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CAMHS Liaison Practitioner

Solent NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
23 Jun 2023
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity?

Then this might be just the right role for you! We are the CAMHS In-reach Liaison Service based in the Paediatric Emergency Department at University Hospital Southampton. This role is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to be involved in the delivery of a new service that will make a huge impact on the wellbeing of young people in Southampton and surrounding areas.

Join the Solent NHS Trust Children & Families Service line to support in the delivery of high-quality children's mental health services. We are looking for exceptional individuals with the right attitude, skills and knowledge who share our passion to deliver the best quality care experience for children and their families to take on the role as a Liaison Practitioner. In return we are committed to developing you in your career.

CAMHS offers high quality, child and young person-centred assessments to young people under the age of 18 who present to University Hospital Southampton in crisis. We are committed to ensuring young people can access the support they need out of hours and as such this role includes working a 7-day shift pattern, including evenings.

You will benefit from being a member of a wider CAMH Service which includes Mental Health Support Teams, SpCAMHS and a multi-agency crisis intervention service which come together under the umbrella of an integrated CAMHS Leadership team.

Main duties of the job

*The post holder will provide a rapid assessment and short-term intervention for young people presenting in mental health crisis at the local acute hospital and will work within the principles of the agreed model of care for the service as laid down in the operational policy.

*The post holder will work as an autonomous and accountable practitioner within an integrated team. This will involve the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care provided and effective liaison with all agencies involved with the service user.

*The post holders working hours will be across a shift pattern which includes evening and weekend work.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical and Professional -

*Undertaking rapid crisis assessments for young people attending UHS, providing short crisis intervention, making clinical decisions on appropriateness for discharge and signposting to other specialist services as required.

*Demonstrate a high level of skill in assessing and managing risk, including clinical as well as generic risk assessment and management.

*Based on the assessment, to formulate and convey sensitive, complex and sometimes unwelcome information to clients and other professionals and manage this as constructively as possible.

*To work as a competent practitioner providing clinically effective and therapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and their families taking into account the complexities of mental health problems. This requires an awareness of the potential impact of wider systems on individuals and families, requiring intense concentration over prolonged periods on a daily basis. To be able to assess and provide the appropriate format of intervention.

*Work collaboratively across the CAMHS directorate and partnership agencies.

*To liaise with and where appropriate participate in joint work with other specific teams.

*Continually delivering and maintaining high standards of service provision that is evidence based and in line with recognised best practice.

*Participating and leading in joint complex assessments with other disciplines and other agencies as required.

*To provide consultation, specialist advice and training to professionals who come into contact and who have an important influence with children and young people who have mental health needs.

*To be a resource of specialist advice, specifically relating to child and adolescent mental health, to professionals in other agencies/organisations working in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

*Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with all internal and external partners and stakeholders.

*To demonstrate expertise in analysing and reflecting upon own clinical practice and that of others, in all aspects of care given to children, young people and their families/carers.

*Taking responsibility for your own continuous professional registration and professional development, ensuring you remain up to date with all mandatory training requirements.

* To ensure you and staff maintain accurate clinical records in accordance with service standards and to record and maintain client data in local database systems.

*Providing mentoring and supervision to junior staff and student's on placement.

*Adopting a mature and professional approach to all aspects of the post, and being prepared to adapt to changing service needs as required by a high performing service and organisation.

*To fully integrate the use of routine outcome measures to support a child, young person's and family's treatment and inform and evaluate the therapeutic process.

*Support CAMHS Liaison Senior Practitioner and Matron in delivering and monitoring the service where necessary.

Knowledge, Education and Training -

*Work closely with colleagues in enhancing the provision of care, developing nursing staff by incorporating a system of Individual Performance Review and appraisal, supported by clinical supervision.

*In conjunction with the Senior Partnership Manager ensure that all staff attend statutory and mandatory training and to establish and facilitate training to meet staff needs.

*Take opportunities to extend own knowledge and skills within the aims of the service needs and available funding and prepare a concurrent portfolio of experiences to date.

*To perform all duties in a professional manner and to follow the codes of Professional Conduct and maintain professional registration.

*To participate in the development and promotion of CAMHS across the children's workforce and systems.

*To keep up to date with appropriate legislation and guidance of relevance in the mental health field and CAMHS.

Management and Leadership -

*To attend regular supervision and be annually appraised by Line Manager and Clinical Supervisor and have a personal development plan in line with Trust policy.

*To be aware of the up-to-date research and evidence relating to the care and treatment of children and adolescents with mental health problems.

*To be involved in audit and research projects undertaken by the Service. To evaluate and apply outcome measures to new clinical developments.

*To work within legal, professional and ethical frameworks established by National bodies such as the Department of Health, NMC Children Act and Mental health Act.

* To provide information to meet the requirements of the Trust and Department of Health.

Person Specification



  • Nationally recognised core qualification i.e. RN, RMN, Social work, Psychology
  • Professional Qualification at first degree level or equivalent
  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training at post graduate level



  • Experience of specialist mental health assessment and treatment of children and adolescents and their families/carers where appropriate as a full member of a multi disciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatients or inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of children, adolescents and their families/carers across the whole range and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Post qualifying experience of working as a specialist mental health worker within a mental health setting
  • Experience of teaching and or training other professionals

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road



SO16 6YD

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