Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
31 May 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. I am seeking a Band 6 (Registered professional) Mental Health Practitioner to join my team The main tasks within this pathway offers assessment for young people with cognitive, social and communication difficulties.

I am seeking candidates with:
  • Experience working with people with neurodevelopmental conditions (including intellectual disability, autism and ADHD).
  • Systemic information gathering with internal, external services and family/support networks.
  • Clinical observation skills and ability to build positive rapport with complex children.
  • MDT working, listening to colleagues and sharing your own experience and understanding.
  • Experience/interest in delivering standardised assessments.
  • Experience of working within a CAMHs, Forensic or LAC service would be advantageous.

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

Main duties of the job

The pathway offers assessment for young people with cognitive, social and communication difficulties. Assessments include completing developmental histories, Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Connors, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), as well as additional assessments when indicated.

We work as an MDT throughout the assessment, formulation and diagnosis process and produce succinct, helpful and clear reports detailing the outcome of assessments. In addition to supporting and offering psychoeducation to children on our pathway we offer consultation staff to help tailor interventions to their needs.

The service will meet your development needs through a comprehensive induction, bespoke training and development package and quality supervision plan.

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 Focus 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 nursing
    • Membership of professional body


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

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • 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



    • 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



    • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS

    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)

    Personal Attributes


    • 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
    • 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)

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Wetherby Young Offenders Institute,

    York Road,


    West Yorkshire,

    LS22 5ED

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