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Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 378-F0165

Employer:
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
378 NLD Wetherby YOI
Location:
Wetherby
Salary:
£28,050 to £36,644 pa

Our Trust exists to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. We’re delighted you’re looking at this job opportunity and hope you want to join our team.

We’re very proud we were chosen as the ‘best organisation’ in the 2017 Kate Granger awards for compassionate care. We live our values every day:

  • We put the person first and in the centre
  • We know that families and carers matter
  • We are respectful, honest, open and transparent
  • We improve and aim to be outstanding
  • We are relevant today and ready for tomorrow

Our values are very important to us which is why we want to recruit people whose values match ours. Read on to find out more about this job opportunity.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Mental Health Practitioner to join our integrated CAMHs team within the children’s secure estate. This post will initially be based at Wetherby YOI or Adel Beck SCH but you would be expected to work across the service. The post will either be Monday – Friday 9-5, with a focus on intervention or will be include a shift pattern over a 7 day service, with 12 hour shifts. We are particularly interested in candidates with an interest in long term structured therapeutic intervention (CBT, DBT,Psychotherapy).

HMYOI Wetherby is the largest secure provision in the country for young males aged between 15-19. It accommodates a national unit, The Keppel Unit designed to meet the needs of particularly vulnerable and complex young people.

Adel Beck is a 24 bedded Secure Children’s home and is the most technologically advanced home in the UK, it comprises of three 8-bedded units. The majority of these are commissioned by the Youth Justice Board for young people that have committed offences and the remainder are commissioned for young people secured on welfare grounds. Adel Beck has been judged as an outstanding children’s home by Ofsted.

As part of the Children and Young People’s transformation programme, we are currently in the process of commencing implementation of the secure stairs framework at Adel Beck and Wetherby YOI. This service development will see the introduction of a developmentally and trauma informed mental health service model.

Most young people received into secure care are known to have multiple unmet health and mental health needs and high risk behaviors that have persisted over time. They may or may not meet the diagnostic criteria for multiple disorders, but their needs and risks can be understood as arising from traumatic life events and disrupted relationships, often beginning in early childhood. These needs and risks can best be met by using a psychologically informed approach to support the residential staff and other professionals in their day to day work with the young people, because supporting these relationships and supporting staff in their daily interactions will assist young people in acquiring the skills necessary to manage their moods and behavior more effectively.

We are looking for experienced, motivated and enthusiastic Mental Health Practitioners to join our multidisciplinary and multi-agency team. The CAMHS team provide initial screening for all young people entering custody in order to assess individual needs and refer appropriately within the service. We provide an MDT approach to assessment and intervention of Young people in custody, tailoring individuals care pathway to best meet their need and achieve the best outcome. Your role will be to assess, plan and provide interventions tailored to the individual needs of the young people, these will include generic mental health packages but also interventions based around violence and aggression, arson and harmful sexual behavior.

We are currently looking for practitioners with the skills and qualities to work within our developing intervention pathway. These roles would involve working closely with the wider MDT and care navigators to support bespoke intervention packages. We are currently working to establish our therapeutic offer and would like to hear from potential candidates who can support this.

The successful applicant will be required to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary way. The team supports each other in clinical decision making and especially promotes shared and joint decision making between different disciplines.

Experience of working within a CAMHS, Forensic or LAC service would be advantageous. The role will involve working closely with the Local Authority Team at Adel Beck, the custodial staff within the YOI and other agencies to ensure the best outcomes for the young people we work with. The post could potentially involve long days and weekend working.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an assessment centre where you will take part in a selection process which will include individual and group activities and an interview.

This post will be subject to a DBS check and prison verification.

A site visit is strongly recommended.

For further information, or to discuss the post please contact Stacey Hayton, Team Manager on shayton1@nhs.net, Andrea Robinson Team Manager on andrea.robinson@swyt.nhs.uk or Joanne Barber, Service Manager on joanne.barber@swyt.nhs.uk .




As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time working opportunities for all our positions.

Our application process will test your attitudes and behaviours, as well as your knowledge and skills. So that we know we’d be a good match for each other. If you’re successful you’ll then have a 12 months values based induction.

You’ll also have access to a wide range of wellbeing support because our wellbeing at work matters to #allofus. There’s a great range of support for us all including a workplace physio, staff retreats, health checks, counselling, mindfulness and a variety of sports groups. You can take part in our award-winning Creative Minds activities as well as access courses at our innovative recovery colleges.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability as well as those who have experience of mental or physical health problems. So, if you need any support with your application just give us a call on 01226 644081.

A couple of things to note – if you’re shortlisted for interview we’ll contact you via your NHS jobs account, so please check this regularly. Please provide email addresses wherever possible for your references. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as you can.

We hope you would like to join our award winning team. Good luck with your application.




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.


UK Registration

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



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