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Mental Health Practitioner

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£27,300 - £29,250

Posted Date

30 May 2023

NW Regional - Mental Health Services

Closing Date

4 June 2023

We are looking for a full time experienced Mental Health Practitioner to work in our new
Barnardo's Additional Capacity Team (ACT) service that is positioned within the Mental
Health and Trauma Services (NWMHT) Delivery Platform and will have a base in Leyland,
near Preston, Lancashire.

The ACT Team will work with services across Britain to offer online virtual therapy to children
and young people aged approx. 11-18 years. The aim of the ACT Service is to operate in a
flexible and responsive way to meet peaks and demands in referrals to services, by utilising
a team of qualified therapists and experienced mental health practitioners offering a range of
virtual interventions, both 1:1 and in groups, maintaining the same quality service delivery as
the core Barnardo's service.

The successful candidate will be expected to work flexibly to ensure the sessions are
accessible with an emphasis on meeting young people online at a time that suits them.
Therefore, all ACT workers will be required to commit to some regular evening work per
week with the rest of the hours being worked flexibly around the needs of the service. It
should also be noted that there may potentially be a need for some weekend work if required
by service users.

Mental Health Practitioner Applicants should:

Have an understanding of the wider determinants of health, including social,
educational, economic and environmental factors and their impact on the mental
health and emotional wellbeing children and young people.

Have experience of working online and virtually using a range of web-based
platforms to deliver 1:1 and group sessions to improve emotional wellbeing and build
resilience in children and young people aged 11 years plus mindful of the additional
safeguarding and GDPR implications.

Be able to manage and prioritise their own caseload and provide personalised
support to children and young people, using a range of Goal Based Outcomes and
Routine Outcome Measures

Ability to listen and communicate effectively with children, young people and their

Be able to provide a culturally sensitive service, by supporting people from all
backgrounds and communities, respecting children and young people's lifestyles and
When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in
relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document (if
applicable). This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service

Pay & Reward Framework

We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo's values. We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which was rolled out 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo's as it will offer clear routes of progression for colleagues to progress through the pay band of their role.

Whilst the full pay band and salary range is advertised, our approach to starting salaries is to appoint between the minimum to mid-point of the pay band – this ensures that pay progression steps are available to reward our colleagues annually based on their contribution to excellence and alignment to our values and behaviours. More details on Barnardo's pay framework can be found upon application.

Workplace Offer: What it means for you

The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.

- Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
- 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing after 5 years service
- The ability to buy up to another 5 days annual leave via our HolidayPlus scheme
- A host of family friendly leave options including company Maternity Paternity and Adoption pay; together with all family additional leave options
- Service related sick pay from day 1
- Access to a Group Personal Pension with a matched 4% or 6% contribution from Barnardo's. Ability to pay via salary sacrifice to garner both tax and NI savings on your own contribution
- Death in service cover of 4x annual earnings for all staff contributing to our Group Personal Pension
- Cycle2work scheme
- Interest free season ticket loans
- Discounts and cashback from at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via our Benefit Portal
- 20% discount at Barnardo's stores
- Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc
- Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
- Access to Barnardo's Learning and Development offer

*T&C's apply based on contract
About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.

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