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Specialist CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner - Developmental Role

Solent NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
28 May 2023
Job summary

The CAMHs team is part of a supportive and innovative child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in Southampton. The aim of this service is to support a child/young person in continuing with their mental health recovery at home with their families with the right support and most importantly the least restrictive.

This is a new role within the Solent CAMHS West portfolio and is an exciting development opportunity for a Band 5 Practitioner to gain experience across the Specialist CAMHS team within the ADHD Pathway and Autism Service.

The post holder will be embedded within the ADHD pathway developing specialist skills in Neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD and Autism and their assessment as well as wider mental health conditions.

All young people who are accepted to the service will follow a structured Programme, in line with relevant NICE guidelines. Interventions are delivered by a multi-disciplinary clinical team comprising of: Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychologists, Nurses, Social Worker, Dietitian, Family Therapist, Assistant Psychologists and Managerial Support.

The successful candidate would be professionally registered and be supported to work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. The CAMHS team is a strong and supportive team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision and support.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work under supervision of senior colleagues to develop skills to become an autonomous and accountable practitioner within our integrated teams. This will involve the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care provided and effective liaison with all agencies involved with the service user.

This is a new role within the Solent CAMHS West portfolio and is an exciting development opportunity for a Band 5 Practitioner to gain experience working across the Specialist CAMHS team.

At the end of the final placement or on completion of the competency framework the post holder will then achieve a Band 6 role and will be guaranteed a post.

You will be working alongside an established CAMHS team at an important time in our development. It really is an exciting time to be joining Southampton CAMHS as we push forward with implementing new ways of working in order to best meet the needs of the population we work with.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

* To support staff within a universal and targeted children's workforce.

* To work with senior colleague to develop skills in completing assessments, formulation of systemic treatment, reviews and be accountable for professional actions and policies.

* To participate in the development of a high quality, responsive service for children, young people and their families/carers/friends where appropriate.

* Under supervision of senior colleagues develop the skills to manage referrals and to assess the needs of the referred child or young person and to develop, implement and evaluate appropriate interventions.

* To contribute a specialist child and adolescent psychiatric perspective in team and management discussions.

* To attend Core Group meetings and Team Around the Child meetings and other relevant meetings as required.

Person Specification



  • Nationally recognised core qualification i.e. RN, RMN, Social work, Psychology
  • Professional Qualification at first degree level or equivalent


  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training at post graduate level



  • Experience of specialist mental health assessment and treatment of children and adolescents and their families/carers where appropriate as a full member of a multi disciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatients or inpatient settings


  • Experience of working with a wide variety of children, adolescents and their families/carers across the whole range and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Post qualifying experience of working as a specialist mental health worker within a mental health setting
  • Experience of teaching and or training other professionals

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