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Nurse/Mental Health Practitioner - Crisis Care

Solent NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking for a new challenge in a supportive and innovative child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in Portsmouth?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 CAMHS Nurse/Mental Health Practitioner to work within our Crisis Team. We are also willing to consider band 5 to 6 progression for those who are newly qualified. The aim of our service is to support a child/young person in continuing with their mental health recovery at home with their families in the community and prevent a hospital admission due to the mental health crisis.

The CAMHS team is a strong and supportive team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision and support. This is a great opportunity to join our team in Solent NHS Trust Children & Families Service line to support in the delivery of high-quality children's mental health services.

We are looking for exceptional individuals with the right attitude, skills and knowledge who share our passion to deliver the best quality care experience for children and their families. If this is you, get in touch today!

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of the CAMHS multi-disciplinary team delivering short term specialist mental health support for children and young people and their parents/carers to manage a period of mental health crisis.

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.

Duties include -
  • To offer a mental health perspective to the multi-agency team through assessment, therapeutic work, joint work and participation in team meetings. In particular to children and young people presenting in mental health crisis and requiring a higher intensity care package.
  • As a member of a multi-disciplinary team to maintain a caseload and provide direct clinical work that demonstrates a high level of specialist skill in treating the client's system, where families have severe, multi-complex and often long-standing difficulties. All children are seen in the context of their family.
  • To offer assessments as part of the self-harm rota. To contribute to core CAMHS duties such as duty and providing initial assessments.

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

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Nurse qualification or other core qualification such as OT / Social Work and registration with relevant professional body.
  • Postgraduate level of study/degree relevant to discipline or equivalent experience


  • Skills training (or higher) in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Additional training in child and adolescent mental health



  • Significant or demonstrable experience in mental health to show the breadth/depth of experience required for the role.
  • Crisis management skills
  • Community care experience
  • Stress management
  • Knowledge and experience in child protection/safeguarding procedures, to recognise abuse and escalate appropriately within statutory timeframes.
  • To hold a clinical caseload of complex health needs including mental health as a lead professional within a multi-agency team.
  • Ability to work autonomously


  • Experience of direct work with children/young people with mental health issues
  • Working experience with Children and young people

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