Senior Mental Health Practitioner, CAMHS Outreach

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for a fresh, rewarding new role to develop in?

We're looking to welcome a Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioner to join our Enhanced Outreach Team. This role will be working within client's homes as well as a range of other settings.

Whether you're a Registered Mental Health Nurse RMN, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, or Children's Nurse, as long as you are compassionate and understand the challenges of working with Young People and Families in crisis, we want to hear from you.

In CAMHS, we pride ourselves on keeping young people within the community and are delighted we are currently at our lowest ever admission rate.

Main duties of the job

The role is varied with a mix of individual therapeutic work, supporting parents/carers, and daily shift coordination responsibilities for the team.

The Team operates an extended day service, seven days a week. Responsibilities include: assessing and evaluating the intensive treatment given to clients. You will be able to provide advice and practical support to young people and their families as well as therapeutic interventions.

You'll be responsible for building key working relationships with both internal and external parties including families, local authorities and the Operational Service Manager.

We're looking for someone with a recognised professional qualification in either Nursing, Social work or Occupational Therapy. You must have a knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders in children and young people, as well as a range of evidence-based treatment / therapeutic interventions.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

What can we offer you?

We are an acute response team and as such can respond rapidly to the needs of young people and families needing urgent mental health advice and support.

There are various different training and development opportunities available to those that want to progress including specialist therapy training with local providers in the community. CAMHS offer excellent clinical / peer and management supervision with a workable caseload.

What our staff say...

Working in Outreach team, is one of the most rewarding roles I have ever undertaken. Every day is different it is interesting, challenging and highly rewarding. Our work with families varies from day to day, but there is nothing more satisfying than to enable a child or young person to be able to manage their mental health more effectively and see lasting positive change. From a personal point of view, we have a great Team Manager who always listens, supports and encourages our learning and development. There is no shortage of opportunities available for team members and team members have such a variety of skills and experience between them. Each person is valued and opinions are considered equally, whether a registered or unregistered staff member. Finally, we like to have fun as a team, and enjoy laughter and joking with each other. So, if you want to have a job which is both interesting and challenging in a team where you will have fun, but also feel valued it could be the role for you!

If you are interested in working with children and young people but would like to find out more, please do get in touch!

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification in nursing, social work or occupational therapy
  • Evidence of continuous post-qualifying professional development.
  • Post-qualifying training in therapeutic interventions
Knowledge and Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children and young people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders in children and young people, and their impact on both the client group and their families/carers.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of RCPA (previously ICPA)
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Empathy and ability to communicate and engage with client group and families/carers.
  • Ability to prioritise and take responsibility for own caseload.

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