West Hampshire CAMHS Early Help Service Primary Mental Health Worker

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year Per annum
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 5 Nurses, Social Workers, OTs, teachers (with additional qualifications in counselling or SENCO) come and join the CAMHS West Hampshire Early Help Service! You must be core qualified to be considered for this post. This role will suit newly qualified candidates, or those with more post qualification experience but looking to get into mental health and those with some mental health experience and looking to expand this. We cover West Hampshire (Eastleigh, Ashurst, Winchester/Andover) and you have the flexibility of choosing your base. As a member of our Early Help Service, your role is to offer early intervention and preventative work to children and young people experiencing mental health challenges. You will be joining a friendly, supportive and creative multi-disciplinary team, dedicated to providing a high-quality service which complements the work done by our wider CAMHS colleagues and in liaison/partnership with other key young people's services. Our core business includes assessing young people's mental health, including attention to risk management and care planning, and working with families and the wider systems that support these young people.

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

Main duties of the job

You will work as part of a highly skilled team offering early intervention based on a stepped care approach. We offer a range of intervention from the first point to contact, through to assessments, workshops, group work and some individual therapeutic intervention.

The Single Point of Access is a core part of the service and you will work within the team responding to all referrals into the service providing telephone consultation, office based triage, risk assessment and care planning.

You will undertake initial assessments for the service and more specialist assessments where appropriate. You will deliver specialist and evidence based therapeutic interventions within a group setting and there may be some opportunity to deliver therapeutic intervention on an individual basis.

You will need to have a good understanding of mental health presentations and knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

About us

With a blend of beautiful rural New Forest settings and bustling city locations, Hampshire is known to be a very desirable place to live. The ancient Cathedral City of Winchester and the seaside cities of Portsmouth and Southampton provide attractions and amenities to suit everyone's taste. With easy access to Gatwick, Heathrow and excellent railway links, there is plenty of opportunity for adventure.

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

We would welcome people interested these posts contacting us to chat through the posts. We can be flexible with where your office base is, and travel between sites will be paid.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will work in our clinics or from home working in the Single Point of Access Service triaging all referrals into the service . You will respond to urgent and priority referrals and calls from families and professionals. You will work with the team to provide telephone assessment and consultation, advice and liaison with third party sector and stakeholders, risk management and care planning and decide on an appropriate course of action. Many referrals are urgent and you will need to demonstrate good clinical judgement and skill, the ability to manage high levels of distress and expectation and demonstrate good interpersonal skills. This is considered an essential role in CAMHS and a percentage of your working week will be spent in this role. It is a very busy frontline role and you will require excellent IT skills, the ability to work under pressure, good mental health knowledge, excellent mental health assessment skills, and be able to demonstrate resilience and tenacity.

You will deliver initial and specialist assessments , utilising a range of theoretical knowledge , evidenced based therapeutic interventions, and relevant assessment tools. You will join multi disciplinary clinical meetings to determine outcomes and planning for future interventions.

You may have opportunities to hold a small case load and deliver evidence based interventions such as CBT, DBT, ACT, systemic based therapy . You will have a knowledge of theoretical understanding for example attachment, trauma, neuro-developmental , mood disorders, anxiety, eating disorders etc.

Risk assessment, care planning , care management and collaborative working with young people and families is a key part of this role.

You will contribute to the development, planning, delivery , and critical evaluation of therapeutic interventions based on the stepped care approach in line with our service expansion, incorporating group work and work shops, mental health forums, training and consultation

You will need to demonstrate skills and attitudes for time management and execution of tasks promptly to meet CAMHS targets.

You will be required to keep abreast of current training and practice in all relevant areas.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oProfessional qualification, with evidence of continuing professional development, in a field relevant to child and adolescent mental health.eg Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy
Experience Essential
  • oSome experience of working with Children & Families
  • oSome experience of working with children and families, including work with child mental health needs
  • oTo be able to recognise in children and young people a range of clinical and behavioural presentations.
  • oDemonstrate knowledge and skills to safeguard and protect children and young people's welfare in line with the Children Act 2004 requirements
  • oDemonstrate skills to assess risk using already established assessment tools
  • oDemonstrate knowledge and skills for development of protocols with families to manage risk
  • oDemonstrate knowledge, skills and attitude to promote safety for themselves and others

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