Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a compassionate Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker looking for a fresh, rewarding new role to develop in? Do you possess the ability to work with Young People and their Families in crisis and the challenges that come with this?

We're looking to welcome a Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioner to join our CAMHS Enhanced Outreach Team (EOT). This role will be working within client's homes as well as a range of other settings.

We pride ourselves on working with young people within the community setting and are delighted to say that we are currently at our lowest ever admission rate.

As a team working in the community we aim to promote and deliver evidence-based care for service users, with mental health conditions in their own homes. This can be within a variety of accommodation settings.

Main duties of the job

The Team operates seven days a week within the hours of 08:00-20:00. Shifts can be flexible in line with this and service need. Responsibilities of the team include: assessing, providing and evaluating intensive treatment offered to children, young people and their families providing advice and engaging those who need practical support delivering appropriate therapeutic interventions based on the needs of that person.

You'll be responsible for building key working relationships with a variety of professionals within the wider CAMHS and also other agencies including social care and education.

It will be key to have knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders in children and young people and have experience of delivering evidence-based treatments and therapeutic interventions.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

What can we offer you?

We are an acute community team and as such respond rapidly to the needs of young people and families needing urgent mental health advice and support. The team is established, supportive, knowledgeable and above all passionate about what they do! You'll join the team in supporting children/young people presenting with a broad range of complex difficulties including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, trauma and risks associated with these presentation(s).

We are looking for individuals who are keen to work with children and young people and can show a knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders they present with. This role is to support those that are struggling with their mental health in the community. We have positions available for qualified mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists. We welcome applications from newly qualified members of staff who we can support via a progression route within the service.

There are various different training and development opportunities available to those that want to progress including specialist therapy training with local providers in the community. CAMHS offer excellent clinical / peer and management supervision with a workable caseload.

What our staff say...

Working in Outreach team, is one of the most rewarding roles I have ever undertaken. Every day is different it is interesting, challenging and highly rewarding. Our work with families varies from day to day, but there is nothing more satisfying than to enable a child or young person to be able to manage their mental health more effectively and see lasting positive change. From a personal point of view, we have a great Team Manager who always listens, supports and encourages our learning and development. There is no shortage of opportunities available for team members and team members have such a variety of skills and experience between them. Each person is valued and opinions are considered equally, whether a registered or unregistered staff member. Finally, we like to have fun as a team, and enjoy laughter and joking with each other. So, if you want to have a job which is both interesting and challenging in a team where you will have fun, but also feel valued it could be the role for you!

If you are interested in working with children and young people but would like to find out more, please do get in touch!

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Recognised professional qualification in nursing, social work or occupational therapy
  • Evidence of continuous post-qualifying professional development.


  • Post-qualifying training in therapeutic interventions

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working with children and young people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders in children and young people, and their impact on both the client group and their families/carers.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.


  • Knowledge and understanding of RCPA (previously ICPA)

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust





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