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Mental Health Practitioner

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Trafford CAMHS are looking to recruit mental health practitioners to undertake assessments, offer interventions and case management. The role involves managing a defined caseload with a focus on working with children and young people and their families who experience a complex range of needs and difficulties. Acting as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will provide assessment, psycho-social, evidence-based interventions using a collaborative approach and will be skilled at risk assessment and management. They will complement the multi-disciplinary working of the team.

It would be an advantage to have experience working with young people, although part of the induction will be to assist you to develop the skills to work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. It is important that you can show your interest and willingness to learn how to work with children with significant mental health difficulties.

If you are seeking a new opportunity to work within Core CAMHS, we would love to hear from you. You will be joining a vibrant, established and well-trained multi-disciplinary team based in Sale, Trafford. Values based, high quality care delivery is integral to all our decision making. The team enjoy working together, setting new challenges and jointly celebrating success. There will be opportunities to develop skills and we have a comprehensive supervision framework in place.

Main duties of the job

You will join our team to provide families with their first contact with our service through triage and high quality assessments. You will liaise closely with the multi disciplinary team to provide getting help, getting more help and risk support. This will include:

assessment of young people and their presenting needs

management of risk and safeguarding

shared decision making with children, young people and their families to understand what might help

shared formulations of need and agreed goals

delivery of case management including effective partnership working with other agencies

delivery of evidence based interventions

advice and signposting

use of routine outcome measures to track goals and demonstrate reliable improvement

compassion and empathy at all times

a high standard of record keeping and communication

work within the policies and procedures of the organisation

Please refer to the job description and person specification for further details.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Registered or have full accreditation with a professional body.e.g. NMC, SW England, UKCP, HCPC, BABCP



  • Registered Nursing: RMN/RSCN/RNLD, Social Work (CQSW/DipSW), Occupational Therapy


  • Qualifications in Psychotherapeutic approaches e.g. CBT / SFBT
  • Mentorship course ENB998 or equivalent



  • Proven experience of working effectively with people with mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of assessing and managing risk: including safeguarding.
  • Experience of providing evidenced based assessments, formulations and treatment packages.
  • Experience of liaison and working with a range of other relevant agencies
  • Experience of caseload working within a multi-disciplinary mental health setting.
  • Experience of mentoring and supervising others
  • Understand the principles of Clinical Governance and follow Trust policy and procedures


  • Experience of providing interventions for children and young people with mental health problems and their families.Community mental health experience.
  • Experience of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability.


  • Up to date knowledge of child mental health and relevant legislation.
  • Understanding of evidence based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice.
  • The ability to use assessment tools effectively
  • Ability to assess, provide formulation and manage care appropriately to discharge


  • Experience of delivering training.
  • Demonstrable therapeutic skills.
  • IT competent

personal attributes


  • A commitment to undertake further relevant training and self-directed study.
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required.



  • Current driving licence and access to a car

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Trafford CAMHS

The Waterside


M33 7ZF

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