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Early Help Lead Clinician / Practice Educator Lead - Social Work

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based of full time hours
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust delivers the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Hampshire. We have a very exciting new post for a Social Work Lead Clinician. The post will be situated within the county wide Early Help clinical structure, the successful candidate will work closely with the Consultant Social Worker supporting professional and clinical leadership for the Social Work workforce across the Hampshire CAMHS service.It is an exciting time to be a Social Worker in CAMHS, Children's Mental Health is the focus of many conversations locally and nationally. This will be a varied, challenging position that would suit an experienced Social Worker who is looking to develop their clinical leadership and practice education skills. You will have some leadership experience and want to bring vision, energy and creativity to make a difference to the working lives of social workers and the young people who use our services. The successful candidate will primarily be based in one of the area hubs, but will work with the team across the whole county, therefore the ability to drive with access to own transport is essential.One of our key aims is to ensure our staff are well supported and have enjoyable, achievable roles where they can excel. If you enjoy working with young people who present with a range of different mental health and complex social needs, want to lead and inspire a group of engaged and motivated colleagues, we would welcome your application.

Main duties of the job

This role will have two main lead roles 1) To act as a lead for Advice and Consultation for the service ensuring a consistent, effective and efficient approach that meets the needs of our external partners, internal workforce and the children, young people and families for whom we deliver a service, and 2) supporting the development of practice education in Hampshire CAMHS.The successful candidate will be a practice educator with a passion for developing social workers, this will include student social workers and newly qualified social workers.Hampshire CAMHS has a strong multi professional leadership team and you would be working alongside experienced clinical and management colleagues, where innovation is valued and supported. Supported by the Social Work Consultant and the General Manager for Early Help, you will work with the teams to ensure a high standard of performance and quality. This will occur through high quality supervision, strategic service development, clinical leadership as well as some clinical work into the team, especially for highly complex situations, where multiagency care plans are challenging, or where clinical risk is high.You will need to have a flair for collaborative working and problem solving in a multi-agency context, and be confident dealing with staff from other agencies at all levels to ensure that young people receive the best care, and that our staff are well supported in their work

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Recognised professional qualification in Social Work
  • Registered with the appropriate professional body Social Work EnglandEvidence of continued professional development.Educated to master's degree level or willingness to undertake appropriate training.Practice assessor/ Supervisor training


  • Management/Leadership training



  • Substantial experience in mental health after completing core professional qualificationExperience of leadershipExperience of delivering clinical supervision in CBT approachesMaintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.Proven record of innovation and evidence based practice development.Significant experience of teaching training.Experience of service development.Wide knowledge of local and national policy MHA.Up to date clinical knowledge and skills.Evidence of advanced clinical skillsExperience of dynamic risk assessment across CAMHS ServicesKnowledge of the Delivering With and Delivering Well CYP IAPT Principles and experience of using these.Full comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Professional Code of Practice


  • Experience of undertaking research / audit.

Additional Criteria


  • Communication/Relationship skills
  • Able to communication complex condition related information to service users, carers and colleaguesAble to adapt communication style to meet the needs of individuals.Demonstrates good presentation skills in a range of formats.Work effectively as part of an MDTWork effectively with other agenciesExcellent verbal and written communication skillsAbility to work constructively with colleagues both internal and externalThe ability to effectively chair meetingsLeadership experienceAbility to manage conflictAbility to delegate work to others when appropriateAbility to showcase the CAMHS model within the trust and to external stakeholders.Ability to represent the Social work profession within CAMHS at stakeholder events.To represent social workers at the CAMHS Early Help Leadership MeetingTo work with the Early Help Leadership Team to identify skills mix, deficits in the teams to support team leaders with recruitment opportunities.To build connections with local universities to support students, attend recruitment events and support teaching opportunities.Analytical & Judgement skills:Able to discern key issues from complex information and ability to set out conclusions and recommendations clearly and concisely in a range of written and verbal stylesIntegrate complex facts or situations requiring analysis, interpretation and the comparison of a range of options.Skills for analysis of service, patient, client, organisational and staffing issues.
  • Physical skills:
  • Driving for significant distances across the designated area.
  • Significant IT skills in order to record and store complex data relevant to the role
  • Ability to maintain a visible presence across the six EIP sites.
  • People Management/Leadership/ResourcesEffective leadership and ability to motivate changeStaff supervision and motivation skillsNegotiation and influencing skillsDiplomatic, innovative, decisive, change orientated, self -motivation team workerTo support team leads where professional capability issues arise.To Establish Social Work professional forum, group to facilitate peer supervision.To develop appropriate training opportunities for the social work profession and the CAMHS workforceIT skills:To produce clear and concise reports Ability to use Trust IT systems including e -mail and electronic clinical recordsAbility to use broad range of clinical remote technologyAbility to use report manager and Power BI to support CAMHS service developmentTo support the CAMHS service to deliver on annual audits.Planning & Organisational skills:Ability to plan and organise a broad range of complex activities and has ability to formulate or adjust plans or strategies in line with service need e.g. management of shift rotas or other service delivery.Ability to plan strategies that impact across the service, business planning e.g. strategies for infection control, service development.Demonstrate track record of writing and delivering key strategiesMental Effort:Ability to be able to concentrate on specific activities and for an extensive period of time?Ability to be able to deal with conflicting demands.Ability to deal with an unpredictable work pattern.Ability to deal with multiple deadlines.Able to work under pressure.Able to work flexibly with a high level of autonomyEmotional Effort:Ability to deal with distressing or emotional circumstances due to complex nature of work with service usersAbility to carry out investigations into untoward incidents.To support the team leads with investigating and responding to complaints.Ability to be fair and without prejudiceWorking Conditions:Ability to be able to use a PCAbility to flexibly cover a county-wide service in terms of working with colleagues and partner agenciesAbility to work autonomously and flexibly.Able to work within base and remotely where indicated,Able to manage own time and diary effectively
  • Approach/Values
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the TrustDemonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this roleTeam working.Ability to travel across sites in good timePunctual and flexible across hours of work when required.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Omega House

112 Southampton Road



SO50 5PB

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