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Senior Youth Worker

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Senior Youth Worker - Diabetes Team
  • Are you passionate about helping young people develop their skills, gain confidence, and achieve their goals?
  • An exciting opportunity to develop a youthwork model and support youth workers in a clinical team and illustrate the impact of youthwork in a clinical setting.
  • As part of this role, you will support young people in their daily lives, enabling them to be the best they can be and to achieve the best out of life. You will achieve this by creating supportive, positive, and trust-based relationships. This will enable our young people to find out what is important to them.
  • You will work as part of the Diabetes team and will be responsible for supporting youth workers managing a caseload of young people aged 11 - 16 years old across various locations within the Staffordshire & Stoke On Trent area.
  • This role is offered on a full time, fixed term of 2 years, working 37.5 hours per week.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead the development of a youthwork model and offer supervision to youth workers and volunteers in the team.
  • You will work with the clinical leaders and stakeholders to promote youthwork as an intervention for young people and present data and evidence as part of the pilot to illustrate the impact and outcomes of youthwork.
  • To work as a MDT member of the Diabetes Team to provide nonclinical support to 11- 16 year-olds living with diabetes, to promote their engagement with their diabetes, and therefore increase their health potential, their acute and long-term diabetes related health outcomes, and their wellbeing.
  • To provide and lead a wide range of appropriate educational and recreational activities to enable young people aged 11 -16 years old living with diabetes to develop cognitive, social, and emotional skills on an individual or group basis, to manage their own Diabetes.
  • You will be required to act as an advocate and source of support for young people.
  • You will need to work flexibly and assist with the provision of a varied programme of personal, social and educational developmental activities during the day and evening, face to face, online, independently and in group settings with a wide variety of young people.
  • We are looking for an exceptional individual who must enjoy working with young people, be emotionally resilient and have compassion, sensitivity and a sense of humour.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by

Supporting your career development and progression.

Excellent NHS Pension scheme

Generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave

Options for flexible working

Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.

Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources

If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients.

Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate

Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates

Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k

Free car parking at all trust sites

Free flu vaccination every year

Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To plan and deliver an appropriate youth work programme for young people within our long term condition pathways in MPFT Targeted nursing services in partnership with UHNM, in accordance with the principles and values of youth work and the changing needs of the young people.

To lead and line manage the members in the team in line with Trust line management responsibilities and policies: ie Healthroster,

To contribute to the development of transition services and to act as an advocate and source of support for young patients at Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust.

To effectively record the achievements and outcomes of the work undertaken and present this information, where required.

To participate as a professional member of the Youth Service and contribute to the care of the patients of the Trust, relating to their all-round cultural and diversity, developmental and emotional needs.

To contribute to the development of the Youth Team through identified project aims communicating effectively with the Service Manager and Specialist Teams.

To assess the social, developmental and educational needs of individuals and groups of young people and deliver appropriate programmes and activities.

To establish relationships with key individuals and, as appropriate, parents/carers and siblings.

To establish strong relationships with appropriate professionals within the Childrens Specialist Teams and partnership organisations relevant to the role.

To develop and implement MPFT Youth Forum to create opportunities for young people to participate in service development and actively share their views within the Trust as part of co-production commitment.

To support the management of the transition of young patients between paediatric and adults units and work in partnership with the Health Specialist Teams.

To document and report any concerns relating to needs assessment and safeguarding issues, as appropriate.

To participate in multidisciplinary meetings, case conferences, reviews etc. providing professional advice on individual care programme planning, reporting any relevant information or concerns as necessary.

Ensure up to date evidence based practice by close liaison with accreditation schemes such as AQA Unit Award Scheme and ASDAN Short Courses and maintaining an awareness of the national youth work agenda.

To support young people in their community, if necessary, to help re-establish their normal routines e.g. returning to school. Enable young people to access appropriate community support services such as health, social, educational or legal services. To establish contact and relationships with groups and organisations to help establish young people in their local communities.

