Job Description

Want to be part of the new NHS?  Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset.

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactivepositiverespectfulsupportivereliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)






Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust has an opportunity for the right candidates to join our new CAMHS Gateway team. The role is specific and involves offering Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural interventions for Children and Young People.

All applicants will need to be qualified as Wellbeing Practitioners (WP CYP IAPT) –  to enable delivery of treatment to children, young people and their families. (Please only apply for this post if you have this qualification).

We currently have two full time vacancies in CAMHS Gateway, working will be a mix of online and face to face delivery. Full or part time hours would be considered.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a developing service with high expectations for improving the outcomes for children and families in Dorset.  CAMHS Gateway is a new Assessment and Brief Intervention Service operating across Dorset, the primary focus on providing high quality clinical assessment of young people and families, as well as delivering brief, needs led, evidence based clinical interventions.

Our Band 5 Wellbeing Practitioners receive line management, caseload management and clinical skills supervision as part of their role, deliver groups, work with families and we are always developing new ideas to engage with as many young people as we can.

The successful post holders will work  as part of a multi-disciplinary Community team delivering, under supervision, high-quality; brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, primarily anxiety and depression.

You will have the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service with an aptitude for working with young people and families and a passion for the key principles and values of CYP IAPT. In return you will receive supervision and in line with the values and principles of CYP IAPT and you will be offered opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge and be involved in wider CAMHS local Transformation plans.

It’s an exciting time to be working in CAMHS, and part of the future for our children and young people across Dorset. CYP IAPT is just one of the ways we are helping to improve the outcomes for young people in Dorset who experience mental health problems.

The Children and Young Persons Wellbeing Practitioner’s are expected to be:

  • Committed to providing high-quality, brief evidence-based treatment interventions for children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties.
  • be familiar with the CYP IAPT core principles and have the relevant specialist training
  • be able to use and understand the value of outcome measures
  • Have the Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families who experience mental health difficulties, especially depression and anxiety
  • You’ll need to be able to facilitate group work and we will offer to train you if you don’t have this experience yet; and
  • You’ll need to be a car driver with access to a car (we work in a beautiful rural area and take our groups where they are needed most)

This post is 37.5 hours, part time hours will be considered

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £40 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments. This will only apply to candidates who are new to the Trust and not internal staff.

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service and are able to present a valid DBS certificate will not incur a charge.