Mental Health Practitioner – Bedford region

Mental Health Practitioner – Bedford region


Salary: Up to Band 7 (Depending on Experience & Qualifications)


Permanent: Full time working hours


Location: Covering across a number of Specialist Residential Children`s homes (CSE Complex Trauma) in Bedford (Wilden, Cardington and Sandy)



Cambian Group, the UK’s largest provider of specialist services in children’s residential care, education, mental health rehabilitation and learning disabilities, is looking for a dedicated individual to join the company as a Mental Health Practitioner.


The post will require someone with previous experience of working with children presenting with complex needs, such as in CAMHS, specialist residential settings or Looked After Children’s services. The service provision is guided and informed by a number of theoretical models, including child development and attachment theories.


We offer excellent training and career progression opportunities as well as a variety of staff benefits.



Job Role


We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic professional to work within our community residential homes supporting young people who have been exposed to trauma and who have experienced or are at risk of child sexual exploitation. A good understanding of trauma-informed care is essential, and experience of delivering relevant interventions, such as sensory integration, therapy and DBT/CBT would be beneficial.



You will be providing both specialist assessments and direct clinical interventions with the young people placed within a community residential setting, as well as offering consultation, training and reflective practice. The consultation sessions offer the team around the young person the opportunity to review the young person’s emotional wellbeing and/or behavioural presentation, discuss concerns and therapeutic approaches that will be delivered through the care team. You will be supporting the team with behavioural and emotional dysregulation, including self-harm, low mood & suicidal ideation, as well as attachment issues and how these affect the young person’s relationships with peers, staff and their wider network. The aim is to work collaboratively with the management and staff of the residential homes in developing and sharing a vision of the therapeutic work which enhances a young person’s life opportunities and choices and helps them maximise their strengths. The Mental Health Practitioner will play a key role in the continuous assessment of young people’s mental health and in supporting staff through the delivery of appropriate training and workshops that upskills staff working with the young people to be able to better meet their emotional needs. The Mental Health Practitioner is also available to de brief staff that are experiencing difficulties with processing traumatic events.


Dependant on your experience you may be required to supervise other staff member as identified by the Clinical Director.


Further duties are described in the attached Job Description.



Candidate Profile


We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, forward thinking Mental Health Practitioner to join our friendly team.





  • Registered with the relevant professional organisation (HCPC,BAAT, NMC)
  • Be a strong team player, with excellent communication skills
  • Sound organisational and time management skills
  • Experience in working with children with complex needs/Look After Child





  • Previous experience in working with children & adolescents is advantageous
  • CAMHS experience
  • Occupational therapist/Psychotherapist/Art psychotherapist/Family therapist



 In return we offer:


  • Full support from a multidisciplinary team
  • Regular clinical supervision
  • Meetings and peer support supervision
  • Developmental opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Internal/external training on new initiatives


You will also learn from some of the most dedicated and inspirational people in our profession.




Successful candidates will need to meet the person specification in order to be offered this post.


Cambian is committed to Safeguarding and protecting the young people and service users within our care.


All candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and reference checks.


Cambian is an equal opportunities employer. 


Achieve your personal best at Cambian

Careers at Cambian are rewarding, challenging and satisfying. Join our team of passionate, caring professionals as we make a significant difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young adults in the UK.


Everyone has a personal best. Together we can find it.


We believe that every single person in our care has a personal best, and we are committed to helping them achieve it. Join us, and we'll show the same commitment to helping you achieve your personal best in your career.


About Cambian


We are one of the UK's largest providers of specialist education and behavioural health services for children. We care for almost 2,000 children and young people from over 200 locations across the UK, and employ more than 4,000 committed, caring people.