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Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year Band 5 - Band 6 development post
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about helping young people with mental health problems? Are you committed to getting the best outcomes for children, young people, and families? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop and share your skills and knowledge in mental health? Would you like to be part of a forward thinking, supportive and developing service? If you answer yes to these questions, then Barnsley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is the place for you!

We have opportunities for enthusiastic and passionate Registered Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers or Occupational therapists to join our CAMHS Crisis Intervention/Intensive Treatment Team. Our team strive to support the most vulnerable and at-risk young people, by improving their access to mental health services in times of crisis.

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

We are aware that an increasing number of applicants are using AI technology to generate responses on NHS Job application forms. We strongly discourage this and 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.

Main duties of the job

The CAMHS crisis service operates between 9am to 5pm 7 days a week.

You will work autonomously and as part of the team, providing timely access to specialist services for children and young people who present in crisis or who present a significant and immediate risk to themselves or others. An outreach model is used to provide intensive support where required to meet need, to contribute to the prevention of admission to inpatient provision or facilitate the timely discharge from inpatient care. You will manage your own caseload and record keeping, providing high quality care appropriate to the young persons needs. Excellent partner agency liaison, communication and engagement skills are crucial. A commitment to improving service delivery and developing new ways of supporting children, young people and families experiences is crucial to work within the CAMH team.

In return we will provide a comprehensive induction programme, regular clinical and management supervision, and yearly appraisals with a view to developing knowledge and skills where appropriate. The service understands and respects the central importance of staff wellbeing, we will support the right candidate to work flexibly to promote a healthy work life balance.

There will be an opportunity in this post to progress to a band 6 after a period of time dependant on development and skill.

For an informal chat or to arrange a visit please contact Samantha Thompson , Team Manager on 01226 644829.

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

For information - the job descriptions and person specifications are attached in the supporting documents section.

Person Specification



  • Band 5 and Band 6
  • 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).



  • Band 5
  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people / children and young people experiencing mental health problems.
  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing risk in a variety of settings.
  • Proven ability in assessing the needs and strengths of people and their carers.
  • Ability to deliver a range of therapeutic techniques which can be incorporated into one to one and / or group interventions.
  • Working within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment and co-working with other teams within team meetings, case conferences and professional meetings.
  • Band 6
  • 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 of supervising/mentoring junior staff.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance e.g. NHS plan, Mental Health Legislation, Childrens act, Education Act, Working Together, Childrens NSF, Every Child Matters, etc.
  • Clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills in mental health.
  • Experience in assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice.
  • Proven ability to work with other agencies and disciplines and in partnership with other organisations.
  • Experience of safeguarding children and young people.


  • Band 5
  • Ability to support colleagues and supervise students/trainees.
  • Experience of working holistically with children and young people with an emphasis on a holistic assessment of emotional and mental health needs alongside coexisting physical and environmental factors that impacts on wellbeing.
  • Band 6
  • Experience of community settings.
  • Experience of working in different cultural contexts.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Equality and Diversity.



  • Band 5
  • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach, Care Act & Safeguarding.
  • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance.
  • Knowledge of working collaboratively with people and their carers to ensure their involvement in the assessment and care planning process.
  • Shows awareness of cultural diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care.
  • Knowledge and evidence of using IT systems.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of audit processes.
  • Knowledge of carer services/ issues/ assessment.
  • Band 6
  • Good verbal and communication skills.
  • Ability to manage own caseload.
  • Good negotiation skills, and problem solving skills.
  • Customer service orientation.
  • Effective record keeping and report writing skills to include care planning and risk assessments.
  • IT 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.


  • Band 5
  • Knowledge of audit processes.
  • Knowledge of carers services / issues / assessment.
  • Skills and Knowledge working.
  • holistically with children and young people.



  • Band 5
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse / Social Worker / Occupational therapist.
  • Band 6
  • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. nursing, or other professional allied to medicine.
  • Dip SW or relevant mental health profession.
  • Membership of professional body.


  • Band 5
  • Mentorship Qualification or equivalent.
  • Expected to work towards practice educator.
  • Band 6
  • Post Registration qualification e.g. degree.
  • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling).
  • A teaching and assessing qualification.



  • Band 5
  • Assessment and care planning skills and risk assessment and risk management.
  • Band 6


  • Band 5
  • Relevant Post basic qualification and training.
  • Band 6
  • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS.
  • Experience of delivering training to others.



  • Band 5
  • Ability to work on as part of MDT.
  • Good communication skills. Ability to work on own initiative, with reference to policies and procedures.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.
  • A willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of services users and the team including extended hours.
  • Reliable and enthusiastic.
  • Motivated and resourceful.
  • Professional attitude.
  • Band 6
  • 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).
  • Have training or undertake training to participate in the CAMH Service 24/7 on call rota.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Barnley CAMHS. Entrance 2, New Street Health Centre

Upper New Street


S70 1LP

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