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Come and work for NELFT’s Children & Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS), and be part of one of the UK’s most innovative healthcare Trusts
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Worker to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary team based in Thanet CYPMHS.
Driven by the principles underpinning the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) the service provides the latest in evidence based NICE compliant psychological interventions to children, young people and their families experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.
You will be a highly motivated and innovative individual with a professional qualification in Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Systemic Family Therapy and experience of working with people with emotional wellbeing and / or mental health difficulties.
You will :
NELFT is an experienced provider of mental health services for children and young people, already providing these services in Essex, Medway and four London boroughs.
It is also one of England’s largest NHS Foundation Trusts. We provide community health services for children and young people with physical health needs in south west Essex and in the four London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
Our priority is providing the highest standard of care to all of our service users.
About NELFT’s Children & Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)
NELFT’s CYPMHS is for anybody aged between 0-18, living in Kent and is free at the point of entry. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25.
The CAMHS Tier II and Tier III services no longer exist, replaced with an integrated CYPMHS.
Any young person experiencing emotional wellbeing or mental health problems, (or any parent, guardian, professional or teacher of a child who is experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties), may access our service.
Structure of Children & Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)
There is one Children’s Single Point of Access (SPA), a Neurodevelopmental & Learning Disabilities Service, six Locality Teams and a Crisis Team.
These are located across North Kent (Dartford), West Kent (Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells), South Kent (Folkestone & Dover), East Kent (Thanet), Swale, Ashford and Canterbury and Coastal.
What difficulties can be referred to the service?
All referrals to the service are assessed using a care pathways approach, developed in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance criteria (NICE) and based on a best practice model of treatment.
Locality Team in Children & Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)
The aim of our new CYPMHS is to respond earlier to children and young people’s needs in order to help prevent, reduce or delay the need for more specialist interventions.
This transformation of children and young people’s mental health services has a clinical focus, integrated with local authorities to deliver a long term collaborative approach to planning and delivering services.
CYPMHS focuses on emotional wellbeing as well as mental health and includes access to self-help tools and services based in schools and the community.
The CAMHS Tier II and Tier III service no longer exist, replaced with an integrated CYPMHS. Training and support is available to other professionals and agencies.
We are creating a modern service that fits with children’s lives in a way that best suits them. Key new features include a Children’s Single Point of Access (SPA) into the service, clear early signposting, and use of digital channels such as Together All to access support and services.
Each locality team have care pathways. Each care pathway is clinically led, with care pathway leads operationally managing all CYPMHS practitioners working in that care pathway.
With the support of the team manager, care pathway leads are responsible for assessment, treatment and systematic outcome measurement in that care pathway.
CYPMHS multi-disciplinary pathway workers and mental health workers may work across more than one care pathway in a locality team.
Behavioural and conduct
Neurodevelopmental & Learning Disability
Care pathway leads and practitioners ensure that a high quality, timely, accessible and evidence-based service is available to all children and young people who need it.
This means establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with wider social, health and voluntary services.
Working in our CYPMHS locality teams is for you if you are excited by a modern approach. We would very much like to hear from you.
This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).
At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2.
For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website, under work for us. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.
NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.
As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes.
The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.
As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits :
We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme
Equal opportunities employer
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics.