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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/08/2021.

Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People (WP CYP), Band 5

Job Reference: 152-M252.21

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Seastone House
£24,907 - £30,615 p.a

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset.

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)


Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust has an opportunity for the right candidate to join our new CAMHS Gateway team. The role is specific and involves offering Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural interventions for Children and Young People.

All applicants will need to be qualified as Wellbeing Practitioners (WP CYP IAPT) - to enable delivery of treatment to children, young people and their families. (Please only apply for this post if you have this qualification).

We currently have a full time vacancy in CAMHS Gateway, working will be a mix of online and face to face delivery. Full or part time hours would be considered.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a developing service with high expectations for improving the outcomes for children and families in Dorset. CAMHS Gateway is a new Assessment and Brief Intervention Service within the Bournemouth and Poole Area, the primary focus on providing high quality clinical assessment of young people and families, as well as delivering brief, needs led, evidence based clinical interventions.

Our Band 5 Wellbeing Practitioners are integrated within our Community CAMHS teams and receive line management and supervision as part of their role, deliver groups, work with families and we are always developing new ideas to engage with as many young people as we can.

The successful post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary Community team delivering, under supervision, high-quality; brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, primarily anxiety and depression.

You will have the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service with an aptitude for working with young people and families and a passion for the key principles and values of CYP IAPT. In return you will receive supervision and in line with the values and principles of CYP IAPT and you will be offered opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge and be involved in wider CAMHS local Transformation plans.

It's an exciting time to be working in CAMHS, and part of the future for our children and young people across Dorset. CYP IAPT is just one of the ways we are helping to improve the outcomes for young people in Dorset who experience mental health problems.

The Children and Young Persons Wellbeing Practitioner’s are expected to be:

  • Committed to providing high-quality, brief evidence-based treatment interventions for children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties.
  • be familiar with the CYP IAPT core principles and have the relevant specialist training
  • be able to use and understand the value of outcome measures
  • Have the Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families who experience mental health difficulties, especially depression and anxiety
  • You'll need to be able to facilitate group work and we will offer to train you if you don't have this experience yet; and
  • You'll need to be a car driver with access to a car (we work in a beautiful rural area and take our groups where they are needed most)

This post is 37.5 hours

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £40 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments. This will only apply to candidates who are new to the Trust and not internal staff.

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service and are able to present a valid DBS certificate will not incur a charge.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Chloe Ponsford, Operational Service Manager at

Our vision is to be Better Every Day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our behaviours bring our values to life and constantly remind us that how we do things at Dorset HealthCare is as important as what we do. They are:

  • Proactive

  • Positive

  • Respectful

  • Supportive

  • Reliable and Trustworthy

    Our staff benefits:

  • Dedicated career pathways

  • Opportunities for continuing professional development

  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified Nurses and AHP’s

  • Comprehensive and structured induction programme and training

  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working

  • NHS Pension scheme

  • Health & Wellbeing service

  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service

  • NHS discounts

  • Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline

  • Salary sacrifice scheme including:

    • Work related learning

    • Buying and selling of annual leave

    • Car and Cycle scheme

    • Home technology equipment

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies early due to an exceptional response - please apply as soon as possible and refer to the Applicants Recruitment Flowchart.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

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

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