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FDAC Primary Mental Health Worker

  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/20/9285
  • Published: Fri 26/06/2020, 14:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 20/07/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 18.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £33,123 - £36,138 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Technology House, 239 Ampthill Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Team: Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) Team

Job Family: Supporting - CBG11

Salary: £33,123 - £36,138 per annum pro rata

Contract: Fixed term / Secondment opportunity - initially until 29th October 2021

Hours: 18.5 hours per week 

Base Location: Technology House, Bedford - with Travel to other locations. Agile and home working inclusive.

Closing Date: 20th July 2020

Interview Date: 28th July 2020

More about the role: 

A Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is an innovative, and research shows more successful, approach to the problem of parental substance misuse (drugs or alcohol) which is having a negative impact on parenting capacity. 

The Pan Bedfordshire FDAC is a partnership across the three Bedfordshire Local Authorities - Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford. The lead and recruiting Local Authority is Central Bedfordshire Council. The successful applicant will work across Bedfordshire. 

The Pan Beds FDAC specialist multidisciplinary team are made up of a Team Manager, two experienced Social Workers, a Parental Substance Misuse Specialist, a Domestic Abuse Expert, a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist and a Business Support Officer. As part the FDAC provision families have access to parental psychiatric screening and child and adolescent psychological consultation. 

FDAC uses a bespoke, problem-solving, trauma informed approach to target individual families’ complex difficulties. Research shows that this model is successful in getting parents to engage with and stay in substance misuse services leading to more children being able to stay in/return to parental care. Where parents do not engage and children cannot return home, quicker decisions are made about permanent placements for them. 

The model is of a specialist court operating within the framework of care proceedings and the new framework of the Children & Families Act 2014. The specialist multidisciplinary FDAC team is attached to the court. It advises the court and links parents into relevant local treatment services. 

As a clinician within the FDAC multi-disciplinary team you would provide specialist knowledge, skills, experience and targeted interventions to parents and children/young people where mental health/emotional issues have been identified.

The Primary Mental Health Worker will assess emotional and mental health needs, provide appropriate interventions and refer on to other mental health services if required.  You will contribute to and participate in the multidisciplinary assessment of families referred to the service. You will contribute to the multidisciplinary formulation of an intervention plan and work with team members to mobilise and co-ordinate existing local authority, NHS and independent sector resources to meet the needs identified in the care plan. 

A key part of the role will include provision of short-term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to parents, supporting them to problem-solve and change patterns of thinking or behaviour as they seek to address their difficulties. The Primary Mental Health Worker will set up and facilitate group work sessions when appropriate to address identified need. These may include mindfulness and attachment. 

You would take a lead within the FDAC team on providing professional advice and development in relation to mental health matters. develop and maintain clear pathways of care and support for families affected by parental substance misuse in order to promote and improve the wellbeing of parents, children and young people. 

You will also ensure that the FDAC team are updated on current mental health practice, local policies, legislation and research. You will contribute to the development of policies and procedures for the team/ service as requested.

The successful applicant will be required to work in multidisciplinary and multi-agency settings; work with autonomy but equally closely with FDAC colleagues and partners. The post holder will be expected to contribute to and take part in of the evaluation of the service.  

Intervention is parent focused but child centred. You would contribute to the provision of a safe space for parents to address their difficulties, achieve abstinence and become able to focus on their child and address the concerns about their parenting. 

As a member of a multi-disciplinary team yours and your colleagues’ practice would be enriched through collaborative support of each other and learning from each other’s specialisms.

You would be part of a specialist team making important and key recommendations for parents and children.  You will work directly with families, provide effective and first-class intervention. Your role will be to contribute to every child being able to grow up safely and reach their full potential. 

The successful candidate will hold a relevant professional qualification/ accreditation in either a psychological or therapeutic field, e.g. RMN/ OT or social work or education. You will have substantial experience of working in a relevant mental health field with experience of delivering short term focussed interventions for families experiencing mental health difficulties. You will be able to plan and facilitate group work activities on a needs led basis.

The successful candidate will need a driving licence, access to a car during working hours and business insurance.

Join the FDAC team and you’ll enjoy regular working hours, attractive benefits, plus excellent in-house training. This includes specialist courses covering specific areas of interest. Even better, you’ll develop a new level of specialism as you provide a bespoke, problem-solving approach to target individual families’ complex difficulties. 

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To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: FDAC Primary Mental Health Worker Recruitment Pack

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Beverley Sorenson at Beverley.Sorensen@panbedsFDAC.co.uk or call 0300 300 6854

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at recruitment@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk


Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role. http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/work-here/application.aspx


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  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/20/9285
  • Published: Fri 26/06/2020, 14:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 20/07/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 18.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £33,123 - £36,138 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Technology House, 239 Ampthill Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire

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