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Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
To improve children and young people's timely access to CAMHS as part of a newly developed service:
  • Working within the i-Thrive framework
  • Working within a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team to provide assessment and treatment of children and young people with serious and complex mental health difficulties.
  • Holding a caseload of young people from the point of triage to assessment offering evidence-based intervention and through to discharge
  • Working with and supporting the system around the child or young person including family and wider professional network.
  • Working within Getting Advice (the CAMHS front door) and across defined locality teams
  • Contributing on a rota basis to CAMHS Triage and Getting Advice within Bristol and South Glos.
  • Working with children, young people and families in an accessible/flexible approach using an outreach model

We would welcome applicants who have recently completed the PGDip in Psychological therapies or CAPS training

Main duties of the job

  • To carry out assessments of a child or young person's mental health needs and associated risk
  • To develop, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions and to be responsible of the management of own caseload from referral to discharge.
  • To provide a comprehensive formulation of needs and appropriate onwards signposting
  • To participate in regular reviews of cases and attend CAMHS case discussions, conferences and reviews as appropriate

About us

The team are a new part of the CAMHS service helping to transform access for young people. They are a dynamic team who are passionate about young people's mental health and working across CAMHS and our partner agencies. The team are committed to continuous staff development and CPD, including reflective space and have a strong focus on staff wellbeing. If you wish to be part of developing this team and are passionate about young people's mental health please get in touch.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work jointly with staff from other agencies in direct work with children and young people and their families.
  • To assess child safeguarding issues for each case. To practice within local safeguarding guidelines, sharing and directly referring on concerns when appropriate and participating in multi-agency safeguarding conferences.
  • To inform and influence child mental health strategy including the development of joint agency protocols for pathways of care, intervention or treatment, joint planning and collaborative working relationships.
  • To participate in identifying service needs and gaps across agencies with regard to children and young peoples mental health.
  • To assess child safeguarding issues for each case. To practice within local safeguarding guidelines, sharing and directly referring on concerns when appropriate and participating in multi-agency safeguarding conferences.
  • When appropriate within the role to engage in joint work with other specialist CAMHS personnel as agreed with line manager.
  • As required, contribute to the triage of CAMHS referrals and other tasks within Getting Advice such as providing advice to families/carers and professionals via the Advice Line
  • To comply with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of their professional body.
  • To comply with any necessary data collection and information sharing across agencies in line with Trust guidelines on confidentiality

Person Specification



  • Current registration with the NMC, Allied Health Professional with HCPC registration or UKCP registration and commitment to CPD or relevant professional registration and/or accreditation


  • Relevant post-registration qualifications relevant to children's and adolescent mental health and systemic therapeutic skills.

Experience and knowledge


  • Experience of using assessment skills of mental illness and risk in children and young people
  • Working knowledge of how specialist child and adolescent mental health services are organised and operate where and how they fit into the health and social care community
  • Demonstrates experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies with young people


  • Experience gained in working mental health with children young people and families
  • Experience of specialist training in delivering evidence-based intervention to children, young people and families

Skills and abilities


  • Good verbal communication skills, able to engage effectively with young people, families and carers as well as professionals from a wide range of services
  • Mobile with the facility to move quickly across a geographically dispersed area with limited access to public transport.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Barton Hill Settlement

Ducie Road



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