Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about helping young people with mental health problems? Are you committed to getting the best outcomes for children, young people, and families? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop and share your skills and knowledge in mental health? Would you like to be part of a forward thinking, supportive and developing service? If you answer yes to these questions, then Barnsley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is the place for you!

We have opportunities for enthusiastic and passionate Registered Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers or Occupational therapists to join our CAMHS Crisis Intervention/Intensive Treatment Team. Our team strive to support the most vulnerable and at-risk young people, by improving their access to mental health services in times of crisis.

Main duties of the job

The CAMHS crisis service operates between 9am to 5pm 7 days a week.

The successful candidate will work autonomously and as part of the team, providing timely access to specialist services for children and young people who present in crisis or who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves or others. You will utilise an outreach model to provide intensive support where required to meet identified needs and contribute to the prevention of admission to inpatient provision and facilitate the timely discharge from inpatient care. You will manage your own caseload, providing high quality care appropriate to the young persons needs including risk assessment and risk management. You will develop good working relationships with key professionals across the district. Excellent communication and engagement skills are essential. A commitment to improving service delivery and developing new ways of supporting children, young people and families experiences is crucial to work within the CAMH team.

In return we will provide a comprehensive induction programme, regular clinical and management supervision and yearly appraisals with a view to developing knowledge and skills where appropriate. The service understands and respects the central importance of staff wellbeing, we will support the right candidate to work flexibly to promote a healthy work life balance.

For an informal chat or to arrange a visit please contact Sharllotta Jablongski (clinical lead) on 01226 644829.

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 an emergency assessment and intensive treatment and outreach response to children and young people with mental health needs.

To provide a timely access to specialist services for children and young people that present in crisis or who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves and /or others, and outreach to those that are difficult to engage, providing intensive support where required to meet identified need contributing to the prevention of admission to residential provision and also the facilitation of timely discharge from residential provision.

To look after and ensure the safe keeping of equipment and materials used by self in the execution of this post.

To promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.

Please view the full Job Description for full details in the supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS



  • 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

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.


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

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
  • 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 relevant mental health profession.
  • Post qualification professional development
  • On-going professional development supervision and/ or experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring.
  • Membership of professional bodies


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

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


Barnsley CAMHS, Entrance 2

New Street Health Centre, Upper New Street,


South Yorkshire

S70 1LP

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