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Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Wakefield CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) is a multi-disciplinary team who support young people with emotional and mental health difficulties. We have been given the opportunity to continue to develop and grow as a service and we want to encourage and welcome new staff to join us on this journey. We have further funding to create new posts to add to our already amazing team alongside current vacancies.

Who are we looking for?

We want individuals

- who get a sense of achievement and feel rewarded by helping young people and their families

- who are interested in the lives of others and wish to help children, young people and their families to achieve their best potential

- who are interested in emotional wellbeing and mental health

who can be dynamic, flexible, creative, professional and reflective

Main duties of the job

Key parts of the role:

- Assessing young people to see what support is needed to meet their needs/risks

- Care planning

- Providing short term interventions and support around emotional wellbeing and mental health

- Supporting /leading groupwork

- Working as part of team and autonomously

- Representing Wakefield CAMHS and working alongside other agencies

- Documentation and recording

A typical day for a CAMHS practitioner:

- Start work and check emails and prepare for appointments for the day.

- Complete first assessment of the day with a child, young person and their parent/carer.

- Speak to colleagues about the assessment and begin to formulate a plan of care. Type up the assessment and book follow up sessions into your diary or add to relevant waiting list.

- Have lunch and be ready for a peer supervision session with colleagues, discuss cases and share good practice.

Travel to a venue and either co-deliver a group with your colleagues or deliver 1:1 intervention sessions in one of the CAMHS bases before recording and documenting todays sessions

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

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

The post-holder will:

Provide assessment and treatment to children and young people with 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 routine and urgent 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.

For full details of the role please see the supporting information attached.

Person Specification



  • Substantial post qualification experience, some of which must be working with children, young people and their carers in a mental health or community setting.
  • Experience of working in Primary Care/ MHST Services / or CAMHS.
  • Multi-disciplinary team working
  • Inter-agency liaison and consultation
  • Experience of supervising/mentoring junior staff
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance and policies.
  • Clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills in mental health.
  • Experience in assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence-based practice.
  • Evidence of working with children and young people / adults who have experienced a mental health problem.
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication.
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes.
  • 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.



  • Relevant professional qualification, eg) nursing or other professional allied to medicine.
  • Dip SW or relevant mental health profession
  • Membership of professional body


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



  • Good verbal and communication skills
  • Ability to manage own caseload
  • 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.



  • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS
  • Experience of delivering training to others



  • 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).



  • 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)

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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