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Young Persons Lead Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

This new post provides an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced mental health nurse, social worker or occupational therapist to work alongside community mental health teams in Wakefield to enable and ensure smooth transitions from Children's to Adult Mental Health Services for Young People and their families.

The role of Young Persons Transition Lead MH Practitioner will involve clinical leadership, line management and supervision responsibilities as well as assessing mental health needs and delivering direct interventions with Young People.

We are looking for motivated, innovative and enthusiastic practitioners who want to work collaboratively as part of a team. You should have excellent communication and engagement skills with a commitment to improving service delivery.

We are looking to recruit candidates of a high calibre that share our passion for delivering excellent service user care and who can respond to the challenge of care delivery within the NHS and social care.

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

Main duties of the job

As the Young Persons Transition Lead MH Practitioner you will ensure best practice and provide clinical leadership and expertise.

You will work alongside CMHTs, CAMHS and Wakefield Council to ensure smooth transition for young people moving from Children's to Adult services.

You will be a member of the leadership team and be responsible for the delivery of safe and effective clinical practise across the community mental health pathway.

You will work alongside the Adult MH teams that are multi-disciplinary and integrated with Wakefield Council.

You will need to develop excellent working relationships across Adults' and Childrens' services, acting as a role model for exemplary practice.

We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated, committed, confident, with energy, drive and enthusiasm and the ability to work under pressure.

You must have substantial post qualification experience, some of which will have been in a mental health or other complex care setting and have experience of working with Young People.

We are looking for candidates with experience of working in a multidisciplinary team who can provide leadership to all staff in a way which encourages the development of a high quality, responsive and evidence based service for Young People with mental health problems.

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 Transitions Lead MH Practitioner will be a senior member of the leadership team and responsible for the delivery of safe and effective clinical practise across the community mental health pathway.

The Lead MH Practitioner will ensure best practice and provide Leadership and clinical expertise regarding young people moving from Childrens to Adult services.

The Lead MH Practitioner will ensure clinical systems are in place to support and monitor practice and performance and support the general manager in the operational delivery of the service.

The Lead MH Practitioner will provide direct clinical care and act as a role model for exemplary clinical practise in the community mental health pathway.

Working with other Lead MH Practitioners and Advanced Clinical Practitioners the post holder will provide trust wide leadership and support within their own discipline.


  • Work in partnership with individuals, families and carers, using a range of assessment methods as appropriate (e.g. of history-taking holistic assessment identifying risk factors mental health assessments requesting, undertaking and/or interpreting diagnostic tests and conducting health needs assessments).
  • Use expertise and decision-making skills to inform clinical reasoning approaches when dealing with differentiated and undifferentiated individual presentations and complex situations, synthesising information from multiple sources to make appropriate, evidence-based judgements and/or diagnoses.
  • Initiate, evaluate and modify a range of interventions which may include prescribing medicines, therapies, life style advice and care.
  • Exercise professional judgement to manage risk appropriately, especially where there may be complex and unpredictable events and supporting teams to do likewise to ensure safety of individuals, families and carers.
  • Work collaboratively with an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources, developing, maintaining and evaluating links to manage risk and issues across organisations and settings.

  • For full job description please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse (appropriate to area) or AHP
    • Recognised qualification in leadership or management (or willingness to undertake).


    • Clinical leadership qualifications



    • 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).



    • Experience of working with individuals with complex mental health needs in a community setting.
    • Experience of managing and assessing risk whilst working independently.


    • Experience at band 6 level and ability to demonstrate developed management skills.
    • Work with individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
    • Experience of working in inpatient settings.
    • Leadership and supervisory experience.
    • Management experience.
    • Experience of working in a multi- disciplinary environment.
    • Change management experience



    • Able to demonstrate expertise and decision-making skills to inform clinical reasoning approaches when dealing with differentiated and undifferentiated individual presentations and complex situations, synthesising
    • information from multiple sources to make
    • appropriate, evidence-based judgements and/or diagnoses.
    • Highly developed understanding of the specific health needs of people with a mental health need
    • Developed knowledge of current philosophies and legislation in area of practice.
    • Robust knowledge of Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation.
    • Developed knowledge of up to research/best evidence and nursing practices.
    • Ability to lead and motivate a team of staff.
    • Ability to work within budget frameworks.
    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of their
    • broad level of responsibility and autonomy and the limits of own competence and professional scope of practice, including when working with complexity, risk, uncertainty and incomplete information.
    • Ability to organise a team and delegate appropriately.
    • Ability to work flexibly and respond to crisis.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Able to direct junior staff and students as appropriate.
    • Ability to represent the service in the absence of senior managers.
    • Effective time management.
    • Good communication skills and can adapt working practices to meet the cross-section of society.
    • Flexibility.
    • Good team worker.
    • Reliable and caring.
    • Able to work unsupervised.


    • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues.
    • Able to demonstrate evidence based practice.



    • HEE certified Advanced Clinical Practitioner qualification (or able to demonstrate competence across the pillars of Advanced Clinical practice (or equivalent)
    • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise
    • Evidence of relevant training and continuing Professional Development
    • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills


    • Leadership training
    • Supervision training
    • Specialist training in areas relevant to the client group, eg motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis, counselling/ therapy approaches.



    • Leadership skills.
    • Good sense of humour.
    • Good timekeeper.
    • Maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times


    • Show creativity in working to meet the needs of people with a learning disability.
    • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for a
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