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CAMHS Acute Services Practitioner (Community Based)

CAMHS Acute Services Practitioner Band 6

Do you have a passion for helping young people?

Are you skilled at engaging with young people and their families?

Can you stay calm and confident in busy acute settings?

Are you interested in development opportunities and high-quality training?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Dorset CAMHS is launching a brand-new Enhanced Support and Liaison team that will operate within the three Acute Hospitals and across the community offering enhanced to support to young people and their families in time of crisis. This service will provide comprehensive Mental Health assessments and short-term crisis interventions to support young people who are in crisis and to enable and empower them to a place of stability.

This new team already has an excellent, experienced and skilled workforce of practitioners and clinical managers, and we would love for new energetic, passionate and experienced staff to join us as we expand to build a well-supported, clinically skilled team across Dorset.

We are investing heavily in a comprehensive training package to ensure that all staff have the tools they need to operate safely and confidently with our young people. Whilst experience working with young people is a requirement, the training to assess, manage and treat those in crisis will be part of the induction to this team, alongside excellent supervision from our team of clinical and operational managers.

Main duties of the job

To offer high quality mental health assessments and clinical formulations for young people and families referred from a variety of settings, both in acute hospital settings and in the community. Ensuring high standards of clinical practice when working with all young people and their families/carers.

To liaise with relevant agencies in the delivery of care to youngpeople and their families.

To provide evidence-based therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families, who are under the Enhanced Support and Liaison Team.

To work with colleagues within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to ensure delivery of comprehensive packages of care. Make recommendations relating to the admission and discharge of patients based on analysis of presenting problems under supervision.

This role would be predominantly focused on working with young people in the community across Dorset. We support flexible working where possible, and the role can incorporate a hybrid of home working and site working across Dorset as well as the three acute Hospitals.

The service operates from 8am to 9pm, 7 days a week so there is scope for weekend working and enhancements, longer but fewer working days through the week as well as early or late shifts.

This is a full time role of 37.5hrs, but part time may be considered.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills, and training


  • RNLD or RMN and/or RSCN or an equivalent professional qualification e.g., OT, Social worker
  • State Registration with NMC

Job Specific Experience


  • Previous experience in children or learning disabilities/mental health
  • Previous experience working with children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or ADHD and/or other developmental disorders
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application
  • Documented evidence of CPD


  • Previous experience working with children and young people in a CAMH service
  • Previous experience of working with children in the community
  • An understanding of emotional and physical impact of illness/disability on an individual, their family/carers

Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Ability to communicate information clearly
  • Ability to manage time and conflicting demands and prioritise workload accordingly
  • Willing to work autonomously


  • Committed to offering the best possible service to the patient group
  • Enthusiasm for developing the service
  • Willingness to explore new ways of working with services and delivery

Additional Requirements


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business
  • Basic IT skills, normally obtained through practice or practical training
  • The willingness to work flexibly
  • An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities and the issues relating to people with mental health problems and/or a disability

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


64 Palmerston Road

64 Palmerston

PAN Dorset

BH15 2JB

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