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Organisation: Cambridgeshire County Council   Hours: 37
Salary: £30,401 - £37,267   Working Pattern:Fixed Term
Location: Various places-working out of office base   Reference: 20763

Closing date:

21 February 2020 at midday

Two year fixed term contract or Secondment
Located in one of five districts in Cambridgeshire:, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire, Huntington and Fenland

We are looking for five exceptional and enthusiastic Band 6 Mental health practitioners to work with and support high risk families as part of a new Family Safeguarding Team at Cambridgeshire County Council. The Council has secured a £4.15million investment from the Department for Education (DfE) for the implementation of Family Safeguarding which will be introduced in February 2020. This is a unique opportunity to be part of this initiative from the beginning of its journey focusing on motivating parents to identify for themselves the change needed within their families.

The Strengthening Families, Protecting Children - Family Safeguarding approach improves outcomes for vulnerable children and young people by involving multi-disciplinary teams in children’s social care. Initially developed in Hertfordshire, the model has resulted in significantly better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable and at risk children. Under the Family Safeguarding approach, children’s social work teams are expanded to include adult practitioners who are experts at supporting parents to address these challenges.

We are looking for experienced mental health practitioners to operate within these multidisciplinary teams and a multi-agency framework. In role you will provide assessment, intervention consultation, guidance and advice on evidence based approaches within the framework of the role with the support from the core mental health team. You will work alongside existing services such as the Drug and Alcohol and Probation services. The team will provide support to partners aligned to the project to establish and maintain effective partnership working to manage risk and improve outcomes for children who have a range of needs, including the need to be protected and to be looked after by the local authority.

Maintaining communications with partners and a focus on the protection of the children in the family, assessment outcomes will determine the necessary resources and interventions necessary to meet their needs. You will be working on the front line within a small team of mental health professionals where your clinical skills and expertise will provide dynamic advice and decision making to enable person-centered responses to those in crisis. This includes formulating plans for psychological treatment and/or intervention with parents taking into account their learning needs, mental health and other presenting problems.

Here at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) we are dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion. We deliver many of the NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community such as physical, mental health and specialist services.

We are a health and social care organisation, offering a wide range of services, including:

•Integrated physical and mental health services for adults and older people;
•Specialist mental health and learning disability services;
•Children and young people’s mental health services;
•Children’s community services in Peterborough;
•Social care;
•Ground-breaking research

The Trust continues to build an inclusive culture where everyone can be their whole selves and produce their best work. Our focus on inclusion is intended to build greater diversity in order to reflect the society we serve and be an employer of choice.

CPFT is looking to build upon its pool of temporary workers with Temporary Staffing Services (TSS). You will be asked at interview if you would be willing to register with TSS. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to take on additional hours that are flexible around their personal circumstances.

If you are successful at interview you will be subject to pre-employment checks, including a DBS (if appropriate) and references to cover 3 years of continuous employment. To ensure a smooth process please bring all identity documents to your interview. A list of required identity documents will be attached to your interview invitation.

All communications will be sent to you via TRAC Systems. By applying for this post you are agreeing to CPFT transferring the information contained in this application to TRAC. If you are made an offer, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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