Senior Mental Health Practitioner Unscheduled Care

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham & Flintshire / Conwy & Denbighshire / Gwynedd
£42,284 to £48,388 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
As part of our transformation and development of Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, we are expanding our pathways and services to provide a rapid, robust and extended multi-agency crisis response that includes prompt assessment, liaison, consultation, training and where appropriate intensive time limited interventions for children and young people up to the age of 18, who are experiencing an acute mental health and/or psycho-social crisis.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of a crisis provision for the children and young people across North Wales.

We are looking to recruit highly experienced, registered practitioners who have extensive clinical knowledge and skill within CAMH crisis services. We would welcome skills and experience in clinical leadership and enhanced clinical decision making when working with young people and families with complex difficulties. The post holder will provide formal and informal clinical supervision to colleagues and act as an initial point of escalation for clinical matters as appropriate. There will be an 'on call' requirement within this post that will aim to cover the hours of operation with senior leadership to colleagues.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will undertake assessments within A+E, paediatric wards and other community settings to support the provision of a rapid crisis response in the least restrictive way, but also consistent with identified needs, to ensure the safety of the young person safety and others.

In addition, you will provide clinical formulation, identifying the young person's and family's needs, offer liaison, consultation and brief intervention where required to facilitate safe discharge and support care planning across partner agencies. The post holder will be required to work flexibly as the service develops towards a 24-hour provision.

The post holder will be a part of a multi-disciplinary unscheduled care service, working with young people who are experiencing a mental health and/or psycho-social crisis, whereby hospital admission is a strong possibility, but can be safely supported at home or within another community setting.

The post holder will provide urgent assessment and brief intervention and / or specific evidence based therapies to children and young people with mental health problems and significant mental health disorders. To support parents carers and front line professionals in understanding and supporting the child / young person through providing education, advice and direction on how to manage the condition.

About us

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and 'Proud to Lead' competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the Disability Confident Employer scheme.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Using a team approach, the post holder will work flexibly (including out of hours), intensively, creatively and responsively to clients' needs. The post holder will also ensure good links with others within the designated CAMHS area and other relevant agencies and professionals.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

You will be able to find a full Job Description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents.

We are advertising multiple positions across the 3 regions. Please indicate which region you would like to apply for.

Wrexham & Flintshire

Conwy & Denbighshire


Person Specification



  • Health related professional qualification and statutory registration.
  • Educated to Master's degree level in health related subject, or able to demonstrate knowledge and experience to masters level.


  • Teaching qualification
  • Formal training in supervision



  • Substantial experience of working in a CAMH service with significant interface challenges, undertaking specialist assessments and providing evidence based interventions for C& YP.
  • Significant experience of developing and delivering training packages in a variety of settings University courses, GP surgeries and CMHT's
  • Experience in providing supervision/consultation for other clinicians
  • Experience of successful change management and dealing with conflict
  • Experience of effective multi-agency working
  • Experience of participating in the planning and development of services
  • Experience in training and presentations
  • Experience of providing crisis care supervision/consultation


  • Experience of working with families, drawing on a systemic knowledge and practice base.
  • Generic mental health back ground e.g. CAMHS worker
  • Experience of lone working over a large rural area



  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree, diploma supplemented by specialist training experience and short courses
  • Up to date knowledge of legislation, policy and professional issues pertinent to this area of specialism and its context
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation framework for C& YP
  • Specialist knowledge in relation to crisis assessment and management


  • Welsh speaker



  • Strategic thinker
  • Professional attitude
  • Able to lead complex communication processes where there are opposing views and significant barriers to acceptance and understanding
  • Able to work consistently and therapeutically with frequent exposure to highly emotional distressing and sensitive clinical circumstances
  • Practice equal opportunities and respect for others
  • Highly motivated and ability to work autonomously


  • Advanced time management skills



  • High level communication and interpersonal skills
  • To convey and receive complex highly technical sensitive information effectively both at a written and oral level
  • Skilled in working with people at all levels and from all disciplines and interagency level
  • Ability to engage others in collaborative change
  • High level of report writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to make clinical and service related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options
  • Ability to critically evaluate research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development
  • Ability to plan, organise and implement a broad range of complex, clinical and service related operational activities programmes and plans
  • Specialist skills in working with people experiencing complex psycho-social difficulties
  • Skills and experience in providing clinical supervision to a range of clinicians
  • Computer literate
  • Keyboard skills



  • Ability/willingness to travel between work places


  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing Welsh

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 any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Wrexham & Flintshire / Conwy & Denbighshire / Gwynedd

Wrexham & Flintshire / Conwy & Denbighshire / Gwynedd

LL22 8DP

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