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Specialist Worker

Band 6

Main area
Positive Behaviour Support - Specialist Worker
Band 6
12 months (1 year fixed term/secondment opportunity)
Part time - 31 hours per week
Job ref
Royal Derby Hospital
£30,401 - £37,267 pro rata
Salary period
21/06/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic Specialist Worker to join the Principal Clinical Psychologist in developing the provision of a pioneering new service based at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. The post holder will possess a professional or degree level qualification in either Psychology, Social Care, Nursing or a therapeutic discipline.

Although initially advertised as a one year fixed term contract, our hope is that the service will continue beyond that period, so part of the role will include evaluating the service, contributing to the business case for this and providing regular updates for the Senior Management Team.

This post is 31 Hours per week.

Main duties of the job

Nationally, there are increasing numbers of children and young people using acute hospital services because of mental health difficulties. The NHS Long Term Plan sets out that by 2023/24 all children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis will be able to access 24/7 age-appropriate crisis care, combining the crisis assessment, brief response and Intensive Home Treatment.  As part of the local plan, much focus remains on a small cohort of children and young people whose difficulties are not able to be quickly resolved. This can lead to prolonged inpatient stays and less frequently, out of area tier 4 admissions. Often, these children and young people present with specific coexisting conditions where evidence demonstrates that they are more likely to experience mental health difficulties, e.g. intellectual disability, autism or both and consequently, their behaviour can present an additional challenge.

Working for our organisation

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 21st June 2021

Interview date: 5th July 2021

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will join a small innovative team led by a Principal Clinical Psychologist  and a pool of PBS link workers who will adopt a person centred approach to the holistic assessment of children and their families; tailoring individually designed support, using least restrictive interventions. Therefore an understanding of how emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties can present in children and young people will be key.  There will be a strong emphasis on the use of person centred thinking tools to inform care planning and the assessment of risk.  

The team aims to embed a culture of positive behaviour support throughout the Paediatric Division in order to enhance the quality of life of children and young people in acute distress; this will be through integrating new processes into existing services and working closely with partner agencies and services. In addition, the post holder will also be required to support the planning and delivering of PBS training. Integral to this, will be a structure for staff support and well being; helping others to maintain excellent standards of care and evidence-based service delivery at a time of transformation of mental health services.

As discharge planning should always begin from the point of admission, the post holder will need to assist the Clinical Lead in immediate and future care planning for young people and be able to think about what support would meet their needs outside of the acute hospital. The candidate will need to demonstrate excellent abilities in multi-agency liaison and communication and this should include knowledge of community pathways and systems, and appropriate admission avoidance services as well as the admission pathway for specialist in-patient mental health beds.

The post holder will also assist in the development and implementation of referral protocols, guidelines and pathways to the service for the target cohort alongside offering consultation and supervision to other professionals.

As the long term NHS vision is to deliver a comprehensive service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the successful candidate must be able to work flexibly which will include at times, working unsociable hours and at weekends.

Based at the Royal Derby Hospital, the post holder will be joining a wider, well established and well resourced Children’s Clinical Psychology Department and as such, will be able to draw on existing in house expertise around Paediatrics, Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. In addition, the department also hosts a specialist tier 3 plus provision for children presenting complex behaviour due to their intellectual disabilities.

The department enjoys good links with the local universities and actively encourages research and opportunities for continuing professional development.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Completion of an accredited training course a relevant professional degree level qualification in Social Care, Nursing or Counselling/Therapeutic Discipline.
  • 2:1
Desirable criteria
  • Further training in a relevant area e.g. child mental health, ASD, Positive Behaviour Support

Previous experience

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable Experience of assessment and treatment of children and young people across a range of settings.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in an acute or crisis setting.
  • Knowledge of physical interventions/least restrictive practice
  • Knowlege and/or experience of person centered thinking tools.

Analytical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of methods of assessment, intervention and management and which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised assessments in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • An understanding of how emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties can present in children and young people.

Organisational skills

Essential criteria
  • Proven ability to plan and organise clinical work.

Physical skills

Essential criteria
  • Proven keyboard skills
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Penny Tunnicliffe
Job title
Principal Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
01332 785542

If you have problems applying, contact

Recruitment Team, Workforce Management
Training Centre
Rehab Block, Level 3
Royal Derby Hospital
DE22 3NE
01332 783342 / 07385 367225