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Primary Practitioner

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Full-Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Wakefield CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) are a multi-disciplinary team who support young people with emotional and mental health difficulties. We have been given the opportunity to continue to develop and grow as a service and we want to encourage and welcome new staff to join us on this journey. We have further funding to create new posts to add to our already amazing team alongside current vacancies.

Who are we looking for?

We want individuals:
  • Who get a sense of achievement and feel rewarded by helping young people and their families.
  • Who are interested in the lives of others and wish to help children, young people and their families to achieve their best potential.
  • Who are interested in emotional wellbeing and mental health.
  • Who can be dynamic, flexible, creative, professional and reflective.

Are you a registered nurse, including Paediatric nurse, General nurse, Mental Health nurse, Learning Disability nurse? Occupational Therapist? Social worker?

If so, get in touch and we can answer any questions you may have about eligibility to apply. You will need a professional registration in order to apply.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

Key parts of the role:
  • Assessing young people to see what support is needed to meet their needs.
  • Providing short term interventions and support around emotional wellbeing and mental health.
  • Being the first line contact within the Single Point of Access and being responsible for the co-ordination of the SPA.
  • Ensuring all documentation is completed to a professional high standard.
  • Providing clinical supervision for members of the team.
  • Working as part of team and autonomously.
  • Representing Wakefield CAMHS and working along side partner agencies.

Why should you consider CAMHS:
  • Work as part of a great team.
  • Feel valued and listened to.
  • Access to staff wellbeing leads.
  • Supervision including peer supervision.
  • Development mornings and away days.
  • Training opportunities.
  • Career development.

All enquires are welcome via the team managers and we would love to hear from you if you would like to know more. Please contact Mandy Goodall, Team Manager, or Stacy Forrester, Clinical Lead 01977 735865 for any questions you might have and to see if Wakefield CAMHS is the next step for you!

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

  • To contribute to a co-ordinated delivery of training & consultation, and provide limited joint assessments and therapeutic interventions to children and young people and universal service workers within the District.
  • To facilitate the interface between Universal Services and the CAMH Service.
  • To act as a resource by being fully aware of existing provision for Children and Young People and establish good working relationships with those services.
  • To participate with supervision and attend Primary Intervention Team meetings to establish an embedded working relationship.
  • To promote safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people.
  • To work within the single point of referral as required, between the hours of 09:00 to 18:00.

Key Result Areas:
  • To support the on-going process of delivering a comprehensive CAMHS system.
  • To provide direct and indirect consultation, advice and support to workers within the Primary Health Care Team and other relevant agencies, including Social Services, Education and Voluntary Organisations to enable these workers to develop their skills in recognising and managing emotional and behavioural disorders in children, young people and their families.
  • To work within the single point of referral as required.
  • To apply a sound knowledge of safeguarding children and guidelines in clinical work.
  • Where consultation results in continued concerns, to undertake assessments of children and young people and their families jointly with universal service workers as necessary.
  • To manage own caseload, accessing support and guidance appropriate to individual need.
  • To promote and assist the development of universal service workers in recognizing and supporting the emotional needs of children and young people via training and education within the School, Primary Health and Social Care setting.
  • To support the provision of effective mental health and behavioural management interventions with children, young people and their families within a School, Primary Health and Social Care setting.
  • Where treatment may be provided within a universal service setting, offer direct intervention if appropriate and assist in the development of a Care Plan with the responsible universal service worker.
  • Ensure evidence based practice is implemented, supporting Clinical Effectiveness and maintain continuing professional development aided by the Quality Performance Management Process and Clinical Supervision.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification

    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)

    Personal Attributes


    • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
    • 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)
    • Commitment to a Multi-agency approach to the client
    • Calm, confident, innovative, creative and assertive
    • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service priorities
    • Commitment to challenging discrimination and improving accessibility of services
    • Ability to manage crisis situations



    • Comprehension of current legislation in relation to under 18's
    • An understanding of roles and responsibilities of agencies involved in working with under 18's
    • Experience of working with children and adolescents with multiple problems and their families/carers
    • Multi-disciplinary working
    • Experience of providing consultation/support and training to professional carers working with under 18's
    • Experience of working with universal service professionals
    • Experience of supervising/mentoring junior staff
    • Experience of safeguarding children and young people


    • Experience of working in universal services
    • Experience of networking between universal services and CAMHS
    • Experience of working in a Family and Systemic Team
    • Knowledge and experience of working with equality and diversity
    • Experience of delivering training to others



    • First level registered qualification, such as:
    • RMN, CPN, SW, Occupational Therapy, or relevant mental health profession


    • Post qualification training in mental health therapy, (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family & Systemic Therapy)

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Assessment planning and evaluation of time limited therapeutic programme skills in mental health and behavioural difficulties including risk assessments
    • Good verbal and communication skills
    • Ability to manage own caseload
    • Good negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
    • Customer service orientation
    • Effective record keeping and report writing skills to include care planning and risk assessments
    • IT 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

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Flemming Court,

    Whistler Drive,


    West Yorkshire,

    WF10 5HW

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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