriate social work assessments and interventions to people with complex mental health illnesses or disorders, including people from diverse backgrounds, with a good knowledge of contemporary mental health issues
2.Demonstrated understanding of the principles of recovery and the National Standards for Mental Health Services and evidence of a developing knowledge of contemporary mental health issues and best practice approaches to mental health
3.Proven effective communication skills including ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise and consult with carers, GPs and relevant agencies
4.Demonstrated ability to evaluate social work and /or psychosocial intervention programs through quality improvement initiatives, and to plan and develop the service to meet the needs of the people
5.Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and kind.

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current curriculum vitae, and:
  • A response to the Selection Criteria under “What You Require” in no more than two pages.
Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

Job: Allied Health
Salary Range: 67,892.00 - 93,203.00
Contact Name: Roz Fitzgerald
Contact Email: Roz.fitzgerald@act.gov.au
Closing Date: 09/Jul/2021, 8:59:00 AM

Canberra, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency


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