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CFYP Under 18 PCN Mental Health Practitioner/Clinical Psychologist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£40,057 to £45,839 a year gross per annum
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Band 7
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Full Time
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The Suffolk early help teams providing prevention and early intervention support to young people struggling with their mental health in primary care settings. They are appointing a number of Band 7 children & young people (CFYP) Primary Care Network (PCN) practitioners (Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, OTs & mental health nurses). In this role you will be working across a small number of GP practices in West Suffolk to support the mental health of young people. This is an amazing opportunity to join a new initiative which is part of the transformation of the primary care offer for young people's mental health. We need people with experience with young people's mental health; with excellent leadership, systems and communication skills who are passionate about bringing mental health support closer to families, young people and non-mental health professionals.

This post is based in West Suffolk. We will be recruiting to the same posts for East Suffolk so please look for the East Suffolk advert.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a strong and supportive team and work with the wider system, to develop this valuable provision.

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are groups of GP practices which work together in a local geographical area. In Suffolk there are 14 PCNs with a variety of different sizes, patient populations and mental health priorities.

Main duties of the job

On a day to day basis, PCN Practitioners will work as a member of GP practice extended teams, be based in practices (where possible subject to Covid) and also be part of under-18 wellbeing team for the West locality, made up of Clinical Psychologists, psychological therapists, PMHWs, mental health nurses, amongst other professions.

You will be part of a multidisciplinary team providing advice, support, and treatment for young people under 18 experiencing problems with their mental health and wellbeing. You will collaboratively engage with the GP practices within the PCN and the PCN Practitioners to agree priorities for each local population. You will work closely with secondary care (CAMHS) and the early intervention teams. You will be passionate about supporting the development of mental health understanding in others, including the wider system.

We are looking to recruit Mental Health Nurses, Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists with an interest and experience in a mental health setting having worked with under 18's, to undertake the planning and delivery of direct patient care in West Suffolk. The equivalent East Suffolk post is advertised separately.

About us

We might be biased but we think that the Under 18 Wellbeing team and it's associated teams (Psychology in Schools Team, MHST, SFF, EWH) are a great service to be part of. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing our experiences and learning from each other.

Other benefits include;
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more
  • You will be supported to develop your professional knowledge and skills through a network of psychological therapists and support services, such as the NSFT research department and links with the University of East Anglia.
  • You will be supported to develop your leadership skills through opportunities with the NHS Leadership Academy
  • We will provide AMBIT training shortly after joining us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Job description
Job responsibilities

You will have knowledge, skills and experience of working across the age range, with young people and their families and across the range of complexity. We are looking for individuals who bring personal enthusiasm, creativity and energy to work in this vital newly developing area.

You will need to have good organizational skills and experience of leading a team, as you will manage a team of practitioners providing services to people with mental health care needs as well as offering support and advice to other health care professionals. You will be an autonomous practitioner, making clinical judgements, identifying alternative courses of action, managing and providing a high-quality care.

The U18 Wellbeing team, Psychology and Schools Team, EWH, Suffolk Family Focus and Mental Health Support teams are joining forces through strong leadership to evoke change in the systems around children and young people, to connect, empower, and encourage individuals and communities to be champions of their own mental health. Local CFYP services are evolving, utilising the THIRVE model as the essence of a transformation which offers an exciting and original approach to mental health support. By joining our service you will be supporting this transformation, enabling us to promote and provide early intervention in the primary care arena and strengthen confidence of systems surrounding young people to respond to their need. This role will contribute to the wider system thinking about the development of services at the interface of education, health and social care. Making it a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of transforming local services for young people and their families.

Not only will you work with the current Under 18 Wellbeing Service, but you will also work closely with the Psychology in Schools Team, Mental Health Support Teams, Emotional Wellbeing Hub practitioners and Suffolk Family Focus. These teams include members from a range of professions (including Clinical Psychology, psychological therapists, PMHWs, mental health nurses, CWPs, EMHPs, systemic practitioners, assistant psychologists) and backgrounds (including Adult and CYP services) and draw on a range of therapeutic models in their work, including, Trauma informed practice, Systemic, Attachment and Mentalisation-based approaches CBT, ACT, CAT, CFT. It is an ambition that all of these team members will be AMBIT trained in the coming year. You will receive clinical supervision from an 8b Principal Clinical Psychologist, who will work closely to provide the leadership for the new PCN roles.

We would encourage any applicants who are interested to organise a meeting with Angela Rooke (Service Manager) or Dr Beth Mosley MBE (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

Surrounded by countryside with 1,000 years of history to explore Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. The main town in West Suffolk and is rapidly expanding with a new shopping complex and housing redevelopments to complement its cobbled streets and Georgian squares. It has low crime rates and good schools. With an award-winning market, plus a variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge and Stansted Airport is just over an hour away. Visit the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral and stand among the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund in the stunning Abbey Gardens, once the most famous pilgrimage location in England. Known as Suffolk's foodie town, Bury St Edmunds is home to Greene King, award-winning restaurants and the only Michelin starred restaurant in Suffolk!

Person Specification
  • Nursing degree or equivalent or Dip OT Dip OT, Dip SW, RN, Clinical Psychology Grade A, or equivalent.
  • Ongoing professional development working towards degree level.
  • Higher degree or post graduate certificate in area of clinical / therapeutic practice Post basic teaching qualification

  • Further qualification in mental health work. ILM certificate in management or equivalent

  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience.
  • Experience in the delivery of short term, focussed evidence-based interventions.
  • Experience of working with mental health service users in a statuary or voluntary capacity.
  • Experience in providing leadership in a mental health care environment.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evidence of leading service development within a mental health care setting.
  • Experience with risk assessment and ongoing management.

  • Understanding of mental health issues in a primary care setting

  • Excellent communication skills Competent assessment skills
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills Care planning skills.
  • Competent and effective treatment skills. Able to effectively prioritise own workload.
  • Competent ICT skills. Satisfactory verbal and written language skills.
  • Safeguarding training.

  • Prevention and Management of Suicide training

  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects
  • Build on / develop further knowledge of psychosocial interventions and their appropriate
  • Build on / develop further specialist knowledge of health promotion
  • An understanding of the policies and guidelines both local and national e.g. National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines

  • Knowledge of research methods and audit relevant to the job.
  • Interest in developing knowledge base and skills relating to the provision of high quality primary mental health care.

  • Ability to travel independently.

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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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