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West Sussex CAMHS DLT Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing, Chichester & Horsham
£25,655 to £39,027 a year per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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West Sussex CAMHS Duty and Liaison Service

Mental Health Practitioner - Band 5/6 - based across West Sussex

As a DLT Mental Health Practitioner you will work a shift pattern covering the hours of 9.00am - 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 6.00pm weekends and public holidays.

The CAMHS West Sussex Duty and Liaison Team is developing their Urgent Health Care service and as a result an exciting opportunity has arisen for band 5/6 Mental Health Practitioners. This role can be offered as a development opportunity for Band 5 staff with the expectation of progression to band 6 within a year. This role offers the perfect opportunity for career development due to the skills that you will learn through this type of work. The role will be variable and exciting, sometimes challenging and there is a need for flexibility but it is always very interesting and rewarding. You will need to be motivated, forward thinking and have a strong commitment to providing high quality care to provide the best outcomes for young people. Excellent risk assessment and safety planning skills are essential to this role.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

Primarily you will be supporting young people and their carers who are presenting with a mental health crisis via telephone, Attend Anywhere or offering face to face assessments. There will be an opportunity in this role to deliver therapeutic interventions alongside crisis care planning and management. You will be supporting young people who are waiting for interventions from tier 3 CAMHS as part of the duty role.

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

About us

About us

We are looking for an experienced mental health practitioner, preferably with some previous experience of duty and A&E Liaison within a community based mental health team with excellent risk assessment and care planning skills. You should be willing to work autonomously as well as part of a team. The team thrives through being supportive to each other in an environment that can be changeable due to service capacity and demand. You will need to be flexible, be able to participate in the shift pattern of the team and have excellent communication skills. In return you will be well supported by experienced clinicians who will help you to develop and thrive in this environment. All your skills and training will be fully utilised and developed through clinical supervision and training.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Job description Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities

To respond to referrals made to the duty team from a variety of sources. To prioritise work according to the level of urgency. To work closely with young people, their carers and other professionals in order to facilitate a safe plan of care.

To support tier 3 CAMHS with young people who are awaiting allocation of a Lead Practitioner, therapeutic work or are waiting for an initial assessment with therapeutic interventions.

To respond to referrals from A&E and acute hospital wards and carry out comprehensive assessments including risk assessment and safety care planning. To ensure high quality communication and effective relationships within the Duty and Liaison Team and our general hospital colleagues, other agencies and carers.

To work with general hospital staff providing interventions and support to patients who are staying on acute hospital wards awaiting the allocation of appropriate mental health services.

CAMHS services recognise that young people may be affected by challenges to their emotional wellbeing and mental health at all times. With this in mind our responses are required to be dynamic and needs led,. As part of our exciting transformation agenda colleagues may be required to work outside of the 9 - 5 working pattern .

This would be negotiated on an individual basis and as part of Sussex Partnership NHS trusts wider commitment high quality services, that are both flexible and accessible to all our users whilst supporting colleagues in pursuit of their own work life balance

Person Specification Criteria Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy or x Nursing/Social Work
  • Registration with the HCPC/NMC/Social Work England
  • Training in the use of standardised assessment tools
  • Past experience as a qualified mental health practitioner
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • CAMHS Experience or crisis care experience
  • Experience of multi-agency work
  • Able to communication complex information to service users, carers and colleagues
  • Lead others in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practices including policies and strategies.
  • Develop partnership working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies.
  • Delegate work to others
  • Ability to use Trust IT systems including e-mail and electronic clinical records
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
  • Team working
  • Ability to travel across sites
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Experience of supervising staff or students
  • Experience with Looked after and Adopted children
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of clinical approaches
  • Research experience
  • Lived experience of mental health issues

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