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Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Child Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Type

Permanent

Reference 

Social Worker

Salary

Location

£34,089 - £41,498

Posted Date

17 November 2023

Westminster

Closing Date

1 December 2023

The post-holders will be working as part of the Early Intervention Team at Westminster CAMHS delivering high-quality, brief, outcome-focused, and evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing moderate mental health difficulties.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job
In addition, the post holder will support the development and delivery of a wide range of interventions including:

- To deliver, under supervision, outcome focused evidence-based Individual and group interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their parents.
- Support Early Intervention colleagues and Core CAMHS colleagues in planning, developing and delivering intervention and initiatives to support children, young people and families awaiting treatment.
- Build and maintain relationships with relevant community organisations to foster and facilitate effective interagency working with the aim of identifying children who may benefit from evidence based intervention at the earliest stage.
- Practice in such a manner to prompt equitable access to mental health services, with an awareness of cultural difference.


Working for our organisation
Westminster CAMHS is a very warm & friendly team which welcomes new skills and new ideas, with an established Early Intervention Team. It is part of Central & North West London (CNWL) Foundation Mental Health Trust. We are committed to collaborative multi-disciplinary work and there are very good links with partnership agencies in the borough.

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run. You can become a member by visiting our website.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- Work in partnership with children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families delivering CBT based Guided Self-Help intervention.
- Work in partnership with children, young people and families in the development of goals for the intervention and agreed outcomes.
- 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 recognizes and respects diversity.
Undertake accurate assessment of risk to self and others.
- Adhere to the service referral protocols.
- Provide information and support to children, YP and their parents to access appropriate further help if required.
- Provide intervention and engage children, YP and their parents using face-to-face, telephone or other media.
- Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of children and young people contacts offered, and sessions carried out per week in order to improve timely access and minimize waiting times.
- Attend multi-disciplinary team meetings
-Keep coherent records of all activity in line with service protocols and use these records and outcome data to inform decisions making .
- Complete all requirements relating to data collection
- To ensure the quality of all work is maintained to a high standard an ensure reports to evidence this are available on request.
- To record clinical activity and clinical outcomes in according with Trust policy and procedures
- To attend regular supervision.
- To raise the quality standards of our Service and ensure that policies and procedures are adhered to and practise in line with the National CAMHS agenda, NICE guidelines and CNWL policies and procedures.
- The post-holder is expected to work in consultation with other members of the team and other participation colleagues from within the CNWL CAMHS service.
- Utilising participation groups/resource, to consult with young people and encourage their active participation in all aspects of planning, decision-making and delivery of services.
- To work within the local safeguarding requirements for clinicians as per CNWL Safeguarding policy
- To be involved in audit and quality improvement projects.
- To establish and maintain positive relationships with local organisations
- To be actively involved in obtaining feedback from young people and families about their treatment, and take initiative in service improvement processes based on this feedback.
- To work with service users and their families to develop approaches to monitoring and evaluating client satisfaction. This will include inputting data and producing feedback reports on a regular basis.
- To develop, order and maintain appropriate resources and materials, using participatory approaches to help local community’s access local CAMHS services e.g. (video, leaflets and webpages).

Person specification

Qualifications
Essential criteria
Child Wellbeing Practitioner Graduate Qualification
Desirable criteria
Psychology or other health/social care undergraduate degree
Experience
Essential criteria
Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
Experience working closely with partnership agencies, such as Children’s Social Care, in meeting the needs of children, young people and families.
Desirable criteria
Experience supporting in a community CAMHS setting
Experience facilitating groups/workshops

Skills
Essential criteria
Able to make assessment of need and offer appropriate intervention
Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with patients
Desirable criteria
Able to utilise routine outcome measures within clinical practice
Able to assess, manage and appropriately escalate risk including safeguarding concerns
Knowledge
Essential criteria
Demonstrate an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in children and young people
Desirable criteria
Demonstrate an understanding of evidence based practice


CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 8,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust are committed to safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.

Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Our Agenda for Change employment contracts are subject to a contractual 13 week probationary period.

If you are offered a job, information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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