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Primary Mental Health Worker

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are delighted to be in a position of expanding our workforce and are looking for exceptional individual who are dedicated to working with children and young people and keen to take up this brilliant opportunity of Primary Mental Health Worker.

We are looking for an individual who have the ability to both deliver high quality interventions, and develop the skills and knowledge of universal child practitioners in child and adolescent mental health.

Our Sunderland Community CAMH Service is a well-established innovative and creative targeted (Tier 2/Getting Help) child and adolescent mental health service.

We are looking for individuals who have the ability to both deliver high quality interventions, and develop the skills and knowledge of universal child practitioners in child and adolescent mental health.

The skilled individual will join a multi-disciplinary team in the development and delivery of interventions that identify mental health difficulties at the earliest stage, and facilitate the provision of services that promote resilience, and enable positive mental health. The service is comprised of generic and specialist Workers.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to have sound knowledge and skills pertaining to CAMH, and be able to work autonomously as a practitioner and collaboratively with colleagues across a wide range of professions and organisations. The successful applicant must have the necessary professional qualification, including current registration as outlined in the person specification i.e. nursing, OT and SW or a completed CYP-IAPT recognised course. Evidence of relevant continuous professional development. Experience of working with Children and Young People in the role of a CAMH Clinician

The post is based in the community so community experience is essential. The service currently operates Monday Friday, The post would be required to move around the Community CAMHS base. A good working knowledge and experience of Safeguarding

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To work as a member of the Community CAMHS Tier 2/Getting Help Mental Health Service to Children and Young People

This includes the direct provision of evidence based, outcome focused standards of care to children and families and the delivery of high quality training, consultation and support to other Childrens Service Providers.

The service will be delivered from Community Bases as an integral part of an agreed model of tiered multi-agency model of CAMHS provision.

To work autonomously, assessing individual patient/client needs, initiating investigations, determining a plan of care and initiating appropriate holistic, research based health information and care

To act as a resource for all members of the multi-disciplinary team, keeping up to date with research literature and practice guidance, and provide expert advice in relation to the mental health of targeted groups of children and young people.

To provide a targeted community based child and adolescent mental health service to children, young people (aged 0-18) and their families. To offer support for mild to moderate mental health needs that cannot be met by universal or early intervention services.

The role of the Primary Mental Health Worker includes working in partnership with existing services, including:
  • Universal Services including Education, Voluntary, Public and Health sectors.
  • Targeted Services such as Education Psychology, Sexual Health, Family Intervention Team, Adult Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Prevention.
  • Specialist Services for instance Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service.
  • Providing individual and group work using brief therapeutic tools and models
  • Offering consultation, advice and signposting that will ensure, where appropriate children, young people and their families are referred to services that will meet identified needs
  • Contributing to development of clear referral pathways that support the emotional health and wellbeing of children young people and their families
  • Developing a systematic approach to prevent children from developing mental health issues.
  • Developing testing and reviewing innovative education and training concepts, models and practices to support the Emotional Health and Wellbeing of children, young people, staff, parents, carers and the wider community.
  • Providing education and raising awareness of childrens emotional and mental health issues to key stakeholders
  • Involving children, young people and their families in reviewing current service provision and delivery
  • Identifying children who are at risk of developing mental health issues and in doing so ascertaining the needs of children and young people.
  • Identify how coping strategies for children, young people and their families, who are considered to be at risk can be implemented

Person Specification

Physical Skills


  • Car Driver
  • IT Skills



  • Hold a recognised professional qualification and registration for example Nursing, Teaching (with QTS), Social Work, Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
  • Relevant Child and Adolescent Mental Health qualification or significant Child and Adolescent Mental Health experience
  • Evidence of relevant continuous professional development


  • Teaching qualification or working towards



  • Significant experience of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Working with children, young people and their families
  • Working in a community setting
  • At least 1 years community experience
  • A good working knowledge and experience of Safeguarding
  • Efficient and effective maintenance of administrative support and procedures


  • Experience of project development
  • Experience in health promotion
  • Experience in research / audit / evaluation
  • Advanced IT skills



  • Ability to complete comprehensive mental health assessments and plan, implement and evaluate specialist packages of care for children, young people and their families
  • Ability to work flexibly in a variety of environments
  • Highly motivated
  • To have the ability to work independently and to develop appropriate interventions and care pathways
  • Good organisational skills
  • Knowledge of mental health issues
  • Therapeutically competent
  • Awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses
  • Good communication skills both verbal and written at all levels
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • The ability to think in a creative manner and develop the role pro actively
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multi disciplinary team
  • Ability to work flexibly in a variety of environments
  • Team player


  • Knowledge and skills in health promotion
  • Knowledge of group work and group dynamics

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Valley Road Community CAMHS

Corporation Road



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