We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced, fully qualified CWP or EMHP to to join our new and developing Primary Care Access Service (PCAS) in North Bedfordshire, part of the Bedfordshire Specialist CAMHS service. We are part of ELFT (East London Foundation Trust), which includes five CAMHS services across East London, Bedfordshire and Luton.
You will help develop and deliver mental health training, continuing support and consultation for primary care settings across North Bedfordshire, mainly being GP Practices. Bedfordshire has a diverse and vibrant community, which will require candidates to show an awareness of and interest in supporting these communities, and to deliver evidence based and innovative care to suit the needs of the local communities.
Main duties of the job
You will work closely with GP Practices and other appropriate settings to encourage and help them develop a whole family approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health. You will work within a community hub locality, and will contribute to an exciting wider childrens services transformation programme integrating care across childrens services, which includes Early Help, Childrens Health, other Local Authority sectors, and Voluntary services.
You will also provide triage, mental health assessments, effective brief therapeutic support, group work and workshops to prevent moderate to severe mental health problems developing, using the Thrive model. You will be required to be flexible, and be able to travel across Bedfordshire.
The post is embedded in the community, and you will have an attached base in Bedford CAMHS, and be an integrated part of the CAMH Access Services multi-disciplinary services and the wider CAMH Specialist Service.
You will need a relevant professional qualification, with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. You will need experience in working with children and families, preferably in a primary care setting. You will need to be able to operate confidently in an environment where IT is the main method of record keeping, communication and program management.
You will be supported by regular, separate clinical and management supervision sessions, access to a variety of CPD sessions, and annual performance appraisal.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
Most of the work will be based at home and in the clinic, although there will also be some travel, for example to GP surgeries as required.
Must hold a valid UK driving license and have access to a car.
We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are bi-lingual, and candidates from BME communities, including the South Asian community.
For further information regarding this post, please contact Kirsty Sharp:
Phone 01234 893300
Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
- oSuccessful completion of the HEE commissioned 1yr 'Education Mental Health Practitioner' or IAPT 'Child Wellbeing Practitioner' post graduate diploma
- oPost qualification experience as an EMHP and experience of working in schools.
- oEvidence of CPD -Continuous Professional Development in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or Family work training
- oExperience of working with children and young people, their families and others in educational and health settings with mild to moderate mental health problems.
- oExperience of delivering specific therapeutic interventions to children, young people or their families (e.g. Guided Self Help, CBT, parent work)
- oExperience of assessing children and young people who present with more mild to moderate mental health problems and to rapidly access more specialist services. Ability to conduct other group therapeutic interventions with children and their families
- oExperience of liaising and working effectively with the wider network around the child including educational, social care, family and health
- oExperience of working with cultural diverse populations and adapting services to improve access.
- oExperience of liaising and working effectively with the wider network around the child including educational, social care, family and health.
- oExperience of assessing and meeting the communication needs of the schools to deliver psycho-education on mental health or emotional wellbeing to different groups including parents, teaching staff and young people.
- oExperience of adapting resources to be able to delivery online/ via phone/ google classroom
- oAbility to carry out 1:1 therapeutic mental health interventions with children and families.
- oAbility to conduct group parenting and group young person programmes
- oAbility to work within educational settings to increase mental health awareness within the staff group
- oAbility to conduct mental health assessments and screenings of children and young people
- oAbility to make an assessment of risk and to record and communicate it appropriately and to take appropriate action to mitigate or manage
- oAbility to conduct other group therapeutic interventions with children and their families
- oAbility to teach others about mental health issues
- oAbility to think and work systemically.
- oStrong understanding of how to work with children and young people who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties
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