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Graduate Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton & Hove
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Brighton & Hove CAMHS to recruit a full time Band 5 Graduate Mental Health Practitioner to join our busy, lively and welcoming Tier 3 CAMHS service.

We welcome applications from qualified Children's Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs), Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) and those that have completed equivalent Low Intensity CBT training.

Brighton and Hove CAMHS is a specialist service, offering secondary care to young people struggling with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. The service operating a pathways model, delivering a range of evidenced-based interventions for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, and emotional intensity.

Main duties of the job

Working within our team alongside other clinicians offering low intensity treatments, DBT, CBT and other interventions, the post holder will identify and deliver relevant low intensity cognitive behavioural treatments and interventions, liaising where appropriate with families, carers and the professional network.

The role also involves delivering groups for young people struggling with emotional regulation, distress, and presentations such as anxiety. With sufficient experience, the post holder will also conduct CAMHS initial assessments.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a good level of initiative and an ability to work with a range of different presenting problems. This post will also have responsibility in offering support on our Depression and Anxiety Pathway.

We recognise that CYP-IAPT low intensity trainings generally equip practitioners to work really well in primary care services, and at Brighton CAMHS we offer additional support and training to equip you to work effectively with higher levels of risk and complexity.

The successful applicant will have excellent IT skills, be proficient in the use of Excel, Power Point, and data analysis and presentation. We are also looking for someone who is well organised, able to prioritise in the event of competing demands, a good time keeper, and able to work using their own initiative, but know when to ask for help.

About us

The post holder will also be a member of the wider Brighton & Hove Psychology team, which is a lively and active team of psychologists and therapists working across Specialist CAMHS, Learning Disability, Community Child Health and Neuro-developmental disorders, Social Care, Acute Paediatrics and Education.

The team is involved in, and encourages a number of innovative audit, evaluation and research projects also involving the assistant psychologists, clinical psychology trainees and undergraduate placement students working within the different clinical services. We have close links with the local universities in delivering teaching on a number of post graduate psychology courses, as well as providing placements, teaching and supporting research for Salomon's and Surrey clinical psychology doctoral training courses.

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, home-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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see JD attached

The post holder will be supervised by a qualified applied HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist or BABCP Accredited Psychological Therapist.

The post holder will have the opportunity to co-facilitate therapy groups, as well as take part in service development of group work. Competence in co-facilitating evidence based psychological interventions in a group setting is essential. Excellent communication skills are required for this role. The successful candidate will be required to assist the team and undertake projects relating to service development and evaluation. Hence, good audit and evaluation skills are required, and knowledge about the application of client outcome measures and feedback tools and how they inform service change.

Person Specification



  • Bachelors degree at 2:2 or above supplemented by specialist mental health training with a significant supervised practice component and a curriculum including risk assessment, evidence based psychosocial interventions, recovery and treatment planning, and team working.
  • A specialist mental health focused postgraduate degree which delivers competences in recognised evidence-based psychological interventions



  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of analysing and communicating complex information verbally and in writing

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Aldrington Centre

Brighton & Hove


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