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Child Wellbeing Practitioner or Education Mental Health Practitioner

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
16 Dec 2023
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) has an exciting opportunity which has arisen in the Public Health 5-19 School Nursing team, for a Qualified Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) or Education Mental Health Practitioner

Please note that in order to be considered for this job you need to have completed the CYP-IAPT Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) or Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) training

Main duties of the job

The CWP will be based in the School Nursing Team will have strong links to CWP pathway within the trust and our Early Intervention Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Step2. Step2 are an innovative and forward-thinking service with a robust team of Mental Health Practitioners from various therapeutic backgrounds. The Public Health School Nursing team were successful in their tender to deliver a revised and innovative school nursing programme as part of an integrated Family Centre Service. The new service has an increased focus on early intervention and emotional mental health and wellbeing. This year four trainee CWPs were successfully appointed to roles within the Public Health School Nursing team and CWP pathway and three will be continuing as newly qualified CWP's in positions within the school nursing team in 2023.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Youll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds

We dont want you to miss out so wed like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

Youve made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - were looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will use your previous training as a CWP or EMHP to deliver low level mental health interventions to adolescents and the parents of children presenting with mild anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. As part of this role you will be expected to complete assessments, deliver 1-1 and group interventions, risk assess where necessary and facilitate workshops. There will be occasions where you may be asked to work flexibly e.g. running workshops after 5pm and working across more than one quadrant. Therefore, please note it is essential you have a full driving license, have access to a car and that you are confident and comfortable driving.

This role would suit applicants keen to progress their career as a CWP, working therapeutically with children and families.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is voted as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work (HSJ/ Nursing Times) and is a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation. Our CQC rating is Good.

HCT is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

In return we can offer you:
  • Access to a wide range of training opportunities.
  • restorative, management and safeguarding supervision
  • high cost area supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of �1,192 and a maximum payment of �2,011 per annum (pro rata where applicable)
  • Generous contributory pension
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • Special Leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Discounts

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • oA postgraduate qualification from a CWP training course/ successful completion of a course if towards the end of the course
  • oA minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology)
  • oEvidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties


  • oTraining in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a specific psychological therapy
  • oPsychology or other health /social care/youth related undergraduate degree
  • oOther relevant postgraduate degree

Experience and Knowledge


  • oEvidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • oExperience of providing manualised guided self-help to children and young people and parents/carers
  • oDemonstrates an understanding of how mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties may present
  • oExperience of completing initial assessments and formulations
  • oKnowledge of Safeguarding Children policies and procedures

Skills and Abilities


  • oDemonstrates high standards in written and verbal communication
  • oTeam Player
  • oAbility to personally manage a sensitive, traumatic and potentially emotionally distressing caseload.
  • oAbility to manage own caseload and time effectively and prioritise workload
  • oAbility to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • oAbility to develop good professional relationships with colleagues inside and beyond the service
  • oAbility to use supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • oRegard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality

Personal qualities


  • oWillingness to uphold the Trust's values
  • oStrong organisational & time management skills. Ability to plan and deliver key objectives within strict timetables
  • oEmpathy & understanding of service user issues. Deal with emotional issues to enable to deliver patient care
  • oWillingness to undertake further Trust training

Other requirements


  • oFull, enhanced and current satisfactory DBS disclosure for the role.
  • oEligible to live and work in the UK
  • oHold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Bowling Road Health Clinic

Bowling Road


SG12 7EF

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