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CAHMS liason senior practitioner

Solent NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are passionate about working with young people and their families. Our strength lies in our humanity and the values we uphold. The team provides compassionate, person centered, non-judgmental care to children and young people presenting in the A& E department with mental health related difficulties, self-harm, or a psychiatric crisis.

We are looking to recruit a Band 7 Liaison Practitioner (you could be a Nurse, Social Worker, AHP or other relevant professional registration) who will work alongside a team to provide rapid crisis assessments for young people up to the age of 18 attending University Hospital Southampton (UHS). The team provides short crisis intervention, supports with making clinical decisions on appropriateness for discharge and signposting to other specialist services as required.

As a Practitioner in the team you will play a part in the delivery of direct clinical care, as well as supporting and advising colleagues within the wider acute setting on the mental health needs of children and young people. You will provide oversight of children and young people admitted to UHS as well as offering a 7 day follow up to those young people safely discharged.

As a Senior Practitioner in the team you will be responsible for the day to day operational management of the team and supporting some of the more complex clinical decision making.

Main duties of the job

You will hold leadership and communication skills that will assist to bridge the gap between physical and mental health and bring together strong networks around a young person and their family.

You will need to be confident in your risk assessment skills. You will be required to work autonomously, therefore clinical skills and experience relating to crisis and risk management are essential.

If you are passionate about working with children and young people and share our values, we would love to hear from you.

The team covers the hours of 9am to 10pm weekdays and 9am -- 5pm weekends and bank holidays. Shifts are managed by a rolling rota system.

The in-reach Liaison team will work closely with our colleagues in the Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment team. Joined up working between liaison and CRHTT will occur at the weekends to meet the needs of children and young people presenting in crisis.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, hybrid working, part time hours, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

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



  • Core professional qualification, e.g., Nurse, Social Worker, Therapist
  • Educated to master's or equivalent 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
  • Demonstrable success at managing change, service development and continuous improvement
  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • Proven ability in making a significant contribution to the achievement of organisational objectives and key performance indicators
  • Proven ability to work flexibility and to tight deadlines
  • Experience of working in an autonomous role in designing the packages of care for young people presenting with sudden onset, chronic and long-standing physical and mental health concerns
  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road



SO16 6YD

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