Head of Wellbeing & Therapeutic Services



Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group

Working hours: 30-37 hours a week
Salary: £53,290 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hove, with the option of Remote Working


YMCA DownsLink Group 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.
  • 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:

They 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. They 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.

It is understood that there are great candidates who will not fit everything that have been described above, or who have important skills that have not been mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell them about yourself.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact rachel.brett@ymcadlg.org


How to apply:

Please Click here – https://careers.ymcadlg.org/job/263276     and click the apply button. You can download the job pack to read more.


Further information:

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which they demonstrate through their activities, as well as in their policies and working practices. Reinforced by their culture and values, they 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 email at recruitment@ymcadlg.org


Closing date:  30 Aug 2022

Interview Date: 5 Sept 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.

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