Trainee Children's Wellbeing Practitioner
Alliance Psychological Services Limited
This job is now closed
Alliance are the leading independent provider of mental health and psychological wellbeing services across Teesside and the North-East.
Are you wanting to improve the lives of young people and families facing mental health difficulties and deliver support in a dynamic and creative children’s team? If so, we would love to hear from you as we have an exciting trainee opportunity available within Alliance.
This is a great time to join our organisation, leading on and being involved in the transformation of local children’s mental health and wellbeing services and delivering psychological support and emotional well-being services in a range of educational and community settings. We support a whole school/college approach to improving mental health and wellbeing. We also provide psychological therapies to children and families with multiple and complex needs.
You will share our service vision and organisation values for understanding and meeting the different needs of individuals, families, and communities across Teesside. We are a strong and well-established team, who are supportive and friendly. Our ethos is ensuring we provide support for our staff, including their development as we grow our service.
If successful, you will be expected to complete a University application form for the CWP postgraduate training programme.
You must have right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities.
Main duties of the job
Alongside employment you will undertake an academic programme with Northumbria University and trained to deliver low-intensity evidence-based CBT interventions leading to a recognised CYP IAPT qualification. During training and with effective guidance and supervision you will provide a range of interventions in schools and across local communities, helping to develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing and supporting the wider delivery of Children’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Services through the Thrive Framework and the ‘Getting Help’ offer across Teesside.
You will be supporting the delivery and development of a range of groupwork and 1:1 intervention with both children, young people and parents and building the offer of mild-moderate mental health interventions. You will also be committed in supporting a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing across Hartlepool and Stockton. This exciting opportunity comes with a commitment across both organisations to support CPD and personal development.
For an informal chat about any of these posts, please contact Kaye Hooker at CYPFamilies@alliancepsychology.com
Closing date: 23rd August
Interviews: 30th August
Interviews may have representation from young people and Northumbria University
Alliance offers first rate training and development opportunities, 38 days annual leave pro rata, rising 1 day every 5 years of service (as well as the option to purchase additional annual leave) EAP health scheme including costs towards eye tests/glasses, dental treatment, physio treatment and shopping discounts alongside a 3% contributory pension scheme. We also offer lots of health and wellbeing initiatives for our staff and promote flexible working for a positive work life balance.
Alliance Psychological Services has organisational responsibility for safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults within our service, part of this is to follow safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is also a requirement that all staff understand it is each person’s individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children.
Please note that due to the nature of the duties of these roles, an enhanced criminal records disclosure will be sought in the event of a successful application.
Alliance Psychological Services Limited is committed to promoting equal opportunities in our employment practice and service delivery. We are signatories to the Mindful Employers Charter. Alliance also has Investors in People status and is a Living Wage employer.
Alliance is a leading local children’s mental health provider delivering psychological support and emotional well-being services in primary and secondary schools and supporting a whole school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. We also provide psychological therapies to children and families with multiple and complex needs. Through the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) Programme, whole service transformation comes with effective leadership, delivery of evidence-based therapies, use of routine outcome measures and in full collaboration with children, young people, and families.
This is firstly a training role within CYP IAPT. The post-holder will work as part of a wider team of psychological therapists, delivering, with supervision, high-quality; brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. These may include psychoeducation, self-help, and work with presentations such as anxiety, low mood, and anger. The training and service experience will equip the post holder with the necessary knowledge, attitude, and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.
The post holder will attend all university based taught and self-study days required by Northumbria University (Higher Education Institute), as specified within the agreed national curriculum and work in the service for the remaining days of the week (3 days) using their newly developed skills as part of school’s referral delivery model.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- To provide, under supervision, assessment, including risk assessment, of children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
- To support management of waiting lists playing a proactive role in prioritisation, assessment, and signposting.
- To work with families involved with social care liaising closely with Social Workers and other professionals working across Children, Young People and Family Services.
- To select and deliver a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions for children, young people and families experiencing mild to moderate or moderate to severe mental health difficulties and delivered in collaboration with the child, young person, and family.
- To work within CYP IAPT Delivering with and Delivering Well Values and Standards
- To work within the principles of CYP IAPT ensuring the appropriate use of routine outcome monitoring tools
- To make use of referral pathways following assessment for children, young people and families requiring other services, including statutory and voluntary agencies
- To explore and evaluate clinical treatment using evaluation tools, contributing to evidence-based practice.
- Working in collaboration to support children, young people, and families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
- Working in collaboration with children, young people, and families to develop effective treatment plans and agreed outcomes.
- To operate within the Service Referral to Discharge Protocols
- Through close case management and supervision, 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 evidence based psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help. This work may be face-to-face, by telephone or via other media.
- Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of children and young people contacts offered, and sessions carried out per week to improve timely access and minimise waiting times.
Training and Supervision
- Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post including practical, academic, and practice-based assessments.
- Apply learning from the training Programme to practice.
- Receive clinical supervision and case management weekly in relation to course work, competencies, and clinical work to meet the required standards.
- Prepare and present case load information to supervisors and case managers within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the governance obligations of the trainee, supervisor and service are delivered.
- Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in practice.
- Work within the boundaries of service delivery and support to meet the requirements of the service needs.
- Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences and practice.
- To create and maintain effective working relationships with Headteachers, Deputy Heads, SENCO’s, Pastoral Teams, mental health champions and wider teaching staff by providing advice and consultative support on emotional and mental health issues, and in relation to appropriate referral pathways for children, young people and families experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
- To liaise effectively with other local providers, including statutory, voluntary sector organisations and on behalf of the child, young person, or family.
- To build effective working relationships with other local children’s mental health providers including CaMHS and support the development of pathways of support.
- Responsible for safeguarding children and always promoting the welfare of children & young people and operating within local policies and procedures.
- Under guidance and support taking appropriate safeguarding action to protect children & young people at risk of significant harm.
- Under guidance and supervision to identify and support families in accessing Early Help Services
- To share appropriate information with parents/carers or other agencies regarding the child’s wellbeing and progress keeping within the boundaries of Confidentiality and Information sharing protocols.
A Professional and Ethical Service
- To maintain appropriate clinical notes and records on PCMIS and in line with Alliance policies and procedures
- To undertake relevant Continuing Professional Development as required for the purposes of continued professional accreditation or registration and as identified through Alliance’s professional development and Appraisal System.
- To undertake clinical supervision and case management as per Alliance supervision policy and in line with the appropriate professional body - BABCP
- To work within Data Protection Act 1998 and Alliance Information Governance policies and procedures
- To ensure a safe and secure working environment for self and others and to act as necessary within Health and Safety and other guidelines.
- To adhere to all Alliance Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
- To promote and value the rights, responsibilities and diversity of people using the Service.
This job description is designed to identify principal responsibilities only. The post holder is required to be flexible in developing the role in accordance with changes in Alliance’s organisational objectives and priorities.
Other Skills and Qualities
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.