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  • Ref no: DEE03065
  • Published: 10/1/2020
  • Closes: 24/1/2020
  • Location: Ninewells Hospital, DD1 9SY
  • Salary: £33,260.00 - £38,605.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Description

Based in Ninewells Hospital, you will work full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday and be responsible for providing a Mental Health Officer service as part of the discharge planning function across all Dundee hospital sites. You will report to the Hospital Discharge Team Manager and will have access to support and mentoring specific to the MHO role through the dedicated MHO Team.

This is an exciting opportunity to utilise social work and MHO skills within a hospital environment.


You will have a Social Work Degree, CQSW, Dip SW, CSS (with appropriate option) or equivalent and be MHO Accredited or working towards this.


You will provide an effective high quality Mental Health Officer service to individuals and families with mental health problems ensuring effective statutory requirements are met in respect of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, and Criminal Procedures (Scotland) Act 1995, associated guidance and codes of practice. You will also support multi-disciplinary decision making on the wards with the focus being on the least restrictive option to promote a 'Home First' approach to assessment.
You will also participate in the wider MHO duty rota, as well as the social work duty rota within the Hospital Discharge Team.

The Individual

You will have a working knowledge of mental health legislation and mental health issues and experience of working with other professionals. You will also have assessment and care planning skills, the ability to assess and manage risk, strong negotiating and advocacy skills and the ability to prioritise workloads and meet challenges and deadlines. You will also have the ability to use your own initiative, be flexible, motivate self and others and have a positive attitude as a team player.

You will be able to travel to undertake duties of this post effectively.

You will be able to register with the Scottish Social Services Council within a specified timescale.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by Dundee City Council.

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