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Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Employer type
Ynys Mon & Gwynedd
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum
Salary period
29/05/2022 23:59

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Assistant Practitioner

Band 4

Job overview

We are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to apply for a Band 4 Assistant Mental Health Practitioner post within our North Wales child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) eating Disorder treatment programme. The programme consists of a centralised multidisciplinary assessment clinic (SPEED), with intervention provided within locality CAMHS services situated in Wrexham and Flintshire (East Area), Conwy & Denbighshire (Central Area), and Gwynedd and Ynys Mon (West Area).  

We are looking for a committed and motivated team player who can demonstrate the skills, experience, and enthusiasm to support children and young people with complex social, emotional and mental health needs. We are especially interested in hearing from individuals with experience or interest in working with young people who are at risk of or experiencing and eating disorder. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate well-developed interpersonal skills and a flexible and adaptable approach to enable engagement with young people and families with a range of needs, in a variety of settings. 

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Main duties of the job

Our assistant mental health practitioners will be joining a supportive multidisciplinary host team in either East, central, or west areas and will have the opportunity to work with a range of disciplines and therapeutic approaches Alongside your team and other CAMHS professionals, you will offer community, clinic, and home based interventions in addition to providing advice and direct support to young people admitted to other health settings including paediatric wards.

This post provides an exciting opportunity to undertake a role that is varied and dynamic to meet the changing needs of service users. If successful in your application for this post, you will receive regular clinical supervision and a personal development plan to support your clinical development within the speciality. In CAMHS, clinicians can access skills based training such as working with systems and families, risk assessment, and goal setting, in addition to evidence-based therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and specific Eating disorder training such as delivery of the Maudsley Model intervention.

Working for our organisation

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB)  North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and ‘Proud to Lead’ competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the “Disability Confident Employer” scheme.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh.  Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Working hours will mirror the hours of the service, which are currently 9am to 5pm, but candidates will need to be flexible to accommodate the needs of service users, which may include providing home based meal support in the mornings or evenings depending on individuals care plans. The current service pathway is under review, which may result in standard delivery of the service on evenings and weekends in the future. Enhanced pay in line with Agenda for Change terms and conditions is payable for unsocial hours.

North Wales is a beautiful part of the country with access to mountains, stunning coastlines, and in close proximity to large cities such as Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. BCUHB welcomes applications from those living outside North wales and offers a re-location package to candidates wishing to move into the local area to work in our children and young people’s services. 

You will be able to find a full Job Description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents

Person specification

Qualifications & or Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Range of procedures and practices, majority non-routine, theoretical knowledge to diploma level or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of nursing procedures and practices acquired through NVQ 3 plus additional training to diploma level equivalent, or equivalent through short courses, experience
Desirable criteria
  • NVQ Level 4 in relevant subject or
  • A formal qualification of equivalent level or At least one A level


Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 1 year working directly supporting children in Health, Education or Social Care setting
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working with children or young people with significant developmental difficulties or mental health problems
  • Experience of working with adolescents


Essential criteria
  • Able to follow written programmes of care
  • Good organisational abilities and time management
  • Good communication with parents and children
  • Good behaviour management skills


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of child development and the needs of different age groups

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Flexible and innovative with engaging children and young people
  • Able to present a calm but sociable and friendly approach to interactions


Essential criteria
  • Driving license and willingness to travel to a variety of different places, within catchment area, in order to carry out duties
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to communicate in welsh

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Clair Morris
Job title
Service Manager - CAMHS West
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Alternatively please contact : 

Frances Minhinnick - Systemic Psychotherapist, CAMHS -

Emma Anglesea - Systemic Psychotherapist, CAMHS -

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