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Senior Social Worker

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for thoughtful, compassionate and innovative Social Worker, who is keen to be at the forefront of a new multi-professional service delivered in a paediatric health setting. The Senior Social Worker will work within the proposed NHS Children and Young People Gender Service (South West) within the governance structure of the service and Psychological Health Services an 8a as part of an Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to develop, deliver and evaluate specified services provided by a range of clinicians and health professionals. Provision will include clinical services, research and quality improvement including dissemination, training and consultation to other partner services and agencies. As well as providing services into the new clinical programme, expected to open in November 2024, the Senior Social Worker will work via Psychological Health Services to provide complex case input to paediatric weight management services and will be a leader, with delegated management responsibility for paediatric specialist social workers.

Psychological Health Services is an award-winning department, recognised for a commitment to leadership and the development of Trustwide psychological services.

(Cont'd under Detailed job description and main responsibilities)

Main duties of the job

Assessment , intervention and leadership roles dependent on competencies, as part of the CYP gender service MDT.

Assessment , intervention and leadership roles dependent on competencies, as part of the paediatric weight management services

Managerial leadership

Safeguarding leadership in collaboration with the UHBW safeguarding team

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

(Job overview cont.)

As a university teaching trust research and quality improvement forms part of UHBW's mission to support excellence in delivery of patient care, alongside education and applied research of the highest quality. We are engaged in high profile national professional networks at a senior level across BPS, NHS and charitable sector organisations.

We have strong links to local and regional universities providing access to support research and clinical training with honorary appointment up to professorial level. Psychological Health Services has an expanding research portfolio and provide and support opportunities to develop this further.

Psychological Health Services take pride in their commitment to providing high quality and accessible CPD and access to skilled clinical and peer supervision. Examples of current CPD opportunities include monthly Trustwide departmental CPD meetings, journal clubs and an ACT supervision group. Our commitment to clinical excellence is reflected in our annual cycle of quality outcomes related to a wide portfolio of activity.

We work together to grow and shape the department we have a notice board style central point of communication to keep you up to date communicating via surveys about what matters to us all. Membership of departmental Service Delivery Groups (SDGs) give the opportunity to broaden skills and experiences and be involved in wider psychology initiatives.

As a large department Psychological Health Services provides clinical psychology services to a wide range of specialist multidisciplinary teams. Although the current recruitment is for a specific post, we welcome applications and enquiries from those who are interested in wider opportunities within our portfolio. We have a commitment in Paediatrics to collaborate with our colleagues as much as we can. This means we regularly offer advice and guidance to patients outside of our core patient group. This rewarding work is highly appreciated by the Trust.

As a way to support individual development, growth of expertise and service priorities, staff can benefit from opportunities to work into other clinical areas through discussion and planning with their line manager and head of service.This will be an element of the working lives of much of the staff group you would lead.

Appointment would take place after final commissioning agreement.

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Post qualification experience of working as a specialist social worker with young people/adults who have a physical health condition. (E)
  • Post qualification experience of working as a social worker providing psychosocial consultation, engaging in case management supervision and training to multi-professional and multi-agency teams. (E)
  • Post qualification experience of working as a social worker undertaking consultation and service development work within a multi-disciplinary physical health setting
  • Demonstrable understanding of the implications of acute and long term conditions and disability for young people/adults as applicable
  • Demonstrable understanding of the roles of a social worker within multi-professional health teams in relation to the young person/adult, the staff team and the organisation.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of legislation and guidance pertaining to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, consent, confidentiality and standards of psychological care within relevant NICE and other guidance
  • Evidence of having worked clinically in an area of clinical service provision or practice relevant to CYP with gender diversity
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised social work assessments and interventions for CYP with gender diversity


  • Formal teaching /presentation sessions to health and other professionals
  • Theoretical knowledge of the evidence base for the relevant treatment of common mental health difficulties experienced by CYP with gender diversity
  • Experience of leading others including delegated line management

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to assess the psychosocial needs of young people seen by these specialities. including standardised measures and assessments
  • Ability to generate systemic and individual psycholosocial formulations and interventions based on applying psychological theories and models to the complex information generated by the young person/adult and social care systems
  • Ability to access, record and manage information and data pertaining to the work undertaken in medical and psychology notes, data bases and electronic records as required
  • Ability to prioritise and manage available time for clinical work and professional activities effectively and safely
  • Able to travel to regional clinics, meetings and home visits if required
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour.


  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups

Qualifications and Training


  • Current registration as a Social Worker with Social Work England


  • Additional training in safeguarding, management, or a specialised area of therapeutic practice relevant to working with CYP with gender diversity through formal post-qualification training, OR, a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma
  • Training course in supervision



  • Advanced communication skills with the ability to provide and receive highly complex and sensitive information to and from young people/adults in a culturally appropriate manner in highly emotive situations. This will include the ability to provide complex psychological information to staff in an accessible manner

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital For Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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