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Senior Clinical Keyworker

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Keyworker is part of the NHS long term plan. The vision is for all children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to have a designated key worker by end 2023/24. Initially the priority will be for all children and young people currently in hospital to have a key worker, then for children and young people who are at risk of going into hospital. (red/amber on the Dynamic Support Registers), the aim will then be to develop keyworking for all children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism by end 2023/24.

The Black Country has been part of NHS England's National Keyworker Pilot to look at Keyworker models. The keyworker post will be hosted in the BCHFT Children's Services and work across Social Care, Health, and Education.

The 0-25 years keyworker model aims to support reduction of the number of children in crisis and Tier 4 admissions, support timely assessments/formulations, provide children and families with the support that they need at the right time, improve transitions and quality of life, resulting in happy children and parents. The Black Country Keyworker model has been recognised as a success at a national level, there is therefore current scoping around the expansion of our offer, the senior clinical keyworker may be part of this expansion.

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Main duties of the job

A key function of the role is to empower families and support them with navigating barriers across multiple services and organisations to effectively access the right support from the system. Our keyworking model is about a set of functions introduced to the system via the keyworking role, in addition to the current roles in place to support children, young people and their families. The keyworking function will dynamically connect the system, coordinating care systemically to maximise local resources and work more effectively with families.

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About us

Employees, workers, and / or contractors will be expected to uphold the values of the Trust and exhibit the expected Trust behaviours aligned to the Trust's values. Individuals have a responsibility to ensure that they display the Trust values and behaviours in carrying out their job and that individuals feel able to challenge (or raise a challenge) when other colleagues' behaviours breach the spirit of Trust values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To listen to the individual, taking time to understand their strengths and agree with them a plan to build on those strengths to support individual, and to keep them safe and well
  • To provide a single point of support to help make the connections between the individual their support network and the array of services & support available signposting & supporting to gain access to services in timely way
  • To work with multi-disciplinary teams to ensure planning is focused on the individual, & that teams are working together & being challenged when this is not happening in a way that is supportive.
  • To build resilience with individuals, their support network and services by connecting with training prevention & self-help approaches
  • To support planning for adulthood.
  • To support the multi-agency identification of required early assessments and support a joined up, co-ordinated and responsive approach to completion,
  • To support multi-disciplinary assessments and CETRs at an early stage
  • To help to ensure gaps in professionals knowledge of what is available for this cohort is reduced and inform needs led future commissioning including post diagnostic support.
  • To support improvement in quality of care and reduction of inequalities of individuals in the youth justice system.
  • To assist the family to navigate the support needed to meet EHCPs already in place, or to enable EHCPs to be developed if young person out of education
  • To assist individuals and families navigate services to support prior to crisis, or when needs not meeting care act criteria
  • To support individuals and families access direct payments & personal health budgets
  • To support individuals to understand the roles of different professionals involved
  • To build on existing Black Country good practice examples of multi-agency working and communication, flexible family support & access to psychological interventions.
  • To support teams and services to develop and share their knowledge of examples of best practice across the Black Country system and thereby reduce inequalities
  • To work co-operatively and responsively with individuals who are on the Dynamic Support Register.
  • To support individuals and their families at, and be actively involved in, multi-agency meetings e.g. Care Education and Treatment reviews (CETRs), Care Programme Approach (CPA) Meetings, Mental Health Act (MHA) Tribunals, Child in Need and other Multi agency meetings if applicable, demonstrating a high level of professional practice.
  • To support production of needs and outcomes-based action plans with timescales, support update of existing CETR Action Plans, education health care plans (EHCPs). Where applicable be part of Child Protection Strategy discussions, Initial/ongoing Child Protection Care Conferences, Core Groups, as well as supporting any Youth Offending meetings and processes as applicable, demonstrating a high level of professional practice.
  • To increase the skills of front-line professionals, work alongside them and challenge the system.
  • To co-produce personalised pen pictures which are strengths based
  • To work with partners in the area of Integrated Personal Budgets / Personal Health Budgets to develop creative solutions to individual needs.
  • To be part of the Dynamic Support Register team.
  • Drive and implement appropriate national and local approaches in the working model e.g. AMBIT.
  • To work with partner agencies to identify individuals who would benefit from being on the Dynamic Support Register.
  • To undertake any other duties of a similar nature consistent with the responsibilities of this post in order to provide a quality keyworking service.
  • To support the Profesisonal Lead Keyworker in tasks such as supervision of the wider keyworker team.

Person Specification



  • Significant and relevant skills
  • Experience working with individuals with autism and/or learning disability
  • Evidence of professional registration


  • Knowledge or ability to learn of Black Country locally available provision
  • Understanding of the education, health and care system to fulfill keyworking function of holding services to account.

Employer details

Employer name

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Trafalgar House

47-49 King Street



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