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Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Are you currently a Band 6 practitioner looking for a new challenge? Or are you a Band 5 clinician who is looking to make the next step in your career?

We are keen to hear from enthusiastic and passionate professionals (including RMN/RN/Social worker/OT) and are able to offer an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 within a well established Crisis Team within Wakefield CAMHS.

The team was developed to promote our focus on supporting the most vulnerable and at risk young people, improving their access to services, and our response to young people in crisis.

The successful candidates will work both autonomously and as a part of an MDT providing timely access to specialist services for children and young people that present in crisis or who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves and /or others.

The post will be based in Castleford, however requires an ability to travel to different areas of the Wakefield district. The team operates 9am-8pm 7 days a week.

Main duties of the job

You will manage your own caseload, providing high quality care appropriate to the young persons needs which will include risk assessment and management.

You will need to develop good working relationships with key professionals across the district therefore excellent communication and engagement skills are essential.

A commitment to improving service delivery and developing new ways of supporting children, young people and families experiences is crucial to work within the wider CAMHS team.

This is a fast paced role and requires a can do attitude towards tasks.

The team offer outreach to those that are difficult to engage, providing intensive support where required to meet identified need contributing to the prevention of admission to inpatient provision.

The team also support discharge from inpatient provision.

You will also offer clinical supervision to colleagues.

If you would like to be part of the developing ReACH Team we would love to hear from you!

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

We are aware that applicants are using AI technology to generate responses on NHS Job application forms. Over reliance on AI-generated content in application forms is strongly discouraged and we will conduct a thorough screening process before selecting candidates to progress to the next stage. If you are using AI to enhance your application, please disclose this in your NHS Jobs application form.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post-holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post-holder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

The post holder will provide an emergency assessment and intensive treatment and outreach response to children and young people with mental health needs.
  • To provide a timely access to specialist services for children and young people that present in crisis or who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves and /or others, and outreach to those that are difficult to engage, providing intensive support where required to meet identified need contributing to the prevention of admission to residential provision and also the facilitation of timely discharge from residential provision.
  • To look after and ensure the safe keeping of equipment and materials used by self in the execution of this post.
  • To promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.



To support the ongoing process of delivering a comprehensive CAMHS system and being party to the development of the Emergency Assessment, Intensive Treatment Response and Outreach element of the Specialist CAMHS portfolio in line with the service specification implementation plans and commissioner investment.


To provide specialist assessment, intensive interventions, time limited therapy to children, young people with the most severe, complex and persistent mental health problems, including those who are severely mentally ill or at suicidal risk and where appropriate, families as both an autonomous practitioner and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of settings to address need.


To provide an immediate specialist assessment response to children and young people in crisis and those who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves and /or others and the development of an associated care plan


To be responsible for managing a caseload ensuring robust assessment, care planning, interventions and therapy, onward referral and through-care as appropriate.

Caseload Management.


To support and be involved in, as required the, transportation of service users to identified areas of care.


To participate in the development, audit and review of this extension to existing service provision.


To undertake extended hours of work alongside fellow specialist CAMHS practitioners.


To work collaboratively with Universal Services and Residential CAMHS providers to provide coherent and co-ordinated mental health services for children and young people as well as other significant partners, ensuring timely transition and relevant consultation, training and support to universal services and targeted groups.


To use a range of Information Technology systems ensuring high quality data is collected appropriately, kept securely and confidentially.


To participate in an agreed clinical audit programme for the service, and ensure lessons learnt from both audit and clinical incidents are reported.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification e.g. nursing, psychologist, psychotherapist, family therapist, or relevant mental health profession.
  • Post qualification professional development
  • On-going professional development supervision and/ or experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring.
  • Membership of professional bodies


  • Post Registration qualification e.g. degree
  • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling)



  • Substantial post qualification experience , some of which must be working with Children, young people and their carers in a mental health or other complex care setting
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Inter-agency liaison and consultation
  • Experience in patient provision
  • Experience of liaison between different levels of CAMHS
  • A grasp of relevant legislation and guidance e.g. NHS plan, Mental Health Legislation, Children Act, Education Act, Working Together, Childrens NSF, Every Child Matters, etc.
  • Clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills re mental health and behavioural problems including assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice
  • Understanding of research methodology and audit
  • Proven ability to work with other disciplines and in partnership with other organisations including service users

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Commitment to multi-agency approach
  • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure.
  • Calm, confident, innovative, creative
  • and assertive
  • Clarity of decision making
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service priorities.
  • Commitment to challenging discrimination and improving accessibility of services.
  • Ability to cope calmly in a crisis
  • To demonstrate good self-care and encourage the same in team members
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability.)



  • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS

Specialist Knowledge/Skills


  • Good verbal and communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
  • Customer service orientation
  • Report writing skills
  • Have good team working skills. Be able to work across disciplines with an ability to predict and manage inter-disciplinary tensions and foster good working practices.


  • Experience of community settings
  • Previous experience in working in a CAMH setting

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Unit 2, Flemming Court

Whistler Drive



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