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Senior Social Worker

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

My name is Lindsey Hoather, I am seeking a Band 7 Senior Social Worker to work therapeutically with young people and lead the service in supporting discharges and transitions.

The role will involve close working with other disciplines within the establishment including the social work and resettlement team. The role will involve supporting the clinicians in identifying, planning and supporting smooth transitions out of the establishment to promote continuity of care and effective communication around risk.

As a senior practitioner you will be able to embrace the fast pace of a Secure setting and the value of working within a truly multi-disciplinary team that promotes a holistic approach to caring for children within a complex environment.

You will gain experience in utilising your core skill set in the management of complex and diverse presentations, which require a high level of crisis and risk management.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to manage a caseload, direct clinical care and provide guidance and support to others.

You will work alongside the Clinical Leadership Team and Operational Manager to support teams in the achievement of clinical excellence, patient safety and regulatory assurance of healthcare services for young people.

HMYOI Wetherby is the largest secure provision in the country for young males and females aged between 15 and 19. The service is underpinned by the Framework for Integrated Care which is a developmentally and trauma informed mental health service model. The service is an integrated service working closely with the Primary Care Service and the Young Offenders Institute Staff.

We pride ourselves on striving to meet your development needs through a comprehensive induction, bespoke training and development packages and quality supervision plan.

We would encourage those considering applying to visit the establishment and meet the team prior to interview.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To have an identified clinical role for highly complex cases within their designated service.

To provide advice and support to other staff and members of the multi-disciplinary team within the service

To facilitate collaborative working across the FOLS Team, maximizing on the skills of the team members.

Work with other external agencies and partners where appropriate, to ensure that resources for Family Services are available to all service users to live within the community, implementing the Care Programme Approach, where appropriate.

Be responsible for a complex caseload and assist the Team Manager in providing support to other members of the team, including supervising student social workers as required.

Work with the Team Manager and represent the team in working groups set up to raise the quality of practice and improve the effectiveness of the service, when required.

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.



To comply with the post holders professional code and Health Care Professions Council code of ethics and professional conduct and to adhere to national and local policies and procedures.

To work in a specialised autonomous capacity accepting referrals for patients/service users referred to your clinical area. Giving advice and support to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

To be professionally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work, including management of patients with complex needs.

To plan and prioritise own patient caseload (where appropriate), with highly complex needs, using highly specialist skills.

To work with patients/families to aid their acceptance, understanding and management of their condition/disability. To provide the necessary support required in a sometimes hostile/antagonistic or highly emotional atmosphere.

To possess the necessary skills to implement time management and prioritise own caseload whilst assisting and supporting all therapy staff and members of the MDT, across your own and other clinical areas.

To carry out risk assessments and make recommendations to reduce risk to meet the needs of service users, staff, and the wider service/ organisation.

Manage a complex workload with the support of senior colleagues in accordance with the directorate and other agency policies and procedures, applying a multi-discipline approach.

To undertake planned interventions, as required, across a range of statutory casework.

To ensure that, where appropriate, effective and efficient enforcement action is taken.

Keep up-to-date with research, develop and disseminate greater understanding of evidence based practice, providing professional assistance and guidance to colleagues within the directorate and other agencies as appropriate.

To maintain and develop communication and cooperation with colleagues, individuals and groups in the community and other statutory voluntary agencies.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent in Diploma in Social Work, or equivalent recognised by the Central Council for Education & Training in Social Work
  • Current valid HCPC registration


  • MSC/Diploma in relevant area.

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Excellent teaching skills.
  • Supervision skills
  • Ability to demonstrate highly specialised clinical reasoning and treatment skills.
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Proven experience of time management.
  • Excellent Prioritisation skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Knowledge of local and national guidance relevant to clinical area.


  • Basic IT skills



  • Evidence of continuing professional development and post graduate training in relevant area
  • Have demonstrable competence to work at Masters or Advanced Level
  • Experience of managing and assessing risk whilst working independently


  • Management or leadership training.
  • Risk Assessment training.
  • Audit training

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to risk assess and deal with health and safety matters for own and others work area and caseloads.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service possibly including evenings and weekend working.



  • Extensive appropriate post-registration experience relevant to clinical area..
  • Experience in supervising and managing staff

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


H M Young Offenders Institute

York Road


West Yorkshire


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