To undertake appropriate risk assessments to support delivery of interventions and care planning.

To assist the Service Manager in identifying changes in the needs of the service, making changes to ones own practice and offering constructive suggestions for improving services for young people in hospital.

To lead the supervision, appraisal and performance management of staff, volunteers and students within MPFT Youth Service.

To represent the Youth Service at relevant Trust meetings

To work with Service manager and appropriate corporate colleagues for finance, contracts, workforce, quality, estates etc.

To provide verbal and written reports to the Youth Service Manager Specialist Teams and relevant charities.

Develop and implement local standard operating procedures.

Alongside other team members collect data and analyse data as defined by the Youth Service Manager.

Develop and lead project work to improve services and facilities for young people accessing hospital services.

Participation in clinical audit, health and safety, quality assurance, risk assessment, bench marking, evaluating user satisfaction, the development of clinical guidelines or protocols, Trust and departmental policies as required is undertaken.

Complete information/activity recording and data entry for the service as required.

Maintain an awareness and understanding of relevant, up to date research studies within the field of youth work.

To assist with securing external funding for the development and delivery of the Youth Service.

Attend and participate in local, regional and national youth worker hospital youth worker networks.

To participate in MPFT Children and Families Youth Service Team Meetings and training events sharing practice and contributing to service development.

To assist the Youth Work team in delivering training for appropriate staff groups.

To provide education to healthcare professionals on the needs of young people.

To assist with the training and development of Youth Service volunteers.

To assist with the support of students and volunteers during practical placements.

To identify suitable approaches, appropriate methods and resources to support young people.

Undertake the accurate collection of data for use in monitoring the service and in audit and research projects.

Present information in reports and present information nationally at conferences and meetings.

Contribute to working with the Trusts clinical audit team and engaging in audits against NICE guidance and QSAVS.

Participate in continuing development to develop the knowledge and skills required for the post.

Participate in the Youth Service team meetings and training events.

Adhere to Trust policies.

Undertake the Trusts mandatory training

Monitor and reflect on own performance, identifying and addressing own professional needs through regular supervision sessions and appraisals.

Participate in the Trusts Personal Development Review and Knowledge and Skills Framework process and administration undertaking training identified as appropriate.

The post holder has a responsibility to keep up to date and comply with Trust policies and professional practice.

Attend departmental and Trust meetings as required.

Person Specification

application form and interview


  • Youth Work/Counselling Degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • JNC professional qualification
  • Evidence of continued professional development.
  • Substantial relevant post graduate experience
  • Experience & knowledge of Youth Work Practice.
  • Experience of leading a team to implement a program/pilot
  • Experience of working in a multi-professional team.
  • Experience of working with young people in a wide variety of settings
  • Knowledge of the health and wellbeing issues affecting young people who may present in crisis.
  • Experience of working with young people in a wide variety of settings.
  • Experience & knowledge of Youth Work Practice.
  • Experience of working in a multi-professional team.
  • Knowledge, experience and application of current legislation and guidance governing the delivery of young people's services
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with colleagues, volunteers, other NHS staff, patients and relatives.


  • Additional qualifications and/or training relating to young people's emotional health & well-being.
  • Additional training or experience relating to themes faced by young people ie sexual health/ social media/ substances
  • Experience of working with young people in a healthcare/hospital setting
  • Experience of supervising staff and volunteers
  • Knowledge of issues relating to adolescent care and transition.
  • Skills and experience in teaching & training



  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Can demonstrate motivation, drive, enthusiasm, flexibility, reliability, empathy and confidence.
  • Enthusiastic in all aspects of professional and personal development.
  • Professional attitude, confident and self-motivated.
  • To be professional and non-judgemental.
  • Able to seek and act upon advice.
  • Committed to, and able to demonstrate, anti-discriminatory practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital North Midlands (Base) but working across geographical patch - Outreach

Newcastle Rd


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