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Primary Mental Health Worker

Job Description

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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Primary Mental Health Worker Band 6

Would you be able to use your knowledge and professional expertise to promote early intervention in children and young people’s mental health, being flexible and available to support families and train and consult with those professionals working with them? Could you use your skills to enhance the lives of children and young people with emerging difficulties and work closely with colleagues in other agencies as well as independently in the community? If so, we would like to hear from you.

Our new Primary Care Mental Health Service is currently seeking to recruit primary mental health workers to work with children, young people, and their families focussing on the importance of early intervention in children’s mental health and we will be working to offer consultation and training, joint assessments and direct work with children, young people and families in a varied role.

We work with children and young people under the age of 5, up to 18 (exceptionally to 25) and also with young people who have had contact with youth offending services. We can be flexible about combining roles and recruiting part-time applicants where this is appropriate for the service and suggested by the experience and skills of successful applicants. Our service is available on weekdays and flexibility to work your shift between the hours of 8am and 8pm may be required on a preplanned basis.

There are 37 WTE posts available for our Primary Mental Health Worker roles which will involve triage and community work

  • Community work . You would provide consultation to professionals, training on child mental health, mental health assessments, and undertake short term therapeutic interventions with children, young people and families. The successful candidate will have responsibility for proactively linking up with other professionals, supporting our colleagues in other agencies in their specific work with children and young people and the effective management of a community caseload. You will lead in the development of local CAMHS training initiatives. Reflecting a jointly commissioned post, you will work in collaboration with colleagues from health, education, social care teams, youth offending and the voluntary sector and will include joint assessments with other professionals. These roles will be available across Suffolk and will be linked with a specific local area for whom you will be the named PMHW.Your base will either be in Ipswich or Bury St Edmunds

  • Triage .

    You will provide skilled assessment from written information and from telephone contact with young people, families and professionals from Children and Young Peoples Services, Education, Health and the Voluntary Sector. You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of children’s mental health needs, services and appropriate interventions and alongside your colleagues in other agencies and within our service, ensure that children and young people will have access to timely service delivery. The role will support referrals onto other agencies and will link with the developing Single Point of Access (SPA) for the county. You will develop a consultative role and your goal will be to ensure that children and young people receive the most appropriate and effective service to meet their mental health needs.

You will have an induction period which will involve accompanying your colleagues in their assessments and trainings to gain an expertise in early intervention mental health

Applicants will have a strong commitment to inclusive, compassionate practice that enables service users to realise their optimum recovery within a culture of patient safety and innovative practice.

We are committed to the development of our staff, and provide a structured preceptorship programme as well as ongoing supported CPD activities to support your learning and development into the future.

We are committed to providing you with the support you need to enable you to develop your career pathway working with children and young people and there will be personal and professional development through the appraisal process and relevant in-service training.

Please note that in the first instance priority for this vacancy will be given to NSFT staff who are on the Trusts Redeployment Register followed by those on pay protection and internal candidates. Second preference will be given to other NHS applicants who are currently ‘at risk’. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive prior consideration. If you are receiving pay protection, please add “Pay Protection Applicant” at the start of the supporting statement of any NSFT role you apply for to alert the resourcing team and managers in order that your application is prioritised accordingly.

We would welcome your contact: please ring Nesta Reeve Clinical Lead Wellbeing Service on  ( Phone number removed )  or Lindsay Carrier PCMHW(child) Clinical Team Leader on  ( Phone number removed ) 

Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures – these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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