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Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) - North Oxfordshire

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a new challenge as part of a dynamic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service?

With a big national focus on improving services for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, there has never been a better time to join Oxford Health MSHT CAMHS and make a positive difference to children and young people's lives.

We are recruiting into a full time Children's Well-Being Practitioners (CWP) to join the Oxfordshire CAMHS North MHST Team .

A children's wellbeing practitioner (CWP) is a highly specialist role in a CAMHS team. The role is pivotal to enhancing accessibility to MHST CAMHS by delivering low-intensity psychological interventions for mild to moderate low mood and anxiety disorders.

Main duties of the job

You will work within the MHST Team, within the child and adolescent mental health service providing high volume low intensity interventions.

The role is hybrid, meaning clinical work can take place in schools, the clinic base and on occasions, remotely. The role will involve offering a range of low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based treatments, along with offering assisted self-management interventions to young people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

You will also offer parent-led pieces of work, focusing on addressing challenging behaviour and child anxiety. The role will be focused on working with children, families, and the education setting. You will have opportunities to develop skills in working with schools and delivering on the whole school approach.

About us

In this role you will be supported by the Supervisors and the clinical team manager. You will be part of a dynamic, innovative and supportive multi-disciplinary team who meet frequently and work closely together. Clinical supervision and professional development are priorities for the service.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

The Postholder will work as part of an MHST delivering, under supervision, high-quality, brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties in and around schools. The post holder will be responsible for delivering clinical interventions within the MHST and will receive clinical supervision from a senior psychological practitioner. Other key duties include:
  • To routinely measure clinical outcomes.
  • Promoting the mental and emotional health of children, young people and families in the community through evidenced based clinical interventions.
  • To undertake initial school based and community based assessments and to deliver a range of early interventions to children and young people with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Providing a direct service to children and young people and their families, in an accessible and less stigmatizing environment, based on the best available research evidence, within clinical governance.
  • Assess and deliver outcome focused, evidence-based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties recognising own limitations and seeking advice when necessary.
  • Working in partnership, support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
  • Work in partnership with children, young people and families in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes. This will include continuously evaluating and acting on outcomes and activity.
  • Support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices about the intervention.
  • Operate at all times from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity.
  • Undertakes accurate assessment of risk to self and others.
  • Through close case management and supervision, escalate cases where the level of need becomes beyond scope, or more severe ensuring adherence to other relevant elements of service delivery.
  • Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments, primarily guided self-help. This work may be face-to-face or by telephone.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to CYP in treatment, where appropriate. 10.To be able to initiate referrals to other health professional specialist services and agencies. 11.To provide patients and relatives with information and education thus ensuring they have meaningful choices that promote dignity, independence, and quality of life.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification from CWP Training course (Post Graduate Certificate in CYP IAPT Low Intensity Psychological Therapies
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children and young people or young adults who have mild/moderate mental health needs, and their families and carers in the community
  • Experience of working as a CWP
  • Placement/previous employment in CAMHS/schools would be desirable but not essential
Contractual Requirements or other requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel between sites & schools as well as remotely and independently.
  • To be I.T competent

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