Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Are you passionate about Children/Young Peoples mental health and want to make a real difference? A career in Kirklees and Calderdale CAMHS Intensive Home Based Treatment Team as a band 6 Occupatiional therapist, Registered nurse , Social worker or therapist may be what you are seeking.

We are recruiting a registered individual with clinical experience working in mental health to help us strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of the young people and their families in our communities and be an vital component to the MDT.

Our vision is to deliver high quality care that is safe, simple and easy to access.

In return we offer a supportive induction, supervision, development/training, pension and consider flexible working. Staff counselling, salary sacrifice schemes and supportive staff networks are readily available for staff to participate in.

We place staff health and wellbeing at the top of our agenda and it is important for us to recruit a person whose values and beliefs align with our Trust values.

Main duties of the job

You will have the right attitude, skills and knowledge to share our passion in delivering the best quality care experience for children and their families.

Your duties will be related to the delivery of clinical care to CAYP, in the form of crisis duty work and Intensive Home Based Treatment across Kirklees and Calderdale (Huddersfield, Dewbury and Halifax)

We are an evolving service and are keen to welcome individuals who strive in an unpredictable, triage role are autonomous and forward thinking and can deliver assertive outreach and recovery focussed interventions in the community.

The role would suit a person who has experience of working with children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health and trauma difficulties.

The CAMHS team is a strong and supportive team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision

You will be working alongside an established, cohesive and friendly team at an exciting and important time in our development, as we push forward with implementing new ways of working in order to best meet the needs of the population we work with.

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

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



To support the ongoing process of delivering a comprehensive CAMHS system and being party to the development of the Emergency Assessment, Intensive Treatment Response and Outreach element of the Specialist CAMHS portfolio in line with the service specification implementation plans and commissioner investment.


To provide specialist assessment, intensive interventions, time limited therapy to children, young people with the most severe, complex and persistent mental health problems, including those who are severely mentally ill or at suicidal risk and where appropriate, families as both an autonomous practitioner and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of settings to address need.


To provide an immediate specialist assessment response to children and young people in crisis and those who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves and /or others and the development of an associated care plan


To be responsible for managing a caseload ensuring robust assessment, care planning, interventions and therapy, onward referral and through-care as appropriate.

Caseload Management.


To support and be involved in, as required the, transportation of service users to identified areas of care.


To participate in the development, audit and review of this extension to existing service provision.


To undertake extended hours of work alongside fellow specialist CAMHS practitioners.


To work collaboratively with Universal Services and Residential CAMHS providers to provide coherent and co-ordinated mental health services for children and young people as well as other significant partners, ensuring timely transition and relevant consultation, training and support to universal services and targeted groups.


To use a range of Information Technology systems ensuring high quality data is collected appropriately, kept securely and confidentially.


To participate in an agreed clinical audit programme for the service, and ensure lessons learnt from both audit and clinical incidents are reported.


To comply with both clinical and corporate governance frameworks.


To work in an innovative and child, young person and family centred way, in a culture of continuous improvement and learning.


To apply a sound knowledge of safeguarding children and guidelines in clinical work.


To support the engagement of service stakeholders and users in the development and monitoring of service delivery and identify opportunities for service improvement and redesign.


To operate within the clinical and case management supervision framework.


To provide consultation and supervision to other service providers and partner agencies as required regarding intensive interventions with children, young people and families.


To identify and communicate any concerns through relevant management processes

For full Job Description please see attached in Supporting Documents

Person Specification



  • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS



  • 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.
  • Multidisciplinary team working.
  • Inter-agency liaison and consultation.
  • Experience in patient provision.
  • Experience of liaison between different levels of CAMHS.
  • A grasp of relevant legislation and guidance e.g. NHS plan, Mental Health Legislation, Children Act, Education Act, Working Together, Childrens NSF, Every Child Matters, etc.
  • Clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills re mental health and behavioural problems including assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice.
  • Understanding of research methodology and audit.
  • Proven ability to work with other disciplines and in partnership with other organisations including service users.



  • Relevant professional qualification e.g. nursing, psychologist, psychotherapist, family therapist, or relevant mental health profession.
  • Post qualification professional development.
  • On-going professional development supervision and/ or experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring.
  • Membership of professional bodies.


  • Post Registration qualification e.g. degree.
  • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling).

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Good verbal and communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills, and problem solving skills.
  • Customer service orientation.
  • Report writing skills.
  • Have good team working skills. Be able to work across disciplines with an ability to predict and manage inter-disciplinary tensions and foster good working practices.


  • Experience of community settings.
  • Previous experience in working in a CAMH setting.

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.
  • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure.
  • Calm, confident, innovative, creative and assertive.
  • Clarity of decision making.
  • 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).

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