CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Managing Risk Pathway

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The role
  • Are you passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable young people with mental health needs?
  • Are you dynamic, innovative and have a desire to be part of creative, supportive, and high quality mental health service?

Then this post is for you!

Child and Family Health Devon CAMHS crisis services for children and young people is changing – and for the better! This includes exciting vital expansion and transformation of our urgent care services for children and young people who experience mental health crisis across Devon.

You will be part of an existing award winning team, who are focused on ensuring children and young people get the right help, when they need it the most. You will have a shared commitment to learning and development, we look forward to you incorporating your own CAMHS clinical experience into practice, but we are also committed to enhancing this, with training opportunities to support our care delivery in AMBIT and DBT, to name but a few.

The team currently offer urgent assessments in hospital, or in the community, with a drive to ensure there is no health without mental health. We are proud to offer intensive support at home, with the people young people care about around them, actively working with our partner’s preventing children and young people being admitted into hospital. We operate shifts between 9am-10pm, 7 days per week, on a rota basis, so that our service is accessible and flexible.

The teams are based across Devon, which is beautiful and diverse, from quaint harbour villages, to the hustle and bustle of vibrant towns, within this amazing landscape, we are very much part of the wider CAMHS and child and family health service, so that children and young people are central to their care and recovery and have all their holistic needs met.

Our Children and Young People say…

“We would like the people who work for Child and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure”.
About you
You will be an experienced, and qualified CAMHS professional with a core registrable qualification professional (RMN, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or equivalent). You will be able to work alongside colleagues in a multi-disciplinary team and develop relationships across agencies to meet the needs of children and families. The ability to adapt communication and intervention style to meet individual need is important, and you will have knowledge of child development and child protection procedures.

Assessing and supporting the mental health need and risk of children and young people, who are in crisis and/or experiencing high levels of distress, is a core part of this role. You will be required to work flexibly across a range of clinical, community and home-based settings to meet the needs of the child.

You will be responsible for providing therapeutic intervention that is strengths-focused, evidence-based and tailored to meet the needs of the child/young person and their family/carer. Supervision of more junior staff and trainees is expected to be part of your role as you share your skills and knowledge with those around you.
About us
Employed by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will be part of Children and Family Health Devon, an Alliance that is unique and brings together six leading providers of adult and children’s community, acute and mental health services in Devon, along with key voluntary sector organisations and academic partners.

This Alliance has designed a system-wide service model to deliver integrated, coordinated support wrapped around the child, young person and family. It builds on our strong relationships across education, health, social care and voluntary sector services in Devon, and, most importantly, it has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.
Our offer to you
We recognise our people want to learn and develop, becoming the best that they can be. We offer all our staff a range of training opportunities including a variety of in-house training programmes designed and delivered by experts, and opportunities to access external training where appropriate.

In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years’ service withtheNHS so you can really enjoy what Devon has to offer
  • Individual personal development plans and a commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our staff networks
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and reduced public transport rates
  • Structured learning and development opportunities.
  • Refer a friend scheme applies – both earn up to £500 See attached t&c’s
Living here
Devon offers beautiful coastal and countryside locations with a wide range of social & leisure opportunities. This ranges from some of the best beaches in the Country, The Moors, Canals and rivers all of which can be accessed easily via foot, car, bike or boat.

Great place to work. Great place to live

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