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Mental Health Practitioner

Employer
Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Redhill
Salary
£35,391 to £42,503 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Profession
Practitioner
Service
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Are you looking for a new challenge where you can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people aged 8-16 not attending school? To assist them to engage in education or training, access support from appropriate services and ultimately achieve and maintain their independence in the community.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker to join Surrey & Borders NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) in the newly transformed Reaching Out service as part of the Assertive Engagement Pathway. Reaching Out service focuses on engaging and supporting the most isolated and vulnerable children and young people through a multi-agency network.

We are looking for a clinician who is creative, highly motivated, shows initiative and is passionate and committed for ensuring high quality services for people with mental health needs.

There is 1 full-time post covering the county of Surrey with SABP bases across the county.

Main duties of the job

To manage a caseload of young people aged 8-16 referred to the service and provide mental health assessments. This role will involve outreach into the community to meet young people in their own environment.

To build a trusting relationship to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of young people and understand the barriers in accessing education/training.

To assist young people to engage in education/training, access support from appropriate services, and be able to signpost or refer to more appropriate services.

To work in partnership with young people, families/ carers, Surrey County Council Area Case Review and Area Action Group and other relevant agencies regarding decision making and planning to help them to make informed decisions, to enable them to clarify and express their needs and to co-produce solutions.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county, just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach. For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Excellent opportunities will be available for training and professional development both locally, within SABP network and across the entire alliance including the Tavistock and Portman.

Job description Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by supporting vulnerable children and young people where there are multi-agency concerns about their ability to access emotional wellbeing and mental health support which could significantly enhance their ability to reach their full potential. My role will be vital in engaging vulnerable children and young people across Surrey who are not in education or employment, have experienced inequality and cannot otherwise be supported by services.

Job Overview

This role will be part of the Assertive Engagement Pathway within the Reaching Out Service. The Reaching Out service focuses on engaging and supporting the most isolated and vulnerable children and young people through a multi-agency network. The Assertive Engagement Pathway focuses on supporting those children and young people who are not currently in contact with services including those not in education, employment or training, those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and those under Youth Offending Services.

The Reaching Out Mental Health Practitioner will work with children and young people from the ages of 8 to 25 that currently arent attending school or in employment. They will assist them to engage in education or training school, access support from appropriate services and ultimately achieve and maintain their independence in the community. A key part of this role is building relationships and trust with children and young people. An important requirement of a successful candidate is the ability to creatively adapt their approach to engage with each individual and be approachable, friendly and tenacious. Through building a trusting relationship, the Reaching Out Mental Health Practitioner will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of the children and young people and being able to signpost or refer to more appropriate services. This role will involve outreach into the community to meet children and young people in their own environments.

Key Responsibilities

To hold an individual complex caseload.

Being comfortable lone working with children and young people.

Ability to engage and build relationships with vulnerable children and young people, who will often have complex backgrounds.

Persistence and tenacity in building rapport and relationships with children and young people, who struggle to communicate and trust.

Being able to think creatively about how to engage with vulnerable children and young people.

Good understanding of broad age range, life stage, and ability to adapt approach to suit needs.

Being a consistent and reliable advocate/voice for a young person.

Understanding a young persons needs/challenges and signposting to appropriate services to support that young person.

Understanding of the school system and linking in with the schools and wider support networks to create an action to plan to re-engage children in school.

To liaise with colleagues and other professionals or agencies as required, including attending case conferences, planning meetings etc.

Being able to work with families in a way which is helpful to that young person.

Being willing to do outreach work and travel across the county to see young people within their environments such as home, park, cafes.

Must hold a current driving license and have access to a car for work purposes.

IT skills including ability to use a computer.

Ability to accurately and concisely document notes and risks onto system after sessions.

Ability to conduct risk assessments, identify changes to clinical risk and implement actions to ensure a persons safety.

Knowledge of responsibilities in relation to the Childrens Act.

Knowledge and awareness of Safeguarding procedures and the experience of developing a plan of care to safeguard an adult or child.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • 2-year post qualification experience of working in the community with young people with mental health difficulties and their families.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of and ability to undertake:
  • Mental Health Assessments.
  • Risk Assessment and implementation of risk management plans.
  • Use of outcome measures to evidence good practice.
  • Demonstrable expertise working with young people aged between 8 and 16
Desirable
  • Suitable for someone who has excellent communication skills and an adaptable, non-judgmental approach enabling them to establish rapport and trust with vulnerable children and young people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Lived experience or awareness of the broad range of challenges these vulnerable young people face such as bullying, risk exploitation, traumatic events, poor support, criminal activity, county lines and gang culture, is essential. Successful candidates will have the ability to work well individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team whilst knowing their own limitations.


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