We are looking for a qualified Children's Wellbeing Practitioner to join our Hammersmith and Fulham Team on a permanent contract.
This is an exciting time to join a large and dynamic new workforce in West London NHS Trust CAMHS. We offer high quality supervision, with excellent CPD and career development opportunities. If you are interested in partnership working and you want to help shape new models of evidence-based support to promote the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, this job could be for you.
The CWP service sits alongside CAMHS TIER 2 services in Hammersmith and Fulham. Hammersmith and Fulham CAMHS is a friendly, busy, borough-located service, and operate as part of West London NHS Trust, a three-borough CAMHS service which also includes Hounslow and Ealing CAMHS.
Main duties of the job
The post holders will offer assessment and guided self-help interventions (individual and group-based) to children and young people (aged 0-18) and their families. They will also play a pivotal role in supporting the trainee CWPs who are already in post.
West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.
Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.
We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.
We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.
We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.
Job description Job responsibilities
- As part of the Children and Wellbeing Practitioner team within the CCAMHS Tier 2 provision to assess and deliver outcome focused, evidence-based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
- Working in partnership, support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families
- Work in partnership with children, young people and families in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes.
- Support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices about intervention
- Operate at all times from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity
- Accept referrals within agreed national and local protocols
- Adhere to the service referral protocols and signpost unsuitable referrals to the relevant service as necessary.
- Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help. This work may be face-to-face, by telephone or via other media
- Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of children and young people contacts offered, and sessions carried out per week in order to improve timely access and minimise waiting times
- Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or CYP in treatment, where appropriate.
Please see attached Job Description for further details
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Children and Young People's Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
- Qualification from accredited training provider
- Psychology or other health /social care/youth related undergraduate degree
- Other relevant postgraduate degree
- Experience of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
- Demonstrates an understanding of common mental health problems experienced by children and young people
- Understands why it is essential to use evidence-based interventions when possible
- Understands why collecting feedback from children, young people and parents is important
- Experience of MDT working
- Significant practice experience in relevant first profession
- Experience of working with children and adolescents in a mental health or equivalent settings.
- Experience of multi-agency work.
- Experience of working within a multicultural framework
- Experience of working with children with neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g. ASC, ADHD, Mild-moderate LD)
- Worked in a service where agreed targets in place to demonstrating outcomes
- Able to identify common mental health problems in children and young people
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