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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner or Practitioner Psychologist Liverpool Fresh CAMHS.

This is an exciting opportunity for a mental health practitioner or practitioner psychologist specialising in supporting children and young people to join the Liverpool Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust.

The mental health practitioner will be a member of the specialist, multi-disciplinary service and will have case management responsibility for their case load, however, they will be supported through supervision by a senior member of the team on a regular basis.

The post holder will provide a range of appropriate, evidence based clinical interventions informed by assessed individual need.

The post holder may be required to provide support, advice and consultation to families/carers and other professionals involved in the life of the child/young person.

We are looking for individuals who have an interest and experience in working with children in care. We are also looking for individuals who have skills and experience in engaging families who are from communities that may be at increased risk of social exclusion or marginalisation.

Main duties of the job

To provide highly specialised CAMHS assessment and therapeutic interventions and to offer advice and consultation to other professionals across a range of agencies including: primary care, social care, and education.

The post holder will have clinical responsibility for complex therapeutic and risk management work with children and young people who have been assessed to require specialist CAMHS Intervention.

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.

About us

Alder Hey has already earned our place as one of the world's leading children's hospitals, thanks to innovation and pioneering medical work. We treat 250,000 young patients a year and have a broad range of hospital and community services, serving the local population of children, as well as being a tertiary referral centre for children from across Merseyside, Cheshire and parts of Lancashire, Shropshire and North Wales.

We would welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds as our ambition is that our workforce is fully reflective of the communities that we serve. Alder Hey is signed up to the disability confident scheme.

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

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, please take a look at the job description and person specification attachments. - The post holders must be able to demonstrate a positive attitude which encompasses our Trust Values of excellence, innovation, openness, respect and together.- If you are enthusiastic and confident with a friendly and outgoing manner, and a focus on providing the best possible service to patients we would like to hear from you.- For more information about this post, or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Steve Gowland, service manager.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Experience and Training


  • Qualified in core profession such as Mental Health Nurse (RMN), Mental Health Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Social Work or creative therapies e.g. Art Therapy.
  • Intermediate or diploma level in a recognised therapeutic modality.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of substantial post qualification competence, incorporating significant experience working within CAMHS at a senior level
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of providing consultation/teaching/ training
  • Experience of working with children and young people, families and carers
  • Experience of clinical supervision
  • Experience of leading on developing, delivering and evaluating evidence based clinical care packages.


  • Relevant post graduate qualification in Mental Health related field
  • Experience of providing services across traditional services.
  • Experience of managing and/or leading on service developments.
  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Project Management experience
  • Effectively managing policy implementation and demonstrable service development work

Knowledge and Skills


  • Assertively engage young people, families and carers.
  • To demonstrate a non- discriminatory attitude regarding race, gender and disability issues.
  • Demonstrate commitment to user participation
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrates skills to contribute to modernisation across a range of diverse services
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to motivate and enthuse colleagues
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to respond effectively to multiple priorities

Personal Attributes


  • Demonstrates the ability to make sound judgments and generate new ideas in complex situations.
  • Able to work autonomously
  • Committed to continuing professional development
  • Accountable for own professional actions
  • Works within professional ethics and Trust policies

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


L7 9NJ

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