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Mental Health Practitioner (Young Adults Service)

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South East



£27,000 - £34,000

Posted Date

4 February 2022


Closing Date

18 February 2022


Jami is a mental health charity that enriches and saves lives impacted by mental illness and distress in the Jewish community.

Since the start of the pandemic, demand for our services has grown exponentially. In 2021 we undertook a thorough review of the needs of the community, to develop a new strategy that will secure the Jewish community’s mental health provision. The new strategy sets out a huge agenda for change in scale and provision, which will be developed over the next five years while we continue to run our diverse set of highly professional mental health services:

- Advice and advocacy
- Treatment and support
- Education and campaigning

Jami currently supports over 1,400 individuals, delivering almost 50,000 separate service interactions each year, and reaches thousands more people through education, seminars, work in schools and other organisations. Through our social enterprise community café, Head Room, we raise mental health awareness while delivering mental health support on the high street.

Job purpose

- You will be working within Jami’s Children’s and Young Persons (CYP) Service with the aim of delivering services to young people aged 18-25
- Establish a network of relationships with educational, vocational and leisure facilities.
- Provide outreach support to young people in line with a “whole team approach” working with key individuals in mutually agreed settings.
- Contribute to the development and delivery of a high quality, needs led, innovative mental health service for young people.
- Be involved in carrying out initial assessments, short-term interventions, enabling people to identify their needs and service evaluation.
- You will meet people in person and use video conferencing technology to support people through 1:1 and group work


- Work as a member of the developing Children and Young Persons Service. Supporting members of the Jewish Community experiencing issues with their mental health, in collaboration with key individuals such as families, carers, teachers as appropriate.
- Manage a 1:1 caseload.
- Support young people with their recovery journey enabling them to identify their goals and work towards them.
- Provide a service, which promotes recovery, identifies people’s needs and strengths, is user centered, holistic, and promotes safety and positive risk taking.
- Liaise with appropriate statutory and non-statutory health and social care organisations, schools and further education and signpost where appropriate.
- Work in collaboration with other community partners (e.g., Gateways, Bright Futures UK, Noa Girls, Norwood, Boost) to find and support a young person to maintain suitable employment, education and volunteering opportunities
- Participate in the setting up and running of service user groups.
- To maintain up to date and accurate electronic records as required by existing procedures
- Provide specialist assessments and holistic interventions, using tools such as Y.ROC to inform a meaningful support plan in line with the service user involvement strategy.
- Carry out assessment of harmful risk and develop risk management plans collaboratively with the young person.
- Re-assess using Y-ROC on a three-monthly basis to evaluate progress and re-evaluate the support offered.
- Work effectively using a whole team approach as required.
- Create and maintain local partnerships and relationships within the Jewish community and beyond, supporting the development of resilient communities and an environment that enables and supports mental health recovery, and identifies and implements preventative strategies.
- Maintain own personal development and keep up to date with current knowledge and health and social care agenda.
- Maintain awareness of current thinking and new developments in mental health care of young adults
- Work within Health and Safety guidelines, with reference to the Lone Worker Policy and individual risk assessments.
- Compliance with the Equality Act, and health and safety legislation.
- Provide a service which adheres to policies and procedures including following safeguarding and rise assessment practice.
- To utilise video conferencing to support clients.
- Attend regular supervision with a named supervisor, incorporating this into practice.
- Attend relevant meetings.
- Participate in the organisation’s appraisal process.
- Ensure that all activities are operated consistent with the values of Jami and the Jewish Community with which you serve.
- Carry out any other necessary duties or tasks as requested by your line manager or another designated senior manager.


The post holder will be expected to: -

• Attend regular supervision with named supervisor.

• Incorporate feedback from supervision into practice.

• Participate in a programme of continued personal development.

• Attend relevant meetings

Training and Qualifications


- Professional qualification in Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Nursing or other relevant qualifications
- Registered with HCPC or other relevant governing bodies
- Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards


- Further qualifications in working with Young People in Mental Health

Knowledge and Experience


- Experience of working with people with mental health problems.
- Caseload management
- Initial assessment skills
- Risk assessment and risk management skills
- Working knowledge of Recovery principles and values
- An understanding of service user involvement
- Ability to work holistically with individuals and groups
- Experience of devising group-based activities which support service users’ needs
- An understanding of the needs and difficulties of (young) people who experience mental health problems
- Ability to develop practical solutions to problems that may arise
- Ability to interact with staff of all disciplines and work as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Ability to form good working relations with professionals from other agencies
- Ability to form good working relationships with people who have mental health problems
- An understanding of how mental health problems can impact on all aspects of life including occupational, social and performance needs
- Ability to gather, analyse and interpret data
- An awareness of own learning needs and CPD
- Evidence of participation in evidence- based practice
- Good IT skills
- Good written and verbal communication skills


- Experience of working with Young Adults
- Local knowledge of community resources and facilities
- Experience and knowledge of the Jewish community
- Experience facilitating groups
- Lived experience of mental illness


To deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed, and all post-holders may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above. Such duties will fall within the general scope of the job description. The job description will therefore be subject to periodic review with the post holder to ensure it accurately reflects the duties of the job.

Disclosure of criminal background

All employees are checked with the Disclosure Barring Service

If it is a requirement of the post that an enhanced check is undertaken, successful applicants will be asked to complete and sign a Disclosure Form giving permission for the screening to take place.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with Jami. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of offences.

Please note applicants refusing to sign the form will not be progressed further.

Equality and diversity

Jami are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We recognise and promote, the positive value of diversity, equality, and challenge discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.


All information relating to service users, volunteers and staff gained through your employment with Jami is confidential. Any disclosure to any unauthorised person is a serious disciplinary offence.

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