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CYP Wellbeing Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a qualified CYPWP to support us in ensuring we deliver outstanding patient care, every time in the Halton CAMHS Service. We are looking to develop services to ensure that we meet the needs for children and young people in Halton.

This post is part of service transformation and re-modelling and will be key to improving services for children and young people. Through Manchester University and the Psychological Therapies Training Centre at Prestwich we offer Post Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in a range of psychological therapies.

This post is subject to an enhanced with children's and adults barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Main duties of the job

As a Children & Young People Wellbeing Practitioner (CYPWP), the post holder will provide high standards of evidence based client centred care to children and young people with mental health [CYPMH] problems within the THRIVE Framework for service delivery.

The postholder will be expected to provide assessment and low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions to children and young people and their families / carers referred into the service.

As the post is identified within the CYPMH strategy, it is expected the role will continue to develop in line with national and local initiatives.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

The post holder will embrace the core values of the organisation and adopt the principles of Recovery and THRIVE. These principles will recognise the need to:
  • Promote safe practices
  • Value the aims of service users
  • Work in partnership and offer meaningful choice
  • Be optimistic about the possibilities of meaningful change
  • Value social inclusion

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities


To hold a caseload of assessments, treatment upon a conceptual framework and employing research based evidence.

To provide high volume low intensity psychological interventions in line with the grading of the post, including assessments, formulation and therapeutic input into children, young people and families referred into the service.

Undertake risk assessments and care plans accordingly, in line with the THRIVE framework

To work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of children and young people and families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.

To exercise responsibility within supervisory, managerial and accountability structures, for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients

To deliver co-ordinated care, ensuring effective assessment, care planning and risk management processes are maintained. Involve the views of children, their families, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care.

To produce a clinical formulation and intervention plan founded on evidence based practice in co-operation with the child young person and carers

To hold responsibility for standards of clinical practice within area of work.

To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop the provision of services to young people and their families. To have an effective knowledge base of other modalities so as to engage and work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.

Identify and respond appropriately to child protection issues, as described with the guidelines of Local Safeguarding Childrens Board and Trust safeguarding policies

Maintain clear and comprehensive electronic clinical records, to ensure information is accurate and complies with Data Protection Act and professional body and Trust standards.

To engage with using routine outcome measures as clinically appropriate including their use in clinical practice and inputting data into clinical records.

Adhere to agreed activity expectations relating to the overall number of clients contacts offered, throughput and outcomes to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible, efficient and effective.

To work collaboratively with children, young people and their families and contribute to the trusts service user participation agenda.


To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of the care.

Develop and maintain close professional therapeutic relationships with children & young people using low intensity CBT skills to facilitate psychological change.

Attend Child Protection Case conferences as a representative from children and young peoples mental health services.

Provide and receive sensitive or contentious information to children, young people and families and to other professionals with in young peoples services.

Communicate effectively with children, young people and their carers, when in crisis and in challenging family situations

Organise and facilitate multi-agency meetings and reviews

Proactively develop robust professional relationships with universal services

Elicit sensitive information using engagement/ communication skills which are appropriate to the young persons stage of development

Work, as part of an integrated multi professional team, ensuring good communication and working relationships with other professionals

Provide written reports detailing the progress of the mental health intervention.


Participate in regular supervision, engage in reflective practice and committed to continued development.

To provide specific training and /or presentations to other agencies, statutory and voluntary, and promote and deliver specialist training programmes

To contribute to training placements for a range of professional disciplines from different background so that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to positive change.

Work collaboratively with partner agencies within the principles of THRIVE. This will include joint working; consultation; and training aiming to develop joint working across agencies.

Where appropriate maintain registration in accordance with their professional body

To engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competencies and clinical practice

Be accountable for own clinical practice and professional behaviour


Contribute to the services evidence based practice by engaging with audits and evaluations as appropriate

To contribute to recruitment processes and the induction of recruited staff.

Contribute to service developments.


To maintain an up to date knowledge of the evidence base in relation to mental health knowledge and other interventions.

To contribute to planning and implementing systems for evaluation and monitoring of therapeutic practice and outcomes of clinical work within the service.

Participate in research, evaluation and audit in response to the clinical and professional interest of the post, and to monitor standards, quality and consumer reaction to the provision of services in accordance with NICE guidance

Participate in appropriate audit. Quality assurance programmes and research as directed.


To receive and engage in regular clinical supervision in accordance with Trust Clinical Governance Standards and the Code of Practice and ethical guidelines of professional body

To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD training in consultation with the post holders service manager to meet professional body requirements for CPD and registration.

To contribute to the development of best practice in the service by taking part in regular supervision and appraisal and maintaining awareness of current developments in the field.

To maintain professional body registration.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Children and Young People Wellbeing Practitioner (CYPWP) qualification
Experience Essential
  • Experience of mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Evidence of competent delivery of low intensity CBT for common mental health disorders in children and young people
  • Skilled in the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, clinical sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Experience of working with a variety of patient groups including a degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Able to provide evidence of competently managing own caseload.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of anxiety and depression in children & young people.
  • Level of knowledge of the mental health needs of children and adolescents.
  • Thorough understanding of theoretical basis of low intensity CBT.
  • Able to describe rationale and content of range of low intensity interventions.
  • Must demonstrate ability to be self-reflective and to organise own supervision appropriately
  • Ability to work within a culturally diversive community in a wide variety of contexts including specialist skills for working in settings outside the clinic.
  • Ability to take clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment, both as a care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in order to convey clinically sensitive information to family members of all ages and to a wide range of lay and professional persons, within and outside of the NHS.
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of ways to assess risk to self and others within the context of mental health assessment.
  • Broad knowledge of legal frameworks in relation to children and young people.
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical and case management supervision positively and effectively
  • Ability to organise and co-ordinate areas of work.
  • Ability to identify and provide appropriate means of support to carers exposed to distressing situations and challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify and employ as appropriate clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice.
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty

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