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Engagement Practitioner

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for candidates who have an interest or experience in working with children and young people to be an engagement practitioner within Sefton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services provided by Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

The post holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and will work to engage children, young people and families in the therapeutic process, supporting the implementation, under the supervision of an experienced clinician, of complex interventions. The post holder will be expected to liaise with external agencies including health, education, social care and the voluntary sector and act as a named key worker to children, young people and families accessing the service. Engagement practitioners will also be responsible for enabling effective and meaningful service user participation in the design and delivery of the service through individual and group engagement.

Successful candidates will have a passion for delivering safe, high quality and effective services to children and young people and will be enthusiastic and committed with strong communication and team working skills.

Main duties of the job

The main duties for this role are provided in the attached job description

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About us

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is a provider of specialist health care to over 275,000 children and young people each year. Alder Hey has a presence in community outreach sites and, in collaboration with other providers, our clinicians help deliver care closer to patients' homes by holding local clinics at locations from Cumbria to Shropshire, in Wales and the Isle of Man. The Trust also provides inpatient care for children with complex mental health needs at our Sunflower House building newly relocated, and opened on the hospital site.

We currently have more than 4,000 staff working across our community and hospital sites. We're also a teaching and training hospital providing education and training to around 540 medical and over 500 nursing and allied health professional students each year.

As black and minority ethnic (BME) employees are currently under-represented in this area, we particularly welcome applications from members of our BME communities. All appointments will be made on merit.

You can expect a warm welcome at Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At Alder Hey we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Great flexible working opportunities
  • Lease car scheme and Home Electronics Scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programmes

Job description

Job responsibilities

The main responsibilities for this role are provided in the attached job description/person specification

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Degree level qualification and/or equivalent experience in a child and family related field e.g. social work, youth and community work, nursing



  • Experience of working with families with mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with families with various or multiple socio-economic difficulties.
  • Experience of facilitating groups of young people and enabling their effective participation in service design and development.
  • Knowledge and experience of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and the ability to act in accordance with Trust procedures.



  • Knowledge of behavioural based interventions
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of children, young people and families with varying or multiple protected characteristics: ethnicity, disability, culture, sexuality, religion etc.
  • Knowledge of child development including adolescence.



  • Ability to form appropriate relationships with children, young people and families
  • Ability to engage and maintain engagement of children, young people and families in the therapeutic process
  • Skilled in the communication of sensitive issues and have an awareness of child protection issues and understand the bounds of confidentiality.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of verbal and written communication skills commensurate with the nature of clinical and professional contacts required for the job
  • Ability to engage with a team of multi-disciplinary professionals both internally and externally in a child/family centred way
  • Ability to assess plan and implement patient plans of care with regular supervision
  • To be able to work independently with young people presenting at risk but being aware to maintain this within the bounds of your responsibility accessing supervision if required out of the formal structure.

Personal Attributes


  • Must demonstrate a commitment to on-going professional development
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of the need to take part in Personal Development Reviews to ensure career development plus attending relevant training when appropriate.
  • Must show enthusiasm and appreciation for multidisciplinary and multiagency working
  • Must demonstrate a professional manner


  • Driving licence and access to car
  • To demonstrate a commitment to work with a diverse group of families and professionals from a variety of backgrounds

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Alder Hey


L22 0PJ

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