Senior Social Worker - Adult Mental Health

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Job Purpose: Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of...

Job Purpose:

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for.

Location: Royal Cornhill Hospital, Cornhill Road, Aberdeen
Duration: Permanent, Full Time

Roles that require PVG Membership

Please note that with effect from 1 April 2023, where a role requires PVG membership, candidates will be required to meet the cost of the PVG membership. This applies only to roles with a full time equivalent salary of £30,000 and above. (Teaching roles and jobs at Grade 12 and above (currently £32,555 per annum / £16.92 per hour)

The Council will pay for the PVG membership cost initially, either £18 for existing PVG scheme members, or £59 for non-members, and this cost will be deducted from an employee’s first FULL month’s salary payment.

job purpose/about the role

To manage a team of social workers based in multi-disciplinary teams in adult mental health services, providing a social work and care management service to people with mental illness/mental health problems in Aberdeen City.

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.

For informal enquiries please contact Steven Stark (Service Manager) on 07702469397.

The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

  • Professional Social Work Qualification (BA in Social Work or equivalent i.e. DIPSW/CQSW)
  • SSSC Registration
  • PVG
  • MHO registration


The postholder is able to demonstrate:

The post holder is expected to demonstrate:

· Commitment to developing and improving Social Work in Mental Health services

  • Experience of Child, Adult and Community Protection work
  • Experience of using quality assurance/performance management to improve practice

· Evidence of sound social work value base

· Demonstrable ICT skills

· Ability to manage constant and potentially competing demands

· Ability to respond creatively to resolving problems

· Highly developed interpersonal skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with service users, staff, carers and internal/ external professionals to achieve improved outcomes for service users

The post holder needs to be able to demonstrate an understanding or experience of:

  • Practice, policy, procedures and legislation relevant to the post
  • Working with and implementing risk assessments and risk management plans
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Adult Protection and Child Protection
  • Anti-discriminatory practice
  • Working directly with service users with mental health issues, this may include people with co-occurring substance misuse and other disorders, their families and carers
  • Multi-disciplinary working


About Us

Please see Job Profile for further details.

Aberdeen City Council is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Flexible Working

We are happy to talk flexible working and offer flexible working for most roles in the organisation meaning that many of our employees enjoy the freedom of choosing a working pattern that suits them as much as it suits the organisation.

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Employer. If you consider yourself to have a disability and think you may require a reasonable adjustment to be made for this part of the selection process, or would like further information in relation to reasonable adjustments, please contact

Armed Forces

We are a forces-friendly employer, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a silver award recipient in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We have a specific email address for those in the forces, those who have left the forces, as well as their partners / spouses / families: We are able to answer questions about jobs and our application / selection process, as well as about our employee support provisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

We have a number of guaranteed interview schemes available to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our roles and who:

  • have a disability
  • are care-experienced and aged 16-29
  • are aged 16-24 and live in Aberdeen City or have been to an Aberdeen City Council school and are applying for a Modern Apprenticeship (except Trades apprenticeships)
  • have done a Foundation Apprenticeship with Aberdeen City Council and are applying for any apprenticeships relevant to the area in which they did their Foundation Apprenticeship
  • are New Scots aged 16-24 and are applying for any apprenticeships

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