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Mental Health Practitioner

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£24,723 - £ 34,095

Posted Date

2 December 2022


Closing Date

9 January 2023

We are looking for Mental Health Practitioners to join our new Additional Capacity Team (ACT Service) working alongside counsellors to deliver a range of online interventions both as 1:1 and Groups.

ACT is a new Barnardo's service that is positioned within the Mental Health and Trauma Services (NWMHT) Delivery Platform and will have a base in Central Lancashire.

It 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, maintaining the same quality service delivery as the core Barnardo's service.

The successful candidate will be expected to work flexibly with an emphasis on meeting young people online at a time that suits them. Therefore, MHP's must be prepared to work between 11am and 7pm weekdays and potentially at the weekend in line with service user needs.

ACT team members will work flexibly using a hybrid model of Barnardo's office and home-based delivery of therapy sessions, so therapist applicants need to be able and willing to travel to various offices including the Preston base.

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


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.
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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