CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner - Rapid Response Team

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

#JoinUsBeYou and make a difference a young person's life.

Pennine Rapid Response Teams work across 2 bases and these vacancies are currently out for our South team based in Stockport. Cross cover may still be provided across the full Greater Manchester foot print.

The Crisis Care pathway for children & young people across Greater Manchester (GM) has been totally transformed. Four multi-agency, multi-disciplinary Rapid Response teams who serve the whole of GM are at the heart of the transformation.

The Rapid Response Teams and the overall pathway emphasise a culture of accessible, high quality, holistic, child centred, recovery focused care, enabling you to effectively address the needs of children and families when they are at their most vulnerable. As such these posts will be enormously rewarding.

The new crisis care pathway enjoys a high degree of national & local recognition and interest. Therefore these are high profile posts offering you potential opportunities to conduct service based research and to present at conferences and other events. You will receive a structured induction and comprehensive training programme, along with a robust programme of continuous professional development.

Main duties of the job

As a member of the Rapid Response Team you will be at the heart of a well funded, well organised, hugely valued work-stream. You will deliver robust crisis assessment, effective risk management and intensive support to children, young people and families who are in or immediately post crisis. The main objective of the service is to prevent unnecessary and often unhelpful admissions to A&E, Paediatric inpatient settings and acute Inpatient admissions where clinically appropriate.

You will offer up to 72 hours of intensive follow up and develop longer term care plans to identify and address the holistic needs of young people and families across Greater Manchester. You will also link with specialist in-patient services, referring and co-managing admissions within a recovery model.

All new starters to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust who are appointed to a post which requires a Disclosure Barring Certificate check (DBS) will be recharged for the full cost of the check.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Relevant core professional qualification in mental health
  • Evidence of current professional registration and continued professional development


  • Training in one or more additional specialised areas of practice including children and young people
  • Mentorship qualification



  • Experience of assessment, formulation and managing complex cases and risk within a mental health service
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for patients' care and treatment and case management
  • Effective skills to be able to communicate, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups


  • Experience of using outcome measures to evaluate the impact of their clinical practice
  • Experience of working across professional / organisational boundaries



  • Knowledge of therapeutic interventions with CYP


  • Understanding of the acuity and demands of CYP inpatient services

Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrable commitment to the focus on quality, promotes high standards to consistently improve patient outcomes
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Works well under pressure and is proactive
  • Good organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritize own workload

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