PCN CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Jul 2023
Job summary

We celebrate our staff as our greatest asset. Do you want to make a positive difference and be involved in the development of an innovative approach to providing mental health care within local communities?

Do you want to work for an NHS Trust that is committed to continuous professional development, with an excellent track record for staff development and support?

You need look no further - please apply for this exciting opportunity:

Main duties of the job

Band 6 PCN CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner
  • 11.0 posts across the County Durham PCN locality
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • NHS Agenda for Change and NHS Pension Scheme applicable

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time enthusiastic, motivated and caring CAMHS mental health practitioner to work within primary care, as part of a growing multidisciplinary team within our Primary Care Network (PCN). This new role is fundamental to the development and leadership of innovative and integrated mental health services. Together with Tees Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust, the PCN is working to transform local community mental health services for people with significant mental health problems. The PCN, alongside TEWV, consider this joint approach to be essential for the provision of high quality, sustainable care.

About us

The Trust is currently on a Journey to Change and has three key elements in this change; Teamwork, Compassion, and responsibility. All TEWV employees must strive to encompass these qualities everyday

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Role

You will work as an autonomous practitioner within friendly teams of GPs, ANPs, Practice Nurses, and Pharmacists. You will develop close working relationships and be a valued member of the Primary Care Team. You will collaborate with other professionals, both internal to, and external from, the PCN. Your role will involve offering specialist mental health advice, and providing expert clinical care for Children and young people with a range of mild to moderate mental health needs. You will act as a first contact mental health worker, undertaking triage, assessments, brief interventions, and reviews. You will contribute networking and navigation expertise, enabling access to a range of appropriate mental health support across the community system. You will ensure that, once assessed, each young person receives the best possible care in the right place at the right time by the right supporting service.

The successful candidate will be well-supported and guided by the PCN and the clinical team lead as necessary. You will be supported to work autonomously, having day to day responsibility for your clinics and workload.

As services keen to provide excellent care to our locality, we would welcome enthusiastic innovators who are willing to develop this role. We are looking for the very best people to work with us on our journey of development. Primary Care experience is not essential; however, a good understanding of how Primary Care works would be beneficial.

The right candidate will have a strong desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people, will display passion and understanding for working with individuals with mental health needs in the community, and have the motivation and flexibility to help develop our services, as the practices evolve to meet the needs of their population. If you are a qualified Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Nurse or Social Worker, with a determination for supporting local young people with mental health problems and their families; then we look forward to hearing from you!

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification



  • Current professional registration with appropriate body in healthcare or social work.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Certificate in mentorship, teaching & assessing in clinical practice as appropriate to own profession.


  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area



  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team


  • Experience working in primary care.
  • Experience working in a multiagency setting



  • Demonstrable knowledge to postgraduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • Detailed understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of delivering psychosocial interventions and approaches



  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Provide effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.

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