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Advanced Practitioner ASD/LD

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
12 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Halton CAMHS team (child and adolescent mental health services) for an experienced/skilled and passionate advanced practitioner to support the mental health of children and young people with ASC / LD. As an advanced practitioner you will be responsible for leading multi-agency plans to support CYP. You will join a sub team of 3 practitioners delivering this offer.

You will deliver therapeutic intervention to meet the needs of CYP and complete appropriate safety plans. As an advanced practitioner you will be key in developing and supporting local pathways of care and support and evaluation of services and training to the wider system. You will also offer consultation this includes working with CSC, Education and third sector organisations and is a very important aspect to our work.

This post is subject toan enhanced with children's and adult's barred listDisclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Main duties of the job

As an Advanced Nurse/ Mental Health Practitioner, the post holder will provide a specialised role in the development and implementation of services and care pathways for children and young people with mental health [CYPMH] ,and Learning Disability / Autistic Spectrum Conditions [ ASC] problems within the THRIVE Framework for service delivery.

The post holder will be expected to provide specialist interventions, advice, consultancy and supervision to both colleagues and colleagues within external partner agencies in line with THRIVE.

As the post is identified within the CYPMH strategy, it is expected the role will continue to develop in line with national and local initiatives.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers. The post holder will embrace the core values of the organisation and adopt the principles of Recovery and THRIVE.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to perfect care care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. Were currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To hold a caseload of complex assessments, treatment and consultation work based upon a specialised, conceptual framework and employing research based evidence.

To provide direct specialist therapeutic interventions in line with the grading of the post, including assessments, formulation and therapeutic input into children, young people and families referred into the service.

Undertake risk assessments and care plans accordingly, in line with the THRIVE framework

To work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of children and young people families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.

To be responsible for the authorising of referrals to children and Young Peoples services, including urgent referrals

To participate directly in the teams duty rotas and provide support and guidance to other colleagues undertaking the role.

To exercise responsibility and autonomy, within supervisory, managerial and accountability structures, for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients

To deliver care co-ordination, ensuring effective assessment, care planning and risk management processes are maintained. Involve the views of children, their families, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care including organising multi-agency meetings.

To produce a clinical formulation and intervention plan founded on evidence based practice in co-operation with the child young person and carers

To hold responsibility for standards of clinical practice within area of specialist knowledge

To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop the provision of services to young people and their families. To have an effective knowledge base of other modalities so as to engage and work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.

To provide consultation, advice and guidance to colleagues and their team this is underpinned by theoretical specialist knowledge. To promote effective multi-agency work. To contribute theoretical knowledge to the process of managing risk within the multi-agency network.

Undertake risk management for all children including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships.

Identify and respond appropriately to child protection issues, as described with the guidelines of Local Safeguarding Childrens Board and the Trust safeguarding policies

Maintain clear and comprehensive electronic clinical records, to ensure information is accurate and complies with Data Protection Act and professional body and Trust standards.

To engage with using routine outcome measures as clinically appropriate including their use in clinical practice and inputting data into clinical records.

To work collaboratively with children, young people and their families and contribute to the trusts service user participation agenda.

Person Specification



  • Core professional qualification in ? registered nurse ? social work ? Occupational therapy.
  • Masters or equivalent level of experience
  • Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained)
  • Qualification in clinical supervision


  • Evidence of further study/ qualification, i.e. ? Individual or group Psychotherapy ? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ? Systemic Family Practice ? Webster Stratton Incredible years
  • Advance Nurse Practitioner Qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of specialist mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Highly skilled in the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, complex, highly technical and /or clinical sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Experience of delivering teaching, training and supervision
  • Experience in consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups that reflect the full range of clinical severity including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experienced in and the ability to provide case management supervision for CAMHS staff, students and other service groups/ team professionals as required


  • Experience of representing a team or the profession at a local level or borough leadership level
  • Experience of professional management of staff and/or managing budgets
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • High level knowledge of theory and practice of specialist therapy / interventions



  • Continuous Improvement ? Accountability
  • Respectfulness ? Enthusiasm
  • Support ? High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users ? Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief ? Transparency and Honesty
  • Discreet ? Change oriented



  • Advanced knowledge and skills in the complete range of approaches within special field of work as required to meet the needs of different patients and settings.
  • Advanced level of knowledge of the mental health needs of children and adolescents.
  • Have experience in providing complex risk assessments
  • Must demonstrate ability to be self-reflective and to organise own supervision appropriately
  • Ability to work within a culturally diverse community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working in settings outside the clinic
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in providing consultation to other professionals and nonprofessional group
  • Ability to take full clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment, both as a care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Information technology and management skills using word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software
  • High level of knowledge and/or training and other psychological therapies.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust



Old Colliery Road


L35 3SX

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