Social Work Consultant

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a role model for good Social Work practice?

Are you an experienced Social Worker looking for the next step in your career?

The Hampshire Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) are delighted to offer this opportunity for an experienced Social Worker to join the team as Social Work Consultant.

We are very excited to announce this new role, which is dedicated to the leadership and continuing development of the social work profession within CAMHS and to provide expert clinical intervention for service users with complex and challenging needs.

We currently have over 50 employed Social Workers at Hampshire CAMHS, most of whom work in generic roles such as Team Manager or Mental Health Practitioner. We have worked hard to make sure that our Social Workers are well supported and that they are enabled to champion their profession within an NHS Mental Health setting.

We're looking for someone who shares the same dedication and passion for the job as we do, someone who understands the scope of this opportunity and has the relevant skills and experience to help us achieve our ambitions.

Children and young people are our future - be part of writing a better life story for them.

Main duties of the job

Your role will be to provide expert clinical intervention for service users with complex and challenging needs. As well as providing clinical leadership across the Social Work workforce within Hampshire CAMHS and multidisciplinary teams.

You will be working closely with and providing expert advice to the Directors for Social Work, the Hampshire Clinical Lead and Professional Leads for Nursing, Psychology, Doctors and Psychological Therapies to contribute to SPFT's Social Work Strategy and overall clinical strategy.

50% of your role will be dedicated to Professional Leadership for Social Work and 50% to Clinical Work to include patient facing &/or pathway leadership providing expert social work intervention, advice and consultancy.

You will also be involved in supporting a number of key ambitions, which include:
  • Further developing the 'in-house' ASYE programme to enable us to recruit newly qualified social workers who have a passion to work in NHS Mental Health Services
  • Supporting the running and development of our existing social work forums within SPFT
  • Developing robust clinical and professional supervision matrix for all social workers to make sure that they are fully supported and enabled to reach their potential at SPFT

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire. Find out more about our CAMHS service here -

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Our Partnership Perks:
  • Access to a host of discount schemes including reductions on fuel, high street and online purchases, as well as Blue Light Card advantages!
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
  • Excellent NHS Pension
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Free parking on-site
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC, where 82% agree that care for patients is our top priority
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Social Work Consultant in our team, you must:
  • Have a recognised professional qualification in Social Work and be registered with Social Work England
  • Be educated to Master's degree or equivalent
  • Experienced in mental health after completing core professional qualification
  • Have significant experience in teaching/training and leadership
  • Have experience undertaking research/audit
  • Be experienced in risk management and service development
  • Have evidence of advanced clinical skill

It would be advantageous is you have:
  • Experience working in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Flexibility with working patterns to include some weekend and evening work is essential as is own transport as the role involves travel across the whole Hampshire county area. SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

This position is full time although part-time hours may be considered minimum 22.5 hrs per week.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Bryan Lynch (Director of Social Work) via email

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification in Social Work
  • Registered with the appropriate professional body - Social Work England
  • Evidence of continued professional development.
  • Educated to master's degree level or equivalent.
Knowledge Essential
  • Substantial experience in mental health after completing core professional qualification
  • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Significant experience of teaching / training.
  • Experience of undertaking research / audit.
  • Experience of service development.
  • Up to date clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Evidence of advanced clinical skills
  • Experience of dynamic risk assessment across CAMHS Services

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