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PEEER Youth Development Worker

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
The PEEER Youth Service has grown over the last 2 years and currently offers a broad youth service focussing on supporting young people living with a Long-term Health Condition registered to Southampton Hospitals. NHSE and the local ICB have recently awarded the service funding to expand further over the coming months, helping to build an evidence based case for youth work in a hospital setting, and working towards securing sustainability funding.We are recruiting a Youth Development Worker that will work across sites at Winchester and Basingstoke Hospitals supporting young people with a LTHC (initially focussed on 3 specific specialities).Youth workers are recognised within UHS as a unique resource for both young people, families and the clinical teams. This role will extend this service to our colleagues at Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust, and whilst employed directly by UHS, there will be supervising leads at the allocated sites (Winchester and Basingstoke) in place.

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.

The PEEER Youth service prides itself on a youth-led approach, involving young people in service development and consultation to identify unmet needs and possible solutions. We current deliver a range of 1:1 support and interventions, Clinical advocacy, Online youth groups and focussed group interventions, face to face events and group programmes.The successful post holder of this post will work both independently and as a team with the existing Youth workers, to ensure this service continues to evolve and responds to the needs of young people of Winchester and Basingstoke. The ethos of Youth Work is essential to delivery of the service and in ensuring young people remain central to their journey both in and out of hospital, and are seen as a whole person.
Additional information
Interview date: To be confirmed

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together



  • Professional Youth work Qualification/Youth Work related Degree or equivalent and relevant experience within Youth work
  • Evidence of continued professional development

Knowledge and Relevant Experience


  • Significant experience working with 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 content 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
  • Good understanding of health issues relating to young people


  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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