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B6 MHP - Sefton CAMHS

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6Permanent Post - 37.5 Hours per week

The Sefton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Team are looking for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to join our team. There is a full time position available to work with the team based at Burlington House in Waterloo.

The post holders will provide a substantial contribution to the clinical work of the team, including accepting, prioritising, assessing, and treating referrals of children and their families. Initially this will be at a level to be agreed with the candidate but over time they will take full case management responsibility for their case load.

In addition, they may provide consultation, under supervision, to professionals from other services and participate in service development. The proportion of direct clinical work, consultation and service development work undertaken will be negotiated with the clinical team manager and the professional head.

Main duties of the job

  • To communicate to the client and family, knowledge of therapeutic processes, confidentiality and available options involved in their assessment and care plan, to enable them to engage appropriately from a position of informed consent. This will sometimes include communication about highly sensitive material and outcomes.
  • Utilising analytical skills, specialist knowledge and experience provide a comprehensive assessment and formulation of the presenting problem taking into account the child's educational attainment, chronological/ developmental stage, inner world/ emotional wellbeing, the mental health of the child's parents, the family dynamics and environment, and the broader social context including school.

About us

About Sefton CAMHS

The services comprise of several multi-disciplinary teams including staff from varied backgrounds, including psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing and psychotherapy. In addition, our team members are trained in a wealth of different therapeutic interventions and approaches, making the teams truly multi-disciplinary.

Alder Hey are offering excellent benefit schemes

Refer a friend - Alder Hey staff

Successful candidates who are introduced to the trust by existing staff members will receive �1000 after completion of six months in post. Please include the name/Alder Hey email for your friend in the additional information section of your application.

This will be paid in two parts, �250 in first month pay on commencement in post, and �750 on completion of six months.


Alder Hey will support the cost of accommodation for up to 3 months from the date of employment (up to �500 per month)

The cost is to be paid by the staff member and reclaimed as expenses.

Relocation package

Relocation packages to support new hires and will be consulted on an individual basis, please link in withrecruitment@alderhey.nhs.ukfor further information

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Develop a planned programme of intervention utilising behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic and systemic perspectives as indicated by the formulation, the needs of the client and the evidence base.
  • Provide individual, couple, family and group interventions as appropriate as part of a client's integrated, therapeutic programme.
  • Undertake with supervision/consultation, case management of cases of some severity, risk and complexity, co-ordinating multi-disciplinary inputs and working in partnership with other agencies where appropriate.
  • Provide risk assessment of children and young people admitted to the acute paediatric ward, following acts of self-harm as first on call undertaking responsibility for discharge or seeking further consultation/assessment from psychiatrist on-call as appropriate.
  • Provide 9 - 5 emergency cover under supervision/consultation as agreed, for referrals of children at risk of self-harming.
  • Identify potential signs of mental health disorder/other specialist need and refer to the appropriate professional for assessment.

Person Specification



  • Qualified in core profession such as Mental Health Nurse (RMN/RLD), Mental Health Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Social Work or creative therapies e.g. Art Therapy - with proof of relevant professional registration Or Recognised degree level broad based health & social care qualification which will require completion of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Knowledge Skills and Attributes
  • Training in child & family mental health related field
  • Two years' experience of post graduate work in core profession / following qualification
  • Two years' experience working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting


  • Experience of working in child and adolescent mental health services.



  • Able to demonstrate application of therapeutic and analytical skills
  • Able to demonstrate ability to be self-reflective in relation to practice.
  • Able to provide, (with appropriate supervision), assessment of emergency/ self-harming behaviour.
  • Must demonstrate a working knowledge of health, education, social services and the voluntary sector.
  • Knowledge of relevant, current legislation.
  • Knowledge of safety factors in management of self-harming behaviours and child protection issues
  • An understanding of principles underlying psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive and behavioural therapies.
  • Working knowledge of child development
  • Awareness of recent government initiatives
  • Organisational skills to manage and prioritise workload balance appropriately
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the overall vision and the development of the professional group of mental health practitioners
  • Must demonstrate utilisation of professional development planning in own career progression


  • Knowledge of audit and evaluation methodology

Personal Attributes


  • Enthusiasm for and appreciation of multidisciplinary and multiagency working
  • Must demonstrate a professional mannger
  • Excellent communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Alder Hey NHS/Burlington House


L12 2AP

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