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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/12/2020.

Designated Clinical Officer - Special Educational Needs and Disability

Job Reference: 833-AB-CS-463-201

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Childrens Business Unit
£45,753 to £51,668 pa (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

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Leeds is an attractive and vibrant place to live with an estimated population of over 870,000, and its popularity is such that over the next 25 years the number of people is predicted to grow by over 15 per cent. Leeds has a bold ambition to 'Be the best city for health and wellbeing' and the city has developed the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy, supported by the Leeds Plan to achieve the best conditions for people in Leeds to live fulfilling lives - a healthy city with high quality services. Do you have a shared enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to help us to succeed in delivering this vision for Leeds?

There are over 270,000 under 25 year olds living within the City and with an estimated 15% having special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The city has significant health inequalities between those living in our most affluent neighbourhoods and the poorest.

We are now looking to appoint a Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) to build on the progress made in delivering the requirements of the Children and Families Act and with a focus on reducing the inequalities experienced by children and young people with SEND.

The DCO whilst being employed by Leeds Community Healthcare Trust will have a leading role in coordinating the response of the whole health economy in Leeds in the provision of services to children and young people with SEND.

The post holder will need to work collaboratively with parents, carers, children and young people and all associated statutory, voluntary and third sector service providers. The relationship with the Leeds City Council is key in ensuring health responsibilities within the Children and Families Act are met and outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs are achieved. You will be a qualified clinician with professional registration for example HCPC, NMC or SWE.

If you feel you have demonstrable experience in delivering against this important agenda and the enthusiasm and commitment to work in partnership and develop key relationships in Leeds we would really like to hear from you and would warmly welcome any questions about this opportunity - please contact Hannah Beal (0113 3057200) or Catherine Williams (

This role is 30 hours per week. 

Please note interviews will be hosted virtually via MS Office Teams.

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If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

We are also looking for applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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