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Childrens & Young Persons Consultant Keyworker
  • Employer: Hertfordshire County Council
  • Reference: C/S/20/133739
  • Published: Fri 18/09/2020, 12:35 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 27/09/2020, 22:38 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Job-Share, Part Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, Part time and job share considered
  • Salary: £40,876 - £43,857 pa
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Hertfordshire

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Childrens & Young Persons Consultant Keyworker

Children and Young Persons Consultant Keyworker – Keyworker Pilot

Transforming Care Team


£40,876 - £43,857 pa (pro rata where applicable) (equivalent to NHS Band7) *

37 Hours Per Week – Part time and job share considered

18 Months Fixed Term Contract or Secondment

2 Posts


Hertfordshire County Councils Children’s Services are pleased to be able to recruit two Consultant Keyworkers. These exciting new roles will form part of a national Keyworker Pilot developing  new ways of working in partnership with NHS England, HCT PALMS and HPFT CAMHS. Importantly the project will be driven by the lived experience of young people and their families, therefore Herts Parents Carer Involvement (HPCI) and our Young Commissioners are critical partners to shaping how we work in the future.

The NHS Long Term Plan includes commitment that “by 2023/24 children and young people with a learning disability and/or autism with the most complex needs, will have a designated Keyworker. The plan responds  to recommendation made by Dame Christine Lenehan in her report ‘These are our Children’. Initially keyworker support will be provided to children and young people who are inpatients or at risk of being admitted to hospital. Keyworker support will also be extended to the most vulnerable children with a learning disability and/or autism, including those who face multiple vulnerabilities such as being looked after or having been adopted. Keyworking will also support children and young people in transition between services and through key stages in their lives   
All STP’s (Sustainability and transformation partnerships) were offered the opportunity to submit an expression of interest in taking forward a Keyworker pilot. Hertfordshire was recognised for having a solid track record and for submitting a well thought  through bid. We have been granted funding to roll out our innovative keyworker pilot from October 2020.

Consultant Keyworkers will be hosted in the Transforming Care Team situated within the 0-25 Together Service, the role will be person centred and will work across education, health and social care, embedding the principles of Transforming Care as well as SEND reforms enshrined within Children and Families Act (2014).

We are looking for two system changers to lead a team of 4 Keyworkers and work with our Children, young people and their families and carers in a person centred way. To help bring their voices to life and achieve their outcomes.  

You will be professionally qualified and registered practitioner: Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse and or Learning Disability Nurse, Clinical/Counselling/Educational Psychologist, Teacher, Family Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Child Psychotherapist,  Behaviour Analyst/Positive Behaviour Support.

You will be a reflective professional with a thirst for learning new things.  You will bring relevant experience of working with CYP who have Autism and or a learning disability and are often seen to have behaviour that challenges.

You have and can continue to work intensively with CYP, their families, carers and network of professionals.
You will be passionate about working co-productively and have experience or a passion for personalised care planning including setting up personalised budgets based on assessed individualised needs.

You will be a practice leader, who can formally supervise keyworkers and appropriately challenge the systems we work within in order to meet individual personalised needs.

Please read the attached Consultant Keyworker Job Outline and apply by evidencing how you meet the Personal specification and Core Competencies.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Steph Durkin – Service Manager Transforming Care Team on 07970193419 or Becky Gwynne, CETR Lead on 01438 844205.

For a discussion about the National and Regional Disabilities and Autism Programme please contact Hannah Mann – Senior Children and Young People’s Manager, Learning Disabilities and Autism Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement – East of England on 07725 490518

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 27th September

Interviews: 5th and 6th October


* Please note this position will be on HCC Terms & Conditions (unless seconding from NHS).