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VAST / Onward Specialist Practitioner

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a health or social care professional who is passionate about safeguarding patients and has the skills to help us develop a new service at UHS. An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead both the existing award winning Vulnerable Adult Support Team based in the ED/AMU and expansion of this service to deliver in-reach psychosocial interventions to patients within the major trauma unit and critical care areas.

Our service is based at UHS and operates 7 days a week. You will be the Band 7 lead for a team of 11 practitioners providing interventions for patients/parents who are living with domestic abuse, homelessness, alcohol use disorder, drug use disorder, sexual violence, learning disability, autism, ADHD and dementia. The role of the team is to identify, assess, provide information, signpost/refer to appropriate specialist services and safeguard adults and children. Practitioners work closely with both hospital and community services to deliver comprehensive person-centred support.

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

  • Assess and identify complex safeguarding, health and psychosocial needs for patients. Support the planning of care to meet these needs. Act as a temporary key worker to ensure appropriate care arrangements are in place, including for patients with high intensity service use.
  • Provide operational and professional leadership to VAST / Onward practitioners. Promote good practice in identification and management of safeguarding concerns / psychosocial issues within areas of responsibility.
  • Support healthcare governance and case management including by attendance at, or chairing of, professionals meetings and multi-agency risk management meetings. Develop protocols, care pathways, standards, policies, and clinical guidelines for others to use in practice. Respond to compliments, complaints, adverse event reports and section 42 enquiries.
  • Offer advice, support and education to frontline practitioners regarding safeguarding and psychosocial interventions.

  • Relevant experience of safeguarding case work in a variety of settings involving adults or childrens services.
  • Experience of team leadership and inter-agency partnership working.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of change management, innovation, negotiation and delivery of evidence-based care.

Whilst the majority of your hours will be Mon-Fri 9-5, you will be required to work some weekends and bank holidays.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • Registered Nurse, Social Worker or AHP on relevant part of professional register with extensive experience
  • Masters-level modules in relevant subject or willingness to undertake
  • Evidence of CPD to M-level or equivalent
  • Specialist training in area of practice.


  • Master's degree completed.
  • Teaching qualification.
  • Leadership training.
  • IT training.



  • Relevant experience of working with safeguarding cases in a variety of settings involving adults or children's services
  • Experience of inter-agency partnership working
  • Knowledge of safeguarding legislation, current issues, and inquiry reports for adults and children
  • Specialist clinical skills and experience
  • Change management
  • Leadership, innovation
  • Evidenced based care philosophy


  • Proven management experience

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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