Children and Young Persons Mental Health Practitioner

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) has an exciting opportunity which has arisen in the Public Health 5-19 School Nursing team, for a Qualified Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Practitioner.

The School Nursing Team has strong links to the Early Intervention Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Step2. Step2 are an innovative and forward-thinking service with a robust team of Mental Health Practitioners from various therapeutic backgrounds. The Public Health School Nursing team were successful in their tender to deliver a revised and innovative school nursing programme as part of an integrated Family Centre Service. The new service has an increased focus on early intervention and emotional wellbeing and mental health. In 2020, 4 trainee Children's Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) joined the school nursing service where they completed the taught element of their course at university alongside practical clinical work delivering manualised guided self-help interventions for anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. To date 3 cohorts of CWPs have trained within the school nursing service. As part of your role you will work closely alongside the Children's Wellbeing Practitioners.

Main duties of the job

There will also be opportunities to work in partnership with other organisations with the aim of improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

The PHN team are a commissioned service that runs across the whole of Hertfordshire delivering the Health Child Programme (HCP) to school aged children age 5 -19yrs. As a member of the team there will be an expectation to attend the teams weekly allocation meetings where caseloads and referrals are discussed. There will be an expectation that qualified nurses will also assist in the delivery of The Lancaster Model (TLM) questionnaires. This will include face to face meetings with Year 6 pupils and telephone follow up calls to parents of reception age children.

This role would suit applicants that have a passion for improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, in partnership with their parents. In addition, we welcome applications from individuals from a range of diverse backgrounds.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS TrustYou'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staffWe put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust visionWe welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply nowYou've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description
Job responsibilities

You will have an undergraduate degree in a related subject (e.g. Psychology, Social work, Nursing, Occupational therapy) and further training focused on delivering emotional wellbeing interventions. You will use your training to deliver low level mental health interventions for children and adolescents. For children under the age of 8 you will also be expected to work with their parents/carers. The types of interventions you may deliver include support for anxiety, low self-esteem, emotional regulation, sleep and low mood.

As part of your role, you will be expected to support with the triaging of referrals at allocation meetings, complete initial assessments, deliver 1-1 and in some cases group interventions and support with the delivery of emotional wellbeing workshops. There will be occasions where you may be asked to work flexibly e.g. running workshops after 5pm and working across more than one quadrant. Therefore, please note it is essential you have a full driving license, have access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010) and that you are confident in driving.

There will also be opportunities to work in partnership with other organisations with the aim of improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is voted as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work (HSJ/ Nursing Times) and is a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation. Our CQC rating is Good.

HCTis committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

In return we can offer you:
  • Access to a wide range of training opportunities.
  • restorative, management and safeguarding supervision
  • high cost area supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of £1,034 and a maximum payment of £1,791 per annum (pro rata where applicable)
  • Generous contributory pension
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • Special Leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Discounts

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Training
  • A postgraduate qualification from a CWP training course/ successful completion of a course if towards the end of the course
  • A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology)
  • Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties

  • Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a specific psychological therapy
  • Psychology or other health /social care/youth related undergraduate degree
  • Other relevant postgraduate degree

Experience and Knowledge
  • Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of providing manualised guided self-help to children and young people and parents/carers
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties may present
  • Experience of completing initial assessments and formulations
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children policies and procedures

Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrates high standards in written and verbal communication
  • Team Player
  • Ability to personally manage a sensitive, traumatic and potentially emotionally distressing caseload.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time effectively and prioritise workload
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to develop good professional relationships with colleagues inside and beyond the service
  • Ability to use supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality

Personal qualities
  • Willingness to uphold the Trust's values
  • Strong organisational & time management skills. Ability to plan and deliver key objectives within strict timetables
  • Empathy & understanding of service user issues. Deal with emotional issues to enable to deliver patient care
  • Willingness to undertake further Trust training

Other requirements
  • Full, enhanced and current satisfactory DBS disclosure for the role.
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

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