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CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
12 Jun 2024
This is an exciting time within Worcestershire CAMHS, an opportunity has arisen to recruit Senior Mental Health practitioners into Tier 3 Core CAMHS service to work across a selection of locations across Worcestershire. The service is under going significant development with additions of new pathways such as Non Violent Resistance (NVR) complimenting the already established CBT and DBT pathways, Specialist Family therapy offer, Psychotherapy pathway, under 5s services whilst working closely with our other CAMHS specialist teams such as Childrens eating disorder team, Anchor, Mental Health Support teams in schools and the Crisis and Home treatment team . There are significant opportunities for training and development for staff with new staff working through an induction and training plan within the first 12 months with robust supervision provided.

The service is working towards becoming a neurodivergent affirming service and the Trust is a Trauma Informed organisation.

This post has been deemed by the Trust as eligible for relocation expenses which will be applicable for suitable successful candidate(s). Please see attached policy for more information

Main duties of the job

You would work clinically within the Worcestershire Core CAMHS service. You will assess young people who have been referred into the service, complete therapeutic (partnership) work with a designated caseload, attend MDT meetings, team meetings, provide consultation and advice to other professionals and attend statutory & mandatory training. You will work alongside wider CAMHS services where required and can be part of service developments and provide supervision and shadowing opportunities to new or more newly qualified staff.

You will be based at one of the following sites, Aconbury (Worcester hospital site), Kidderminster Health Centre or Redditch Town hall. We endeavour to assign you to a base that best suits your personal circumstances however at times travel will be required to other bases, this will be paid as part of the Trust claiming expenses policy.

The trust offer flexible working opportunities with this post considering applicants who are interested in working between 22 37.5 hours a week.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer
  • 27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service
  • Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)
  • Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties in your role would include offering mental health assessments and care planning/treatment for moderate to severe mental health illnesses that are experienced by those aged under 18 years. Robust MDT processes will support you and your clinical decision making in relation to the children and young people you assess. As a senior colleague you will have opportunity to offer clinical supervision to others as well as offering mentorship to band 5 colleagues, students and trainees. You are expected to engage in clinical supervision and be able to communicate with children, young people, families and partner agencies both verbally and in writing to promote mental health recovery. We are a countywide service with some cross county working.

You will hold a caseload of children and young people experiencing varying levels of complexity, demonstrating awareness of how moderate to severe mental health difficulties affect children and young people. You would work with experienced clinicians and provide assessment and intervention to children and young people to promote mental health recovery.

You will undertake risk assessments and risk management of individuals presenting with vulnerability, self-harm and/or physical, sexual or emotional harm to themselves or others. You would need to manage and respond to the distress of others and access additional support and advice when needed.

You will work closely with other members of MDTs and liaise with partnership agencies supporting interventions that are evidence based and meet the needs of the young person. You would work with autonomy and initiative with the limits of your knowledge, experience and professional training, attending clinical and management supervision, and working collaborative as part of the MDT.

For full detail of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification

Additional Criteria


  • Put patient care at the heart of the work you do to improve health care outcomes and service delivery
  • Deliver the highest standards and quality outcomes possible
  • Be the best you can be, always look for ways to improve and develop to reach your potential
  • Encourage others to develop themselves and the service through improvement, innovation and continuous development
  • Joint working with others, e.g. patients, colleagues in the delivery of high quality healthcare
  • Build positive working relationships, respecting and valuing others, being helpful and inclusive
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to work as a member of a team
  • Awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role



  • Extensive post registration experience in mental health care including mental health assessment and risk assessment
  • Use of therapeutic interventions within mental health settings i.e., 1:1, counselling, family therapy and group work
  • Delivering teaching/training
  • Providing consultation


  • Working with children and young people
  • Working in inpatient settings
  • Liaison across Tier I-IV CAMH Services
  • Providing care in community settings
  • Developing a specialist area on behalf of the Service/ or local Team
  • Developing policies and protocols
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary Team
  • Supervising less experienced members of staff

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Appropriate and adaptable verbal and written communication
  • Able to undertake audit
  • Able to undertake risk assessments within Mental health



  • Professional clinical qualification RMN/OT/Social Worker etc.
  • Evidence of post registered clinical qualifications/training or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of training to a minimum of post graduate diploma level
  • Current registration with relevant professional body
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Specific qualification in a relevant therapeutic speciality e.g. CBT, DBT, Counselling
  • Non-medical prescriber



  • Working knowledge of Health Service
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues in CAMH Services
  • A good knowledge of own professional guidelines such as NMC/HCPC
  • Good knowledge of recognised disorders and illnesses in the field of mental health
  • Understanding of a range of communication styles when working with children and families in distress
  • Hold an interest in a specialist area
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Aconbury North, Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Charles Hastings Way



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