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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
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

We have a vacancy for a band 6 mental health practitioner in Barnsley CAMHS.

This post will cover a wide range of duties across our core and assessment pathways. The core pathways are responsible for providing specialist treatment, support and assessment for children, young people and their families in CAMHS. If you have a desire and passion to work with children and young people then we want to hear from you!

Barnsley CAMHS is progressing on an exciting journey of change and innovation and we would love you to be part of this journey. In return you will receive a robust induction, regular supportive managerial and clinical supervision along with a range of CPD opportunities. We are especially interested if you are a Learning Disability Nurse or an Occupational Therapist as we are aiming to expand our MDT to include these invaluable professionals!

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

Main duties of the job

As a band 6 Mental Health Practitioner you will be expected to hold a caseload, care co-ordinate, manage risk, care plan and work therapeutically through a goal-based approach.

You will be able to complete ADHD assessments, if you do not have experience in this then we will support you in developing this skill set. You will be an effective communicator and be able to work as part of a supportive and skilled MDT.

As a service we work in close collaboration with our partner agencies to provide a systemic approach to care where possible. You must be able to communicate effectively with colleagues, partners, children, young people and their families.

As a trust we expect high standards of record keeping and compliance with our clinical governance frameworks is essential. You will you will motivate colleagues, champion service user safety and dignity and drive continuous improvement.

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

  • Provide assessment and treatment to children and young people with mental health needs.
  • Work autonomously and collaboratively within the MDT, providing consultation for other agencies/professionals.
  • Work as part of CAMHS first on-call rota.
  • Promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.

To provide routine and urgent assessment and interventions to young people with a wide range of emotional and psychological problems who are referred to specialist 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.

  • 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. This will include working with the CAPA model.
  • 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 work as part of the CAMHS on call rota when required and to work in a flexible manner (24/7).

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. nursing, or other professional allied to medicine
    • Dip SW or relevant mental health profession
    • Membership of professional body


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



    • 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 of supervising/mentoring junior staff
    • Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance e.g. NHS plan, Mental Health Legislation, Childrens act, Education Act, Working Together, Childrens NSF, Every Child Matters, etc
    • Clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills in mental health
    • Experience in assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice
    • Proven ability to work with other agencies and disciplines and in partnership with other organisations
    • Experience of safeguarding children and young people


    • Experience of community settings
    • Experience of working in different cultural contexts
    • Knowledge and experience of working with Equality and Diversity

    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)



    • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS
    • Experience of delivering training to others

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Good verbal and communication skills
    • Ability to manage own caseload
    • Good negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
    • Customer service orientation
    • Effective record keeping and report writing skills to include care planning and risk assessments
    • IT 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

    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
    • Ability to travel across the Trust as appropriate to the role
    • Have training or undertake training to participate in the CAMH Service 24/7 on call rota

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    New Street Health Centre,

    Upper New Street,


    South Yorkshire,

    S70 1LP

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