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Primary Mental Health Specialist Practitioner

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Pembroke Dock
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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This is a fixed term/secondment vacancy until 31/03/2024.

If you are an internal applicant this post will only be offered on a secondment basis and you will need to have gained your line managers approval for the secondment prior to going to interview.

Have you ever wished you could make a difference early in a child or young person's life to enable them to thrive and grow?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the GP Youth Project, an innovative and dynamic multidisciplinary child and adolescent wellbeing service in the South Pembrokeshire GP Cluster.

This Band 6 Primary Mental Health Specialist Practitioner post is now open to General, Paediatric and School nurses along with Mental Health Nurses and Allied Health Professionals to join us in preventing and intervening early with wellbeing and mental health needs and building resilience among children and young people in our area.

This 18-month fixed term post will involve providing psycho-social assessment and brief intervention, along with multi-agency working to prevent mental health needs escalating and enable children to get the best out of their lives.

Main duties of the job

This role requires a passion for promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing with children and families as well as General Practitioners. This will involve direct liaison with GPs to support timely assessment and intervention to build health and wellbeing capacity among surgeries and practices. The post holder will work alongside a youth worker and support worker to ensure a range of psychological and social support measures are implemented effectively. The post holder will be expected to work flexibly as part of a team to ensure excellent delivery of service provision, to ensure accessibility and continuity of service delivery. Excellent opportunities will be available for training and professional development and the post holder will receive managerial and clinical supervision. Although desirable, experience in S-CAMH services is not a requirement, and we would encourage interest from a range of candidates with relevant experience.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews to be held on 07/10/2022

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:
  • Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;
  • Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;
  • 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;
  • Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;
  • Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Person Specification Language Skills Desirable
  • Welsh speaker (Level 1)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of Multidisciplinary Team Working within Primary Care or Community SCAMHS / Adult Mental Health setting
  • Documentary evidence of continued professional development
  • Experience of working within a team and interagency working
  • Working within a SCAMHS or children's services
  • Teaching qualification or experience
  • Qualification or experience in group work
Qualifications & Knowledge Essential
  • Professional qualification (one or more of the following): *Registered Mental Nurse (Nursing & Midwifery Council Reg'd), *Registered Nurse for Learning Disabilities (Nursing & Midwifery Council Reg'd) *Degree or Diploma in Social Work (General Social Care Council or Health and Care Professions Council or Care Council for Wales Reg'd), *Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy (Health Professional Council Reg'd)
  • Postgraduate level qualifications or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Additional qualification in a therapeutic qualification CBT/ DBT / Systemic Therapy
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the primary care sector and its systems

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