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Step2 Mental Health Practitioner CYP-IAPT Trainee ASC-LD

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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This is an ASC-LD modality role.
Before you apply please ensure you have read the full job details in attached documents.
Being a training role, in order to apply for this role you must complete an application to the service and to the university at the same time. Please see details below and the attached guidance on how to apply to UCL. If you have not applied to the university by the closing date of this advert your application will be rejected.

Step2 is an Early Intervention Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service which is working towards improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Hertfordshire. The service works with children aged 0 - 19 and has clinical practitioners from a range of backgrounds who all share our vision of delivering inclusive and high quality therapeutic care to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates would be working in Step2, Early Intervention CAMHS Service which is part of Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.You will be delivering highly skilled clinical work and will be expected to work flexibly, willing to work across the County of Hertfordshire and be able to adapt the way you work to best meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and families.You will have a key role in assessing mental health needs, formulating treatment plans and liaising with partners and families to ensure the treatment pathway is most appropriate for that child. You will deliver a high standard of brief, goal focused, therapeutic intervention to children and young people with a mild to moderate mental health presentation.

About us

In return, we can offer you:o 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (prorata where applicable)o One of the UK's best pension schemeso Special Leave for family and personal reasonso NHS Car Lease Schemeo Eye Care Voucherso Employee Assistance Programme (emotional wellbeing support)o NHS Discounts

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is voted as one of the 'Top 100 Best Places to Work' (Health Service Journal). Our CQC rating is of 'Good'

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description for full details regarding main responsibilities for this role. It is also important that you review the attached person specification and role advertisement.

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
  • Qualifications that demonstrate a capacity to complete academic work at postgraduate diploma level.
  • 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 AND/OR a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, psychology, social work, nursing) from a UK university of overseas professional qualification of an equivalent standards

  • A training in a mental-health related profession (e.g. psychology, nursing, health visiting; social-work, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, special needs teaching, psychiatry, other psychotherapy, counselling).

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to safeguarding children
  • Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the unique challenges associated with ASC and/or LD for children, young people and their families.
  • Demonstrates awareness of the significantly increased risk of co-morbid mental health and other neuro-developmental problems in this population.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key features and symptoms associated with ASC and/or LD.
  • Knowledge and understanding of importance to modify, adapt methods of communication and intervention for this population.

  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the range of factors that can impact on emotional well-being of children and young people with ASC and/or LD and their families.
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the MDT approach and involving other agencies, such as education and social care in order to ensure that the needs of children and young people with ASC and/or LD are well understood and effectively met.

  • Experience working with children/young people in a mental health setting
  • Two years experience of working within a professional setting concerned with the mental health of children and young people or families (e.g. as a mental health worker).
  • Basic level of clinical competence and experience of having worked with this clinical group for at least one year.

  • Experience of working as part of the multi-disciplinary team with children and young people with ASC and/or LD and their families.
  • Experience of working within a professional setting concerned with the mental health, development and wellbeing of children and young people with ASC and/or LD and their families.

Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with children and their carers
  • Ability to adapt communication style according to the varying needs of families
  • Ability to maintain a reflective stance in emotive/challenging interactions with children and their carers
  • Ability to use supervision to reflect on practice
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Capability to complete academic work at postgraduate diploma level, including IELTS or equivalent to the appropriate level for students with English as a foreign language (Level: GOOD)

  • Ability to adopt a multi-agency working, especially in relation to complex cases with multiple needs, where a more systemic approach is required.
  • Ability to advocate for the needs for children and young people with ASC and/or LD and their families.
  • Ability to maintain an observational stance, particularly in relation to children and young people with ASC and/or LD who do not express themselves verbally.
  • Understanding of evidence based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice.

Personal Qualities
  • Willingness to uphold the Trust's values
  • 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)
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to use effective time management and organisational management skills
  • Ability to work in isolation and manage own caseload timely and efficiently
  • A willingness to contribute to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for audit and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area

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