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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Job summary

Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced clinician to join our CAMHS eating Disorder Service as an additional clinical team leader to the team.

The post holder will work alongside our current clinical team manager and clinical team leader to ensure continuity of care to young people and their families within the service.

The post holder will be responsible for providing Clinical Leadership through the provision of clinical supervision, caseload management supervision and teaching. They would hold a small caseload of complex cases.

This post requires the candidate to have a professional registration; Child, mental health or Learning disability nurse, social worker or occupational therapist are welcome to apply.

The post holder must have skills using interventions such as CBT, DBT and/or the creative arts.

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

Main duties of the job

Working in partnership with our existing Clinical team leader and the team manager the post holder will ensure excellent clinical standards are maintained within the team and ensure the best use of available resources by delivering positive outcomes for individual service users and their families. The post holder will manage a small case load of young people admitted into the team and provide supervision to junior staff.

The post-holder will have highly developed skills in assessing the needs of children and their carers based on the analysis of highly complex facts and situations.

To provider supervision and teaching to all other disciplines within CAMHS and to deputise as agreed for the team leader.

To promote safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people.

Be passionate about improving the delivery of evidence-based treatments for children, young people and their families.

Be a driven, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking leader.

Have skills using interventions such as CBT, DBT and/or the creative arts.

Have extensive experience working in CAMHS services.

Have significant experience of working with clinicians to achieve service improvement.

Be experienced in the delivery of clinical and caseload management supervision.

The post also involves chairing MDT meetings and attendance at variety of meetings in order to discuss complex cases.

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.
  • To provide highly specialist skills and expertise, facilitating interventions of the highest quality in the field of mental health, including emergency assessments and intensive interventions with children, young people and their families.
  • To work autonomously and collaboratively within the MDT, providing consultation and teaching for other agencies/professionals.
  • To provider supervision and teaching to all other disciplines within CAMHS and to deputise as agreed for the team leader.
  • To promote safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people.

  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility in accordance with the Trust Policies and procedures.
  • The post-holder will have highly developed skills in assessing the needs of children and their carers based on the analysis of highly complex facts and situations. Interventions will be planned based on the assessment information and interpretation of this. The clinical assessment will include gathering appropriate historical information from the child and family, allied to clinical observation of family relationships and mental state of the child and other family members, and obtaining relevant information from other agencies. Offering highly specialist expertise in child and adolescent mental health, ensuring clear documentation in all appropriate case notes and sharing assessments and information with the family and all relevant professionals.
  • To undertake highly specialist initial assessments of young people following acts of serious self-harm and attempted suicide in line with evidence based practice.
  • To undertake highly specialised risk assessments following referral for presentations requiring urgent mental health or psychiatric assessment and plan relevant interventions.
  • To implement intensive interventions with young people and their families, as relevant to the post-holders main clinical role, i.e. group and individual work, systemic family interventions. This will include analysis, interpretation and evaluation to reformulate plans of care.

  • For full job description please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. nursing, or other professional allied to medicine
    • Post qualification training in identified portfolio, e.g. LD. LAC, eating disorder
    • Dip SW or relevant mental health profession
    • A teaching and assessing qualification
    • Membership of professional body


    • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling)
    • Masters Level qualification
    • Formal management/supervisory qualification



    • Experience of delivering training to others
    • Extensive experience in identified portfolio requirements
    • 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
    • Experience of working in different cultural contexts
    • Knowledge and experience of working with Equality and Diversity
    • Multidisciplinary team working
    • Inter-agency liaison and consultation
    • Experience of providing highly specialist advice and supervision to other professionals
    • Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance for working with children, young people, mental health and safeguarding
    • Evidence of advanced clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills in mental health
    • Extensive experience in assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice
    • Advanced experience of safeguarding children and young people


    • Experience of community settings

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Excellent verbal and communication skills
    • Ability to manage own caseload and to be a self-reliant and autonomous practitioner
    • Excellent negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
    • Customer service orientation
    • Excellent record keeping and report writing skills to include care planning and risk assessments
    • IT skills

    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/working
    • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure
    • Calm, confident, innovative, creative and assertive
    • Ability to make and lead decisions under pressure/crisis situations
    • 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)
    • To have integrity, be honest, open, transparent and respectful

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