Family Futures is an adoption and adoption support agency awarded an outstanding rating by OFSTED in 2018 for the third consecutive inspection. We have a reputation for innovation and offering a high quality service. Family Futures offers an integrated multi-disciplinary assessment, treatment and family finding service for traumatised adopted and fostered children.
We are recruiting an Agency Medical Advisor whose primary role is to evaluate medical information about prospective adopters and foster carers and give a view to the adoption/fostering assessment team about applicants’ health needs that will inform the decision about their suitability as adopters or foster carers for traumatised children.
The Medical Advisor would be an active member of the adoption and fostering panels, although this does not require attendance at every panel meeting. Our panel currently meets three to four times a year, and it is anticipated that is likely to increase to six to eight times per year. We recruit parents and carers for children with complex needs. We are looking for somebody who is interested in in this field of work and who is a Registrar, a Consultant or GP.
Depending on the interests of the successful applicant, there is scope for the role to be expanded into providing consultation to staff and parents about health concerns and conditions of the children and parents who attend the therapy service. Family Futures has an active caseload of 60–70 children receiving an integrated multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment service. This population of children have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse in infancy which has an ongoing developmental impact which needs to be assessed and treated.
An emerging area of interest in our work is the impact of trauma in infancy on the development of the endocrine system and we would like to explore and research this further, possibly with the support of the Medical Advisor, if this was an area of interest.
Family Futures is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. We are an equal opportunities employer. The organisation follows safe recruitment practices to protect children and adults at risk of harm, and will require the successful applicant to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure.
• Attendance at Panel a minimum of twice yearly for half or full days
• Assessment of prospective adopters and foster carers on paper which occurs prior to every panel so will be around six to eight times per year and the time spent on each one will vary depending on the amount of information to be assessed.
Salary scale: By negotiation
Responsible to: Assessment Services & Permanency Services Manager
• To review applicants’ medical assessment forms and to comment on any aspect of their health and wellbeing that may be detrimental to and/or impair the applicant’s capacity to parent an adopted child.
• To request further information from the GP or specialists as needed
• To attend the Adoption and Fostering Panels as a full panel member, taking part in panel consideration of cases and contributing to the panel recommendation. Responsibilities of all panel members include attending a minimum 75% of all panels, attending panel training and having an annual appraisal as a panel member.
• To advise the Adoption and Fostering Panels on any medical issue relating to fostering and adoption applicants that are present or may arise in the future.
• To provide prospective adopters and foster carers post panel with medical advice and information regarding any child with whom they may be matched.
• To contribute to the identification of adoption/placement support needs as required.
For applicants who are interested in broadening the scope of the role, any or all of the following could apply:
• For both the Adoption and Therapy service, to read and assess the health profiles of children receiving treatment in the adoption, fostering and therapy services and provide team members and parents with a coherent and understandable explanation of any medical problem a child might have and a view as to prognosis and treatment.
• To provide occasional medical advice and information to therapists about medical concerns for child or adult clients.
• To assist in referring any adult or child to appropriate medical resources where this is required.
• To participate in discussions where appropriate with Family Futures’ multi-disciplinary team
• To act as a consultant to Family Futures’ research projects
• Where necessary in order to gain further information contact the relevant GP, Consultant or hospital in order to obtain medical records in respect of a child or members of their birth family.
• To facilitate and participate in any research project undertaken by Family Futures if requested.
• Where appropriate, to participate in Family Futures’ training sessions both as a teacher and a learner
• To attend meetings at Family Futures as requested.
Manner of Work:
• To adhere to the policies and procedures of Family Futures as laid down in the Adoption Agency handbook and Statement of Purpose, this includes safeguarding, care and control notification, data protection and GDPR, and equal opportunities policies.
• At all times, to maintain the highest standards of professional practice.
• To work in a collaborative and empathetic manner with parents, children and their support networks.
• To comply with the requirements for registration of their respective professional body and to keep their professional membership up to date.