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Senior Specialist Social Worker - Sunflower House

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Specialist Social Worker - Sunflower House

Sunflower House is looking for a full time Social Worker. The post is an exciting opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary team who are proactive in supporting Children with mental health complexities within a secure environment and across the Trust. It will be a varied role looking to address the non-medical barriers to discharge that this complex cohort of patients face and will need an enthusiastic, innovative and problem solving applicant who will be able to support and represent the team both internally and externally across the region and nationally.

The team aims to support the complex patient's journey through Sunflower House and are child and family focused, ensuring that this complex cohort of patients get the optimum support to guide them through their patient stay in Sunflower House and back home.

Main duties of the job

  • To be a team member within the Sunflower House providing a substantial contribution to the clinical work of the team: including accepting, prioritising and assessing referrals of children and their families. providing OT assessment, planning arrangements, review and evaluation for children with medical complexity throughout the Trust.
  • You will work in partnership with other health professionals, parents, carers, education and other service providers to ensure a child centred approach to discharge planning.
  • To carry and be responsible for a varied clinical caseload, to organise this caseload effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and time.
  • In addition, they may provide consultation to professionals from other services and participate in service development
  • To provide cover to other areas of service as necessary to support other members of the team.

About us

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is committed to achieving equal opportunities in employment. All employees are expected to observe its policy in their behaviour to the public and fellow employees.

The Trust is committed to developing an environment that embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

The creation of a safety culture within the Trust will result from effective teamwork. There is a contractual requirement on all employees to co-operate with their managers and colleagues in protecting the health and wellbeing of all people who work within, use, or are affected by the Trust's service and activities.

The Trust conducts a system of performance and development planning as a key part of its annual business planning cycle. This ensures that all staff have an opportunity to take part in a discussion on the work they have done and explore how they can improve and develop in their jobs and formulating a set of personal objectives. This process includes a review of the job description on an annual basis.

Risk Management - All individuals will have some risk management responsibilities with which they are required to comply, for details of your responsibilities please refer to the current Risk Management Strategy, which is available on the Intranet.

All staff have a responsibility for data quality. This will vary according to individual job roles in line with the Trust Data Quality Policy and Data Quality Strategy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Relationships
  • Working closely with Lead Clinicians and other multi-disciplinary team members across the trust
  • Working closely with extended multi-disciplinary members to ensure effective communication to support the patient Journey
  • The post sits within Alder Hey but works across NHS England.

Person Specification



  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Training in Safeguarding Supervision


  • Practice education certificate



  • The Children Act
  • The MHA in relation to children
  • Care Programme Approach
  • Safeguarding Policy and procedures Working Together to Safeguard Children and young people (2018)


  • Knowledge of and familiarity with appropriate Court procedures



  • Minimum of three years working experience with children and their families who experience complex mental health problems.
  • Evidence of multi-disciplinary/Agency working including developing strong links with education and community mental health services
  • Experience of Safeguarding Children policy and procedure to ensure children and young people are safeguarded effectively
  • Experience and knowledge of the Children Act (1989/2004) Children and Young Persons Act (2008) Children and Families Act 2014


  • Placements working within child/adolescent mental health settings
  • Experience of undertaking Parent/Carer type assessment

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sunflower House

Eaton Road


L12 2AP

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