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Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Worker

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
If you relish a challenge, are caring and compassionate and have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then we need people who share our values and vision.

Ancora CARE is the Tier 4 service for Bed Based and non Bed Based care, the three main functions are access assessments, admission avoidance and facilitating timely discharge, delivering interventions in the community. Operating 7 days a week, between the hours of 9am and 9pm. Ancora CARE operates 364 days a year (Christmas Day the inpatient team assumes gatekeeping role).

Ancora CARE delivers a high quality evidence based assessment and outreach service to the young people between the ages of 13-18 years old across Cheshire and Merseyside. The team is an MDT composed of nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, family therapy and psychiatry.

The team is committed to delivering the right high quality care to our young people at the right time in the right place. The team is committed to ongoing training and development to ensure we are offering the best evidence based interventions to meet a young person's needs, informing quality person centred care planning and improving health outcomes for the young person.

Main duties of the job

Ancora CARE is a team dedicated to providing comprehensive and timely assessments as well as brief interventions to young people with complex mental health needs referred for specialist and intensive support within Tier 4 CAMHS.

The role involves assessing young people who are presenting in a mental health crisis at risk of hospital admission. This includes liaising with other services, arranging appropriate care, supporting young people intensively at home and effectively facilitating transfer back to community services. The work is varied and sometimes intense, but always rewarding and well-supported.

We are offering an opportunity for a mental health worker to join the team who has passion and enthusiasm to develop and to work in partnership with other senior clinicians and Team Manager, delivering high quality care.

Applications invited from newly registered health and social care professionals.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the bottom of this page under the job description, or via our website

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?

Please inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a Silver award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Recently qualified in a core profession (Social Care, Nursing, Allied Health Professional, Teaching and Clinical Psychologists) OR recognised degree level broad based health & social care qualification which will require completion of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Knowledge Skills and Attributes
  • KSA Accreditation profiles OR Qualified CYWP (Post Graduate Certificate or above from a provider university as part of the CYP-IAPT programme
  • Professional registration with recognised National Body (HCPC, NMC, BACP, BABCP BASW, TRA)
  • Relevant post graduate diploma or equivalent evidence of ongoing post registration development - (courses must be nationally recognised)


  • Psychology or other health related undergraduate degree.

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Knowledge of child psychology and development
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present
  • Demonstrate an understanding of parenting and behaviour management interventions
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding school and education and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Knowledge of child protection issues, safeguarding and other relevant legislation


  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post



  • Experience of safeguarding vulnerable people
  • Experience of routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of multi-agency working
  • Experience of working in a mental health and/or CYP setting


  • Evidence of working in the local community

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Ancora House

Countess of Chester Health Park



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