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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Practitioner

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an innovative, experienced mental health practitioner driven to improve the care and experience of children & young people (CYP) who access mental health services? Are you looking for an opportunity to play a pivotal role in CYP's mental health journeys?

If so we are a transformative, supportive service implementing an exciting vision for CYP's emotional wellbeing & mental health (EWMH) in Cardiff and Vale.

In 2023 we are bringing together our individual services into one EWMH service with one front door and one assessment, creating a seamless route for CYP to get intervention and support.

Our vision is that CYP have one comprehensive assessment and we work collaboratively to ensure they receive the right intervention from our NHS EWMH services or our third sector partners. We are committed to bringing the voices and ideas from CYP & families to the forefront of service design and delivery.

You will be joining a new and evolving team, helping us to create dedicated assessment capacity to support our delivery and obligations under the Mental Health Measure (2010). You will bring your experience to help us shape this essential service, ensuring we best meet the needs of CYP.

You will have access to regular peer discussion, clinical supervision, team meetings & training. We have opportunities for fully remote working.

Interested applicants can contact Alexis Gibbs (Senior Nurse for Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health for CYP) to discuss the post (02921 836730)

Main duties of the job

The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Care Group will be implementing a new EW&MH Assessment Team that will provide a robust mental health assessment process for children and young people who require support for their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

As a practitioner in the EW&MH Assessment Team, you will:
  • Provide specialist evidence based mental health assessment to Children and Young People referred to the service
  • Work in partnership with external agencies thus ensuring that the needs of service users and carers are addressed in a proactive manner
  • Work collaboratively with statuary & voluntary services to create a seamless transition process into and through the service.
  • Be able to communicate highly complex, sensitive information where agreement and co-operation is required
  • Work as a fully integrated member of the multi-professional team
  • Be able to make decisions that are based on best practice and in-line with NICE Guidelines thus enabling the young person and family to address their identified needs in a manner that minimises their stay within service
  • Understand young people's issues and how best to address them
  • Provide patient-centred assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation with children, young people, parents and families using mental health practitioner skills

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

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Boardis one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission isCaring for People, Keeping People Well,and ourvision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description Job responsibilities

The role will:
  • Provide a commitment to safeguarding children and young people who require support from the service.
  • Provide specialist evidence based mental health assessment and intervention to Children and Young People involved with the Service.
  • Carry clinical caseload of service users requiring EW&MH intervention utilising age appropriate interventions and in-line with NICE Guidelines
  • Work with other clinicians, in providing effective, evidence based therapeutic care, to lead or support other clinicians with the development of care pathways
  • Be flexible and adaptable in order to respond to the diverse and demanding nature of this post.
  • Provide five key functions of the Mental Health Measure:
  • Consultation and advice to the primary care team as well as liaison with secondary mental health services, Third Sector services, voluntary organisations, education and service user-led organisations;
  • Mental health screening and assessment;
  • Short term therapeutic work with clients with mild to moderate or stable severe and enduring mental health problems;
  • Where appropriate, signposting and onward referral to secondary care services;
  • Provision of information for service users and carers.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered MH Professional Nursing, OT, SW.
  • Post graduate diploma or equivalent experience
Experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience of assessment and intervention in a community setting of people presenting with mental health problems.
  • Assessment and management of clinical risk.
  • Managing own caseload.
  • Significant experience of working with children, young people and families
Skills Essential
  • Clinically competent.
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills, both written & verbal.
  • Organisational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to speak welsh

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