Head of Wellbeing and Therapeutic Services

  • Location: Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Earnings: £53,290 per annum

We are looking for an inspiring and engaging leader on a permanent, full-time/part-time (30-37 hours per week) basis who can give direction to the YMCA DLG Dialogue therapeutic services strategy across Sussex (with one other Head, and the Head of Clinical Development ). You will provide strategic and operational leadership to a range of services which aim to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. You will lead a diverse staff team and will drive clinical excellence across the service, as well as develop strong local partnerships and business opportunities that will support the transformation of children and young people’s mental health across Sussex.

In this role, you will proactively work with stakeholders, commissioners and partners to ensure that services respond to the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of children, young people and families across Sussex, and that provision is integrated to provide maximum benefit. You will also be responsible for the delivery of high-quality YMCA DLG Wellbeing & Therapeutic Services that meet the contractual requirements of our commissioners, operate withing clinical governance and quality standards, are in line with our ethos and values, and deliver on YMCA DLG operational standards. You will promote clinical excellence across the service, including maintaining BACP registration and, where required, apply for registration with other regulatory bodies.

In addition, you will work closely with the central Safeguarding Team, ensuring consistent standards of safeguarding practice and ensure a golden thread of accountability runs through the line management structure to achieve timely and pro-active risk management and consistency of approach within your delivery areas.  

This post allows for hybrid working, however, there is an expectation that you will be able to travel to meet with team members, stakeholders and customers accordingly. Your expected work pattern will be Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Who You Are

We are looking for someone with significant experience, knowledge & understanding of the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of children & young people, aged 0-25, and delivering therapeutic services to meet their needs. They must have a sound knowledge of issues affecting vulnerable children and young people, as well as of the local children and young people’s statutory, NHS and third sector mental health providers and pathways.

The successful candidate must be able to network and build credible relationships with all internal and external stakeholders, including service commissioners and statutory/third sector partners and have a proven ability to advise and support staff to navigate statutory duties, including child and adult protection and to provide suitable challenge around risk and referral thresholds where appropriate. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly for writing reports on project performance and new business tenders.

We also know that there are great candidates who will not fit everything we have described above, or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that, is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact [email protected]

The closing date for this role is midnight on 30 August 2022, there is a proposed interview date of 5 September 2022. However, please note this is a rolling advert; applications may be reviewed regularly, and suitable applicants may be invited to attend interviews on a rolling basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding this role or to request another application format: please contact [email protected]

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