Specialist Paediatric Social Worker – Long Term Ventilation

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a specialist social worker to join the paediatric respiratory team at Nottingham Children's Hospital, supporting the Long Term Ventilation service as a key member of the MDT.

The role is 15 hours per week - the days worked are flexible and to be agreed with the successful candidate.

The successful candidate will work independently, with peer support and supervision from other social workers within the children's hospital.

Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss the role and wider team - we'd love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The practitioner will respond to the psychosocial aspects of care relating to Long Term Ventilation patients, their carers and family members. The service will be provided to a large geographical area including the designated children's ward, outpatient clinic and hospitals in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. Home visits will be an important aspect to follow up needs in the community.

In addition to the below summary, you need to familiarise yourself with the full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

The post holder will have knowledge and experience of working with safeguarding and will function as a skilled and experienced practitioner within the LTV team.

The post holder will be a visible role model, providing clinical support and practical guidance on all aspects of psychosocial care. Working in partnership with the multi-professional team will be a fundamental requirement to ensure that social aspects of the child's and family's needs are promoted and addressed.

About us

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) was established in 2006 and we are one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country and provide services to over 2.5 million residents of Nottingham.

NUH are, by any measure, a large, complex, person-centred organisation. With over 17,000 employees from a wide range of professional backgrounds, they are one of the region's largest employers.

NUH has an excellent national and international reputation for the quality of their patient care and for their research, education and innovation. They have strong links to the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University. This allows for the provision of excellent training and education for their students, as well as being a major research organisation.

For information about the Trust, including business plans, annual reports, and services, visit their website.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have various staff benefits. Some of the benefits of working for NUHinclude; Access to the Staff Wellbeing programme including our 24hour staff advice and emotional support service, financial advice service, a staff physiotherapy service and staff support networks

Access to Spiritual and Pastoral Care Services

Salary sacrifice schemes

Cycle to work and travel passes

NHS discounts

Flexible working

Details of these and other benefits can be found on our intranet pages which you will have access when you commence with Team NUH.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work with a caseload of complex cases requiring specialist expertise. This will include children undergoing active treatment as well as those with life-threatening conditions and palliative needs. Support will also be given to carers, siblings and other family members.

To enhance the childs and familys quality of life and assist them with adapting to managing their childs illness within the context of the demands of their day to day lives and other commitments and to support them in the transition from childrens to adult services.

To act as an expert resource, providing social work advice, information and support to children, parents, relatives, carers, health and allied health professionals in relation to the psychosocial supportive needs.

To work alongside other multi-professional team members providing both co-working and support, guidance and supervision.

To contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of the post and service delivery.

To identify needs, provide and manage psychosocial care for children and their families.

To promote peoples equality, diversity and rights.

To liaise and provide specialist knowledge on the social needs of patients, and their families to both statutory and non-statutory agencies both within the hospital and the community, including the childs/young persons school/college.

To analyse, interpret and report factual data and information.

To be professionally accountable for all aspects of work according to the social workers professional code of conduct.

To undertake professional and educational activities that support continued professional development and promote excellence in line with clinical governance.

To be aware of statutory legislation and practice guidance applicable to the care group and their families and ensure its implementation when planning care.

To be an active member of the multi-professional team planning care for the patient and their family.

To act as chair of multi-professional team meetings, discharge planning meetings, psychosocial meetings and other meetings as required.

To ensure participation in regular professional social work supervision provided by a qualified social work supervising practitioner.

Person Specification

Training and qualifications


  • UK recognised qualification in social work eg BA Social work, CQSW, Diploma in Social Work
  • Registered with Health and Care professionals council
  • Knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent development
  • Knowledge of child care legislation, statutory guidance and safeguarding procedure
  • Knowledge and understanding of disability benefits
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of key agencies working with young people
  • Significant experience of social work - able to work independently


  • Master's degree/working towards
  • Management/leadership qualification or relevant experience



  • Experience of working with children, young people and families with complex needs
  • Experience of safeguarding
  • Experience of working in a multi-professional team
  • Experience of working with people with complex emotional needs
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Experience of involving users in service development
  • Experience of lone working
  • Ability to respond to unpredictable work patterns and interruptions


  • Ability to work with professionals across difference disciplines and different workplaces
  • Experience of research and audit
  • Experience of dealing with bereavement

Analytical/Judgement skills


  • Excellent problem solving skills using team when appropriate
  • Able to present and receive complex information within the multi professional team
  • Ability to gather information quickly and effectively to inform judgement for interventions
  • Ability to use risk assessment frameworks
  • Ability to make timely, safe care plans in conjunction with patients, carers, MDT and external agencies
  • Ability to uphold social work principles within a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to reflect on own practice and demonstrate continuous improvement
  • Ability to promote patient choice and empowerment

Planning and organisation


  • Ability to prioritise own workload, work independently and on own initiative
  • Able to multi-task and set goals for completion.
  • Forward thinking, innovative
  • Ability to work on own initiative but also as part of a team
  • Time management skills



  • IT skills
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Positive, enthusiastic and motivated
  • Confident
  • Ability to travel to provide home visits as required

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