Social Worker MHO - Delayed Discharge

Aberdeen City Council

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  • Reference: ABC05438

Job Description

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Location: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Duration: Permanent, Part Time 18.5 hours per week (work pattern can be flexible)

An opportunity has arisen for an MHO 0.5FTE to work with adults in hospital who lack capacity. The role will involve the early identification and taking forward of both local authority and private guardianship applications as well as providing advice and guidance to a range of staff around the use of legislation.
Any enquiries should be made to Anneliese Stellmach, Mental Health Coordinator tel 01224 557879

Job Purpose:

To deliver a statutory social work/care management service to service users, who have complex needs and/or are in crisis, their families and carers who are experiencing or are affected by mental illness or serious mental health problems.

 To undertake all Mental Health Officer (MHO) functions under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003 (The 2003 Act), Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (the 1995 Act) and Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act, 2000 (the 2000 Act) and all other relevant, applicable and ancillary legislation as an independent professional on behalf of Aberdeen City Council and to act as specialist consultants to a wide range of others.

These functions will be carried out together or separately as required.


The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:
Professional Social Work qualification (ie DipSW, CQSW or equivalent)
SSSC Registration
MHO registration


The post holder is expected to demonstrate:
Ability to relate to, communicate and work with a wide range of professionals, service users and carers
Ability to manage risk
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with a range of individuals including service users and other professionals
Interviewing and investigation skills
Assessment skills (including finance)
Ability to manage constant and often conflicting demands
Ability to make decisions and take responsibility for own practice, seeking advice and support as necessary

Commitment to providing high quality customer service

The Individual

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This post is eligible for relocation expenses.

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