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Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Substantive - 37.5 Hours Per Week

My name is Lindsey Hoather, I am the team Manager for Wetherby YOI CAMHS.

I am seeking a Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner to join our secure CAMHS wellbeing pathway at Wetherby Young Offenders Institution (YOI). There will be an opportunity to build therapeutic relationships with young people, in order to assess risk and mental health needs. Liaison, communication and consultation with other professional groups within the YOI will be necessary to ensure that robust and holistic care plans are established around young people. There will be opportunities to develop and run therapeutic groups and chances to offer 1:1 interventions, depending on the identified needs of young people. You will be working within a supportive multidisciplinary team, within which fortnightly wellbeing pathway meetings are held. Pathway meetings are an opportunity to contribute to multidisciplinary discussions about young people and their needs.

Secure CAMHS operates 7 days per week across the year providing a services from 08:00-20:00, and your shifts will fit within this pattern.

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

Main duties of the job

You will work within an integrated healthcare team and will represent CAMHS within the YOI. Part of your role will be to offer screening assessments for young people who are newly arrived at the establishment, and you will attend meetings held by the prison, for example to review young peoples risk to self.

You will hold a caseload of young people who are relatively settled within the YOI. You will provide person-centred assessment of their mental health needs and risk, in addition to screening for neurodevelopmental needs. You will be part of a supportive multidisciplinary team within which you can seek support to establish a plan of care and intervention for young people.

HMYOI Wetherby is the largest secure provision in the country, which is underpinned by the Framework for Integrated Care which is a developmentally and trauma informed mental health service model.

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.

The post-holder will:
  • Provide consultation assessment and treatment for children and young people with forensic and mental health needs.
  • Work autonomously and collaboratively within the MDT, providing consultation for other agencies/professionals.
  • Promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.

To provide consultation, assessment and interventions to young people with a wide range of emotional and psychological problems who are referred to specialist Focus CAMHS, in keeping with evidence based practice with supervision from a senior clinician within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.

Key Result Areas:
  • To support the ongoing process of delivering a comprehensive CAMHS system.
  • To provide assessment, interventions, 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 apply a sound knowledge of safeguarding children and guidelines in clinical work.
  • To be committed to a quality approach for patient care.
  • The post-holder will demonstrate high levels of concentration and provide sustained effort in assessment of complex family issues.
  • To manage own caseload, accessing support and guidance appropriate to individual need.
  • To operate within the clinical and case management supervision framework.
  • To provide training, consultation and supervision to other service providers, partner agencies and junior members of staff as required regarding intensive interventions with children, young people and families.
  • 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.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification

    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
    • 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)



    • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. nursing, psychologist, psychotherapist, family therapist, or other allied health professional
    • Post qualification professional development
    • On-going professional development supervision and/or mentorship
    • Membership of professional bodies


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

    Special Knowledge/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



    • 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


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



    • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS

    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)

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Wetherby Young Offenders Institute,

    York Road,


    West Yorkshire,

    LS22 5ED

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