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Senior Practitioner

Suffolk County Council
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27 June 2021 11:30 PM
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  • £36,587 pro rata for part time
  • 37 hours per week
  • Permanent

Supporting Statement

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Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Ipswich Youth Team as a Senior Practitioner, working from Ipswich.

This is an exciting time of Transformation of mental health services in Suffolk, which has created opportunities, not only for services to recognize and consolidate what they are doing well, but also to drive creativity to radically change service delivery. These changes are driven by the needs of local communities, with the aim of embedding mental health services within the community.

NSFT, in collaboration with the Suffolk alliance partners, are striving to deliver a truly biopsychosocial approach within the 'Thrive' framework. It will be essential to engage the expertise, skills, experience and passion of clinicians, allied professionals and service users from a wide range of backgrounds, disciplines and specialisms. A whole system approach is needed to achieve the ambition of the future in mind report and the transformation process which has been developed to deliver better services for young people and their families.

The team

Based in the community in Ipswich, The Ipswich Youth Team is a multi-disciplinary team working with children and young people aged 14 - 25 (as an ACS employee you will only work with 18+) years who have complex and severe mental health needs. The team sits within the wider Suffolk Children, Families and young peoples (CFYP) care group which was newly formed in 2020 to provide specialist mental health care, that is tailored to the specific needs of Children and young people from the age of 0 - 25.

On referral to the service, young people are offered specialist assessment and treatment under the principles of the care programme approach. This may include access to specialist psychological therapies and the allocation of a care coordinator for those young people with complex mental health needs who require support from multiple agencies and professionals. The team play's an active role in supporting young people who may be experiencing an acute deterioration in their mental health and operates a daily duty system to respond to any urgent needs experienced by young people within the team's caseload.

By taking a lead in complex case management and through supporting the day to day coordination and delivery of the integrated service pathway, the post holder will have an exciting opportunity to become an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team.

Travelling requirements for your role

Frequent Travel - This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Joanne Bailey on 01473 260508.

To apply and for more information, please follow this link and take note of the application instructions.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert.
This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

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