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Specialist Worker

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata / pa
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a position to join our tier 3 plus service providing assessment and treatment for children with intellectual disabilities who pose additional challenges because of their complex behaviour.

We are looking for someone with previous direct experience of working with children or adults with intellectual disabilities in a Health, Education or Social Care context.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Worker will join a very well established and well regarded multi-disciplinary team providing a range of intensive interventions to children and parents, usually in the family home. With access to regular supervision, your duties would include: contributing to the comprehensive assessment of children and young people planning interventions and liaison with professional networks.

We value multi agency working and have strong links with the local network of children's NHS and Social Care services. We offer excellent support, training and development opportunities. You will be expected to travel to visit families within Derby City and Southern Derbyshire.

Closing date of applications: 03 March 2024

Interview date: 15 March 2024

About us

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:
  • Development opportunities, both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • Staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts:
  • We see on average 4810 OP appointments a day.
  • We are the 4 th busiest Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients department in England - an average of 2077 per week.
  • An average of 1115 patients are seen in A& Es across our network every day - 3rd largest in the country.
  • Our hospitals admit an average of 195 emergency patients daily.
  • Last year we undertook almost 33,700 planned surgical operations in our 57 operating theatres.
  • We are one of only 7 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres.
  • We carry out more than 140 elective procedures each working day.
  • UHDB is a research active University Hospital with a large and varied portfolio of clinical trials and research opportunities for all staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To contribute to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of individual interventions to meet the needs of children and families.
  • To report care programme outcomes and any situational changes to the team.
  • To participate in the implementation of care programmes/interventions in childrens own homes and other specified venues which may include need for transportation of children in vehicles.
  • To work in a multi-agency way in the best interest of the children and families.
  • To respect and respond to the cultural needs of families to ensure they remain at the centre of interventions offered and remain in control.
  • To participate in on-going support to all family members and workers involved throughout the implementation of the specific and individually designed behaviour management programmes.
  • To use physical intervention in line with national guidance following appropriate training and supervision.
  • To maintain accurate records and statistical information in line with Trust policy and with respect to client confidentiality
  • To participate appropriately in the monitoring, evaluation and clinical audit of the work and the development of the team.
  • To communicate with families and carers regarding the interventions and reasons behind them.
  • To participate in the education programmes of learners placed with the Complex Behaviour Service, when appropriate.

Please see attached Job description and Person Specification. To apply please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of relevant qualifications (e.g. degree level or equivalent)


  • Evidence of further training e.g. Makaton/Positive Behaviour Support



  • Relevant experience of working within a learning disability population


  • Relevant experience of working with children with a learning disability
  • Previous experience of working with individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Experience of sensory processing difficulties
  • Experience/knowledge of physical interventions/least restrictive practice

Communication & Relationship Skills


  • Proven ability to communicate and build relationships with children and young people with learning disabilities and their families.


  • Previous experience of working in a team

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


The Johnson Building

Locomotive Way


DE24 8PU

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