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CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
28 May 2024
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Wakefield CAMHS are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced, and resilient Senior Mental Health Practitioner to join their Core Team.

The role will support young people in the locality by offering therapeutic intervention and co-ordinating care alongside. This may involve liaising with other professionals, working alongside Wakefield CAMHS Psychiatry Team and working closely with the teams Team Manager and Clinical Lead.

The role will specifically work with more complex young people, who may have increased risks. The role may also support those young people who are being discharged from inpatient units.

We are looking for a registered professional who has substantial experience of working with children and young people. Additional training in a specific therapy would be beneficial in this role, however further training may be an option.

You would be expected to co-ordinate and prioritise your day-to-day clinical workload, have clinical conversations and risk plan/manage. You would also be expected to support with clinical supervision for Band 4/5/6 staff members in the team.

You are encouraged to contact the Team Manager to discuss this role in more detail.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the role:
  • Holding and managing a complex caseload
  • Liaising regularly with professionals
  • Attending professionals meetings
  • Offering therapeutic intervention
  • Completing onward referrals where required
  • Clinically supervising staff members

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

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About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post-holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post-holder when necessary and in line with the service developments.
  • To provide highly specialist skills and expertise, facilitating interventions of the highest quality in the field of mental health, including emergency assessments and intensive interventions with children, young people and their families.
  • To work autonomously and collaboratively within the MDT, providing consultation and teaching for other agencies/professionals.
  • To provider supervision and teaching to all other disciplines within CAMHS and to deputise as agreed for the team leader.
  • To promote safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people




To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility in accordance with the Trust Policies and procedures


The post-holder will have highly developed skills in assessing the needs of children and their carers based on the analysis of highly complex facts and situations. Interventions will be planned based on the assessment information and interpretation of this. The clinical assessment will include gathering appropriate historical information from the child and family, allied to clinical observation of family relationships and mental state of the child and other family members, and obtaining relevant information from other agencies. Offering highly specialist expertise in child and adolescent mental health, ensuring clear documentation in all appropriate case notes and sharing assessments and information with the family and all relevant professionals.


To undertake highly specialist initial assessments of young people following acts of serious self-harm and attempted suicide in line with evidence based practice.


To undertake highly specialised risk assessments following referral for presentations requiring urgent mental health or psychiatric assessment and plan relevant interventions.


To implement intensive interventions with young people and their families, as relevant to the post-holders main clinical role, i.e. group and individual work, systemic family interventions. This will include analysis, interpretation and evaluation to reformulate plans of care.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Experience of delivering training to others
  • Extensive experience in identified portfolio requirements
  • Substantial post qualification experience, some of which must be working with Children, young people and their carers in a mental health or other complex care setting
  • Experience of working in different cultural contexts
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Equality and Diversity.
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Inter-agency liaison and consultation
  • Experience of providing highly specialist advice and supervision to other professionals
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance for working with children, young people, mental health and safeguarding
  • Evidence of advanced clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills in mental health.
  • Extensive experience in assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice
  • Advanced experience of safeguarding children and young people.


  • Experience of community settings



  • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. nursing, or other professional allied to medicine
  • Post qualification training in identified portfolio, e.g. LD. LAC, eating disorder
  • Dip SW or relevant mental health profession
  • A teaching and assessing qualification
  • Membership of professional body


  • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling)
  • Masters Level qualification
  • Formal management/supervisory qualification

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Ability to manage own caseload and to be a self-reliant and autonomous practitioner
  • Excellent negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
  • Customer service orientation
  • Excellent record keeping and report writing skills to include care planning and risk assessments.
  • IT skills.

Personal Attributes


  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Commitment to multi-agency approach/working
  • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure.
  • Calm, confident, innovative, creative
  • and assertive
  • Ability to make and lead decisions under pressure/crisis situations
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service priorities.
  • Commitment to challenging discrimination and improving accessibility of services.
  • Ability to cope calmly in a crisis
  • To demonstrate good self-care and encourage the same in team members
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
  • To have integrity, be honest, open, transparent and respectful.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Airedale Health Centre

The Square


West Yorkshire


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