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Primary Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
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.

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 Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner, 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. We are also able to support development for successful applicants who have limited mental health experience.

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.
  • Co-delivery of group work for young people and parents/carers.
  • Being the first line contact within the Single Point of Access.
  • Ensuring all documentation is completed to a professional high standard.
  • Working as part of team and autonomously.

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

The post-holder will work within CAMHS providing assessment and interventions to individuals and groups.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

Key Result Areas

  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.
  • Assess and supports Young People and Families with a common mental health problem in the self management of their recovery.
  • Ability to deliver a range of therapeutic techniques which can be incorporated into one to one and/or group interventions.
  • Undertakes patient - centred interviews which identifies areas where the person wishes to see change and or recovery and makes an accurate assessment of risk to self and others.
  • Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary or steps-ups the persons treatment to high intensity.
  • Provide a range of information and support for evidence based high volume low - intensity psychological treatments. This may include guided self - help computerised CBT, information about pharmacological treatments. This work may be face to face, telephone or via other media.
  • Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
    • Computer literate
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including telephone skills
    • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
    • Applicants should demonstrate evidence of interpersonal skills to engage and develop working alliances with colleagues and patients
    • Demonstrates an understanding of mild to moderate mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, and how it may present in Primary Care
    • High level of enthusiasm and motivation
    • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
    • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
    • Ability to be self reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision


    • Received risk assessment training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
    • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work/employment and the impact it can have on mental health
    • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
    • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence-based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post



    • Post Graduate Certificate for Low Intensity Therapies (IAPT), or equivalent qualification, or Qualification from PWP Training Course (Post Graduate Certificate, or Level 3 undergraduate course), or EMHP or equivalent, e.g. Experienced and Qualified Graduate Mental Health Worker with relevant Primary Care experiences and competences as required, or Registered Mental Health Nurse/Social Worker/Occupational Therapist, or equivalent substantial CAMHS clinical experience


    • Post Graduate Mental Health Certificate, or Mental Health Professional qualification (Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, etc)

    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)



    • Substantial mental health working/working with Children/YP experience including voluntary work or expertise gained by experience of mental health problems
    • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
    • Able to write clear reports and letters
    • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
    • Ability to manage own caseload and time


    • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
    • Evidence of working in the local community

    Personal Attributes


    • 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)

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Flemming Court,

    Whistler Drive,


    West Yorkshire,

    WF10 5HW

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