Head of Health Service
Head of Health Service
Permanent - Full time (35 Hours per week)
£50,250 p.a. (£49,500 p.a. Salary + £750 p.a. Homeworking Allowance)
Candidates living in a London Borough will also get a London Weighting Allowance of £3,613 p.a.
This is a really exciting opportunity for an experienced health professional to work for the UK’s largest fostering charity and to be part of an innovative and unique new service.
The successful candidate will be committed to and passionate about improving the health outcomes for children and young people in care and for those who no longer live with TACT foster parents, but still access our TACT Connect community.
The post holder will be the health ‘expert’ within TACT. They will have the opportunity to build and develop the service going forward, feeding into the strategic aims and objectives around the children and young people currently in care, as well as, for and those who have left the care system, but who TACT still supports through TACT Connect.
Please find more information about the innovative membership scheme TACT Connect here: https://www.tactcare.org.uk/tact-connect/
The post is primarily to lead a triage, support, advice, training and advocacy Service. This will involve providing advice, information and training to staff and foster carers. The role will also undertake case work in terms of supporting foster carers and social workers to access appropriate support for our children and young people, develop good relationships with health professionals and to advocate directly with health services, when necessary.
The role will contribute to the professional development of staff and carers, promoting research, understanding, knowledge and good, evidence-based practice.
The Head of Health Services post within TACT sits in a dedicated support services directorate alongside the TACT Education Service, TACT Connect and the TACT Policy Officer.
- Professional qualifications in health around psychiatry or clinical psychology
- Educated to Degree level or equivalent with a post-graduate qualification
- Experience with child health and specifically mental health
- Experience managing a multi-disciplinary team and multi-disciplinary working
- Experience working with children in care and/or care leavers
- Knowledge about relevant therapeutic interventions
- Responding to all requests for support from staff and carers across TACT teams in England, Wales and Scotland.
- Assisting in developing a plan to address the presenting issues and ensure service meets new needs as identified. Next step would be to work around transitions from child to adult.
- Support staff and carers in advocating for their children in order that they can access statutory health and support services for our children and young people.
- Lead on the procurement and commissioning of specialist health support for our children when the LA’s or NHS will not fund, or not fund in the required timescale to safeguard the stability of the child’s foster home.
- To oversee initial screening of all children coming into TACT foster placements for FASD and creating a pathway for progression & support if FASD is indicated.
- To design and lead Health awareness training for staff and carers to improve knowledge and skills in dealing with health-related issues, especially emotional & mental health.
- To review the psychology support services that TACT utilise, in order to understand their efficacy & support Area Managers in procuring & managing these.
This list is not exhaustive, please see Job Description and Person Specification for more details.
TACT offer an excellent employee benefits package including:
- 31 days paid holiday plus BH.
- Flexible working arrangements.
- Group income protection scheme.
- Death in service scheme.
- Stakeholder pension scheme (salary sacrifice).
- Fantastic learning and development opportunities.
Please see Applicant Information Pack for more information.
Closing: Monday, 15th November 2021
Interviews: Monday, 22nd November 2021 (via Microsoft Teams)
Safeguarding is everyone’s business and TACT believe that only the people with the right skills and values should work in social work. As part of TACT’s commitment to safeguarding, we properly examine the skills, experience, qualifications and values of potential staff in relation to our work with vulnerable young children. We use rigorous and consistent recruitment approaches to help safeguard TACT’s young people. All our staff are expected to work in line with TACT’s safeguarding policies.
TACT does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.
TACT reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.