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Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Adult and Specialist
Band 6
Fixed Term/Secondment - 2 years
Full time: 37.5 Hours Per Week
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£30,401-£37,267 pa pro rata
05/06/2020 23:59

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.


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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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Sara Hart

Anne Marie Paul, Service Manager   (


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
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