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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you committed to leading and delivering quality driven mental health services?

Do you value working positively, respectfully and collaboratively?

We are seeking to recruit a passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Senior Mental Health Practitioner, to join our well-established and innovative Hampshire CAMHS Fareham & Gosport Community Team.

As a Senior Mental Health Practitioner, your goal is to provide specialist assessments and interventions to children and young people within CAMHS to participate in the review of clinical policies and guidelines relevant to the area and support and implement changes to practice liaise with other organisations and professionals to promote communication and good practice be able to undertake audit activity and supervision to other staff in service area/care group. Understand psychosocial interventions to include psychoeducation, wellness recovery action plans and discharge planning.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide comprehensive assessment of mental health specific to needs of service area.
  • To manage a caseload of children and young people with complex mental health needs and undertake case management/lead professional/ CPA as needed.
  • To be able to communicate with and meet the needs of families and carers as appropriate to the care group and the individual client.
  • To have experience of and specialist knowledge on interventions to be able to lead in clinical area.
  • To receive management supervision from Service Manager or equivalent.
  • To demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  • To establish professional links with other care groups and professionals.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies to gain the best person-centred outcomes for the individual.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

As a Trust, our footprint spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities.

- We function as a unified team, placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

- Our 7,000+ workforce is skilled and diverse, with a deep commitment to ongoing staff development. We offer customised training, leadership pathways, and a plethora of career opportunities.

- We respect and listen to your thoughts, ideas, and concerns via well-established network of staff groups to increase awareness and appreciation of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Building on all this, we are currently working closely with other local NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Our new organisation is set to launch in April 2024 and will incorporate Southern Health, Solent, Isle of Wight and Sussex Partnership Trusts.

While the new Trust will be substantially bigger, it will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, streamlining services and making healthcare across the county more accessible.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Registered professional with current registration appropriate to job role. Nurse, Social work, Teachers, Occupational Therapists and Creative TherapistsDegree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care groupEvidence of post registration training in relevant service areaCompletion of Mentorship Course / Practice Supervisor Course



  • Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service areaExperience of supervising staff and studentsAble to manage a caseload of children and young people with complex mental health needsComprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area


  • Lived experience of mental health issues

Additional Criteria


  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with staff, children and young people, families, carers and professionalsAble to establish links with other services and professionalsAble to effectively manage risk

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Osborn Centre

Osborn Road



PO16 7ES

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