We've noticed you are using Internet Explorer. This is an outdated Web Browser and is not supported by this website. Consider switching to a moden Web Browser like Google Chrome.
map Surrey Heath Runnymede Spelthorne Richmond Elmbridge Kingston Epsom & Ewell Woking Guildford Waverley Mole Valley Reigate & Banstead Tandridge
This Vacancy has closed.

Social Worker / Senior Social Worker Substance Mis-use Team

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/198678/25968
  • Published: Thu 21/07/2022, 12:29 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 12/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £36,282 to £45,519
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Chertsey

The Mental Health Service delivers services to all Surrey residents who meet social care criteria in line with the Care Act, in relation to their mental health needs. We are leading the way in implementing new ways of working in personalisation and a recovery-focused strength-based approach. Our goal is for service-users to be able to make informed choices about the services they use, be more in control of their care, and to be active citizens within their community. To carry on delivering our services, we are seeking to appoint:

  • 1 x full-time social worker (36 hours per week) within the Substance Misuse team, at the following location: Two Bridges, Guildford Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9AU
    • Salary - £36,282 per annum (Surrey Grade PS9SC)
  • 1 x full-time senior social worker (36 hours per week) available in the Substance Misuse Team at the following location: Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7LX
    • Salary - £41,127 per annum (Surrey Grade PS10SC)​

About the roles

This is an excellent opportunity for social workers looking to develop their experience in a busy specialist service. Ideally, we are looking for social workers who are interested in working proactively with individuals experiencing the social, psychological and physical impact of drug and/or alcohol use.  You will have responsibility for carrying out Strengths-Based Adult Social Care Assessments as well as managing s.42 Safeguarding Enquiries.

We are committed to creating opportunities for service users to develop interpersonal and social skills through engagement in community activities. We work in a preventive capacity to reduce social isolation and seek to promote opportunities to enable re-integration and the development of independent living skills. We are developing expertise in MCA within the area of Substance Misuse and are supportive of Social Work staff developing their careers as BIA’s, AMHP’s or Practice Educators.

Ongoing training and supervision will be provided as per the needs of the service and Surrey CC adult services policies, including the application of the Care Act and MCA within the SMS arena. We are co-located and work closely with our health partners, and you must be able to demonstrate ability to form effective relationships with partners, stakeholders, service users and their families’.

About you

To be shortlisted for an interview your application will clearly evidence:

  • Professional qualification in Social Work and current registration with Social Work England
  • Successful completion of an ASYE programme if qualified as a social worker after June 2012
  • Experience in mental health service, including assessment and risk management skills
  • A full driving licence and have use of a vehicle insured for work/business purposes
  • A working knowledge of Care Act legislation including experience in preparation of support plans, monitoring and reviewing outcomes
  • Commitment to your own professional development, including maintaining up-to-date knowledge of mental health issues

We can offer you:

  • Structured mentoring and support from experienced colleagues
  • Clear professional leadership, training and great opportunities to develop your career
  • Innovative technology: laptop and mobile phones are provided. Front line staff will get touch screen hybrid devices to allow you to work in an agile way and minimise unnecessary travel
  • Work/life balance: flexible working is supported where possible, including working from home or hot desking at several County Council sites
  • 26 days annual leave (28 after 2 years' service) plus 8 bank holidays
  • Relocation assistance of up to £8,000, subject to meeting eligibility criteria
  • Refer a friend scheme: earn up to £1000
  • A generous local government salary-related pension
  • 24/7 employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • Option to join our car lease scheme and many more discounted life-style benefits.

As part of our greener future strategies and our commitment to creating a healthy work-life balance, we welcome a conversation with you regarding our remote working options. Remote working to us is a balance of spending time in our communities, our offices and working from home or wherever works best.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

This advert closes at 23:59 on 11/08/2022.

Interviews will take place via video link with dates to be confirmed.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for these roles.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Will McCarthy via email at william.mccarthy@surreycc.gov.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/198678/25968
  • Published: Thu 21/07/2022, 12:29 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 12/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £36,282 to £45,519
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Chertsey

Vacancy Location