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Youth Support Worker

Manchester University
Carol Kendrick Centre, Manchester
Competitive salary
Closing date
24 Jan 2022

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Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 28,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of ten hospitals across seven separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women's Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:
  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Youth Support Worker

Band 4

Crisis Care Pathway - Rapid Response Team

Enhance the experiences of crisis care for children and young people in Greater Manchester

As England's largest NHS Trust, our size and scope mean you'll gain exposure to a variety of complex cases and support that will be hard to find at other Trusts. Although the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has continually rated our CAMHS services as outstanding, we know there's still more we can do. As we expand our service, we need people like you to support us in continuing to improve the outcomes and experiences for children and young people in Greater Manchester.

About us

The NHS Long Term Plan aims to provide all children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis with access to age-appropriate crisis care by 2023/24. Available 24/7 through NHS 111, it combines rapid crisis assessment, brief response and intensive home-treatment functions. To help us achieve this goal at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), we're developing and implementing a crisis care offer to support children, young people (CYP) and those who care for them - to remain in their own home and aid their recovery during and after the crisis episode.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to transform the way in which crisis care is experienced by CYP and those who care for them across Greater Manchester. The role will involve working alongside colleagues in the Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to contribute to assessment and management of crisis presentations. And you'll need to do this within a clear and structured Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction framework.

You'll be supporting families to offer containment and care under the supervision of mental health professionals. You'll also work intensively with CYP and those who care for them for up to 72 hours, under the supervision of senior staff. A big part of your role will also be developing ongoing relationships with children and families to promote resilience and reduce the likelihood of future crisis episodes.

About you

It's essential that you have a National Youth Agency accredited Youth Work qualification, or Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice. You'll also have experience of working with, and offering advice and support to, CYP and/or families. Plus, you'll have an awareness and understanding of mental health and emotional issues, including self-harm and suicide.

It's also important that you have a high level of emotional resilience, so you can keep thinking and performing well under pressure. You should also be able to prioritise your work, and be flexible to meet the demands of the service. It's also essential that you have the ability to act calmly in emergencies and can respond to stressful and challenging behaviour in a professional manner.

Developing your career with us

We want our people to thrive in their roles at MFT. So we're passionate about your personal development. You'll get all the support you need to deliver the best care you can. Plus, you'll get specialist training in the interventions that support people when in crisis.

We're also deeply committed to innovation. So you can be sure you're gaining experience at the leading-edge of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. We're always looking to develop new ways of working and improve teamwork. So we provide regular training opportunities that focus on this, too.

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Apply Now

Working within a supportive team and with the chance to really develop your own skills in role, you'll witness your work having a direct impact on the lives of thousands of children and young people across Manchester, Trafford and Salford. Join an organisation and a hospital that's as ambitious as you are. We offer unparalleled career opportunities and a great work-life balance in one of the country's most exciting cities. For an informal conversation or to simply find out more contact Al Ford e:

Closing Date: 23rd January 2022

Selection Date: tbc 9th February

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameAl FordJob titleDirectorEmail number0161 701 1666

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From 11th November 2021, it has been a mandatory requirement for Care Home workers to have had first and second COVID-19 vaccinations or to evidence medical exemption in order to comply with Government legislation.

From 1st April 2022 all NHS workers in England who have face to face or incidental contact with patients must have had their first and second vaccinations for COVID-19. Only those with medical exemptions will be excluded from this requirement.

This mandatory requirement may apply to this position. If it does apply, you will be asked to provide evidence of vaccinations / exemption as part of the employment checks if you are offered the position.

We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction in the first 3 months following start in post. The amount of £26.85(standard disclosure) or £43.85(enhanced disclosure) If you wish to withdraw once a DBS application has commenced you will be still liable for payment.

MFT would like to develop a committed, flexible workforce that is able to adapt to the changing needs of the NHS. We aim to support employees who wish to work flexibly, to allow them to maintain a healthy work life balance and fair consideration will be given to any flexible working requests.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

We welcome applicants from the Armed Forces Community.

Please be aware that all roles at MFT(except Medical and Dental posts) are subject to a probationary period.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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