Mental Health Practitioner – Complex Care, North West

Mental Health Practitioner – Complex Care, North West  


Salary Up to £35,250 pro rata FTE, plus mileage expenses, depending on experience


Hours: full time or part time options can be considered (1.5 FTE )


Location: Covering Greater Manchester Residential homes in Oldham, Rochdale, Middleton, Manchester, Bolton



If you’ve got excellent assessment skills and strong therapeutic consultation experiences gained in a Residential setting or working with Looked After Children, we can offer you a rewarding role with a difference.


Our teams are fully committed to Cambian’s vision. They understand the challenges and rewards of working with our young people and know that every day they will achieve things that really matter.


This is no ordinary role. The pace is fast. There’s lots of variety. And you’ll need to be able to provide a therapeutic service to young people placed within community residential settings.


Offering lots of autonomy, your role will involve assessing and identifying the needs to our young people and staff by meeting them through consultation/training and reflective practice.



Supporting our teams across the residential homes, you’ll spend most of your time out in the field, providing specialist assessments of children and young people within the residential setting. So, you will formulate and implement plans of therapeutic intervention/management of our children and young people’s presentations to embed a trauma-informed approaches and psychological understanding the difficulties within the current evidence-based practice this will be in conjunction with the wider MDT.



About us, The Cambian Group, part of the CareTech family of companies, is one of the largest providers of specialist Education and Care services for children and young people in the UK, delivering across Special Education Schools and Colleges, Residential Care Homes and a Therapeutic Fostering Service.


Candidate profile



We are looking for a highly organised, enthusiastic, motivated, & forward thinking Mental Health Practitioner to join our friendly and highly skilled teams.



  • Registered with the relevant professional (HCPC, NMC, SWE, BABCP)
  • A higher-level qualification in a relevant subject such as therapeutic support, Social work, nursing or psychotherapy.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people in a therapeutic or counselling setting.
  • Be a strong team player, with excellent communication skills
  • Have excellent communication, organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to plan and implement therapeutic and trauma-informed approaches.
  • Understand the importance of reflective practice.
  • An understanding of social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • An understanding of the complex and multiple needs of vulnerable young people in both the school and home environment.
  • The ability to work under pressure and remain calm in stressful and difficult situations.
  • Ability to assess and mitigate risk of young people.
  • Ability to work autonomously and make decisions and to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain clear boundaries in respect of personal and professional responsibility.
  • Demonstrate a high level of accuracy, attention to detail and able to maintain records throughout all services.
  • Passionate about working with vulnerable at-risk young people
  • Non-judgemental empathetic attitude.
  • A willingness to undertake all training relevant to the role.
  • Full clean driving licence. This post may involve travelling throughout the county.



 The successful candidate will have 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 safer recruitment 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.