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Mental Health Practitioner

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
This is a brilliant opportunity for a dedicated healthcare professional to promote and improve the mental health and well-being of Young People and those who care for them. Working for MFT CAMHS, you'll work with Children and Young People aged up to 18 years and who present with a wide range of complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. You'll be supported to manage a defined caseload and have the responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of young people. We'll rely on you to ensure there is effective and sensitive communication between, the Children and Young People in your care, those who care for them, the health professionals you work with and other relevant agencies. MFT CAMHS sits within Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH) and is comprised of 44 separate services, including 5 Core CAMHS services (North, South, Salford, Central & Trafford), Looked After Children/Adoption services, Children with Disabilities Service and Manchester Eating Disorders Service, along with Inpatient Services based at Galaxy House. Wherever your interests lie, we'll support you to develop your skills to become an expert in your field.

Let us tell you more about what the job involves and why this could be your next and best career move - you just need the right skills, experience and attitude so you can meet the needs and demands of this critical and life enhancing role for our patients.

Main duties of the job

  • With current NMC, HCPC or SWE registration alongside a recognised qualification, you'll have a working knowledge of CAMHS and/or adult mental health and have an understanding of assessing complex mental health needs & levels of risk, including safeguarding and self-harm
  • Using your experience of working with vulnerable people and their carers who present with complex mental health needs and are often a risk to themselves or others, you'll undertake assessments and formulate plans for intervention, in collaboration with the Child, Young Person and those who care for them.
  • Dedicated to providing an environment that encourages patient-centred involvement, you'll promote good working relationships as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team, making sure care is coordinated with the internal and external departments you work with, with the ultimate aim of providing the best patient journey possible.
  • Using your knowledge of evidence-based practice, you'll offer therapeutic solutions in line with the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • You must have a recognised qualification. Recognised qualifications are: Registered Nursing: RMN/RSCN, RNMH Social Work: CQSW/DipSW Occupational Therapy: Other relevant accreditable qualification


  • Qualifications in Psychological Therapies e.g. CBT / SFT/ IPT
  • Mentorship course ENB998 or equivalent



  • Proven experience of working effectively with people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of assessing and managing risk: including safeguarding
  • Experience of providing evidenced based assessments, formulations, and care plans
  • Experience of liaison and working with a range of other relevant agencies and professionals
  • Experience of autonomously managing a caseload within a service
  • Experience of mentoring and supervision of others
  • Understanding of the principles of Clinical Governance


  • Experience of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Experience of providing interventions for children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Community mental health experience



  • Up to date knowledge of child mental health and relevant legislation
  • Understanding of evidence-based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice
  • The ability to assess, formulate and manage care appropriately, ensuring discharge is timely
  • The ability to reflect on and critically appraise own practice
  • To have the ability to manage own caseload and act as lead practitioner
  • Ability to manage and organise own time and diary
  • The ability to follow policy and make proposals for change
  • The ability to work independently with the support of clinical and management supervision


  • Experience of delivering training
  • Demonstrable therapeutic skills
  • IT competent
  • Knowledge and understanding of the research process

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


The Moss Side Power House

140, Raby St


M14 4SL

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