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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/08/2021.

Children & Young People’s Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Reference: 371-R&RCYPWP-E-A

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Children's Services
Erlegh House, University of Reading, Earley Gate, Reading
£24,907 - £30,615

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.

Due to new investment and service expansion, we have a wonderful band 5 opportunity to work within our Autism Assessment Team and ADHD team that sit within the Children, Young People and Families service (CYPF). We can consider both full time (37.5 hours per week) and part time applications.

You will join a friendly and supportive team, who are passionate and forward thinking about neurodiversity. You will deliver high quality, outcome-informed, low intensity evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties to children and young people (CYP) who are either awaiting an autism/ADHD assessment or have been diagnosed with either or both. You will also provide a Care of People Waiting (Helpline) for families whose children are on a waiting list for an assessment to provide advice and support and consider whether children and young people may require prioritised assessments. This will also involve signposting to other services within the community, identifying children who may benefit from a low-intensity intervention as well as making onwards referrals where appropriate.

There will be opportunities foy you to become a moderator for our online support platform ‘SHaRON’ (Support Hope and Resources Online). In addition, the Neurodiversity Service employs trainee Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners and it is anticipated that you will provide opportunities for shadowing and with appropriate training/experience offer support to them.

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a Trust committed to workplace wellbeing and to making Berkshire Healthcare a great place to work for everyone. This is demonstrated in the latest National Staff Survey results where we achieved the highest engagement score (staff feedback on their motivation, advocacy and involvement at work) of all Community and Mental Health Trusts.

About the Job

  • Provide a Care of People Waiting (Helpline) for families whose children are on a waiting list for an assessment to provide advice and support and consider whether children and young people may require prioritised assessments, additional referrals or low intensity interventions
  • Assess and deliver, outcome focused, evidence-based low intensity interventions to children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties
  • Support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices about the intervention
  • Escalate cases where the level of need becomes beyond scope or more severe, ensuring adherence to other relevant elements of service delivery
  • Provide a range of information and support for low intensity evidence based psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help for adolescent anxiety, parent-led interventions for childhood anxiety and behavioural problems and brief behavioural activation for low mood This work may be face-to-face, by telephone or via online consultation

Neurodiversity Service Overview

Our Neurodiversity Service is responsible for the assessment and diagnosis of Autism and ADHD and on-going review of young people with an ADHD diagnosis who are receiving medical intervention. Our service works closely with partner agencies in the community including both statutory and charity organisations to develop and inform information and support for children, young people and their families at all stages of the assessment process. Clinicians in the service include consultant psychiatrists, consultant paediatricians, clinical psychologists/mental health nurses/advanced mental health practitioners, speech and language therapists and assistant psychologists. The Neurodiversity Service sits within Berkshire Healthcare’s Children Young People and Families (CYPF) structure and works closely with other services.

Working pattern + Service operating hours

Usual service operating hours are Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

AfC Salary ranging from £24,907 - £30,615 per annum

Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance

Annual leave – 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff

Excellent learning and development opportunities

Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car

Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff

Advanced IT enablement and support

Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.

And so much more

Work base:

The allocated base will be Erlegh House, University of Reading, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Rd, Reading RG6 6BZ although it is anticipated that the successful candidate will need to travel to different locations in Berkshire. It is also anticipated that some elements of the role can be completed remotely (working from home).


Staff parking is available on site

The 3 “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:

  1. Graduate/Postgraduate Certificate in Brief Evidence-Based Interventions for Children and Young People with Common Mental Health Problems (CYP IAPT)
  2. Interest in Neurodiversity
  3. Car owner/driver and possess full UK driver’s licence or evidence of ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position.

    Should you match up to the 3 points listed above, then we would recommend you make your application for this role today! We interview candidates for this role in the order applications are received, so don’t delay and apply today.

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call: Amy Balcon on 07920 846623 or email Amy.Balcon@berkshire.nhs.ukwho’ll be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

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The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the health of its staff, patients and the wider community by providing a smoke free environment. A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s sites.

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.


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.

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