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Primary Mental Health Worker

  • Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
  • Reference: 1168
  • Published: Sun 14/07/2024, 19:02 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 15/07/2024, 1:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: GBP 46,041.00 - 49,083.00 per year
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: To be confirmed

Organisation: London Borough of Waltham Forest

Salary: £46,041 - £49,083

Retention Bonus: Yes

Contract Type: Full Time Permanent

Working hours per week: 36

Application Deadline: Mon 15/07/2024

Proposed Interview Date(s): TBC


About Us:

Bursting with culture, energy, and opportunity, the London Borough of Waltham Forest is a fantastic and exciting place to work.

We are a highly ambitious borough. Driven by culture and the innate creativity of our residents, we have developed new and innovative ways to build our communities. Our Council is relentlessly resident-focused, insight-led, digitally driven and commercially minded; a Council focused on meeting the needs of our existing and future residents.

London Borough of Waltham Forest is one of the Mayor of London's Good Work Standard employers. This accreditation is a proof of our commitment to creating a healthy, fair and inclusive workplace. This includes fair pay and conditions, workplace well-being, skills and progression and diversity and recruitment.

About the role:

You will provide a range of therapeutic interventions to children, young people, and their families to support their emotional well-being and mental health. In addition to work with colleagues to deliver clinical consultation to social care staff to inform different ways of undertaking direct work and planning. Effecting positive change and outcomes for children, young people, and families, working alongside social care staff. Undertaking high quality assessments and evidence-based interventions to children, young people, their families. Building resilience in children and young people, their families and carers to be able to achieve their aspirations and potential. You will ensure a clinical lens is applied to case discussions. Enabling the use of systemic methodologies and clinical intervention that draws on family resources and supports behavioral change, and act as a key interface between the primary care professionals and specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

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Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop good working relationships and communicate effectively with internal / external organisations / partners and stakeholders. Represent specialist area internally and / or externally. Model, demonstrate and promote good practice relevant to the role.
  • Conduct statutory and / or complex / specialist mental health Assessments regarding children and young people to determine interventions / referral to the appropriate service.
  • Plan and oversee programmes or packages of mental health intervention and/or support across the PSG. Monitor and where appropriate review cases.
  • Provide professional expert mental health advice and guidance to colleagues and partner agencies in supporting children and young people
  • Liaise internally and externally and work with colleagues from other agencies to ensure children and young people's mental health and wellbeing is supported.
  • Maintain properly documented case files, records and information. Prepare standard reports as required.
  • Mentor and support others in their development and identification of mental health issues.
  • Carry out all duties with an awareness and understanding of the Safeguarding requirements within area of responsibility.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • In-depth knowledge of various models of understanding mental health, mental disorders in children and young people
  • Knowledge of relevant legislations and national CAMHS strategy / policies
  • Knowledge of services provided to children and families by social services, health, education and voluntary sectors
  • Knowledge of mental health and emotional needs of vulnerable young people
  • Have high-level knowledge and skills in gathering information from a range of sources, including direct observation of children and young people and their interactions with mothers, fathers and carers.
  • Ability to analyse problems, situations and information, think laterally and present innovative and feasible solutions.
  • Clinical skills to identify potential concerns such as risk of self-harm or suicide, low mood and depression, ADHD, PTSD, eating disorders, emerging Psychosis, concerns about parental mental health.
  • Ability to intervene at an early point to prevent mental health deterioration in children, young people and their families. Working with familial difficulties utilising core therapeutic methodologies as appropriate.
  • Skilled in supporting and providing challenge in relation to case discussions using genograms, mapping of the professional and family system, in order to provide a systemic perspective.
  • Make timely judgments and decisions that are based on evidence and thorough analysis of all the information gathered.
  • Demonstrate an ability to draw up specific practical plans with clear timescales that are based on high quality assessments, which set out the planned outcomes for the mental health and wellbeing of the child or young person.
  • Ability to drive manage a caseload, knowing when to provide direct intervention and when referral to tier 3 CAMHS is required.
  • Systematically monitor and review decisions and plans, revising them where appropriate in the light of new information and evaluation of whether the interventions are achieving the planned outcomes.
  • Minimum of 2 years post qualification experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of Child protection procedures
  • Experience of providing consultation, support and training to professional carers working with young people
  • Experience of participating in mental health assessments of children, young people and families
  • Working experience of complex risk assessments
  • Experience of using a range of techniques including problem solving, CBT, Counselling, systemic, stress management interventions
  • An appreciation and willingness to use the best evidence in clinical practice
  • An appreciation and willingness to carryout audits, engage in monitoring service outcomes and analysis to inform future service planning
  • Experience of delivering effective interventions with children and families to prevent family breakdown
  • Experience of working with a range of emotional behavioural and /or mental health difficulties

Terms and conditions:

Satisfactory employment references and CIFAS identity checks;

Satisfactory declaration of interest;

This role is subject to safer recruitment practices as it involves work with children and/ or vulnerable adults;

Satisfactory DBS check;

Continued professional body registration;

This post is politically restricted therefore the post holder is disqualified from undertaking certain political activities under the Local Government Officers (Political Restrictions) Regulations 1990.

As a public authority, we must ensure that members of staff in public-facing roles are able to speak fluent English. This means that they must have a command of spoken English, with confidence and accuracy, sufficient for the effective performance of their role. This requirement does not refer to any particular English language qualifications, regional or international accents, dialects, speech impediments or the tone of conversations. It does not require staff to speak only in English.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications online by pressing the 'Apply' button below. This includes a supporting statement that outlines to us how your skills and experience make you a good candidate for this vacancy.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy.

We are keen to support employees to balance their working life with other commitments. Therefore, wherever possible, we will consider working arrangements that suit an individual's personal circumstances whilst still meeting the needs of the Council. If you would like to discuss the possible flexible working options that might be applicable to this role, please contact the person named below or feel free to discuss this during your interview.

For more information on the benefits of working for the Council, please visit https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/jobs-and-training/find-jobs-and-other-opportunities/working-us.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Kobus Grobbelaar Head Of Service Contact Email Address: Kobus.grobbelaar@walthamforest.gov.uk

If you have any technical issues when trying to apply for this post, please contact our Recruitment Team via email at recruitment@walthamforest.gov.uk.

The Council's preference is for online application. However, if you have a disability and are unable to complete an online application, please email recruitment@walthamforest.gov.uk so we can arrange an alternative application method.

Click here for further information on the Human Resources recruitment privacy notice.
  • Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
  • Reference: 1168
  • Published: Sun 14/07/2024, 19:02 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 15/07/2024, 1:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: GBP 46,041.00 - 49,083.00 per year
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: To be confirmed