Community Connector - Social Prescribing

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for two graduate mental health workers to join our Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Service as Community Connectors in a social prescribing pilot initiative. This role will help children and young people to work on their wider health and wellbeing through active involvement with activities and groups in their local community - particularly in response to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people's wellbeing.

You will play a key role in delivering team outcomes by working directly with children and young people referred to our Single Point of Access to provide them with access to community activities alongside or instead of traditional mental health support. You will also support the Project Lead in promoting, recording and evaluating the outcomes of the social prescribing pilot.

You should have experience of engaging with and empowering people, including children and young people, who are facing complex social and emotional challenges. You will be able to build trusting relationships with children, young people and families, co-produce personalised care plans and connect individuals to activities and groups that will help them to achieve their goals. You will be confident in building and maintaining relationships with people working across the third sector and public sector.

Main duties of the job

This post is fixed term until 31st March 2024 to meet the needs of the service.

The successful candidate will undertake face to face work with children and young people to find out what is important to them and work with them to coproduce a plan, linked to socially prescribed activities, to help them to achieve their goals.

The successful candidate will:
  • Deliver one to one 'What matters' conversations with children and young people to determine what's important to them, their goals and co-produce a plan to achieve these
  • Connect with internal stakeholders such as the Single Point of Access and School In Reach team as part of coproducing personalised care plans
  • Be able to build trusting relationships and networks with third sector agencies
  • Support the ongoing audit and evaluation of the social prescribing pilot

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this role; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well, and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification Qulaifications Essential
  • Good degree in a health related subject (as main or sole subject), already awarded. In practice this is taken to be at least a 2(1)-class degree.
  • Further postgraduate training in relevant areas of mental health practice and/or research design and analysis
Experience Essential
  • Significant work experience with people who have mental health problems, including children and young people (this includes, but is not limited to paid employment).
  • Experience of working with children with disabilities, mental health needs, or children looked after.
Skills Essential
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Basic competence in research
  • IT skills in statistical data analysis, and designing presentations
Special Knowledge Essential
  • NHS functioning issues
  • Aspects of common mental health problems, and child development
  • Awareness of Children's rights
  • Knowledge of specialised therapies relevant to working with children and young people, and families
  • Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
Personal Qualities (Demonstrable) Essential
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently
  • Time management skills
  • Emotional resilience
  • Ability to work respectfully and empathically
Other Essential
  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner
  • A desire to explore a career in the NHS
  • Knowledge of the Welsh Language

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