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EWMHS Intensive Support Service Lead

Band 7

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Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Colchester 651 Building
Colchester 651
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum pro rata
23/08/2019 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate qualified health professional (e.g nurse, social worker, occupational therapist) to join our Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service (EWMHS) Intensive Intervention Service, leading a team to provide assessment and brief interventions for children and young people in Essex.

Driven by the principles underpinning the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) the service provides the latest in evidence based NICE compliant psychological interventions to children, young people and their families who maybe in crisis or experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties to a degree that can be supported by an intensive community support care plan.

This service is part of a new expansion of the existing crisis service, which will see two pathways of care being offered to young people experiencing mental health crisis across Essex within the same service provision. The successful applicant will see themselves joining the leadership team for the Intensive Support Service and overseeing the management and delivery of high quality care which spans across both an A&E and Community setting.

You will be a highly motivated, innovative and enthusiastic individual with clinical and leadership experience in working with children and young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.

You will:

  • Have enthusiasm, and drive to be part of a senior management team responsible for nurturing and developing the service at this exciting time and contribute to the structure and development of the service moving forwards
  • Support in the line management and supervision of the service to deliver high quality community based care to young people and families in Essex who maybe experiencing mental health crisis or be requiring an intensive time limited period of support within the community
  • Participate in a rotational oncall phone support system as part of the local service structure
  • Be responsible for overseeing the day to day operational running of the service in support of the 8a service manager and in collaboration where appropriate with other key members of the senior team
  • Provide face to face assessment services within community setting’s – including Accident & Emergency – to young people and families struggling with mental health crisis
  • Promote the mental and emotional health of children, young people and families in the community through supporting the engagement of clinical interventions within the two main care pathways, as well as promoting and supporting important strategic relationships with neighbouring services such as Accident & Emergency, social care and internal services to EWMHS.


NELFT is an experienced provider of mental health services for children and young people, already providing these services in four London boroughs. It is also one of England’s largest NHS Foundation Trusts. We provide community health services for children and young people with physical health needs in south west Essex and in the four London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

Our priority is providing the highest standard of care to all of our service users.

About NELFT’s Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service (EWMHS)

NELFT’s EWMHS is for anybody aged between 0-18, living in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas and is free at the point of entry. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25. The CAMHS Tier II and Tier III services no longer exist, replaced with an integrated EWMHS.

Any young person experiencing emotional wellbeing or mental health problems, (or any parent, guardian, professional or teacher of a child who is experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties), may access our service.

Since 1 November 2015, we have been gradually rolling out these services:

  • Preventative programs in schools, children’s centres and other local places
  • Advice, training and support for other health and social services
  • A range of services including parenting and family groups, short psychological treatments and mindfulness in schools
  • More in-depth psychological treatments, which are evidence based and delivered by highly skilled practitioners in specialist teams
  • Help and support for all young people at times of crisis
  • Online and digital services such as Big White Wall

Structure of NELFT’s EWMHS

There are: three Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPA), seven Locality Teams three Crisis Teams and a specialist Eating Disorders Team. These are located across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

What difficulties can be referred to the service?

  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Behavioural and conduct disorders
  • Emerging personality and attachment disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Substance misuse with co-existing mental health needs (dual diagnosis)
  • Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) - with co-occurring mental health needs
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - with co-occurring mental health needs
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Prolonged bereavement problems

All referrals to the service are assessed using a care pathways approach, developed in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance criteria (NICE) and based on a best practice model of treatment.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Adam Digby

EWMHS Crisis / ISS Team Manager