Mental Health Engagement Practitioner

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health Engagement Practitioner - Eating Disorders Team (EDYS)

37.5hrs per week


This is an exciting opportunity for candidates who have an interest and/or experience in working with young people experiencing eating difficulties/disorders. We are particularly looking for applicants who have experience of working with young people and their families in hospital and community settings.

Mental Health Services at Alder Hey are offering excellent benefit schemes:

Refer a friend - Alder HeySuccessful candidates who are introduced to the trust by existing staff members will receive �1000 after completion of six months in post. Please include the name/Alder Hey email for your friend in the additional information section of your application.

This will be paid in two parts, �250 in first month pay on commencement in post, and �750 on completion of six months.AccommodationAlder Hey will support the cost of accommodation for up to 3 months from the date of employment (up to �500 per month)The cost is to be paid by the staff member and reclaimed as expenses.Relocation packageRelocation packages to support new hires and will be consulted on an individual basis, please link in with for further information

Main duties of the job

Mental Health Engagement Practitionerprovide support and guidance for young people, parents and professionals who have been referred to the Eating Disorders Team (EDYS) at Alder Hey hospital Community Division, and will on occasion provide support and undertake sessions with young people in their homes as part of our home based treatment under the supervision of a qualified Senior Mental Health Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist.

In addition:
  • To work directly with children, young people and families as part of the intensive home treatment service as directed by senior clinicians.
  • To report directly to the senior clinicians any problems/issues regarding the s support plan for individual children, young people and families.
  • To work in the community, including home visits and through agreed activities to positively improve a young person social and emotional development.
  • To work flexibly in order to maximise opportunities for engagement of children, young people and families.
  • To develop positive relationships with children, young people and families which actively supports their engagement with CAMHS Eating Disorders Team.
  • Identify appropriate activities for young people and develop a local knowledge of youth groups and alternative voluntary projects young people can link with.

About us

In April 2020, the Crisis Care team moved rapidly to a 24 hour service to provide support for Children, Young People and families experiencing mental health crisis in Sefton and Liverpool. The service operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week and comprises of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Nursing, Social Workers, Mental Health Engagement Practitionersand Assistant Psychologists and provide a 24 hour urgent response and assessment to children and young people who are experiencing mental health crisis, as well support to parents/carers, and consultation to other professionals involved in their care.

The intensive support and home based treatment team is a new service, co-located within our Crisis Care Team who offer support to children, young people and their families throughout Liverpool and Sefton. The main base for this post will be Alder Hey, but the post holder will work throughout the Liverpool and Sefton footprint.

The service operates 24hrs per day and will provide intervention and support to children, young people and families at home. Post holders will be required to work 12.5hr shifts, including weekends and nights.

This role is in a department that operates on a 24/7 shift basis and therefore enables staff to qualify for unsocial enhancements in addition to their basic pay.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further detailed information about this role

Person Specification

Qualifications, Experience and Training


  • Degree level qualification and/or equivalent experience in a child and family related field e.g. social work, youth and community work, nursing
  • Ability to assess plan and implement patient plans of care with regular supervision.
  • Ability to develop therapeutic relationships
  • Knowledge of child development including adolescence.
  • To be able to work independently with young people presenting at risk but being aware to maintain this within the bounds of your responsibility accessing supervision if required out of the formal structure.


  • To demonstrate a commitment to work with a diverse group of families and professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Experience of working with families with mental health problems.
  • Knowledge of behavioural based interventions.
  • An understanding of the specific needs of people from different ethnic backgrounds and an understanding of those with disabilities.
  • Skilled in the communication of sensitive issues and have an awareness of child protection issues and understand the bounds of confidentiality.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to on-going professional development

Personal Attributes


  • Must demonstrate a commitment to on-going professional development
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of the need to take part in Personal Development Reviews to ensure career development plus attending relevant training when appropriate.
  • Must show enthusiasm and appreciation for multidisciplinary and multiagency working.
  • Must demonstrate a professional manner.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of verbal and written communication skills commensurate with the nature of clinical and professional contacts required for the job.


  • Driving licence and access to car (due to outreach work)

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Alder Hey

Eaton Road


L12 2AP

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