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Mental Health Worker

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Full Time - 37.5hours per week
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Unit 1, Gillingham ME80NZ
£24,214 - £30,112 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.

Come and work for NELFT’s Young Person's Wellbeing Service (YPWS) in Medway as YPWS Mental Health Worker, and be part of one of the UK’s most innovative healthcare Trusts.

 An exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate professional (e.g nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, creative therapist, counsellor or someone with clinical CAMHS experience or similar) to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary team based in Gillingham Medway.

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.

You will be a highly motivated, enthusiastic and innovative individual with clinical experience who is keen to develop your work with Children, Young People, and their Families and work in partnership with external agencies to deliver an Emotional Wellbeing and  Mental Health Service.

You will promote the mental and emotional health of children, young people and families by:


  • Undertaking initial community based and school based assessments
  • Developing plans of care and delivering a range of early interventions to children and young people with a range of emotional and psychological difficulties where appropriate.
  • Providing patients and relatives with information and education thus ensuring they have meaningful choices that promote dignity, independence and quality of life.
  • Initiating referrals to other health and social care professional services and agencies



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 Young Persons Wellbeing Services (MYPWS)

NELFT’s MYPWS is for anybody aged between 0-19 years of age , living in the Medway 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 and has been replaced with an integrated YPWS

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.

Structure of NELFT’s YPWS

Medway has a Single Point of Access (SPA) and a Young Person's Wellbeing Service (YPWS) with access to a Pan Kent Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disability Service, All Age Eating Disorder Service and a crisis Team. There are a further six Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services located across Kent in North Kent (Dartford), West Kent (Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells), South Kent (Folkestone, Dover) and East Kent, (Swale, Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet).

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.

Medway Young Person's Wellbeing Services

The aim of our YPWS is to respond earlier to children and young people’s needs in order to help prevent, reduce or delay the need for more specialist interventions. This transformation of children and young people’s mental health services has a clinical focus, integrated with local authorities to deliver a long term collaborative approach to planning and delivering services.

YPWS focuses on emotional wellbeing as well as mental health and promotes and includes access to self-help tools and services based in schools and the community. The CAMHS Tier II and Tier III service no longer exist and has been replaced with an integrated YPWS. Training and support is available to other professionals and agencies. We are creating a modern service that fits with children’s lives in a way that best suits them. Key new features include a  Single Point of Access (SPA) into the service, clear early signposting, and use of digital channels such as Big White Wall to access evidence based on line support and services.

The service is driven by the principles underpinning the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies); evidence based interventions, routine measurement of outcomes, access to high quality training and supervision for professionals and true co-production with children and young people.

The YPWS team has three care pathways. Each care pathway is clinically led, with care pathway leads operationally managing all YPWS practitioners working in that care pathway. With the support of the team manager, care pathway leads are responsible for assessment, treatment and systematic outcome measurement in that care pathway. YPWS multi-disciplinary pathway workers and mental health workers may work across more than one care pathway in a locality team.

Care pathways are structured as follows:


  • Mood and anxiety
  • Complex
  • Behavioural and conduct

Care pathway leads and practitioners ensure that a high quality, timely, accessible and evidence-based service is available to all children and young people who need it. This means establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with wider social, health and voluntary services.

If working in our YPWS team in Medway sound like it is for you and if you are excited by a modern approach. We would very much like to hear from you.

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 under work-for-us. 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.

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

For further details / informal visits contact:


Bonny Andrews Integrated Team Manager