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Primary Mental Health Worker

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you be able to use your knowledge and professional expertise to promote early intervention in children and young people's mental health, and to support the Transformation of the mental health provision within Suffolk?

Be flexible and available to support families, and train and consult with those professionals working with them?

Could you use your skills to enhance the lives of children and young people with emerging difficulties and work closely with colleagues in other agencies and within our service as well as independently in the community?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Our Under 18s Wellbeing Team is looking to recruit to a full time Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) to work with children, young people, and their families, focusing early intervention in children's mental health. PMHWs offer consultation and training, runs groups for parents, presents webinars on children's mental health and undertakes assessments and direct work with children, young people and families . This is a varied and interesting role in which you will have support to develop your skills. PMHWs work alongside Children's Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs), CBT therapists and Counsellors in the Service. The Under 18s Team works with children and young people up to aged 18. We can be flexible about recruiting part time applicants where this is appropriate for the service and suggested by your experience and skills. Our team is positive, innovative and developing.

About us

You will have an induction period which will involve accompanying your colleagues in their assessments and trainings to gain an expertise in early intervention mental health. You will also benefit from supervision and in house training to help with a CBT as well as a systemic approach and will also benefit from regular clinical and management supervision. Our team is proactive in supporting development opportunities for clinical skills and is focusing on enhancing our direct work skills with children.

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits and in addition:
  • Financial support with relocation cost
  • Flexible working hours
  • Up to247 hours holiday entitlement (subject to length of service)
  • FREE physio service
  • FREE Yoga and Pilates
  • Cycle scheme tax-free bikes and accessories
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Support with revalidation
  • Post graduate training opportunities
  • We will pay for your initial DBS check (excluding the annual update service charge of £13)

Job description
Job responsibilities

You would provide consultation to professionals, training on child mental health, mental health and systemic assessments, and undertake short term therapeutic interventions with children, young people and families. You will have responsibility for proactively linking up with other professionals, supporting our colleagues in other agencies and in particular in schools in their work with children and young people and the effective management of a community caseload.

This post requires a core profession of: Nurse, Social Worker, Health Visitor, Occupational Therapist.

These roles will be based in Suffolk and you will be linked with a specific local area for whom you will be the named Primary Mental Health Worker. As we are a County wide service, for meetings and training you will need to travel.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interviews are to be confirmed. You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification
  • Professional qualification in nursing, social worker, therapy or equivalent

  • Additional therapeutic qualification

  • Work with children

  • worked within a mental health team
  • Consultation experience

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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