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Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

My name is Lindsey Hoather, I am the team manager for CAMHS at Wetherby YOI and I am seeking a Band 6 (Registered professional) Mental Health Practitioner to join my team.

This new role will be responsive to the clinical needs of duty tasks including responding to risk, completing the Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) assessment with children arriving at Wetherby YOI and supporting wellbeing. As this is a new role there will be opportunities to shape it around the required tasks.

You will liaise with a multitude of partners to support the mental health needs of the young people, within which regular meetings are held. Supporting and identifying who requires a service utilising a multidisciplinary team perspective on the young people with whom you work, and we welcome your reflections and contributions in discussions of other young people on the pathways.

Liaison, communication, and consultation with other professional groups within the YOI will be necessary to ensure that robust and holistic care plans are established around young people.

For further information, or to an informal chat, please contact me on 01937 544216 Or email I would be happy to speak to you.

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

Main duties of the job

This post is subject to a DBS check and prison verification. You will work alongside the local Clinical Leadership Team and Operational Manager to support teams in the achievement of clinical excellence, patient safety and regulatory assurance across a range of healthcare services for young people. Experience of working within a CAMHs, Forensic or LAC service would be advantageous.

HMYOI Wetherby is the largest secure provision in the country for young males and females aged between 15 and 19. As part of the service there are two units that provide enhanced provisions for children identified with more complex and challenging needs. The service is underpinned by the Framework for Integrated Care which is a developmentally and trauma informed mental health service model.

This post is subject to a DBS check and prison verification.

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 consultation assessment and treatment for children and young people with forensic and mental health needs.
  • Work autonomously and collaboratively within the MDT, providing consultation for other agencies/professionals.
  • Promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.

To provide consultation, assessment and interventions to young people with a wide range of emotional and psychological problems who are referred to specialist CAMHS, in keeping with evidence based practice with supervision from a senior clinician within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.

  • To support the ongoing process of delivering a comprehensive CAMHS system.
  • To provide assessment, interventions, 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 apply a sound knowledge of safeguarding children and guidelines in clinical work.
  • To be committed to a quality approach for patient care.
  • The post-holder will demonstrate high levels of concentration and provide sustained effort in assessment of complex family issues.

  • For full job description please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Relevant professional qualification e.g. Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse
    • Appropriate statutory professional body registration
    • Post Registration qualification relating to area of practice
    • Membership of professional body
    • Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory standards


    • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling)
    • A teaching and assessing qualification

    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)



    • 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 of supervising/mentoring junior staff
    • Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance e.g. NHS plan, Mental Health Legislation, Children's act, Education Act, Working Together, Children's NSF, Every Child Matters, etc
    • Clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills in mental health
    • Experience in assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice
    • Proven ability to work with other agencies and disciplines and in partnership with other organisations
    • Experience of safeguarding children and young people


    • Experience of community settings
    • Experience of working in different cultural contexts
    • Knowledge and experience of working with equality and diversity

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Good verbal and communication skills
    • Ability to manage own caseload
    • Analytical and creative problem solving skills
    • Ability to research, understand and evaluate evidence in order to contribute to practice development
    • Good negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
    • Customer service orientation
    • Effective record keeping and report writing skills to include care planning and risk assessments
    • IT 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
    • Enthusiastic, able to work flexibility on a 12 hour shift pattern and across the service to meet the needs of the service



    • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties


    • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS
    • Training in relation to specialist forensic interventions, including HSB, Violence & Fire Setting
    • Experience of delivering training to others

    Personal Attributes


    • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
    • Commitment to multi-agency approach with an ability to develop, establish and maintain relationships both internal and external to the organisation and with service users and their carers
    • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure
    • Calm, confident, innovative, creative and assertive
    • Clarity of decision making
    • Ability to comply with the restrictions of the secure environment, can consider creative ways to engage young people
    • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service priorities
    • Commitment to challenging discrimination and improving accessibility of services
    • Have a strong degree of personal integrity; able to adhere to standards of conduct based on a culture of equality and fairness
    • 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)

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