Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Are you ready for a new challenge? Would you like to be part of a exciting team who provide responsive mental health assessments and Home Based Treatment to Children and Young People.

Providing support, direction and advice to parent, care givers, education and other service that can be involved in a child/young persons care.

This is a fast paced role and requires thinking on feet with lots of a can do attitude towards tasks.

You would be undertaking the tasks of Duty and Triage, whilst also providing Risk Assessment and supervision to junior members of the team.

If you would like to be part of the ever developing ReACH Team we would love to hear from you!

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

  • Undertaking Urgent Mental Health Assessments
  • Completing Risk Assessments
  • Overseeing and supporting the delivery in Home Based Treatment
  • Providing an outreach service
  • Be a clinical supervisor
  • Provide training and support to other team
  • Promotion of the Team to other agencies

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post-holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post-holder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

The post holder will provide an emergency assessment and intensive treatment and outreach response to children and young people with mental health needs.
  • To provide a timely access to specialist services for children and young people that present in crisis or who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves and /or others, and outreach to those that are difficult to engage, providing intensive support where required to meet identified need contributing to the prevention of admission to residential provision and also the facilitation of timely discharge from residential provision.
  • To look after and ensure the safe keeping of equipment and materials used by self in the execution of this post.
  • To promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.

  • To support the ongoing process of delivering a comprehensive CAMHS system and being party to the development of the Emergency Assessment, Intensive Treatment Response and Outreach element of the Specialist CAMHS portfolio in line with the service specification implementation plans and commissioner investment.
  • To provide specialist assessment, intensive interventions, time limited therapy to children, young people with the most severe, complex and persistent mental health problems, including those who are severely mentally ill or at suicidal risk and where appropriate, families as both an autonomous practitioner and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of settings to address need.
  • To provide an immediate specialist assessment response to children and young people in crisis and those who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves and/or others and the development of an associated care plan.
  • To be responsible for managing a caseload ensuring robust assessment, care planning, interventions and therapy, onward referral and through-care as appropriate. Caseload Management.
  • To support and be involved in, as required the, transportation of service users to identified areas of care.

  • For full job description please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Relevant professional qualification e.g. nursing, psychologist, psychotherapist, family therapist, or relevant mental health profession.
    • Post qualification professional development
    • On-going professional development supervision and/or experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring
    • Membership of professional bodies


    • Post Registration qualification e.g. degree
    • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling)



    • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Good verbal and communication skills
    • Good negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
    • Customer service orientation
    • Report writing skills
    • Have good team working skills
    • Be able to work across disciplines with an ability to predict and manage inter-disciplinary tensions and foster good working practices


    • Experience of community settings
    • Previous experience in working in a CAMH setting

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post
    • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy)

    Personal Attributes


    • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
    • Commitment to multi-agency approach
    • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure
    • Calm, confident, innovative, creative and assertive
    • Clarity of decision making
    • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service priorities
    • Commitment to challenging discrimination and improving accessibility of services
    • Ability to cope calmly in a crisis
    • To demonstrate good self-care and encourage the same in team members
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)



    • Substantial post qualification experience, some of which must be working with Children, young people and their carers in a mental health or other complex care setting
    • Multidisciplinary team working
    • Inter-agency liaison and consultation
    • Experience in patient provision
    • Experience of liaison between different levels of CAMHS
    • A grasp of relevant legislation and guidance e.g. NHS plan, Mental Health Legislation, Children Act, Education Act, Working Together, Children's NSF, Every Child Matters, etc
    • Clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills re mental health and behavioural problems including assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice
    • Understanding of research methodology and audit
    • Proven ability to work with other disciplines and in partnership with other organisations including service users

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