Trainee Children's Wellbeing Practitioner

Alliance Psychological Services Limited

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Job summary

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

About us

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.

Date posted

09 August 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£20,500 a year Whilst Training (£25,500-£26,500 Once Qualified)

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

E0163-22-8036

Job locations

Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road

Stockton-on-tees

Cleveland

TS18 3NA


Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Job Purpose

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.

Partnership Working

  • 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.

Safeguarding

  • 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Job Purpose

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.

Partnership Working

  • 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.

Safeguarding

  • 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.

Person Specification

Other Skills and Qualities

Essential

  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to work with low-intensity CBT approaches and willing to support the implementation of Alliance model and integrate within practice.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of assessment and risk
  • Shows a willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of both service, children, young people and families and university requirements.
  • Ability to work with an agreed caseload and manage agreed targets and performance measures
  • Demonstrates an understanding of childrens mental health
  • Demonstrates a willingness to undertake clinical supervision and case management
  • Shows responsibility for continuous professional development
  • A clear understanding of LSCB policies and procedures and commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people
  • Under supervision demonstrates a willingness to challenge assumptions and practice and with guidance can provide alternative and creative solutions
  • Demonstrates commitment to deliver high quality services
  • Demonstrates an ability to effectively build and manage relationships with referrers both within schools and community
  • Strong working relationships with school leadership teams to support and maintain contracts
  • Demonstrates a consistently positive attitude to working within Alliance
  • Demonstrates willingness to work collaboratively with children, young people and families
  • Has the willingness under supervision to develop good therapeutic relationships with children, young people and families
  • Ability to work within a dynamic and developing service
  • Demonstration of self-motivation and motivation of others
  • Ability to work confidently and competently under pressure
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written and the ability to understand and respond to requirements of different audiences
  • Shares information, skills and practice when required
  • Excellent case recording, report writing and case presentation skills
  • Demonstrates competency in using Microsoft Office
  • Experience in using data base systems to record sessions and notes

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working with children and young people in a psychological capacity (emotional health and wellbeing)
  • Demonstrates an understanding of CYP IAPT

Desirable

  • Demonstrates an understanding of Alliance children young people and families service including referral pathways and criteria for access
  • Experience of working within a childrens mental health service
  • Experience of working within educational establishments
  • Post qualification experience as a practicing counsellor/psychological therapist

Qualifications

Essential

  • Attainment of a first degree or equivalent academic level 6 qualification (e.g., Grad Certificate/Grad Diploma)

Desirable

  • Holds a recognised qualification in counselling or psychological therapy
  • Holds a recognised membership of a relevant professional body (i.e., BACP/BABCP BAAT/UKCP/BPS)
  • Is accredited with a relevant professional body (i.e., BACP/BABCP/BAAT/UKCP/BPS)
Person Specification

Other Skills and Qualities

Essential

  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to work with low-intensity CBT approaches and willing to support the implementation of Alliance model and integrate within practice.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of assessment and risk
  • Shows a willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of both service, children, young people and families and university requirements.
  • Ability to work with an agreed caseload and manage agreed targets and performance measures
  • Demonstrates an understanding of childrens mental health
  • Demonstrates a willingness to undertake clinical supervision and case management
  • Shows responsibility for continuous professional development
  • A clear understanding of LSCB policies and procedures and commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people
  • Under supervision demonstrates a willingness to challenge assumptions and practice and with guidance can provide alternative and creative solutions
  • Demonstrates commitment to deliver high quality services
  • Demonstrates an ability to effectively build and manage relationships with referrers both within schools and community
  • Strong working relationships with school leadership teams to support and maintain contracts
  • Demonstrates a consistently positive attitude to working within Alliance
  • Demonstrates willingness to work collaboratively with children, young people and families
  • Has the willingness under supervision to develop good therapeutic relationships with children, young people and families
  • Ability to work within a dynamic and developing service
  • Demonstration of self-motivation and motivation of others
  • Ability to work confidently and competently under pressure
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written and the ability to understand and respond to requirements of different audiences
  • Shares information, skills and practice when required
  • Excellent case recording, report writing and case presentation skills
  • Demonstrates competency in using Microsoft Office
  • Experience in using data base systems to record sessions and notes

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working with children and young people in a psychological capacity (emotional health and wellbeing)
  • Demonstrates an understanding of CYP IAPT

Desirable

  • Demonstrates an understanding of Alliance children young people and families service including referral pathways and criteria for access
  • Experience of working within a childrens mental health service
  • Experience of working within educational establishments
  • Post qualification experience as a practicing counsellor/psychological therapist

Qualifications

Essential

  • Attainment of a first degree or equivalent academic level 6 qualification (e.g., Grad Certificate/Grad Diploma)

Desirable

  • Holds a recognised qualification in counselling or psychological therapy
  • Holds a recognised membership of a relevant professional body (i.e., BACP/BABCP BAAT/UKCP/BPS)
  • Is accredited with a relevant professional body (i.e., BACP/BABCP/BAAT/UKCP/BPS)

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.

Additional information

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Alliance Psychological Services Limited

Address

Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road

Stockton-on-tees

Cleveland

TS18 3NA


Employer's website

https://www.alliancepsychology.com/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

Alliance Psychological Services Limited

Address

Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road

Stockton-on-tees

Cleveland

TS18 3NA


Employer's website

https://www.alliancepsychology.com/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Kaye Hooker

CYPFamilies@alliancepsychology.com

01642352747

Date posted

09 August 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£20,500 a year Whilst Training (£25,500-£26,500 Once Qualified)

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

E0163-22-8036

Job locations

Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road

Stockton-on-tees

Cleveland

TS18 3NA


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