CYP Mental Health Therapeutic Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata per annum (base) - HCAS will be dependent on location
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
North West London Integrated Care Board (NWL ICB), Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), and the GP confederation are introducing a new set of mental health teams for children, young people (CYP), and their families. Mental Health Professionals will work with Primary Care Networks (PCN) to transform how CYP receive early mental health support in the community.

Working in borough-based teams at local GP surgeries, you'll provide low level intervention, psychoeducation, practical training and consultation to GPs & Nurses. In partnership, you will bridge the gap for CYP in need of MH care when Core CAMHs isn't appropriate. Giving CYP timely access to MH services is better for their emotional wellbeing, and builds community resilience.

NWL aspire to deliver a thrive model via a multi-agency systemic framework, hence investment has been provided under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) for these new roles. We are seeking to find Mental Health Practitioners who can come and make a difference by providing high quality interventions in our new primary care integrated CYP mental health team.

You will be a vital member of the PCN, as well as CAMHS. This NWL role is one of 10 permanent full-time Band 6 CYP Mental Health Therapeutic Practitioners positions (37.5 Hrs, 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Please rank your order of preference for your where you'd like to be based, in your supporting information; Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea.

Main duties of the job

The practitioner will be embedded as part of the PCN Multi-Disciplinary Team. Working alongside the other roles, they will also be part of a wider CNWL CAMHS Early Intervention service, with ready access to a wide range of support and expertise across both MDTs.

Successful candidates must be qualified MH Practitioner, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or CYP IAPT trained including CWP and EMHPs. You will have experience of working in a Primary Care / Community Mental Health Team/ Social care/ Education setting. You will be a confident communicator with colleagues and stakeholders alike. Above all you will have the ambition and drive needed to work within an environment of change and innovation.

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About us

CNWL have a pioneering history of improving health outcomes in people's lives, by providing physical and mental health services at GPs, clinics, hospitals, and in the community.

Staff are the heartbeat of our organisation ! You'll have direct liaison with our Lead Trios to develop your career. You'll receive monthly supervision to support bespoke training, development offers, and our leadership and development programme, see the Staff rewards and wellbeing handbook for more details.

We take flexible working seriously, and will always be open to discussion to meet our workforce's competing work-life demands.

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Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description attached in the supporting documents section for details of the main responsibilities for this role.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Professional qualification in mental health e.g. Occupational Therapy, Social Work or Mental Health Nursing (RMN) with current NMC/HCPC registration
  • Attained at least Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C))
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience of working with CYP in a setting e g /education or mental health care and of liaising and working with GPs, families and other members of the CYP network
  • Experience of working with CYP in a statuary or voluntary capacity
  • Educated to degree or Diploma level with other courses relevant to primary care mental health services e.g. CBT, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy etc.
  • Evidence of recent and on-going relevant further professional development
  • Attendance at specialist short courses relevant to the post (e.g. MBT or DBT, Trauma Informed Care, Group Approaches)
Experience Essential
  • Able to integrate and work within a team
  • Able to work on own initiative, adaptable whilst recognising own limits
  • Ability and confidence to build and maintain relationships and credibility with a wide variety of stakeholders including CYP and their parents
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Able to assimilate new information and apply theory to practice
  • Understanding of client confidentiality
  • working in MDTs and/or
  • audit, evaluation or research
  • Work in multi-cultural settings
  • Understanding of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues in a primary care setting
  • Understanding of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other Therapeutic approaches
  • Receptive to and able to use clinical supervision appropriately
  • Experience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting
  • Experience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting Experience of work in the NHS, PCNs or outreach work, or local engagement work (e.g. youth worker, mentoring, peer support etc.), experience of working in voluntary sector, working in community groups
Knowledge Essential
  • Basic understanding of health care systems and structures: staffing, roles and responsibilities, the role of hospitals, primary care and community care
  • Team/self-management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Knowledge of counselling skills/cognitive behavioural skills, psychosocial interventions
  • Contain and work with organisational stress and able to hold the stress of others
  • Manage effectively exposure to distressing/highly emotional circumstances
  • Risk assessment/management and crisis intervention skills
  • Use of psychosocial assessment methods
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options, with senior clinical support/supervision
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health conditions as well as their relationship to physical disorders

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