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EWMHS Participation Worker

NHS AfC: Band 4

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NHS AfC: Band 4
37.5 hours per week
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Alymer House, Kitson Way
£20,150 - £23,363 per annum
21/02/2019 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.

Come and work for NELFT’s new Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS), and be part of one of the UK’s most innovative healthcare Trusts

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a two year fixed-term Participation Worker to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service 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 experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.

As an integral member of EWMHS you will increase participation by children, young people, parents and carers involved in service and the wider Essex EWMH service in Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas in shaping services, ensuring that this involvement is meaningful and appropriate. You will help to ensure that young people have a voice in how services are developed and delivered.

In return, you will receive training and development opportunities, tailored supervision and access to some NELFT wide CPD forums.

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. You can find out more about NELFT by visiting our website.

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

 About NELFT’s new 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

The post holder should have good communication skills and an ability to support others in sharing their views and ideas and gaining confidence in being involved in active participation.

The post holder must value service user feedback and openness and be able to represent these to EWMHS colleagues to develop services and have a desire and skills to engage young people with a history of mental health difficulties. The post holder should be willing to challenge colleague’s views, if necessary, in order to promote the co-design of services with service users. We encourage applications from people who have experienced their own mental health issues and accessed mental health services.

The role will be a county wide role, based in the Harlow EWMHS hub and working with all EWMHS teams. The post holder will be supported by Participation champions across the service and will receive direct supervision and support from a senior clinician.

The role will involve engaging and liaising with youth organisations e.g. Local Youth Councils and national youth participation groups to develop strategies, to increase youth participation and feedback and actively engaging in the development and delivery of online and digital services for children, young people, parents and carers.

Some evening and weekend work will be required.


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).

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 successful at interview for this post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

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

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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