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Senior Mental Health Practitioner, CAMHS Intensive Treatment Team

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024
An exciting opportunity has become available to join the CAMHS Intensive Treatment Team. Our ITT service offers a range of therapeutic interventions to support young people and their families requiring more intensive input into their care and treatment plan.

The team work across the county and build working relationships with key workers and other professionals from mental health services, education and social care. We place an emphasis on multi agency working, linking closely with the core CAMHS team to bring together a young persons existing network, to provide support and give opportunities to share any risk related concerns.

The team currently offer both parent and young people's groups, there is a need for some flexible working to cover evenings to support the running of the groups. The team currently works flexible hours, mostly covering a 9-5pm rota, in the future there may be a need to cover weekend/bank holiday shifts.

Main duties of the job

We're looking for someone with a recognised professional qualification in Mental Health or Learning Disability Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy. You must have a knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders in children and young people, as well as a good understanding of how to work towards change therapeutically.

This role will be working flexibly within the community to support young people when they are most at need. The role is varied with a mix of individual therapeutic work, group interventions, supporting families and daily linking with the team.

Responsibilities will include: assessing and evaluating the intensive treatment given. You will be able to provide advice and practical support to young people and their families as well as therapeutic interventions.

The team currently offer a range of groups to both parents/carers and young people, you will be required to support the offering of these groups. Some groups run outside of typical working hours and will require occasional extended hours/evening work.

The team routinely work to offer intensive treatment to children and young people within the community, we cover across the county of Somerset, making travel an essential part of the role.

You'll be responsible for building key working relationships with both internal and external parties including families, local authorities and the Operational Service Manager.

About us

What can we offer you?

Our CAMHS teams are a very well established, friendly and supportive.

There are various different training and development opportunities available to those that want to progress including specialist therapy training with local providers in the community.

CAMHS offers excellent clinical / peer and management supervision with a workable caseload.

The team currently consists of mental health nurses, support works and cognitive behavioural therapists. The team has a great skill mix which supports working within an MDT format to support young people and their families in the community.

The team are supportive of each other and have weekly CDP slots/discussions to share learning and build on the teams skillsets/knowledge. It is a supportive atmosphere in the team and whilst we are community based, we work hard to make sure we are linking together throughout the week to offer a supportive team approach.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • Intensive Treatment Team Manager/Operational Manager
  • All team members within CAMHS ITT
  • Professionals within the locality Tier 3 CAMHS teams, Childrens Social Care, Education, integrated therapy services, district general hospitals, Psychiatric Liaison Nurses, Community Eating Disorders Service for Children and Young People (CEDS-CYP) and psychiatric inpatient units.

  • Children, young people and their families / carers.
  • Education environments including schools and colleges.
  • Childrens Social Care Directorate.
  • Local Authority staff providing services for young people.
  • Voluntary organisations offering services for young people

Main duties/responsibilities
  • To undertake a range of procedures and practices underpinned by theoretical knowledge or relevant practice.
  • To undertake training to be able to deliver brief interventions for a range of mental health difficulties to children and young people.
  • To ensure that all appropriate assessments, plans and interventions are formulated within established, evidence-based systems and methods.
  • To identify and discuss a range of health and social care needs with service users, carers and other professionals.
  • To develop and co-ordinate specialised packages of care and intervention, underpinned by the principles of the Recovery Care Programme Approach (RCPA).
  • To identify realistic and measurable goals /targets utilising evidence based approaches.
  • To provide support and advice to service users, carers, colleagues and other professionals.
  • To provide other healthcare professionals with specialised advice regarding mental health issues.
  • To evaluate and reflect upon the quality of care given and the goals achieved.
  • Be responsible for maintaining and influencing professional standards in relation to government policy, frameworks and Trust directives.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Recognised professional qualification in nursing, social work or occupational therapy
  • Evidence of continuous post-qualifying professional development.


  • Post-qualifying training in therapeutic interventions

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working with children and young people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders in children and young people, and their impact on both the client group and their families/carers.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.


  • Knowledge and understanding of RCPA (previously ICPA)

Skills and Abilities


  • Empathy and ability to communicate and engage with client group and families/carers.
  • Ability to prioritise and take responsibility for own caseload.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Foundation House/Flexible base options

Wellspring road



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