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CAMHS Mental Health and Substance Misuse Practitioner - USC Team

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024
There has never been a better time to join our established and skilled team within CAMHS. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the further growth and development of crisis care provision for the children and young people across North Wales. This newly developed post, based within the beautiful area Gwynedd in our newly developed Unscheduled Care Team, will provide caring clinicians with flexibility, autonomy and professional growth and development.

As part of our transformation and development of Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, we are strengthening our leadership, pathways and services to provide a rapid, robust and extended multi-agency crisis response that includes prompt assessment, liaison, consultation, training and where appropriate intensive time limited interventions for children and young people up to the age of 18, who are experiencing an acute mental health and/or psycho-social crisis.

We are looking to recruit an experienced, registered practitioner and welcome applications from applicants who have not worked in CAMHS but have transferable skills relevant to the role. We would welcome skills and experience in working with young people and families with complex difficulties, experience in completing mental health assessments and risk management. The post holder will link with the local Substance Misuse Service and provide substance misuse support to young people presenting in crisis.

Main duties of the job

To undertake assessments within A+E, paediatric wards and other community settings to support the provision of a crisis response.You will provide clinical formulation, identifying the young person's and family's needs, offer liaison, consultation, brief intervention where required, facilitate safe discharge and support care planning across partner agencies. The post holder will be required to work flexibly across North Wales and as the service develops to a 24-hour provision.You will be a part of a multi-disciplinary Regional unscheduled care service, working with young people who are experiencing a mental health and/or psycho-social crisis, whereby hospital admission is a strong possibility, but can be safely supported at home or within another community setting.The will provide urgent assessment, brief intervention and / or specific evidence based therapies to children / young people with mental health problems and significant mental health disorders. To support parents, carers and front line professionals in understanding and supporting the child / young person through providing education, advice and direction on how to manage the condition.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and 'Proud to Lead' competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the Disability Confident Employer scheme.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Nurse, Mental Health OR Social Worker registered with the Care Council.
  • Occupational Therapist registered with the Health Professions Council Evidence of personal and clinical development.
  • Evidence of post graduate training for the supervision and teaching of junior staff.
  • Extensive knowledge of mental health issues
  • Up to date knowledge and application of consent, data protection, patient confidentiality and risk management with Health and Safety issues.
  • Up to date working knowledge of the Mental Health Act.
  • Knowledge of relevant national strategies.
  • Knowledge of Information and Technology Communication
  • Knowledge of the principles of change management.


  • Degree in relevant clinical/professional area Specialist practitioner award
  • Knowledge of Interview and Appraisal process.
  • Knowledge of management theories.
  • Knowledge of local policies / procedures and guidelines.
  • Knowledge and skill related to substance misuse



  • Relevant post registration experience of working with children, young people and families in a health or social care environment or mental health setting

Skills and Attributes


  • Evidence of good organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of basic l. T. skills
  • Evidence of people management and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to care and communicate an advanced understanding of the psychological needs of individuals.
  • Evidence of analytical skills
  • Effective problem solver
  • Advanced clinical skills


  • Welsh Language Skills levels 1 to 5 in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing.



  • Committed to continuous professional development.
  • Fitness and willingness to use de-escalation, breakaway techniques (as appropriate) subject to relevant training according to BCUHB Policy.
  • Ability to travel across sites in timely manner.

Employer details

Employer name

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board



Holyhead Road


LL57 2EE

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