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Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for qualified, highly motivated, skilled, and enthusiastic Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners to work as part of the CAMHS North Yorkshire Single Point of Access Team working with children, adolescents an their adult families. The successful post holders will be joining the Team's triage and telephone assessment service, with the option of offering low intensity treatment support, either remotely or face to face, if this is clinically indicated.

We have a 3 positions available, working into our teams that are based within Northallerton, Harrogate and Scarborough CAMHS. The positions are full time, Monday to Friday 9-5, though less hours will also be considered.

Applicants should hold an IAPT qualification in Low Intensity interventions namely Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions (PWP) . You will need to have experience of working with people with mental health problems along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You are required to use your own initiative and work independently, as there may be some home working as well as your office base, whilst also being supported by a friendly team.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will be expected to provide screening/triage, and where appropriate assessment, for individuals at the first point of contact into CAMHS. Our team receives all the new referrals sent into service, so you are likely to be the first person from CAMHS that the family will speak to. You will be expected to undertake an initial triage assessment, making an accurate assessment of risk to self and others, escalating high and immediate risk to senior clinicians as required. As the service receives a wide variety of calls, with varying degrees of risk and mental health presentations, the post holder will be expected to offer signposting information to appropriate services and to facilitate referral to specialist services where appropriate. The post holder will offer Low Intensity Psychological Interventions, where appropriate and safe to do so, and so must have significant experience working within psychological models providing a range of information and support via evidence based low-intensity psychological treatments.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for full details. Applicants should demonstrate how they meet each of the criteria in their application in order to be shortlisted for interview.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities, Patient Contact Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.

Provide screening and assessment for individuals at the point of contact via the telephone and face to face if appropriate.

Assess and support young people with mental health issues

Undertake patient-centered assessments, which identify areas where the young person wishes to see change and/or recovery and make an accurate assessment of risk to self and others.

Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to referral protocols, organising assessment, signposting to appropriate services and facilitating referral to alternative specialist services where required.

Provide a range of information and support for low-intensity psychological treatments. This will also include guided self-help . This work may be face to face, over Attend Anywhere or telephone.

Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary.

Attend multi-disciplinary huddles/meetings relating to referrals for young people as appropriate.

Keep up to date, comprehensive records of all clinical activity, in line with service protocols.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • IAPT qualification in Low Intensity interventions namely Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions (PWP) - adult specific.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and IT
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with common mental health problems.
  • Ability to demonstrate a range of experiences in offering and delivering a full range of evidence-based low intensity interventions
  • Experience of working with and managing risk.
  • Experience in drug/alcohol management.
  • Experience of Partnership working.
  • Experience of working with and managing high risk patients
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including telephone skills.
  • Competent in risk assessment.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depressive disorders and how they may present.
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems.

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