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Mental Health Practitioner

Solent NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
I love seeing first-hand the improved outcomes for the young people we work with that we have directly impacted, it is an amazing feeling. As well as this, the job is flexible which is great for a good work/life balance and no 2 days are the same.

Closer2Home is a specialist intensive home treatment service that supports young people with acute mental health problems in their homes by providing intensive input and support using a bespoke package of care tailored to each young persons needs.

We operate 365 days a year from 8am-8pm to offer flexibility to young people at times when they need it the most. The teams work in an integrated way, supporting one another to provide the service either remotely or sometimes by crossing borders into another trusts area. This means that a YP's needs are not restricted by boundaries, staff sickness has less of an impact on service delivery and YP receive a better service where ever they live. For you this will also increase opportunities to develop your career, in a way that works for you.

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled passionate clinician to develop their career and make a powerful impact on the lives of young people when they need it most. Hospital admission can be lifesaving but often has a detrimental effect on young peoples as well. Closer2Home provides a service that helps young people in crisis to remain in their own home, in their own community where they can get involved in meaningful activities that are worthwhile to them.

Main duties of the job

  • Provides assessment and intensive support for young people with mental health needs who present high levels of risk
  • Supports assessment prior to admission to inpatient care (hospital), where required
  • Delivers planned intensive home or community-based treatment services, as well as specialist intensive home treatment for young people whose needs exceed the threshold for Tier 3 CAMHS
  • Supports discharge to facilitate timely discharge from hospital
  • Supports the reduction of health inequalities in children and young people mental health pathways
  • Each team has been modelled to have an optimal number and skill mix of staff to effectively address the needs of the young people the service will support.

In the role, you will:
  • Work collaboratively with community CAMHS, children's services, colleagues involved in 'transforming care,' bed and case managers and local inpatient units using an interagency approach to provide the best care for the young people.
  • Be expected to provide clinical leadership to their local Closer2Home team
  • Be integrated in a Wessex & Dorset wide system of clinical and operational governance, a new infrastructure that will utilise robust pre-admission care-planning, a 'single point of access' for intensive home treatment and inpatient services, goal setting at admission and supported inpatient discharge.

About us

We have been working with other local NHS Trusts to create a new organisation, bringing together all community, mental health and learning disability services from across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Subject to approvals, the aim is for the new Trust to be formed by July 2024.Project Fusion is the name for the programme to create the new combined NHS Foundation Trust. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be bringing the services into a single organisation will result in more consistent care, more equitable access to services irrespective of postcode, and a more sustainable workforce and services. The new organisation will operate locally to ensure services can best meet the needs of different communities.The new Trust will be comprised of all the services currently provided by Solent NHS Trust and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the community, mental health and learning disability services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust and child and adolescent mental health services delivered in parts of Hampshire by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.Colleagues will transfer to the new organisation under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) -- known as TUPE on 1st July 2024. TUPE is a legal process to ensure you transfer out of one organisation and into another, maintaining the terms and conditions of your employment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Nationally recognised core qualification i.e. RN, RMN, Social work, Psychology
  • Professional Qualification at first degree level or equivalent
  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training at post graduate level



  • Experience of specialist mental health assessment and treatment of children and adolescents and their families/carers where appropriate as a full member of a multi-disciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatients or inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of children, adolescents and their families/carers across the whole range and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Post qualifying experience of working as a specialist mental health worker within a mental health setting

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


Adelaide Health Centre, Western Community Centre

William Macleod Way



SO16 4XE

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