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Senior CAMHS Liaison Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Taunton / Yeovil
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jun 2024
If you're aMental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Psychologist or Occupational Therapistlooking for a varied role in a team which bridges the gap between physical and mental health, this could be your next role.

The CAMHS liaison team offer a holistic approach to supporting the young people we work with, by offering a bio-psycho-social assessment to young people under the age of 18 who present in the Acute General Hospital as a result of mental health issues, associated risk-taking behaviours, physical illness and distress. We also offer a 7-day follow up and liaison with other services as identified as part of the assessment, to check how the young person is doing.

We work collaboratively with colleagues in other teams, such as theSpecialist Community CAMHS service, Children's Social Care, Paediatrics charities and Educationto offer a responsive service that places the young persons at the centre of all we do.

You should be a team player with a willingness to teach and educate acute colleagues, improve mental health awareness, as well as a commitment to help develop the service further to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people within the acute hospital setting.

In return, we can offer you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic service, bespoke CAMHS Liaison Training and a high level of Clinical Supervision and support.

Main duties of the job

You will deliver high quality rapid assessment, formulation of risk management and treatment plans to young people who present in acute care services. These assessments will take place in acute care settings such as A& E and Paediatric Wards.

You'll act as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team, liaising with statutory services and other agencies and as a gatekeeper to admissions on Paediatric Wards for young people presenting in mental health crisis and following deliberate self-harm.

You'll work closely with community CAMHS, Children's Social Care, and the paediatric team to formulate and provide alternatives to admission.

You'll devise and ensure delivery of specialist CAMHS mental health education to Acute Trust staff to increase awareness, with the ultimate aim of improving the young person's experience in an acute care setting.

You'll work autonomously but closely liaising with colleagues in the CAMHS Enhanced Outreach Team, adult psychiatric liaison, and CAMHS community mental health teams

The role includes working on a 7-day rota shift pattern and there is potential for flexibility where possible.

If you would be interested in being part of an evolving team with an aim to establish parity across our services, please do get in touch!

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

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 is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work independently to carry out skilled and comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments. To use agreed assessment tools to conduct comprehensive assessments.
  • Use advanced level skills to provide safe, high quality, evidence-based care for patients presenting to an emergency department in need of urgent mental health care.
  • To be autonomous in decision-making including making recommendations to the acute hospital team.
  • Provide supervision to junior qualified and unqualified staff, through monthly supervision and annual appraisal and will assist in the development of Personal Development Plans in accordance with the Knowledge Skills Framework.
  • Exercising leadership within the team by actively contributing to its management where delegation has occurred.
  • Acting as a link person between the team and other agencies, maintaining and promoting positive working relationships with all referring agencies.
  • Promoting staff morale and maintaining supportive relationships within the Team.
  • Participating in the development of initiatives within the Team and wider service.
  • To have an awareness of the clinical thresholds for different teams within CAMHS.
  • To design and implement comprehensive, safe, creative, and effective care plans in collaboration with young people, families/carers, medical and other professionals including the ongoing assessment and review of the client. Interventions will be evidence-based and will be designed to reduce distress, manage risk, and aid recovery through assisting clients in the management of their daily living skills, education, personal finance, problem behaviours and communication with others. This will be fed back to the team involved with the young person
  • When needed the post holder will attend Care Planning meetings on the hospital wards to assist in smooth transitions back into the community.
  • To have an awareness of local resources and interventions and signpost children, young people, and their families for such interventions as appropriate.

Other responsibilities as detailed in the attached job description.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered qualification in Nursing (RMN) , social worker, or Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of post qualifying professional development in an acute setting.
  • Training in psychological interventions or a willingness to undertake qualification to support the care of this client group.


  • DBT Intensive training
  • Childhood Exploitation and safeguarding training

Knowledge & Experience


  • Significant post registration experience in CAMHS community, Outreach or in-patient settings.
  • Experience of managing risk of young people in crisis.


  • Good knowledge of resources and working practices across health and social care.

Skills and Abilities


  • Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives remaining sensitive and empathetic.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis to locations across Somerset County

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital / Yeovil District Hospital

Taunton / Yeovil


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