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Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Children and Young People Mental Health Community Practitioner

Job Type

Region

Lancashire

Salary

Location

£22,549 - £24,882

Posted Date

9 January 2023

Preston

Closing Date

11 January 2023

This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Children and Young People’s Mental Health Community Practitioner within a newly developed Children and Young People’s Mental Health Community Intensive Support Team which will provide intensive home based support and interventions for young people and their families.

Your role will be integral to support the delivery of an urgent care pathway for children and young people that is young person and family focussed, needs led, responsive, accessible and flexible.

A key element of your role will be to support the Senior Mental Health Practitioners to provide high quality safe and effective home based support and interventions for young people and their families as agreed in their care plan. The post will involve working under the supervision of a senior member of the team but will include independent work in the young person’s home and other community settings.

The hours of operation for the service will be variable and will require out of hours working that will be 7 days per week.

The hours of operation for the service will be variable and will require unsociable hours working that will be across 7 days per week.

Positions available are across North Lancashire and South Cumbria so there will be flexibility in terms of base and agile working involved in the roles. 

Job overview:

To work as part of a specialist children and young people’s mental health team to provide intensive home based support and interventions for young people and their families.

To provide support to young people and families which promotes resilience and reduces the likelihood of requiring input from specialist mental health services in the future.

The post will support the children and families senior mental health practitioners in delivering safe and effective care to young people and their families, as agreed in their care plan.

The post will involve working under the supervision of a senior member of the team but will include independent work in the young person’s home and other community settings.

The hours of operation for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Community Intensive Support Team will be variable and will require out of hours working that will be 7 days per week.
 
Working for our organisation:

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.
 
Detailed job description and main responsibilities:

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.
Person specification
Education/Qualifications
Essential criteria

- Assistant Practitioner/Nurse Associate/NVQ Level 3 in a related field or equivalent training/experience in mental health or CYP emotional health and wellbeing.

Knowledge
Essential criteria

- Knowledge of child mental health and its affects on individuals and society’s response. Knowledge of common mental health presentations and the appropriate support and interventions available.

Experience
Essential criteria

- Experience of working with young people and/or families with complex mental health and wellbeing needs. Experience of working effectively within a team Experience of working unsupervised and using own initiative Experience of clinical record keeping and using electronic systems where appropriate Experience of using basic word processing and data input packages on a computer or laptop. Experience of prioritising workload appropriately

Please note that further communication from Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) will normally be to the email address given on the application form. You should also ensure that email addresses and telephone numbers are provided for your referees, to enable LSCFT to contact them.

Please ensure that you read the Person Specification attached below as your application will be measured against this document. Applications from job share partners are welcome and other forms of flexible working will be considered for all posts.

For all posts which require a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check please be aware of the Disclosure & Barring Service Code of Practice, a copy of which is available by logging on to the DBS website. If the post is subject to DBS disclosure, a charge will be made to the successful candidate(s).

You are advised to consider applying for LSCFT vacancies as soon as possible as in some instances vacancies are closed as soon as a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you are not invited to interview within three weeks of the closing date then please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful, as it is not possible to contact all unsuccessful candidates.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Care is committed to celebrating difference as an asset and we know that recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds helps to create a more flexible, creative and effective workforce. We actively challenge discrimination and welcome applications from people regardless of age, disability (especially those with experience of accessing mental health, or Learning Disability Services or caring for someone who has accessed mental health services or Learning Disability Services), ethnicity, gender, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Our goal is for the Trust to be truly representative of the communities we serve so we are particularly keen to receive applications from people in under-represented groups. The organisation is proud to be listed as one of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers and our HR department holds the Lancashire LGBT Quality Mark. If there is anything you’d like to discuss in relation to your application then please ask.

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