The primary role of the post holder will be to provide specialist support, advice and training to stakeholders within the Primary Care Network (PCN) ( eg, to schools, GP's, Universal services and Voluntary, Charitable and Faith Sector organisations) to aid better recognition of child and adolescent mental health needs and disorders at an early stage and advise on strategies for interventions.
The Primary Mental Health Worker will play a major role in establishing links, educating and communicating with stakeholders within the PCN.. They will be responsive to the particular needs of the locality.
The post holder will also develop and explore new and innovative ways of working directly with children, families and workers prior to referral to other agencies and specialist teams within the THRIVE model promoting early help and enabling them to seek help and advice in order to address the early manifestation of mental health difficulties.
Main duties of the job
The role focuses on promoting resilience and positive mental health in children and young people in schools through the provision of training packages, consultation and also offering early intervention through assessment and short-term intervention. The suitable candidate will assist in coordinating input to schools in the local area to better promote resilience.
The ideal candidates will have post-qualification experience and have an understanding of mental health difficulties as children develop. This opportunity allows the successful candidate to gain further experience in leadership and supervision whilst working within a friendly and supportive team. There may also be training opportunities to assist in CPD.
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.
The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.
Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.
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Job description Job responsibilities
Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- RMN/CQSW/DipSW/BSc OT or other relevant professional qualification
- Significant post registration experience of working in a Child and Adolescent Mental health team or equivalent
- Proven ability to work in a team and be supportive of other team members
- Friendly and Caring manner, able to demonstrate ability to respond empathically and sensitively.
- Clear and Accurate written and verbal communication skills
- Good listening skills
- Able to manage conflicting priorities with proven ability to manage own work and caseload
- Ability to use own initiative and work without close supervision within agreed priorities
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