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CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner – Paediatric Liaison Team

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

This is a great opportunity to work with young people admitted to paediatric wards within the Pennine Care footprint and who present with mental health needs or risks.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about working with children and young people and who can work innovatively across traditional boundaries to ensure young people get the right care, from the right clinician/team, at the right time and in the right place; to improve outcomes and families/carers experience of mental health support.

We are seeking staff with a professional registration (Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy) to work in a multi-disciplinary team offering assessment, support, signposting, and intervention in this new and developing pathway.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for staff with significant experience in either relevant community or inpatient settingswith experience of assessment, formulation and managing complex cases and risk within a mental health. Working alongside senior clinical staff the post holder will respond rapidly to requests for assistance when a young person is presenting in crisis. The post holder will offer assessment and management within a clear and structured Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction framework and will refer on to specialist in-patient services as necessary or work collaboratively with other services involved to reduce the need for inpatient care. As a member of the multi-disciplinary team the service will intensively support young people and families.

Direct work with young people will take place in clinical environments, in paediatric wards and community settings.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification

Education/ Qulifications


  • oRelevant core professional qualification in mental health
  • oEvidence of current professional registration and continued professional development


  • oTraining in one or more additional specialised areas of practice including children and young people



  • oSignificant experience in either community or inpatient settings which meet the core competencies of the post
  • oExperience of assessment, formulation and managing complex cases and risk within a mental health service
  • oAn extensive range of clinical experience within the speciality or within a care pathway
  • oExperience of exercising clinical responsibility for patients' care and treatment and case management
  • oExperience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
  • oEffective skills to be able to communicate, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • oExperience of report writing


  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life span and presenting with the full range of severity.
  • oExperience of assessing and treating patients across the full range of care settings.
  • oExperience of using outcome measures to evaluate the impact of their clinical practice
  • oExperience of children and young peoples' inpatient mental health care
  • oExperience of working across professional / organisational boundaries



  • oKnowledge and implementation of the use of outcome measures
  • oKnowledge of therapeutic interventions with CYP
  • oKnowledge of the policy guidance and legislation specifically relating to children and young people
  • oDetailed knowledge of child safeguarding procedures, responsibilities and application in practice
  • oClinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • oUnderstanding of psychological models of care and treatment.


  • oA general understanding of evidenced based psychological therapies from a range of modalities, including systemic working
  • oA general understanding of evidenced based psychological therapies from a range of modalities, including systemic working
  • oUnderstanding of the acuity and demands of CYP inpatient services

Skills and Abilities


  • oHave sound assessment skills and ability to articulate outcomes to CYP, families, other clinicians, practitioners and stakeholders
  • oAbility to carry out therapeutic interventions with this patient group
  • oHigh level mental health assessment and risk assessment and formulation skills
  • oCase management skills focusing on the needs of the CYP and the context of their pathway in relation to all clinical and legal processes
  • oProblem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands
  • Compassionate in meeting the needs of vulnerable children and young people and their families and carers
  • oAble to work flexibly and cooperatively as part of a team
  • oAble to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • oExcellent interpersonal and communication skills enabling good working relationships with others across professional boundaries
  • oGood organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own work load


  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework

Work Related Circumstances


  • oWillingness to participate in on call rotas
  • oWillingness to work flexibly including unsocial, weekend and out of hours working
  • oUse of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • oWilling to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies


  • oAppointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure

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