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Children's Wellbeing Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust delivers the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Hampshire.

Within Hampshire we are currently growing our Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) Workforce with the intention of aligning this provision with Primary Care teams across the county to provide direct mental health support.

This hugely exciting service development in Hampshire as this will be expanding the low intensity provision and the available support for children and young people whose mental health does not meet the threshold for Specialist Community CAMHS and it also enables for greater partnership working between CAMHS and Primary Care consider a whole community approach to mental health.

Main duties of the job

To provide evidence based low intensity interventions for mild to moderate mental health problems to children and young people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

To work with the Early Help Service in the delivery of the stepped care pathway from referral to treatment incorporating telephone assessments, face to face assessment and intervention and the delivery of evidence-based low intensity interventions.

To undertake patient-centred assessments which identify problem areas and goals where the child or young person wishes to see change, and to accurately assessment of risk of harm.

To assist in the co-facilitation of skills workshops based on CBT principles. To contribute to the delivery of workshops and Mental Health Promotion projects within Primary and Secondary Schools.

To adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible.

To assess and integrate issues surrounding education into the overall therapy process. To deliver workshops and facilitate formal and informal training/education/consultation to all agencies involved with the emotional care social inclusion of children and young people.

About us

Sussex Partnership Trust focuses on supporting staff through supervision and training opportunities and has a track record for creating strong and cohesive teams. The Hampshire CAMHS service, like many NHS services nationally, is busy and faces challenges, with high demands on our teams.

Hampshire CAMHS have a long established history of innovative and participatory practice that fully includes those accessing our services to shape and improve it. This has led Hampshire CAMHS to achieving various National Awards for our innovative and forward thinking approach. We welcome new colleagues with ideas and initiative to be part of this success.

As a Trust, we recognize the impact of the nature of our work and prioritise staff wellbeing, providing activities that promote the positive health and wellbeing of our staff such as arts projects and staff development. There are a number of forums each month for team managers to both meet together and with the wider leadership team from across the county.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Job description

Job responsibilities


Qualification from CYP Low Intensity Training Course (CWP or EMHP Post Graduate Certificate or Level 3 undergraduate course)


To provide a high-quality low intensity psychological therapy service to individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams as appropriate, in line with best, evidence-based practice and trust care pathways including group therapy.

To communicate and liaise where appropriate with all other professionals involved in the individual clients treatment, on-going mental health care and any safeguarding or risk concerns.

To improve wellbeing through interventions and encouraging access to other agencies that provides wellbeing initiatives and promotes social inclusion.

To make decisions regarding suitability for therapy and clinical pathways with particular regard to issues of risk and onward referrals to other specialist services as required.

To formulate and implement treatment plans with clients, normally within an agreed brief structured time frame and contracted number of sessions by offering evidence based low intensity interventions.

To exercise sound theoretical knowledge of evidence based psychological intervention and to employ a range of short-term interventions to meet the needs of the children and young people with mild-moderate anxiety and/or depression.

To manage own clinical caseload within guidelines provided by the Line Manager and relevant professional guidelines and ethical frameworks.

To provide a level of activity in accordance with service level agreements and as agreed by team lead.

To contribute to in service training events through presentations, with information relating to good working practice, special projects and procedural changes.

Person Specification



  • Qualification from CYP Low Intensity Training Course (CWP or EMHP Post Graduate Certificate or Level 3 undergraduate course)
  • A further degree qualification or demonstrate the ability to work at degree level (this will be assessed as a University entry requirement for the Band 4 EMHP Position)



  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues
  • Knowledge of capacity and consent issues including Gillick competence
  • Experience of working with children and young people, their families and others
  • Experience of working and liaising with a wide variety of agencies and stakeholders
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties
  • Experience of working with anxiety disorders
  • Experience of working with affective (mood) disorders

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