Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Solent NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are passionate about working with children and young people. Our strength lies in our humanity and the values we uphold. It is important to us that children and young people are seen and we take the time needed to listen to their story. Our hope is that young people and their families leave our care with hope for the future.

We are appointing to new roles following investment for a new CYP Crisis Service in Southampton.

We are looking to recruit a Band 7 senior mental health practitioner (nurse or other relevant registered professional) who will work alongside a team to provide clinical leadership across the CYP Mental Health Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. You will need to have a passion for working with young people at times of crisis. You will be supporting them to remain at home or supporting stepdown care from hospital. The service uses a trauma informed approach with a high reliance on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy models.

If you share our passion of working with children and young people and share our values, we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

This is a permanent post of which full time or part time (30 hours) can be offered.

The team covers the hours of 9am to 10pm weekdays and 9am -- 5pm weekends and bank holidays. Shifts are managed by a rolling rota system. Being mobile is a key element of this role so the ability to drive and own a vehicle is essential.

The CYP CRHTT will work closely with our colleagues in liaison at the Southampton University Hospital. Joined up working between liaison and CRHTT will occur at the weekends to meet the needs of children and young people presenting in crisis.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, hybrid working, part time hours, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Professional qualifications relevant to CAMHS e.g., Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist
  • Significant senior practitioner experience in CAMHS setting


  • Postgraduate training relevant to Child and Adolescent Mental Health e.g., CBT, DBT
  • Management or training qualification



  • Post qualifying experience
  • Experience of working with complex children, young people and families, experiencing severe mental health and trauma difficulties
  • Supervisory skills -- caseload management and clinical supervision
  • Ability to chair and facilitate team and multi-agency meetings
  • Experience of multi professional/multi-agency working
  • Appraiser of junior staff and/or peers
  • Performance monitoring


  • Previous experience of recruitment and high-level HR processes
  • Business planning

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


Adelaide Health Centre, Western Community Centre

William Macleod Way



SO16 4XE

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