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CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner - Duty and Assessment

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
30 May 2024
This is a brilliant opportunity for a dedicated healthcare professional to join our Duty & Assessment team and promote and improve the mental health and well-being of Children, Young People and those who care for them. Working for North Manchester CAMHS, you'll work with Children and Young People aged up to 18 years and who present with a wide range of complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. You'll be supported to manage a defined caseload and have the responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people. We'll rely on you to ensure there is effective and sensitive communication between, the Children and Young People in your care, those who care for them, the health professionals you work with and other relevant agencies. MFT CAMHS sits within Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH) and is comprised of 44 separate services, including 5 Core CAMHS services (North, South, Salford, Central & Trafford), Looked After Children/Adoption services, Children with Disabilities Service and Manchester Eating Disorders Service, along with Inpatient Services based at Galaxy House. Wherever your interests lie, we'll support you to develop your skills to become an expert in your field.

Let us tell you more about what the job involves and why this could be your next and best career move - you just need the right skills, experience and attitude so you can meet the needs and demands of the critical and life enhancing role for our patients.

Main duties of the job

To assume responsibility for management of a defined caseload and exercise the highest standards of professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children, young people and their families/carers using specialist knowledge and evaluation of care programmes in collaboration with children, young people and their families/carers, liaising with and referring to relevant agencies.

To participate in a duty rota including receipt and screening of referrals, obtaining further information if needed and responding promptly to emergency requests for assessments or contact, signposting, and advice.

To undertake assessment of children, young people including risk assessment, gathering appropriate information their family/ carers and other relevant agencies

To develop a formulation and plan for intervention with the child, young person and parents/carers. Communicate this to the referrer/other relevant professionals

To offer therapeutic, evidence-based practiced, interventions in line with NICE guidelines.

To implement, co-ordinate and regularly review further assessment and a range of therapeutic interventions, including risk management,

To routinely monitor effectiveness of clinical work by use of Routine Outcome Measures (ROM)

Ensure that the perspective of children, young people and families is incorporated into all aspects of assessment and treatment

The role involves travel to other locations within MFT and within the local community.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form. Diversity MattersMFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • You must be registered/accredited with a professional body: E.g., NMC, SW England, UKCP, HCPC, BACP



  • You must have a recognised qualification. Recognised qualifications are: Registered Nursing: RMN/RSCN, RNMH Social Work: CQSW/DipSW Occupational Therapy: Other relevant accreditable qualification


  • Qualifications in Psychological Therapies, e.g., CBT/SFT/IPT
  • Mentorship course ENB998 or equivalent



  • Proven experience of working effectively with people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of assessing and managing risk, including safeguarding
  • Experience of developing and providing evidence based assessments, formulations and care plans
  • Experience of liaison and working with a range of other relevant agencies and professionals
  • Experience of autonomously managing a caseload within a service
  • Experience of mentoring and supervision of others
  • Experience of working to clinical governance principles
  • Experience of following organisational policies and procedures


  • Experience of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Experience of providing interventions for children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Community mental health experience

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


North Manchester Core CAMHS @ The Bridge

Unit C, Madison Place, Northampton Road


M40 5BP

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