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CAMHS Liaison Senior Practitioner

Solent NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
28 May 2023
Job summary

Are you looking for an exciting development opportunity? We are looking for a CAMHS Liaison Senior Practitioner to join our team.

The service 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.

As a practitioner in the team you will play a part in the delivery of direct clinical care, as well as supporting and advising colleagues within the wider acute setting on the mental health needs of children and young people. You will provide oversight of children and young people admitted to UHS as well as offering a 7 day follow up to those young people safely discharged. As a Senior Practitioner in the team you will be responsible for the day to day operational management of the team and supporting some of the more complex clinical decision making. You will hold leadership and communication skills that will assist to bridge the gap between physical and mental health and bring together strong networks around a young person and their family.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Practitioner role is to provide strong clinical leadership, ensuring evidence-based practice is delivered to improve the quality of and shape responsive services. They are responsible for monitoring and ensuring maintenance of standards of care that support safe high-quality practice through an episode of care. The role has four key themes: Consultation, Liaison, Supervision, Training and Clinical work. There are three additional leadership roles: Operational Leadership, Financial and Strategic.

Within the clinical time 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

*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 senior 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 such as: individual, family or group work.

*To provide highly skilled clinical oversight of young people's care whilst in UHS, particularly when young people are not able to be safely discharged in a timely manner.

*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,

*Provide the necessary leadership, supervision, co-ordination and development of nursing/mental health practitioner and support staff in challenging areas of activity.

*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.

* Participate and lead in new service initiatives designed to improve efficiency and outcomes for service users.

* 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.

Person Specification



  • Core professional qualification, e.g., Nurse, Social Worker, Therapist
  • Educated to master's or equivalent 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
  • Demonstrable success at managing change, service development and continuous improvement
  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • Proven ability in making a significant contribution to the achievement of organisational objectives and key performance indicators
  • Proven ability to work flexibility and to tight deadlines
  • Experience of working in an autonomous role in designing the packages of care for young people presenting with sudden onset, chronic and long-standing physical and mental health concerns
  • 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

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