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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, LD/additional needs, CAMHS SPA

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to an exciting expansion in service, CAMHS SPA are looking for a Specialist Practitioner (Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker) for Additional Needs to join their multi-disciplinary single point of access team team.

The primary purpose of the role is to ensure that patients with learning disabilities and/or autism and/or other additional needs who are accessing a Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services receive the highest possible standard of care.

You will become part of an established and dynamic team who are committed to providing young people in Somerset with access to timely mental health advice and guidance and pride themselves on getting young people signposted to the right level of support quickly and efficiently.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of the Single Point of Access team triaging, screening and assessing all new referrals along with having specific responsibilities as a Specialist Senior Practitioner taking a lead with complex cases where there is a suspected or diagnosed LD/Autism/Neurodiversity:

The post holder will:
  • Provide assessment, risk formulation consultation, and guidance in the triaging of all new patient referrals alongside the existing team.
  • Ensure the availability of a comprehensive range of patient information, designed for and with patients with learning disabilities and/or autism
  • Ensure that families and carers of patients with learning disabilities and/or autism are properly supported, informed, engaged and signposted appropriately.
  • Develop and deliver an effective training strategy in relation to learning disabilities and/or autism to support the existing team
  • Support the clinical lead with management cover as and when required
  • Support the SPA Clinical Lead in the delivery of the service, ensuring it meets national guidance and local key performance indicators.
  • To provide clinical supervision if appropriate and as required.
  • To support students where appropriate and as required.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, wellbeing support and regular career conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

If you are a qualified nurse, occupational therapist or social worker with a passion for supporting children and young people with additional needs, please do get in touch!

See attached job description below for further information on the main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification at degree or equivalent level in Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Social work
  • Evidence of continuous post-qualifying professional development.
  • Have a Recognised qualification in assessing autism
  • Post-qualifying training in therapeutic interventions
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders and Neurodevelopmental disorders in children and young people, and their impact on both the client group and their families/carers.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.
  • Knowledge and experience of risk assessment and risk management planning with high risk young people.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children and young people.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Experience and understanding of Safeguarding Children and other relevant legislation and policies

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