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Social workers careers

Social worker careers

Social workers in ELFT are based in our adult and older adult mental health services working in multi-disciplinary teams, in CAMHS and Forensic Services, and in specialist teams such as Perinatal and Liaison, and many social workers are employed in other roles across our services.


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Social Workers are the third-largest professional group working across the Trust after nurses and administrators.

Arrangements for employment of social workers vary across the trust but whatever their employment status, ELFT recognises and values the important contribution social workers bring to the care of service users and their families.

We do not expect social workers to become generic care coordinators, although care coordination may be part of their core role.

We encourage social workers to bring their professional training and core skills to the multi-disciplinary team, working alongside health colleagues and in partnership with service users.

ELFT has a Director of Social Work and a Learning and Development Lead for Social Work demonstrating our commitment to the social work profession and to the central importance of high-quality social care delivery.

Why choose ELFT?

As a Trust, we offer newly qualified social workers participation in the Pan-London NHS Trusts ASYE Programme which is hosted by ELFT. You will be provided with an ASYE assessor and have the time to learn and reflect during your first year at work.

We have developed a range of learning and development opportunities for social workers including reflective practice groups, conferences, and professional seminars. We expect social workers to train as AMHP’s to:

  • supervise students
  • follow other professional development pathways.

A discussion forum for social workers is active in each directorate and either group or individual professional supervision is available to all social workers.

Work with us

We are delighted to welcome new social workers to the Trust and hope that if you join our workforce, you will be able to grow professionally, gain new skills and experience, participate in the development of the trust and contribute to improving the health of local people. 

Social Worker Vacancies
Take a look at our vacancies page to develop your career in social work career.