CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing BN11 2DH Chichester PO19 8QJ
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa / pro rata for part time
Closing date
4 Oct 2023
Are you a Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist?

Do you have a passion for improving the lives of children and young people suffering with mental health difficulties?

If so, Coastal CAMHS may have just the opportunity for you!

We are looking for two Mental Health Practitioners to join our fantastic team.

Coastal Children Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has recently received funding to develop and expand the fantastic services we offer to young people in our community. We work with a range of children and young people who present with a multitude of mental health problems.

We have received investment to support us to deliver specialist interventions and treatments to children and adolescents in Worthing and Chichester areas. We have a culture of support and compassion within our team and we believe that every one of our team members has a crucial part to play in the services that we provide. We will work with you to identify your career aspirations and develop a CPD plan to suit you.

Main duties of the job

This is a key and fast paced role in a busy community CAMHS team. The post holders will be required to undertake initial assessments for children and young people referred into the service, ensuring safeguarding, risk management and care planning are implemented to the highest standard, and at all times that the service offers effective patient-centred care. You will be expected to hold a diverse case load of young people with complex emotional needs which requires significant attention to detail particularly around risk management in the community, thus co-ordinating and working with external agencies such as social care and education etc. You will have the opportunity to co-facilitate groups and treatment alongside multidisciplinary team colleagues to offer evidenced based care.

About us

The post holders will receive clinical and line management supervision and support as well opportunities for in-house training. Some post-registration training would be very welcome, however the Trust is keen to develop its Mental Health Practitioners and there are lots of opportunities for CPD and being part of the wider Sussex CAMHS team through Away Days and other specialist training opportunities.

This post offers an incentive or relocation package up to the maximum of �4000 (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Coastal CAMHS are looking to recruit two Band 6 Community CAMHS Mental Health Practitioners, who are highly motivated with a passion for working creatively and collaboratively with children and young people with severe and complex mental health problems, and their families, within the Worthing and Chichester areas in West Sussex. We would consider applicants from a range of backgrounds including


Occupational Therapists

Social Workers

The post entails working in a lively, busy multidisciplinary CAMHS Team delivering high quality interventions to children, young people and their families, including assessments, individual and group work. You will get the opportunity to work with colleagues of all disciplines.

This post requires knowledge and experience of working with young people who are experiencing severe and complex mental health difficulties.

Person Specification



  • RMN, OT, SW or equivalent professional
  • Evidence of continuing



  • Post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with young people or adults with mental illness

Knowledge, Skills and Ability


  • To have ability to manage case load and act as care coordinator for clients on case list
  • To be able to function as part of multi disciplinary team and liaise with external agencies i.e. primary care, education, social and health care
  • To have ability to assess client need, both mental health, health and social needs
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others
  • Ability to organise own time and diary and that of junior staff and learners
  • Have ability to follow policy and make proposal for change
  • Understanding of evidence based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice
  • Maintain patient records both written and electronic
  • Understanding of the legal and social policy issues influencing the work environment.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with relevant parties

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Coastal CAMHS Worthing and Chichester Sites

Lyndhurst Road/Stockbridge Road

Worthing BN11 2DH Chichester PO19 8QJ

BN11 2DH

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