SPA - Mental Health Practitioner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Melksham CAMHS, Melksham
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum / pro rata
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you want a job tailored around your clinical interests and individualised to support your career development?

Do you want to be part of a new service built on best practice guidelines to offer an excellent crisis and home treatment service to young people?

In our BSW (Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire) CAMHS service we are proud to be developing a needs led, responsive and accessible service based on the i-Thrive model. Inspired by this we have broken down barriers between teams and clinical areas to create a ‘One CAMHS’ whole team approach. This means that roles can be job planned to be shared across clinical specialisms to fit with individual clinicians’ strengths, interests, and training and career development needs.

Would you like to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people (CYP)?

Would you like to contribute to helping children and young people access the right support at the right time?

Would you like to be part of a team who pride themselves on collaboration, team support and development along with a positive work environment?

Then this role would be for YOU!

Job Overview

With the national focus on improving services for children and young people’s (CYP) mental health and wellbeing, there has never been a better time to join our CAMHS team

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers interested to join our Wiltshire Single Point of Access (SPA) Team as part of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

This Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner role is based in Melksham, and the post holder will also be required to provide consultations to education settings across Wiltshire.

Main Duties

The post holder will join the clinical team who are responsible for all referrals and enquiries for CYP across our three Wiltshire CAMHS teams. As the main point of contact the SPA team are instrumental in gathering more information and co-ordinating the appropriate care at the right time by the right service/pathway.

You will also be required to complete telephone consultations with CYP’s, Parents/Carers and referrers to assess need and the necessary support and have excellent skills in writing letters to CYP, Parent/Carers to provide advice and guidance.

We are passionate about forging links with our community partner agencies and with our participation group network; we require the successful applicant to engage with such networks where possible.

As a team who are passionate about service improvement, we are always seeking commitment to opportunities to engage in quality improvement and invite the successful candidate to involve themselves in such projects.

About Us

The team passion and drive is underpinned by a committed and enthusiastic work force who work cohesively and autonomously. The supportive environment of the team balances the demands and pressures that can be felt within mental health services by ensuring we seek all opportunities to connect with the levels of support available in the trust.

We offer a comprehensive induction programme, including a range of shadowing opportunities to fully support the post holder in the role. The team fully supports and delivers regular managerial, clinical, and safeguarding supervision to build upon confidence, competence and commitment to developing self and the role.

As an organisation we offer flexibility in terms of hours and work base. We recognise the importance of flexible working to ensure a healthy work life balance and would be open to the possibility of home working for a proportion of the working week.

Job Description

We pride ourselves on embedding team cohesion, support and appreciation opportunities over the working week, to support us all in the hard work we deliver.

For further information about this role please review the job description and person specification attached to this advert.

Do get in touch on the contact details below if you would like to discuss this role, including working hours or to arrange an informal visit.

This successful candidate will be offered training in Positive Behaviour Support and DBT informed Coping Skills. There will also be the opportunity for further training based around individual learning needs. We have good professional support in our service and regular professional regional meetings.

Although this role is funded for full time hours, we are motivated to find excellent staff and are open to negotiate part times hours if required to fit with an individual’s circumstances.

Please see the attached job description for full information on the role responsibilities and requirements.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Sarah Collins

Job title Clinical Team Manager

Email address

Telephone number 07876397748

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