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Be part of the drive to transform lives of children and young people across Manchester, Salford, Trafford and beyond

Over half of all mental health problems manifest before the age of 14? And a staggering 75% have developed before the age of 18 and at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), we know that a delay in treating or untreated mental health problems in children and young people may have a long-lasting and far-reaching impact. That’s why we aim to deliver early-intervention treatment and high-quality care across Manchester, Salford and Trafford. But we can’t do it alone and as we expand our service; we need passionate and skilled professionals to join us in improving children’s experiences and outcomes.

This is an exciting opportunity to be fully involved in developing and creating the highest quality crisis care provision for young people – and those who care for them – from the start and we need you to help us achieve this!

Why join us?

As England’s largest NHS Trust, we have a wide range of services and specialisms available ­– from community to inpatients. Our size and scope also mean you’ll gain exposure to a variety of complex cases and support that will be hard to find at other Trusts. Although the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has continually rated our CAMHS services as outstanding, we know there’s still more we can do. As we strive to improve the outcomes and experiences for children, young people and those who care for them.

This is an exciting opportunity to transform the way in which crisis care is experienced by children, young people (CYP) and those who care for them across Greater Manchester (GM). As part of the GM wide Crisis Care Pathway, our services will be child centred, needs-led, responsive, accessible and flexible, therefore it’s never been a better time to join us!

A service fit for the future

The NHS Long Term Plan aims to provide all children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis with access to age-appropriate crisis care by 2023/24. Available 24/7 through NHS 111, it combines rapid crisis assessment, brief response and intensive home-treatment functions. To help the NHS achieve this goal, we’re developing and implementing a crisis care offer to support children, young people and those who care for them – with an investment worth over £1 million.

Incredible career opportunities

To help us build our crisis care offer, we’re looking for initially outstanding individuals to join our highly skilled and knowledgeable multi-disciplinary team. Our roles are diverse, challenging and require the development of specialist skills to deliver recovery-focussed interventions. So you must be keen to learn, dynamic and passionate about significantly improving children and young people’s experiences and outcomes.

It’s also important that you’re a self-starter and enjoy working as part of a team. And, if you have experience working in health or social care with complex family issues and can demonstrate our Trust values – even better.

Our roles include:

  • HIT Occupational Therapist (Band 7)
  • HIT Mental Health Practitioners (Band 6)
  • HIT Youth Workers / Mental Health Support workers (Band 4)
  • RRT Mental Health Practitioners (Band 6)
  • RRT Youth Workers / Mental Health Support workers (Band 4)

To be successful, you’ll need the appropriate core qualifications (registration). But if you haven’t got these, don’t panic. We also welcome applications from those entering CAMHS from other disciplines and youth worker backgrounds and we’ll back your development all the way!

Supporting you on your career path

We want our people to thrive in their roles at MFT. So we’re passionate about your personal development. You’ll get all the support you need to deliver the best care you can. Plus, you’ll get specialist training in the interventions that support people when in crisis.

We’re also deeply committed to innovation, making better use of digital technologies and the latest evidence based practice. So you can be sure you’re gaining experience at the leading-edge of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. We’re always looking to develop new ways of working and improve teamwork. So we provide regular training opportunities that focus on this, too.


Recruitment and Selection Process

Applying with us is simple and straightforward. Read on to get some top tips to consider before you press ‘apply’.

Before applying, it’s important to read the job description and person specification for the role you’re interested in and decide if your qualifications, skills and experience are well suited to our requirements. After all, this is what we will be using to make an informed decision about those candidates we progress to the next stage.

  • You’ll then need to submit an online application. This should tell us about your education, key achievements and qualifications plus your relevant skills and experience (both work and non-work related if relevant).
  • But it’s also an opportunity to tell us about why you wish to join our CAMHS service and what you hope to gain by joining us. Instead of just listing tasks you do or have done in a job, think carefully about communicating strong examples that really demonstrate to the person reviewing your application how closely your skills and experience match up with the key factors of the person specification.
  • Remember, most person specifications have a series of ‘essential criteria’ so as a matter of course, recruiting managers will look to determine who matches this closely, but also, even better if you meet the essential and some or all of the ‘desirable criteria’ too. That’s what might help you stand apart from other applicants.
  • More than anything, take time to think about your application and if you’ve applied before, don’t just re-submit the same application for another role – each attempt should be well thought through and be tailored to the skills, experience and knowledge required for the role you’re applying for.

Post Shortlisting & progression to selection

If you’re shortlisted for a role you apply for, you’ll be contacted by our Recruitment Team via email and they’ll inform you about the selection process.  This will vary according to the role you’re applying for but typically this process could be carried out virtually via MS Teams so you’d need to ensure you have a device or access to a device that would allow you to use this.  If you don’t have MS Teams installed, please use click here to download it:  Alternatively, you may be asked to attend in person and come on site to our department within the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Diversity Matters

As an organisation we are truly committed to being an employer of choice that recruits and develops staff fairly, so that talented people choose to join, remain, and develop within the Trust.

Our aim is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels and we therefore positively welcome applications from the diversity of population we serve. Equal opportunities are a key guiding principle to all our work including that our recruitment practices provide equal access to all.

One last thing

This is your chance to take on the career you deserve. To build a better future for children and young people who require our help and services.

We want you to feel valued and to excel in our team. So if you are keen to progress, and you are ready to embark on the most ambitious learning curve, then you will find it is all here for you to discover at MFT.

To join us on this mission, simply click the button below. This will transfer you to our Applicant Tracking System (TRAC).

Good luck – we can’t wait to receive your application!