Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
15 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6- Senior Mental Health Practitioners- CAMHS Urgent Care

We would welcome you to apply and be a part of the movement to improve and provide mental health services for young people aged 0 to 25 years old across the city of Birmingham, fast becoming one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe with almost 40 per cent of its population being under the age of 25, is a city rich in history and diversity thats looking to the future.

We are also keen to hear from applicants interested in band 5 development roles. We are committed to supporting the right candidates to develop the skill set required for a band 6 role within our urgent care team

We have Senior Mental Health opportunities across Birmingham to attract you which include both our CAMHs and adult CRHT Teams. One of our brand new offices at Oleaster B15, is the FIRST in the country to offer these extended services, which will include an under 18s psychiatric decisions unit and health based place of safety.

Our Service

Our service includes patients with first episode psychosis and /or a range of mental health disorders. You may also come into contact with people with a diagnosis of Autism, personality disorder and needs related to learning disabilities.

Main duties of the job

Our Expectations

You will need to hit the ground running, therefore you will need extensive experience in a mental health setting. However, we do have some opportunities to support band 5 development roles too!

Our people lead from the heart have a passion for wanting to make a difference to peoples lives, acting as a vigorous advocate for the young people of Birmingham

Inspirational, innovative, high performing individuals who are able to make safe and confident decisions around patient care, working in close partnership with patients and their parents, families, carers and friends together with a range of other stakeholders.

You will have drive and passion for development and be excited by the opportunity to be involved in a revolutionary young persons service. Understand the challenges of developing services and also be instrumental in finding solutions and new ways of working

Your rewards

As you would expect, in addition to ongoing support, excellent career development and training, the benefits of working with Forward Thinking Birmingham (employed by BWC) are

- 27 days holiday, plus banh holidays, increasing to 33 days holiday with continuous service

- Competitive pension scheme

- Childcare vouchers

- NHS discounts

- Expert clinical supervision

We look forward to hearing from you!

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families.

Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas. Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care. Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification RMN / RNLD qualifications
  • Relevant Post qualifying qualification e.g. or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of training
  • Relevant Post graduate study or be able to demonstrate further skills based training


  • Specific qualification in a relevant therapeutic speciality e.g. counselling, Family Therapy, CBT, substance misuse
  • Nurse Prescriber



  • Extensive post registration experience in mental health care
  • Assessing and managing risk
  • Devising robust and effective care plans using SMART goals
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Use of therapeutic interventions with children and young people i.e. 1:1, counselling, family therapy and group work
  • Delivering teaching / training
  • Providing consultation
  • Liaison with inpatient settings and external agencies


  • Working in inpatient CAMHS settings
  • Providing care in community settings
  • Developing a specialist area on behalf of the Service/ or local Team
  • Developing policies and protocols
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary Team
  • Supervising less experienced members of staff



  • Working knowledge of Health Service
  • Working knowledge of mental health
  • A good knowledge of own professional guidelines
  • Good knowledge of recognised disorders and illnesses in the field of mental health
  • Fundamental knowledge of medications used in mental health
  • Understanding of a range of communication styles when working with children, young people, young adults and families in distress
  • Hold an interest in a specialist area
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Appropriate and adaptable verbal and written communication
  • Able to undertake audit
  • Able to undertake risk assessments within the service
  • Able to demonstrate leadership skills


  • Basic IT competency



  • Able to work independently
  • Able to work as a member of a team
  • Awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Parkview Clinic

60 Queensbridge Road


B13 8QE

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