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Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing, Chichester & Horsham
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
16 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Based across West Sussex

Do you want to work for an inspiring and expanding service within CAMHS if so then we would love to hear from you. The West Sussex Duty and Liaison Team offers an exciting opportunity for experienced RMNs, Social workers or OTs keen to apply their skills across a range of settings to help young people in crisis. This is a role that offers the opportunity for career progression due to the skills that you will learn through this type of work but would also be perfect for those considering moving to CAMHS from other services. The role will be variable and exciting, sometimes challenging and there is a need for flexibility but it is always very interesting and rewarding. You will need to be motivated, forward thinking and have a strong commitment to providing high quality care to provide the best outcomes for young people. Excellent risk assessment and safety planning skills are essential to this role.

As a DLT Senior Mental Health Practitioner you will work a shift pattern covering the hours of 9.00am - 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 6.00pm weekends and public holidays.

Main duties of the job

You will be supporting young people and their carers who are presenting with a mental health crisis across a range of settings in General Hospitals, CAMHS Offices, online/ via phone and occasionally at home.

This is a developing service and there will be an opportunity in this role to deliver therapeutic interventions alongside crisis care planning and management. You will be supporting young people who are waiting for interventions from tier 3 CAMHS as part of the duty role as well as those presenting to General Hospitals in crisis.

About us

We are looking for an experienced mental health practitioner with excellent risk assessment and care planning skills. Previous experience of duty and/ or A& E Liaison work within a community based mental health team would be ideal but not essential for the right candidate. You should be willing to work autonomously as well as part of a team. The team thrives through being supportive to each other in an environment that can be changeable due to service capacity and demand. You will need to be flexible, be able to participate in the shift pattern of the team and have excellent communication skills. In return you will be well supported by experienced clinicians who will help you to develop and flourish in this environment. All your skills and training will be fully utilised and developed through clinical supervision and training opportunities.

This post offers an incentive or relocation package up to the maximum of �8000 (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions).

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To contribute to the day to day leadership of a clinical team providing a high quality service within the resources available in a defined area, and specifically to deliver on the following key areas.
  • To offer specialist mental health assessments to Young People who present in crisis during the hours of the service.
  • This role includes both Community CAMHS Duty and A& E Liaison work on a rotating shift basis covering a 7 day rota.
  • Assessment includes care and safety planning, risk assessment and management and facilitating safe discharge. In line with COVID safe practice and service developments these assessments may be offered using remote platforms for appropriate referrals as well as some face to face work. Where clinically indicated to provide a single intervention model to CYP not currently open to CAMHS.
  • You will also be expected to offer 7 day follow up appointments where indicated and act as Lead Practitioner as part of the duty team if required.
  • This role involves liaising with other agencies and professionals and developing ongoing positive working relationships with them to support young people who present in crisis.
  • The role aims to reduce the number of presentations and admissions to acute hospitals and to reduce length of stay and facilitate discharge once physical health needs have been addressed. You will act as a liaison to acute care colleagues for YP with MH needs that are admitted to A& E or acute paediatric wards. It will be your responsibility to provide specialist mental health assessments and interventions to these young people and to provide advice and consultation on appropriate mental health care planning to support a holistic care and discharge plan (including risk and safety).

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy or Nursing/Social Work
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Registration with the HPC, NMC or Social Work England
  • Training in the use of standardised assessment tools



  • Extensive experience as a qualified mental health practitioner
  • Broad experience of working with young people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience with Looked after and Adopted children
  • Experience of multi-agency work
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of clinical approaches

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Worthing, Chichester & Horsham

Worthing, Chichester & Horsham

BN11 2DJ

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