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Band 7- Primary Mental Health Specialist - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The East and Central Bristol CAMHS Team is located within a community settlement in a vibrant and culturally diverse area of Central Bristol. We are a CYP-IAPT service currently developing the i-Thrive framework.

An opportunity has arisen for a mental health practitioner skilled and experienced with children, young people and families to take on the role of a full time Band 7 CAMHS Primary Mental Health Specialist linking with a number of Primary and Secondary schools in Bristol.

As a fully registered CAMHS Specialist in this team you will show enthusiasm, humour and acceptance and will have excellent clinical, therapeutic, and communication skills. You will facilitate and provide assessment services on the psychological / emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people. You will lead and participate in multi agency meetings and consultations with frontline school professionals. You will engage in some direct therapeutic work with children and carers / parents and will self manage a caseload. You will deliver training events for other professionals and carers / parents as required.

We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments individuals may require in the recruitment process, on commencement, or once in post.

Main duties of the job

To contribute to the development of emotional and mental health outreach services and systemic practice for children, young people and families in the East and Central locality.

The post holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary Specialist CAMHS team so will need to work within CAMHS processes and participate in core Specialist CAMHS therapeutic activities across the age range as negotiated within CAMHS.

To be a part of PMHS workforce with the aim of being able to provide a link and a bridge between specialist Community CAMHS and other frontline services providing referral guidance, support and consultation.

In line with the Primary Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) core offer, time will be divided between the core functions of direct therapeutic assessments and intervention, consultation and training to reflect the needs of the service.

To contribute to team development around mental health, wellbeing and practice that contributes to the development of promoting good emotional health.

About us

As part of CAMHS you will be part of the wider PMHS team. You will be well supported within CAMHS with regular managerial and clinical supervision and clinical team/PMHS meetings.

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 assess the mental health, emotional and psychological needs of children and young people via consultation with Primary and Secondary Schools in the East and Central Bristol Locality.

To provide specialist consultation, liaison, advice and support to School nurses, counsellors, GPs.

To participate in the development and delivery of mental health training specific for schools and GP surgeries.

To be a link and a bridge between CAMHS and other partner agencies.

Please see Job description and Person specification for full details

Person Specification

Qualifications and registration


  • Appropriate qualification and registration
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD


  • Recognised qualification or working towards a qualification in a specific model of therapy relevant to a mental health setting.



  • Experience of working in a multi-Disciplinary team


  • Significant experience of working with children and young people in a CAMHS setting
  • Experience of offering consultation and training
  • Experience of multi agency working

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Barton Hill Settlement

Ducie Road



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