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Principal Social Worker – Part Time

  • Job Type: Part Time
  • Profession: Social Work
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £38,225 - £40,000 (depending on experience)

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LD/ASD Division

   Part Time 3 days a week (flexible) although full time may be considered.


Working at St Andrew’s Healthcare

We’re the UK’s largest independent provider of NHS services, a unique mental health charity aspiring to deliver truly world-class care. Our focus is transforming lives through ground breaking treatment and rehabilitation, with surpluses re-invested in our outstanding facilities. You’ll find a welcoming, inclusive culture here, inspired by the shared values of our team. Everyone has their part to play in the amazing work we do – you’ll have every opportunity to get what you want from your career.

Your role with us

An opportunity has come up for a position within the Social Work Service at St Andrew’s Healthcare - a Principal Social Worker post within our ASD and Learning Disability Division.

St Andrew’s ASD and Learning Disability Division seeks to improve the quality of life and reduce risk, in the least restrictive way possible, for individuals with a learning disability and/or ASD often with complex presentations. We provide assessment, resulting in a comprehensive formulation that informs the development and implementation of personalised, evidence based therapeutic interventions. Care is delivered across several facilities in Northampton, ranging from Medium Secure, Low Secure and non-secure rehabilitation services.

Staffing in both the LD and ASD pathways consists of a full Multi-disciplinary team which includes specialists in Learning Disability and Autism. All staff undertake specialist foundation training in Learning Disability Awareness as well as Autism Awareness with some staff extended their qualifications in to specific areas of specialism.

You will have a recognised Social Work Qualification and post-qualifying social work award and experience.  You will have extensive experience of working in Mental Health and Mental Capacity Legislation; as well as Safeguarding Adults Legislation and practice, to include the undertaking of complex safeguarding investigations. Detailed knowledge and experience of working under pressure with complex legal issues is essential.

Skill and experience in supervision and leadership, both in terms of with others and in areas outside of direct casework is essential. 

There is an expectation that the post holder will seek to develop their skills in their specialist area. There is an expectation that the post holder will also hold a full case load including some extremely complex and high risk cases.

St Andrew’s Healthcare Social Workers must be registered with Social Work England and there will be opportunities for training to ensure registration.  In addition, there will be regular supervision, an annual performance review and opportunities for development. 

Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day. 

As a CQC regulated provider of healthcare, from 1 April 2022 we will be required to ensure that all of our workforce have had both first and second COVID-19 vaccinations (except for those who can demonstrate they are medically exempt).

To discuss the opportunity in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact Kelly Tompkins, Lead Social Worker, on 01604 616610 or email: