Job Description

Job overview


Are you a qualified, or working towards qualification, Children and Young People Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)/ Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) looking for an exciting new opportunity?

We are seeking a highly motivated practitioner to join our valued Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service in delivering early intervention approaches to children and families utilising the THRIVE model.  The CWP intervention aims to improve the quality of life for children and young people presenting with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, and reduce the likelihood of a need for specialist services.

CWP’s work in partnership with other parts of the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service, including Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioners, and Mental Health Support Teams, as well as partner agencies. We can offer you the chance to work within a dynamic, supportive, community-based team, as part of the wider mental health network and within the new YOUnited referral hub.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic our practitioners  have conducted their work via telephone or digital platforms whilst working from home.  In the future, the role will likely involve a blended approach of digital/telephone format as well as face to face contacts with children, young people and families within the community.  Therefore the ability to work from home is required, as well as ability to travel to community venues.


Main duties of the job


The role involves assessment and provision of short term psychological interventions using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy informed guided self help, and potentially psycho-educational groups.

The role involves clinical time within YOUnited, which is an exciting new partnership that launched in Summer 2021 involving: CPFT, CCS Trust, Centre 33 and Ormiston Families.  The partnership aim is to help build relationships and promote closer working together to support CYPF with their mental health and wellbeing.

We welcome applications from those who meet our person specification. Successful applicants will be excellent communicators, self motivated, and have an ability to work with individuals and communities who have diverse health and social care needs.

The successful applicant will be required to travel across the Fenland/Peterborough (negotiable) area as well as wider geographical area as needed.


Working for our organisation


Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

  • Conducting assessments, including assessing risk.  Identifying need and referring to other services as needed.
  • Providing evidence based interventions for children,  young people and parents/carers appropriate to their presentation.
  • Working in partnership with other services/agencies and  ensuring good communication leading to effective and efficient packages of care.
  • Being aware of safeguarding and making referrals as needed, including Early Help Assessments.
  • Facilitating parent/carer groups for building confidence with their child/children.
  • Empowering and working collaboratively with parents/carers, children and young people.
  • Empowering children and young people to manage their own presenting difficulties.
  • Completing routine outcome measures as part of the intervention.
  • Working within the YOUnited referral hub providing assessments and interventions.
  • Working collaboratively with partner agencies within the YOUnited referral hub.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • CWP/EMHP Post Graduate qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Training in Nursing, social work, teaching, OT, counselling


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of previous work with mental health conditions
  • Evidence of working with CYP and families
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in the community
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Worked in service using ROMS/clinical outcome measures

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to effectively communicate in written (and verbal) form
  • Able to write concise and timely reports/letters
  • Able to develop therapeutic relationship
Desirable criteria
  • Used or carried out risk assessments
  • Skills in liaison/working with other agencies/professionals

Knowledge & Understanding

Essential criteria
  • Able to understand the need for evidence based psychological therapy
  • Able to understand how mental health needs may present in children and young people

Physical Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Computer literate
  • Work across various sites, agile working
  • Maintains own health and wellbeing


Essential criteria
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to self reflect and appropriately use supervision
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Awareness of confidentiality