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Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a dedicated Nurse, Social worker or Occupational Therapist looking for a new challenge in a warm and supportive team? Then why not look to joining us as a Mental Health Practitioner (Band 6) in the CAMEO Early Intervention Psychosis service, based in Cambridge!

Not only do we service this multicultural city, but welcome and serve applicants as far east as Ely and Littleport to the Hertfordshire borders and as such have adopted a model of hybrid working. No two days are the same which makes this role a perfect opportunity for growth.

We pride ourselves in being:

o A multi-disciplinary team including nurses, social workers, OTs, doctors, support workers, psychologists, and CBTp therapists.

o Supportive, and evidence based, working in a holistic and whole team approach.

o Following the EI ethos, promoting hope and recovery, and working collaboratively with our clients their families, and networks.

We offer a central location with good amenities, free parking and a supportive and fun team to work alongside, with regular clinical and managerial supervision, and a positive working environment with opportunities for training and personal development. If this sounds like a place you could thrive in, we shall look forward to hearing from you.

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Main duties of the job

The role of the Mental Health Practitioner is to work in partnership with CAMEO service users, developing their care plans and recovery plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives.

You must be compassionate, committed, and keen to learn and develop knowledge about the EI model.

They will demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions relevant to CAMEO protocols to include assertive outreach approaches, psycho-education, relevant aspects of social inclusion, recovery, care plans and discharge planning, working closely with carers, families and partner agencies to facilitate this.

The post holder will work at all times to promote the safety and the wellbeing of service users and their families/carers. The post holder will assess, plan and implement care, and provide specialist advice pertinent to their professional background and carry out relevant specialist interventions.

They will provide clinical supervision to staff and students. The postholder will ensure that the early intervention approach and ethos are adhered to, this includes working with the under 17 age range as required.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To undertake assessment of individuals and their families/carers accessing the service with complex health presentations, including those service users presenting with higher levels of risk.
  • To develop alongside the service user, their care plan.
  • To offer specialist professional assessment and advice where required.
  • To assess and manage on going risks as identified during the assessment, ensuring that this is done in collaboration with the service user and carers.
  • To regularly review risk factors and make changed to the management of them as necessary.
  • To work using assertive outreach approaches to engage the service user and their families.
  • To ensure that clinical practice is evidence based and consistent with relevant NICE guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To provide supervision of junior staff and trainees where appropriate.
  • To act within the professional code of conduct at all times.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role OR, Registered Social Worker OR, Registered OT
  • Evidence of continuous professional development



  • Significant post qualifying experience in working with those presenting with serious mental illness
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Previous experience of working in the community


  • Lived experience of mental health issues

Skills & Abilities/ Knowledge/ Understanding


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships with others
  • Develop own skills and knowledge and provide information to others to help their development
  • Assessment, planning and intervention skills
  • Able to use Word, PowerPoint, clinical systems, email and/or willingness to learn

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to use manual handling techniques
  • Energy to work with younger and older people
  • Monitor and maintain the health and safety of self and others in the working area
  • Required to use a PC



  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust, especially the young person and their family's specific needs
  • Ability to travel across sites
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Chesterton Medical Centre

35 Union Lane



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