NELFT NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts of its kind in the country. Providing mental health and community services across north east London and Essex, we are committed to making the most of opportunities to work across traditional healthcare boundaries to bring real benefits to our patients and service users.
Our core aim is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of local people. We work closely with other organisations and are continuously looking to develop innovative, integrated and comprehensive healthcare services that support people out of hospital where possible.
With an annual budget of more than £300million, we provide care and treatment for a population of almost 15 million people in their own homes, in health centres and in hospital. We employ around 6000 staff.
The extensive range of specialist services we provide means that it is possible to get a variety of different working experiences within the same organisation.
NELFT recognises its responsibility to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to protecting them from the risk of harm. We expect all staff to undertake this commitment and applicants will be subject to recruitment processes that support this.
Come and work for NELFT’s new Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS), and be part of one of the UK’s most innovative healthcare Trusts
NELFT is an experienced provider of mental health services for children and young people, already providing these services in 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. You can find out more about NELFT by visiting our website.
Our priority is providing the highest standard of care to all of our service users.
About NELFT’s new EWMHS
NELFT’s EWMHS is for anybody aged between 0-18, living in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas 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 EWMHS.
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.
Since 1 November 2015, we have been gradually rolling out these services:
• Preventative programs in schools, children’s centres and other local places
• Advice, training and support for other health and social services
• A range of services including parenting and family groups, short psychological treatments and mindfulness in schools
• More in-depth psychological treatments, which are evidence based and delivered by highly skilled practitioners in specialist teams
• Help and support for all young people at times of crisis
• Online and digital services such as Big White Wall
Structure of NELFT’s EWMHS
There are: three Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPA), seven Locality Teams three Crisis Teams and a specialist Eating Disorders Team. These are located across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.
What difficulties can be referred to the service?
• Mood and anxiety disorders
• Behavioural and conduct disorders
• Emerging personality and attachment disorders
• Eating disorders
• Psychotic disorders
• Deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation
• Substance misuse with co-existing mental health needs (dual diagnosis)
• Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) - with co-occurring mental health needs
• Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - with co-occurring mental health needs
• Neurodevelopmental disorders
• Prolonged bereavement problems
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.
Eating Disorders in EWMHS
NELFT has collaborated with commissioners across Southend, Essex and Thurrock to create a specialist but community based eating disorders service. We offer a multidisciplinary service that is community based offering NICE (National Institute for health and Care Excellence) concordant treatment. Intensive community support and specialist cognitive behavioural and family based treatments are a core component. The specialist team comprises medical and clinical staff with significant eating disorder expertise and the appropriate capacity and skill-mix.
The service is committed to the principles of children and young people’s improving access to psychological therapies (CYP-IAPT; evidence-based practice, routine outcome measures, high quality training and clinical supervision and increased young people’s participation). We have strong local links with paediatrics where shorter acute admissions are arranged for children and young people. The service will meet the standards set out in the Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder. NICE concordant treatments generally start within four weeks of first contact with a healthcare professional and within one week for urgent cases. The NHS England commissioning guide for children and young people with an eating disorder (July 2015) has heavily influenced our new service design.
Working in eating disorders in EWMHS 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.
For further details / informal visits contact:
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All our recruitment is carried out through our recruitment system trac.jobs. You are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence related to this post, including assessment or interview invitations and any other type of correspondence relating to your application.
In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date then please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.
NELFT has signed the skills pledge and is an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer a range of opportunities which include monthly supervision, annual appraisal and a wide range of training options.
We offer a range of NHS benefits including flexible working, NHS Pension Scheme, Childcare Voucher and car scheme. To improve the working lives of our staff we are committed in helping them achieve a healthy balance between work and home life and offer a range of initiatives to help staff achieve this.
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.
NELFT operates a no smoking policy.
Should you wish to claim for travel, accommodation, or any other costs incurred with attending a job interview you will need to agree this in advance of the interview with the recruiting manager.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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