Social Worker (Mental Health)

Orkney Islands Council

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  • Reference: ORK02587


Community Mental Health Team

Social Worker (Mental Health)

35 hours per week
£34,395 - £36,877 (includes Distant Islands Allowance)

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Orkney Health and Care mental health services for an enthusiastic practitioner, with substantial experience of social work.

If you are a confident, creative practitioner who is able to work independently and as part of a wider team then this could be the job for you. The post sits within the wider established community mental health services in Orkney which offer evidence based interventions to address the mental health difficulties for the population of Orkney.

Recently voted the best place to live in Scotland, Orkney is the second most northerly of the islands areas, with 17 inhabited islands. Although geographically remote, Orkney is easily accessible by air or boat and has a cosmopolitan community with immense historical and cultural impact. From food to sports, music to technology, Orkney has a reputation for excellence and award winning. Scotland’s smallest local authority enjoys unique opportunities for collaboration with partner agencies and is committed to developing innovative approaches to joint work with the Health Service (NHS Orkney) and Local authority via the Integrated joint Board (IJB) Orkney Health and Care.

We demand high standards and support continuing professional development and national involvement. Accredited training opportunities are made available and a generous package including a relocation allowance is provided to help you resettle here.

The islands offer – and our services must sustain – a unique quality of life for all the people who live here.

The successful candidate will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver service user focused mental health services ensuring the highest standards of service.

The successful candidate will have a social work qualification and be registered as a social worker with the SSSC. The successful candidate will either have a Mental Health Officer qualification or be willing to undertake and successfully complete training to achieve this award within one year of commencement of the course, which is essential to this post. Commitment to continuous professional development is essential.

For an informal discussion regarding the above post please contact Angela Colborn-Veitch, Operational Manager on 01856 888280 or email

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week beginning 16 July 2018.

Closing date: Sunday 8 July 2018

Please note that interview/resettlement expenses will be paid for this post.

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