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Multi-Agency Rapid Response Service (MARRS) Practitioner

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Roche, Truro or Helston
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Childrens mental health services are changing, for the better. We have developed a multi-agency rapid response service (MARRS) that will deliver urgent care across services for children and young people who experience mental health and social care crisis across Cornwall 24/7 365 days a year. We aim to build an integrated pathway that offers support and treatment for families in a joined-up way. We have 3 bases in Cornwall (Roche, Truro and Helston).

We have been working with families and staff to develop a new service that puts the young person and their family at the centre of what we do.

We are an integrated, multi-disciplinary CAMHS team, who focus on ensuring children and young people, and their families, get the right help at the right time. Your expertise is essential in the new model of care to ensure adaptive mentalization based integrative treatment. You will be reaching out to those hard to engage young people and their families, working to prevent hospital admission and supporting young people and their families on their journey of recovery.

We are committed to enhancing this by offering you training opportunities to support our care delivery. You will be offered AMBIT, DBT, Solution focused, trauma informed training, and for our nursing staff we will also support you to complete your non-medical prescribing.

We encourage for newly qualified students to apply for this role in support of a preceptorship.

Main duties of the job

We work intensively with young people with acute mental health difficulties who are in crisis to prevent the need for inpatient admission where possible. As part of the Acute Care Pathway we work closely with the Southwest Collaborative, our local CAMHS Inpatient Unit (Sowenna), Community CAMHS and in partnership with our children's Social Care colleagues.

The team offers short term intensive interventions to young people with a significant mental illness or who are emotionally dysregulated and displaying high risk behaviour relating to their mental health. The team also offers home treatment as an alternative to hospital admission - this can involve targeted, short term intervention.

The team currently offer urgent assessments in hospital, or in the community, and short-term intervention. We are proud to now offer intensive support at home, with those the young person care about around them, actively working with our partners to prevent children and young people being admitted into hospital. We operate a shift-based rota that covers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week to ensure the service is accessible, flexible, and able to respond in a timely manner.

The team will operate county wide and will be integrated with CAMHS, the wider child and family health services as well as Cornwall Council's social work service for children and families.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Professional Qualification - Registered Nurse or other professional body such as Social Work/Occupational Therapy
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.
  • Experience of work in a variety of mental health settings.
  • Interested in addressing training needs identified by self and service.
  • Evidence of professional development plan.
  • Effective team player with the ability to initiate, prioritise and complete work.


  • Possess a Professional Development plan.
  • Interest and working knowledge in at least one intervention such as CBT, solution focused or DBT skills

Knowledge and Abilities


  • A working knowledge of child safeguarding.
  • Knowledge of Child Mental Health settings
  • Any relevant knowledge or experience of work with children or young people.
  • Knowledge of child development.

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Cornwall - Base TBC

Roche, Truro or Helston

PL31 2QN

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