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Youth Development Worker

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
The PEEER youth Service grown over the last 2 years and offers an expansive service to young people living with a long-term health condition across the Wessex Region. NHS England recently awarded the service funding to develop the service's work further, allowing us to recruit to a number of positions including 2 Youth Development Worker. These roles will focus go providing support to young people seen at other hospital trusts within the region and establishing youth worker support for young people living with Epilepsy and other neurological conditions here at UHS and within satellite community clinics.Youth Development Worker - Winchester and Basingstoke - this youth worker will work across sites and within the community. Ensuring young people living with Diabetes, Renal Conditions and Epilepsy are supported, with a focus on their transition as they move into adulthood.Youth Development Worker - Epilepsy and Neuro - This role will support young people across the Wessex seen by UHS health teams. The role will require attendance at clinics in UHS, Satellite clinics and within the community.Youth workers are recognised within the trust as a unique resource both to the young people and the clinical team. Youth workers will deliver online programme, facilitate emotional wellbeing groups and lead community projects, alongside intensive 1 to 1 youth interventions to their allocated caseload either in person or virtually.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

- To provide support for young people 11yrs - 25 (yrs.) living with a long-term health condition.

- To participate as a professional member of the healthcare team and contribute to the care of the patients as part of the multidisciplinary team.

- To act as a social prescribing link worker and enable access to local community services for appropriate recreational, social, educational and advocacy support where appropriate/on request of young person.

- To contribute to the provision of a varied programme of activities and opportunities to engage young people, delivered flexibly in partnership with the wider PEEER Youth Service team.

- To contribute to the development of the PEEER Youth Service and agreed programmes to support young people transitioning from Paediatric care to Adult Care.

The successful candidate must have a Professional Youth work Qualification/Youth Work related Degree or equivalent and relevant experience within Youth work. Work within a health care setting is desirable but not essential.

The role will require travel to accommodate young peoples needs and flexible hours with some evening and weekend work. This is a hybrid role with some working based at home, as well as community and hospital locations.

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Professional Youth work Qualification/Youth Work related Degree or equivalent and relevant experience within Youth work
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Significant experience working with young people
  • Good understanding of health issues relating to young people
  • Good understanding of social needs of young people
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to child protection and cultural and diversity awareness
  • Knowledge of issues relating to consent and confidentiality
  • Knowledge of issues relating to adolescent care
  • Understanding of social issues surrounding young people with life changing illness
  • Ability to support young people within a clinical environment, occasionally when undergoing treatments and medical procedures.


  • Experience working with young people in a hospital or health care setting
  • Experience accessing community support services
  • Knowledge of local authority policies and procedures
  • Ability to present to/facilitate a group.



  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • General IT skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Working autonomously
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Problem solving
  • Presentation skills

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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