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Band 7 CAMHS Social Care Primary Mental Health Specialist (South Glos)

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
0.6wte/ 22.5 hours per week (22.5-37.5 hours per week considered)

We are looking for a motivated, qualified and registered professional who has experience of working with children and young people, preferably within a community CAMHS service and/or significant experience within adult mental health services.

South Gloucestershire Local Authority have funded Primary Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) roles to be embedded within their main teams. This role is for the Access and Response Team (ART) based at Badminton Road Council Offices. Hybird working will be an option for all roles. More details of the team and other social care PMHS teams, is in the attached document.

Main duties of the job

The PMHS role is embedded within the LA team and will provide consultation to social care staff about young people with emotional and mental health needs, providing advice and support to upskill professionals to identify mental health needs and appropriately intervene. Some of these young people/families will require assessment and interventions from the post holder and are likely to require an assertive outreach approach to aid engagement. Other young people may be supported into the locality CAMHS team (for example those with eating disorders). The post will also provide training to social care staff and other professional working with children and young people.

You will be welcomed into an established and experienced Primary Mental Health Specialist team within South Gloucestershire and Bristol (including PMHS working in Bristol locality social care teams). You will also access support, training and regular supervision from the South Gloucestershire locality CAMHS team.

South Gloucestershire CAMHS service has radically transformed in recent years. This includes significantly improved waiting times fantastic team skill mix and opportunities for innovative practice. We also strive to provide compassionate leadership as we recognize the importance of staff well-being. As part of the wider local CAMHS service we are moving towards an I-Thrive approach to ensure our service is more responsive, accessible and effective.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

We welcome potential applicants to make contact to discuss the opportunities of this role

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To upskill and support social staff by providing specialist mental health consultation, training, advice, support, and liaison to staff working with children, young people and their parents/carers
  • To be link between CAMHS and social care services, providing referral information, support and guidance and signposting to appropriate services. To explore and help facilitate access to community CAMHS where access issues are difficult.
  • To assess and formulate the mental health, emotional and psychological needs of children and young people who are involved with South Gloucestershire Social Care
  • Provide an outreach model and systemic approach to help engage and provide intervention to children, young people and their families. To include, attending multi-agency meetings.
  • Provide mental health consultation and reflective sessions to Social Care practitioners
  • Provide mental health training to Social Care staff

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification eg Nursing, Social Work, Family Therapy, Arts Therapies, OT, Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Maintenance of appropriate professional registration (HCPC, NMC etc)
  • Formal post-graduate level qualification in a relevant field eg CYP-IAPT training, AMHP, CBT, Brief Therapy or can demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and expertise



  • Post qualification of delivering evidence based therapies to young people and families in CAMHS
  • Significant post-qualifying clinical experience of working with multiple agencies
  • Experience of providing consultation and/or training to professionals


  • Significiant post qualification experience in NHS CAMHS



  • Ability to work with children, young people and families from a wide range of social, cultural and minority ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work autonomously, and organise and prioritise workload
  • .Experience of care co-ordinating complex cases

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


South Gloucestershire Council Badminton Rd Office

Badminton Road


BS37 5AF

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