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CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner - Recruit to Train

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Keighley or Bradford
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023
Are you:

Looking to work in a team that allows you to feel empowered and proud to work in Community Mental Health Services?

Wanting to be able to work in an environment that will allow you to develop and flourish as a practitioner?

Then carry on reading, as Bradford District Care Foundation Trust (BDCFT) might just have what you're looking for!

BDCFT is an award-winning Trust that provides a range of innovative services that have been recognised as best practice nationally. As a provider of care for people of all ages who have mental and/or community health needs we provide a high-quality service, close to where people live and as much as possible tailored to an individual's needs.

You will be working in a community based multi-disciplinary team delivering a service to children in a rich and diverse community, young people, and their families in a supportive and lively team, where different professions are respected and valued. You will have the opportunity to play a significant role in the leadership delivery of a modernised and comprehensive service.

Successful applicants will part of an initiative for developmental posts in CYP Mental Health and will be recruited to train in a Post Graduate Therapy within the Children and Young People' Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) .

Main duties of the job

You will work within Bradford and Craven Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) whilst undertaking a programme of training at the Psychological Therapies Training Centre (Prestwich) . You would be expected to attend and fulfil all the requirements of the qualifications.

Main duties include:
  • Make a comprehensive assessment (including risk assessment) identifying needs, based on the interpretation of complex facts and information.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate care to a defined caseload of children and young people using nice guidelines and evidence based interventions.
  • Use a variety of techniques to communicate effectively with people according to their age understanding language and ability. This may include working with interpreters, play skills with a young child and adapted language for young people with learning differences.
  • Ensure the safety needs of the child are met at all times and take appropriate action when the child is felt to be at risk.
  • Provide an accessible service in a variety of settings including home, school or other community bases.
  • Take part in the facilitation of therapeutic group work within CAMHS as required.
  • Provide and receive information in order to solve problems and make decisions in conjunction with Senior Practitioners.
  • Maintain comprehensive clinical notes and records in line with BDCT and CAMHS standards.
  • Make sound professional judgements whilst handling sensitive information within the framework of confidentiality.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached Job description and the person specification for more information about this role.

The training programmes on offer are: Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Practice (SFP) Self Harm and Conduct (1 x FTE) and the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning disabilities/ASD (2 x FTE).


1 X CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner - Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Practice (SFP) Self Harm and Conduct (1 x FTE)

2x CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner - Post Graduate Certificate in Learning disabilities/ASD (2 x FTE).

Applicants need to be able to start the Post Graduate training programme taught academic dates in January 2022 and commit to attendance at all university based taught and self-study days required by Manchester University. You will work in the service for the remaining days of the week using your newly developed skills to ensure you gain the necessary clinical practice hours to fulfil the academic programme. This is 200 hours of modality and case specific practice for the full time courses.

Applicants should state which course they are applying for and at which grade by careful consideration of the essential criteria and person specification.

We would welcome applications from:
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers

Closing date: 26th November 2023Shortlisting date: 27th November 2023

Person Specification



  • RMN, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker


  • EMB 998 or equivalent - mentor or students



  • 2 years post qualification experience within a MH setting


  • Experience of child and adolescent Mental Health

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Mobile - Fieldhead Bradford, Hillbrook, Keighley, Home

Keighley or Bradford


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