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Mental Health Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for you to become a Mental Health Practitioner within our CQC rated Outstanding CAMHS East Team!

The CAMHS East Team is a multi-disciplinary team comprising of professionals from various disciplines. The team support children and young people under 18 presenting with a broad range of complex difficulties including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, trauma and those presenting with associated risk.

The team have a positive and supportive culture and a strong ethos of working together with a shared passion and operates 9-5, Monday to Friday. There are opportunities for close working relationships with other CAMHS Teams within Somerset including Forensic CAMHS, Community Eating Disorder Service and the Enhanced Outreach Team. You will receive clinical and managerial supervision in addition to accessing structured learning and development opportunities including the potential for training in specialist therapies. We also prioritise taking care of our employees!

We have annual team away days, compassion circles, access to Employee Assistance Programme including counselling if required.

We would welcome applications from confident and skilled clinicians or those wishing to explore the opportunity to start as a Band 5 with progression opportunities. To succeed you should be able to effectively manage your own workload and, have a strong work ethic and a commitment to working with children, young people and their families.

Main duties of the job

Due to investment and expansion of our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) we are seeking to recruit a Mental Health Practitioner (Band 5)/Senior Mental Health Practitioner (Band 6) for our CAMHS Community Team in the East of Somerset. This is an exciting time to join our CAMH Service, as we develop our community and urgent care offer to children and young people in Somerset.

We are looking for individuals who are keen to work with children and young people struggling with their mental health in the community. We have positions available for qualified mental health nurses, social workers, Psychologists and occupational therapists.

We welcome applications from newly qualified members of staff who we can support via a progression route within the service including ASYE and Preceptorship programmes in addition to therapeutic training

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

Work within one of the most desirable places in the UK! The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

If you are interested in working with children and young people and would like to find out more, please do get in touch - we would welcome informal contact to discuss the role and the exciting opportunities it brings!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see detailed job description attached for more detailed information about this role.

Applications welcomed via NHS jobs or via CV

Person Specification



  • Recognised professional qualification at degree or equivalent level in Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Social work
  • Registration with the appropriate professional body
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.
  • Knowledge and experience of risk assessment and risk management planning with high-risk young people.


  • Evidence of continuous post-qualifying professional development.
  • Post-qualifying training in therapeutic interventions
  • Have a Recognised qualification in assessing autism
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders and Neurodevelopmental disorders in children and young people, and their impact on both the client group and their families/carers.
  • Knowledge and understanding of RCPA (previously ICPA)



  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Experience and understanding of Safeguarding Children and other relevant legislation and policies


  • Experience of working with children and young people.

Additional Criteria


  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills
  • Empathy and ability to communicate and engage with client group and families/carers.
  • Effective communication with colleagues at all levels within the organisation and external organisations.
  • Full range of mental health assessment skills, including assessment and management of risk.
  • Speaks to distressed service users and/or their relatives, in person and by telephone.
  • Evidence of the ability to asses in supervising colleagues, and guiding the administrative support dedicated to this post, and to work harmoniously with colleagues, clients and referrers under pressure in a multi-disciplinary team setting.
  • Able to work effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent assessment skills with this client group, including risk assessment and management.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities, including building in travel time to and between appointments.
  • Good level of computer literacy
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Required to use appropriate level of Personal Safety techniques to deal with challenging clients or incidents
  • Physical dexterity required for basic keyboard skills
  • Must be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust



56 Preston Road



BA20 2BN

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