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Paediatric Mental Health Practitioner

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
Come and join our team

We are a growing, thriving and innovative Children's Emergency Department (CED)

Our vision is: To be a world leading children's emergency department providing the best care for all children.

BRHC is the paediatric major trauma centre for the South West region and houses burns, plastics and neurosurgery as well as cardiac surgery, orthopaedics, surgery, oncology & haematology. The Children's Emergency Department (CED) serves the local inner-city population and also receives patients from other local and regional hospitals for specialist paediatric care. The department sees around 40,000 patients per year.

The children's emergency department has an opportunity to welcome a specialist role of Band 7 Mental Health Practitioners working across the week. Our vision is to provide expert in-house mental health care and assessment for Children and Young People and their families presenting to CED.

Job sharing options welcomed and considered. Fixed Term & Substantive position.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicants will provide initial assessment, consultation, advice and signposting to children and young people presenting to CED. A central role will be liaison with other services to support the care of children and young people with acute, chronic or co-existing emotional and mental health needs, presenting to CED. Avon & Wiltshire Mental health partnership (AWP) CAMHS intensive outreach team (CIOT) our community mental health services are our closely interfaced partners for planning care and safe, timely transfers and discharges.

The successful applicants will be supported by the CED consultant lead for mental health, the Hospital senior nurse - lead for mental health and CIOT Hospital Team manager. Advice and guidance will also be given by the CIOT team during time spent working in the department.

We welcome applications from qualified mental health professionals including Registered Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and clinical psychologists who have appropriate experience of mental health assessment and risk assessment. We are also interested in graduates from a relevant discipline with substantial mental health service provision and post graduate training in psychological therapy.

Working hours of 16:00 to 00:00 and 14:00 - 22:00 - Monday to Sunday. There will be some day time working to cover training, study leave, continuous professional development.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy

Person Specification

Public Sector Language Competency


  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience of clinical mental health working with children, adolescents or adults
  • Expertise in assessing risk and risk management
  • Experience of presenting mental health understanding, to multi-professional teams
  • Experience of working in CAMHS and with CYPS
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act and Children's Act


  • Experience of formal teaching/training to health and other professionals
  • Experience of work within a health setting
  • A commitment to co design, user participation and working in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of young people and their families
  • Experience of using a range of interventions

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to assess the mental health needs of patients and families in a physical health setting. This will include the use of standardise measures and assessments.
  • Able to generate systemic and individual understandings, and interventions based on applying mental health knowledge to the complex information generated by the family, health and social care systems
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles of a mental health professional in relation to a patient/ their family/ the staff teams/ and the wider organisational systems around them
  • Good communication skills with the ability to provide and receive complex and sensitive information in a developmentally and culturally appropriate manner and in highly emotive situations
  • Ability to communicate complex information regarding mental health to staff in an accessible manner (written, verbal, electronic)
  • Able to record and provide information and data pertaining to clinical work, activity and outcomes (written, electronic)
  • Able to demonstrate successful use of strategies to prioritise and manage time when there are conflicting demands
  • Able to demonstrate examples of successful commitment to team working
  • Able to demonstrate a realistic awareness of the potential for work related stress and distress in this type of clinical work plus strategies to manage this


  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the implications for mental health of a chronic health condition for patients and families
  • Able to teach multi-professional teams on matters of mental health
  • Ability to supervise and provide delegated line-management of band 6, 5 and 4 staff as required.

Education & Training


  • Qualification as a, Mental Health Nurse, Occupational therapist, Social Worker, Clinical Psychologist: eligible for registration by the HCPC, MNC or other relevant professional registration body.
  • Registration as appropriate to above

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin St,



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