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Social Worker *NEW HIRE BONUS*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fulbourn, Cambridge
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
*�3000 - New Hire Bonus*The permanent posts are eligible for a �3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of �1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible to receive this bonus. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions

Previous applicants need not apply

The Croft Child and Family Unit is situated in South Cambridge and is currently the only unit which admits a parent alongside their child this unique approach gives professionals the opportunity to observe and assess family interaction and offer support and interventions to support family life. We provide intensive assessment and treatment for children up to the age of 12 with complex emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. We also offer intensive work with parents to help them develop their parenting skills. During a child's time at the Croft, children attend school and take part in a variety of activities, some with their parents.

Main duties of the job

Working within The Croft you will be providing highly specialised CAMHS social work for children and their families who have been referred to CAMHS Tier 4 services. You will be working within a multidisciplinary team supporting staff in raising and reporting safeguarding concerns. You will be the lead for safeguarding within the team, working closely with the trust's safeguarding children team. You will liaise with family's and local authorities pre-admission and complete initial risk screens.

You will be involved in building relationships with Tier 3 CAMHS services to support discharge and prevent readmission. You will work collaboratively with other Mental Health Services across the system as well as Acute Hospitals, Ambulance Service, the Police, Education to provide risk and mental health assessment, formulation, and contingency planning for children and young people requiring inpatient admissions.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To lead on safeguarding concerns within the team and support with safeguarding discussions
  • To build working relationships with childrens safeguarding teams across the country and also work closely with CPFT safeguarding team
  • Ensure that care is based on the assessment of care needs and includes a thorough risk assessment and risk management plan.
  • Supporting the transition of young people to adult mental health and local authority services.
  • Use clinical knowledge and expertise to formulate an assessment of relapse risk of the patient after specialist assessment. Liaise with other agencies caring for patients, including community mental health teams and GPs and use collateral information from relatives, GPs and past clinical reports, where available and appropriate, to provide care plans for all patients.
  • Provide Supervision and Clinical leadership within the Service.
  • Utilise recent research findings in the advancement of best practice and in the delivery of an evidenced based service.
  • To provide support and expert advice to colleagues involved in the care of patients with mental health needs and develop systems to ensure that this support is available in a range of ways.
  • Monitor and evaluate the standards of care and take actions to ensure that a high standard of care is maintained. Contribute to Audit to ensure quality standards are met.
  • Identify and be responsive to the diverse cultural, social and spiritual needs of all patients.
  • Promote general health education and specifically mental health education to the client group.
  • Identify and intervene proactively in situations that contribute to an unsafe environment for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all resources.
  • Ensure that all duties are carried to the highest possible standard, and in accordance with the current quality initiatives within the work area.
  • Be aware of the responsibility to maintain a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.
  • Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Being responsible for the development, planning and implementation of brief care and treatment interventions for individual children and young people.
  • Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.
  • Promote a recovery model that empowers patients, carers and relatives to be at the forefront of decision-making and ownership of their packages of care and treatment.
  • Act as the advocate for patients and relatives.
  • Enable patients and carers to manage disability, loss and change.
  • Champion patients rights, including dignity, equality, diversity, choice and respect.
  • When undertaking all of the above ensure good documentation is provided and entered within the appropriate record systems.
  • To be aware of own personal development needs and participate in regular supervision and appraisal processes.

Person Specification



  • Social work Qualification with CAMHS Experience or other HCPC-registered profession
  • Current HCPC Registration appropriate to the job role


  • Clinical supervision qualification.
  • AMHP qualification.
  • Specific training in either family work or psychological approaches to helping young people.



  • Significant Experience of working with children and young people presenting with mental health needs.
  • Experience of working in a setting relevant to CAMHS.
  • Experience of risk assessment and Management.
  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of junior staff.


  • Clinical Leadership.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Enhanced skills in assessing, formulating and working with children and young people (& their families) presenting in heightened state of distress
  • The ability to work across a number of IT systems.
  • Knowledge of current research and evidence-based practice in clinical work relevant to the job role/Service.
  • Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Children's Act and other relevant legislation, Mental Capacity Act, and safeguarding responsibilities and procedures.
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training.


  • Brief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crises.
  • Knowledge or awareness of operational systems of service delivery in Community CAMHS.

Personal Qualities


  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  • Innovative and pioneering approach to new ways of working.
  • Motivated, reliable and committed to team working with the ability to work autonomously.



  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
  • Able to tolerate ambiguity and take decisions in situations where information is incomplete.
  • The post holder must be willing to travel to various locations across the Cambridge and Peterborough geography as required.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


The Croft, Ida Darwin Site

Fulbourn, Cambridge

CB21 5EE

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