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Child Wellbeing Practitioner, Band 5

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£29,553 to £36,265 a year pa inc
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Full Time
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Child Wellbeing Practitioner, Band 5 Fixed Term: 18 months Full Time: 37.50 hours per week

This post is within Greenwich CAMHS which is a large Tier 3 multidisciplinary service comprising Generic, LDND, Adolescent, Looked After/Edge of Care, and Early Intervention Schools teams.

The role will involve delivery of both individual and group interventions for children and families. The CWP role will include running groups, workshops psycho education in relation to raising mental health and emotional well being awareness.

The post holder will be required to be creative, flexible, adaptable, professional and motivated in all aspects of their role, both in clinical delivery and within the development of the service provision. The successful candidate would contribute to the MDT, working within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

A high degree of professionalism and organisation as well as resillience is required.

Main duties of the job

The CWP role is to provide screening, assessment and evidence-based, brief outcome-focused interventions for children and young people (CYP) with mental health difficulties and their families.

This involves delivery of both individual and group interventions for young people and parents under the supervision of a suitably qualified senior clinician.

Additionally, CWPs run workshops, raise awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing to parent/carers, young people and professionals to promote positive mental health.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical responsibilities
  • To provide screening and contribute to mental health assessments of clients referred to CAMHS. The assessment role requires the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and deliver, under supervision outcome focused, evidence-based individual & group interventions to children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties and their parents. This work may be face to face, telephone or via other media.
  • To plan, develop and deliver programmes designed to support and compliment the work of CAMHS practitioners in order to support the emotional needs of young people as part of the overall CAMHS treatment plan.
  • Provide information and support to children, YP and their parents to access appropriate further help and resources if required. To support the development of evidence-based resources for families referred and attending the service.
  • To use and promote the use of routine outcome measures including session by session monitoring in line with CYP IAPT practice. To work in partnership with children, young people and families in the development of goals for interventions and agreed outcomes.
  • To undertake assessment of risk assessment to self and others.

  • Communication and relationship skills
  • Develops trust with service users and colleagues.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning clients. To operate at all times from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity.

  • Planning and organisational skills
  • To have a trustworthy and flexible approach, delivering what is agreed.
  • To maintain a high degree of professionalism and organisation, as well as resilience, working within a busy and emotionally demanding environment.

  • Teaching, training, and supervision
  • To receive regular clinical supervision from a trained senior clinician.
  • To apply learning from the CWP training programme to practice and keep updated on research in the field to enhance evidence-based practice in the service.
  • To develop skills and competencies that assist in the delivery of current duties.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the postholders professional and service manager(s).

  • Policy and service development implementation
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services.
  • Contribute to service-user participation work within the service, to consult with young people and encourage their active participation in all aspects of planning, decision-making and delivery of services.

  • Research and service evaluation
  • To be involved in audit and quality improvement projects
  • To contribute to the evaluation, monitoring and development of the multi-disciplinary CAMHS service.
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychological therapy across the service, by continuing to develop reflective and evidence-based practice, taking part in regular supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments within their modality.

  • Responsibility for information resources
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to the specific modality, client group and mental health.

  • Person Specification Training/Qualfication Essential
    • Recognised CWP or WMHP Training Course
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties.
    • CAMHS Experience

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