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Community Adolescent Senior Support Worker (CASS) - Closer to Home

Job Reference: 449-CS978

Solent NHS Trust
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Southampton or Portsmouth
£22,549 to £24,882 p.a. pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

Do you want to be part of a new, innovative and exciting service that will support children and young people with acute mental health problems in their homes? If so then a role in the Closer2Home service may be the job for you!

This new service will operate across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, and will be delivered by four NHS Trusts who will each provide a Closer2Home team for their local area. The teams will work in an integrated way, supporting one another to provide the service with a shared management structure overseeing the service as a whole.

The Closer2Home teams will work together to deliver a specialist service to help young people remain at home who otherwise would have been admitted to an inpatient hospital. The service will operate 365 days a year from 8am-8pm.

We have full and part time roles available in Southampton (Adelaide Health Centre) and in Portsmouth (Civic Offices) however we would be happy to discuss flexible hours with you.

The role

As a Community Adolescent Senior Support Worker (CASS) you will work as a member of a new multi-disciplinary team which provides an alternative to Tier 4 admission and facilitates supported discharges from hospital.

With team colleagues you will be responsible for delivering time-limited programmes of intensive home treatment to young people who would otherwise have been admitted.

You will have specific responsibilities to undertake a range of delegated clinical duties in a community mental health setting involving direct and indirect care to patients under minimal supervision and as directed by the qualified staff team.

Following personal development planning and targeted training you will be in a position to work more autonomously in supporting patients. You will be supported by a career development pathway and as a result, you will develop a broad underpinning knowledge base at intermediate level and have the ability to evaluate information and communicate with a range of professionals.

The service

  • Provide assessment and intensive support for young people with mental health needs who present high levels of risk
  • Support assessment prior to admission to inpatient care (hospital), where required
  • Deliver planned intensive home or community-based treatment services, as well as specialist intensive home treatment for young people whose needs exceed the threshold for Tier 3 CAMHS
  • Support discharge services to facilitate timely discharge from hospital
  • Support the reduction of health inequalities in children and young people mental health pathways

The service will focus on three main patient groups, which include:

  • Young people who repeatedly harm themselves and/or make suicidal gestures; and who may also experience emotional lability and distress in relationships
  • Young people with complex eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa, who require intensive treatment
  • Young people currently in Tier 4 mental health services who could be discharged or moved closer to home if there were increased support

Why join us?

The Closer2Home service will provide the opportunity for a range of exciting new roles and career opportunities. The roles in Solent NHS Trrust are located in the vibrant city of Southampton, the picturesque beauty of the New Forest and the traditional seaside town of Southsea, there is so much to see and do, so you really can have the best of both worlds.

You will have the opportunity to develop your career within and across the Closer2Home teams, as we look to develop an integrated service across the region. When joining us you will receive a comprehensive induction and development training, to ensure that you are equipped with the tools and confidence that you need to support the young people the service will be working with.

More Information

Please read the Additional (Candidate) Information or if you would like an informal chat to discuss the service or role further, please contact Nigel Sampson (CAMHS Operational Manager) at

All patient facing workers in England will be required to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from 1 April 2022 . It will be a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated. This requirement will also apply to those in ancillary support roles such as porters or receptionists who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in their care.

To be fully vaccinated you must receive both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination. Successful applicants will be required (unless exempt*) to provide evidence of their covid vaccination status (NHS COVID Pass) or evidence that they have commenced their journey to becoming fully vaccinated. If the required evidence cannot be provided then any offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation – guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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