Safeguarding Lead - Social Worker Professional

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for a flexible, reliable, highly motivated, enthusiastic Band 7 registered social worker professional to join our rapidly developing vaccination and testing team, as part of the part of a multi-disciplinary Find&Treat Inclusion Health Team.

Main duties of the job

In this role, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary group of professionals who use their collective skills to work with vulnerable people in the community.

Social Work voice is integral, and you will represent your profession and contribute your unique expertise and skill set to provide holistic support to those in our communities who need it most.

The core responsibilities will be around safeguarding issues across greater London

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National Throat,Nose and Ear Hospital
  • Eastman Dental Hospital
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospitals at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be expected to provide a highly professional standards in your daily duties to link between 3rd party organisations, Find&Treat services and referral locations. This will include the accurate data recording of referrals, follow ups and interlinking with other health professionals.

A positive attitude towards flexible working is paramount to the successful applicant. This will include early mornings, evenings and occasional weekends.

For detailed information about this role, please refer to the attached Job Description (Supporting Documents).

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • UK recognised qualification in Social Work
  • Completed/completing Masters Degree
  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Knowledge and understanding of child & adolescent development, parenting capacity, environmental factors and risk and protective factors
  • Knowledge of childcare legislation, statutory guidance and the London Child Protection Procedures
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of social work interventions and methodologies


  • Knowledge & understanding of the effect of illness & disability on adolescent development & family function
  • Knowledge & understanding of sickness and disability benefits



  • A minimum of 5 years post-qualifying experience working with families with complex needs including child protection cases


  • Experience of working with people with long-term health conditions/disabilities
  • Experience of working with people with complex emotional/mental health needs
  • Experience of working with vulnerable adults
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team



  • Demonstrates a high level of consultative, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills including the ability to deal with complex issues in a sensitive and appropriate manner
  • Communicates effectively verbally, in writing and in electronic formats
  • Has ability to create a rapport and build relationships with young people, parents & carers
  • Communicates with young people and carers in an empathetic manner
  • Demonstrates understanding of good practice in Customer Care

Assessment & Care Planning


  • Ability to gather information quickly and effectively to inform judgement for interventions including in crises
  • Ability to use assessment frameworks including risk assessments discerningly
  • Ability to summarise, analyse and evaluate complex information
  • Ability to make timely, realistic and safe care plans in conjunction with young people, carers, other members of the multidisciplinary team and outside agencies

Liaison and working in partnership with other agencies


  • Ability to develop and maintain effective interagency working relationships

Personal And People Development


  • Evidence of Comprehensive and up to date Continuing Professional Development
  • Reflective in Practice
  • Expects supervision that covers practice, organisational aspects of the role and the impact of work on self


  • Experience of contributing to training programmes and delivering teaching to colleagues and other agencies
  • Models the social work role & able to provide expertise and specialist social work advice, guidance and consultation to other staff



  • Understands importance of and own role in Clinical Governance and risk management
  • Understands importance of quality assurance processes

Information processing


  • Willingness to work with electronic patient records (EPIC)


  • Able to perform basic database interrogation as requested
  • Able to collate simple datasets and present in a logical format

Financial Management


  • Willingness and ability to manage small sums of money from charitable funds



  • Ability to thrive in a complex & at times emotionally challenging environment and demonstrate resilience
  • Ability to work well under pressure and or in times of crisis.

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