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Primary Mental Health Worker

Band 6

Main area
Early Intervention Childrens Mental Health
Band 6
4 or 5 days per week (flexible from 3 days)
Job ref
Mariner House
£30,401 - £37,267 pro rata
26/05/2019 23:59

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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Would you be able to use your knowledge and professional expertise to promote early intervention in children and young people’s mental health? Be flexible and available to support families, and train and consult with those professionals working with them?

Could you use your skills to enhance the lives of children and young people with emerging difficulties and work closely with colleagues in other agencies  and within our service as well as independently in the community?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

Following the success of two Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHW) in securing therapeutic training and a specific therapeutic role, our Under 18's Primary Mental Health Service within Wellbeing is seeking to recruit two Primary Mental Health Workers to work with children, young people and their families focussing on the importance of early intervention in children’s mental health. A Primary Mental Health Worker offers consultation and training, runs groups for parents, presents webinars on childrens mental health and undertakes assessments and direct work with children, young people and families. This is a varied and interesting role in which you will have support to develop your skills.

Primary Mental Health Workers work alongside Assistant Psychologists, Childrens Wellbeing Practitioners, CBT therapists and Counsellors in the service.

The Under 18's service works with children and young people under the age of 5, up to 18 (exceptionally to 25). We can be flexible about recruiting part time applicants where this is appropriate for the service and suggested by the experience and skills of successful applicants. Our team is positive, innovative and developing.

Our service is available on weekdays from 9am-5pm in general, but working from 8am or up to 8pm may be required on an occasional preplanned basis.

You would provide consultation to professionals, training on child mental health, mental health and systemic  assessments, and undertake short term therapeutic interventions with children, young people and families. The successful candidate will have responsibility for proactively linking up with other professionals, supporting our colleagues in other agencies and in particular in schools in their work with children and young people and the effective management of a community caseload. You will lead in the development of local CAMHS training initiatives.

Reflecting a jointly commissioned post, you will work in collaboration with colleagues from health, education, social care teams, youth offending and the voluntary sector and this could include joint assessments with other professionals.

This role will be based largely in East Suffolk and you will be linked with a specific local area for whom you will be the named Primary Mental Health Worker. As we are a county wide service, for meetings and training you will need to travel to Bury St Edmunds and other locations on occasion although you will be based in Ipswich.

Applicants will have a strong commitment to inclusive, compassionate practice that enables service users to realise their potential within a culture of patient safety and innovative practice.

We are committed to the development of our staff, and provide a structured preceptorship programme as well as ongoing supported CPD activities to support your learning and development into the future.


Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are the 5th of June however subject to change, candidates may only be given a minimum of 3 days’ notice, please note this date is provisional and may be subject to change. You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lindsay Carrier PMHW Clinical Team Leader (PMHW) or Samantha Beresford on 01473 296110