Children and Young People Wellbeing Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This new position is an exciting innovative post for a Children and Young People's Well-Being Practitioner (CYWP), to work within the East Warrington Primary care network (PCN) to support children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

The East Warrington PCN provides primary care services across three GP practices.
  • Birchwood Medical Centre
  • Fearnhead Cross Medical Centre
  • Padgate Medical Centre

Mental health is as important to Childrens and Young People safety and wellbeing as their physical health. It can impact on all aspects of their life, including their educational attainment, relationships, and physical wellbeing

You will work alongside a Children's Care Co-Ordinator, a Senior Nurse Mental Health Practitioner, a Health and Wellbeing Coach and a Social Prescribing Link Worker. The role requires collaborative working within the East Warrington Primary Care Network clinical teams and mental health services to shape, design and deliver an excellent holistic service for our children and young people.

The successful Children and Young People Wellbeing Practitioner will provide Mental Health Assessment, inclusive of Risk assessment and Safety planning, person centred Care planning and low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy informed interventions to the Children and Young people referred to the service.

Main duties of the job

As a Children & Young People Wellbeing Practitioner (CYPWP), the post holder will provide high standards of evidence based client centred care to children and young people with mental health [CYPMH] problems within the THRIVE Framework for service delivery.

The post holder will be expected to provide assessment and low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions to children and young people and their families / carers referred into the service.

As the post is identified within the CYPMH strategy, it is expected the role will continue to develop in line with national and local initiatives.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To hold a caseload of assessments, treatment upon a conceptual framework and employing research based evidence.

To provide high volume low intensity psychological interventions in line with the grading of the post, including assessments, formulation and therapeutic input into children, young people and families referred into the service.

Undertake risk assessments and care plans accordingly, in line with the THRIVE framework

To work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of children and young people and families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.

To exercise responsibility within supervisory, managerial and accountability structures, for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients

To deliver co-ordinated care, ensuring effective assessment, care planning and risk management processes are maintained. Involve the views of children, their families, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care.

To produce a clinical formulation and intervention plan founded on evidence based practice in co-operation with the child young person and carers

To hold responsibility for standards of clinical practice within area of work.

To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop the provision of services to young people and their families. To have an effective knowledge base of other modalities so as to engage and work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.

Identify and respond appropriately to child protection issues, as described with the guidelines of Local Safeguarding Childrens Board and Trust safeguarding policies

Maintain clear and comprehensive electronic clinical records, to ensure information is accurate and complies with Data Protection Act and professional body and Trust standards.

To engage with using routine outcome measures as clinically appropriate including their use in clinical practice and inputting data into clinical records.

Adhere to agreed activity expectations relating to the overall number of clients contacts offered, throughput and outcomes to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible, efficient and effective.

To work collaboratively with children, young people and their families and contribute to the trusts service user participation agenda.


To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of the care.

Develop and maintain close professional therapeutic relationships with children & young people using low intensity CBT skills to facilitate psychological change.

Attend Child Protection Case conferences as a representative from children and young peoples mental health services.

Provide and receive sensitive or contentious information to children, young people and families and to other professionals with in young peoples services.

Communicate effectively with children, young people and their carers, when in crisis and in challenging family situations

Organise and facilitate multi-agency meetings and reviews

Proactively develop robust professional relationships with universal services

Elicit sensitive information using engagement/ communication skills which are appropriate to the young persons stage of development Work, as part of an integrated multi professional team, ensuring good communication andworking relationships with other professionals

Provide written reports detailing the progress of the mental health intervention.

Please refer to attached Job Description for full list of duties and responsibilities

Person Specification



  • Recognised Children and Young People Wellbeing Practitioner (CYPWP) qualification

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Experience of mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Evidence of competent delivery of low intensity CBT for common mental health disorders in children and young people.
  • Skilled in the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, clinical sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Experience of working with a variety of patient groups including a degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Able to provide evidence of competently managing own caseload.



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of anxiety and depression in children & young people.
  • Level of knowledge of the mental health needs of children and adolescents.
  • Thorough understanding of theoretical basis of low intensity CBT.
  • Able to describe rationale and content of range of low intensity interventions.
  • Must demonstrate ability to be self-reflective and to organise own supervision appropriately
  • Ability to work within a culturally diversive community in a wide variety of contexts including specialist skills for working in settings outside the clinic.
  • Ability to take clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment, both as a care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in order to convey clinically sensitive information to family members of all ages and to a wide range of lay and professional persons, within and outside of the NHS.
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of ways to assess risk to self and others within the context of mental health assessment.
  • Broad knowledge of legal frameworks in relation to children and young people.
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical and case management supervision positively and effectively
  • Ability to organise and co-ordinate areas of work.
  • Ability to identify and provide appropriate means of support to carers exposed to distressing situations and challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify and employ as appropriate clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Primary Care Network



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