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Consultant Social Worker

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Consultant Social Worker to join the HPFT CAMHS Targeted Team and shape service delivery. HPFT is at the forefront of providing integrated health and social care. The Trust is one of only a handful of mental health trusts in the country to receive a CQC rating of'OUTSTANDING'.

CAMHS Targeted Team is a welcoming, supportive multi-disciplinary team who are committed to providing innovative and high quality care.This is a county wide service based at Kingsley Green, Radlett providing a service to Looked after Children and Children and families on the edge of care. We provide consultation to the caring networks, including foster carers and parents as well as direct and systemic interventions. You will work alongside, clinical social workers an occupational therapist, nurses, systemic family therapists and CAMHS practitioners and with our partner agencies across Social Care and Education.

You will have HCPC registration. As a service we offer various models of evidence-based therapeutic intervention (for example Specialist provision of Trauma Focused CBT, DDP, EMDR). We work alongside CAMHS Community Teams, Eating Disorders Team, Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, DBT team, Forensic Adolescent Practitioner service, Adolescent inpatient unit, Home Treatment Team.

Main duties of the job

You would be expected to offer consultation slots to the caring professionals around the child and offer formulation as well as provide specialist therapeutic interventions. We work closely with a range of colleagues in social care, schools and other partners.

Within the team we offer Trauma focused CBT, work informed by Dyadic developmental psychotherapy,Thera-play, Reflective network spaces and we use our knowledge of trauma and attachment to support those receiving the service whether this is direct or indirect work for the child/careers and or the network.

The team work within the context of CAPA and CYP-IAPT

This post is part of the senior leadership team and you will provide supervision to clinicians in the team. We hope the applicant would support us in shaping our service going forward.

Our service offersconsultation to our colleagues within social care and education and when required our CAMHS colleagues across the county. We have regular opportunities for team away days and a regular meeting structure for peer support and clinical thinking.

As a consultant social worker you will support the team functioning as well as have a caseload to manage. Within the team you will support the team in facilitating reflective learning spaces.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop and build on existing skills and knowledge and will have access to a range of training opportunities to fit with both the needs of the service and personal interests

About us

The post-holder will provide a variety of clinical/professional supervision to trainees on placement and multi-disciplinary colleagues for purposes of training and continuing professional development. We are looking for a CAMHS Practitioner to compliment the skills of the existing team.

The post holder will be supported to develop personally and professionally and there are opportunities for service development.

HPFT CAMHS service is leading in transforming care for young people and their families and now has a CAMHS Home Treatment Team, a CAMHS DBT Service, and has a dedicated CAMHS Section 136 Suite. We also host our own Tier 4 Inpatient Unit for young people, Forest House Adolescent Unit, which has worked to reduce inpatient admissions and improve community care for young people in crisis.

If you would like to visit the team to find out more please do contact us to arrange this.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will:

Be responsible with the rest of the Targeted team for ensuring that the service experience through the CAPA care pathway, in line with CYP/IAPT principles and processes, is of the highest quality inspiring service user and public confidence. This will be achieved through high visibility, accessibility and surveillance.

Work collaboratively with the leadership team and the senior leadership team in the planning, development, provision and review of excellent, service user focused and cost-effective integrated community pathways.

Put the interest of service users and carers at the heart of all clinical decisions.

Support community managers in taking appropriate action on issues of social work/social care practice and professional standards.

Provide strong professional leadership to social workers in the quadrant via professional line management, appraisal and clinical supervision to the teams clinical social workers.

Lead on the professional aspects of recruitment and deployment of social workers within a designated area of work.

Maintain effective communication and liaison between CAMHS and CS in the team .To consult and liaise with other related professionals in Childrens Services, Health, and the voluntary sector, as appropriate, on matters of mutual concern regarding CAMHS clients in general, and Looked After Children in particular in order to promote effective service provision.

Deputise in the absence of the Professional Lead for Social Care in CAMHS in matters relating to social work/social care and safeguarding in CAMHS.

To assess and treat children and their families with a wide variety of emotional and behavioural disorders. Co-working with other members/disciplines of the multi-disciplinary team as and when necessary.

Contribute to ongoing service evaluation and audit within CAMHS

To maintain a high standard of clinical records in line with the Trust and CAMHS policies and procedures.

Clinical Responsibility

Create, develop and maintain professional, supportive relationships with all members of staff and with other professionals and agencies.

Empower social workers to take on a wider range of roles and responsibilities.

Lead on and participate in research and development activities as required to improve the quality of care.

Provide expertise within the team and across services with respect to safeguarding children and the legislative framework around this.

Through strong social work leadership, the post holder will support the management team to maintain and improve standards of practice/services.

The post holder will ensure that all services users and carers are treated with compassion, dignity and respect placing value on the diversity of the local community and beyond.

They will support the professional and SBU leads in providing evidence for the governance and quality standards.

Manage the quality of the provision of social work practice by:

- Holding practitioners social workers in the quadrant to account for delivery of their key performance indicators.

- Leading initiatives to increase the care provision of best social work/social care practice and innovative service ideas

- In conjunction with the CAMHS quadrant teams, ensure effective action is taken where social work performance is at risk of falling below expected levels and standards are not maintained.

- Ensure that all social workers receive professional supervision and undertake continued professional development in line with SWE standards and PCF framework.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Training and Experience


  • RMN/RN (MH) / Social Work Qualification
  • BSc in Mental Health Practice or equivalent or substantial Post qualifying experience in Liaison Psychiatry
  • Mentoring and assessing students qualification


  • Cert or Dip in Management Relevant skills-based training MSc or equivalent

Areas Of Experience and Knowledge


  • Significant and relevant experience of working within a CAMHS setting assessing or supporting young people experiencing a mental health crisis
  • Significant experience of community-focused care
  • Multi-professional working/case management
  • Experience of carrying out autonomous acute Mental health assessment
  • The ability to lead a multi-professional team and provide on-going operational, clinical and professional supervision
  • Complex knowledge of legislation and policy regarding the provision of Mental Health care/services and other relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of Bio-Psycho-social models of care
  • Knowledge of physical health contributions to Mental Health issues, difficulties and assessment


  • Previous involvement in service development and knowledge of Change Management
  • Experience of Budget and resource management
  • Experience of operational policy development

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


15 Forest Lane




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