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Primary Mental Health Worker

Band 6

Main area
Early Intervention Childrens Mental Health
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Ipswich/Bury St Edmunds
£26,565 - £35,577 gross per annum
25/02/2018 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

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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 as well as independently in the community? If so, we would like to hear from you.

Our Primary Mental Health Service within Wellbeing is currently seeking to recruit 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 and we will be working to offer consultation and training, joint assessments and direct work with children, young people and families in a varied role. Primary Mental Health Workers work alongside Assistant Psychologists and CBT therapists in the Service.

We work with children and young people under the age of 5, up to 18 (exceptionally to 25) . We can be flexible about combining roles and recruiting part time applicants where this is appropriate for the service and suggested by the experience and skills of successful applicants.

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 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 in their specific 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 will include joint assessments with other professionals. You will also take part as a Primary Mental Health Worker in the new single point Hub development for referrals for children and Young People.

There is also an opportunity to work in specialist areas  in children and young peoples mental health such as with young people accessing youth justice services  

These roles will be based largely in East Suffolk but also in West Suffolk, and you will be linked with a specific local area for whom you will be the named Primary Mental Health Worker.

You will have an induction period which will involve accompanying your colleagues in their assessments and trainings to gain an expertise in early intervention mental health as well as receiving CBT informed supervision and in house training to help with a CBT approach.

Applicants will have a strong commitment to inclusive, compassionate practice that enables service users to realise their optimum recovery 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.

We are committed to providing you with the support you need to enable you to develop your career pathway working with children and young people, and there will be personal and professional development through the appraisal process and relevant in-service training.

Interviews will be held Monday 5th March 2018


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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 ) on 01473 296110 or Lianne Nunn Deputy Service Manager (Wellbeing ) 07795812401

If you have problems applying, contact

01603 421137