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Primary Mental Health Practitioner

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 5 Primary Mental Health Practitioner to join our team in the West of the County.

Working within a Multi Disciplinary Team based within the West of the County you will be expected to work flexibly and be a great team player whilst having the ability to work autonomously as needed. A driving license will be required in order to work successfully across both bases and within the local area.

The successful candidate will work within the PMHP workforce; they will require a sound knowledge of Mental Health presentations and its impact on children, young people and their families. The post holder will work closely with the band 6 PMHP who manage the referrals into the service and organise the workload. The post holder will be able to develop skills in direct work with young people and families, by providing short-term interventions when needed. The appointed member of staff will also participate in consultation and training to external agencies, alongside the band 6 PMHP.

A key role within this post is managing and overseeing the neurodevelopmental cases within PMH, such as leading on the information gathering for these children and young people, offering school observations and consultations with schools. Training and support will be offered by the current PMHP's in order to better understand neurodevelopmental conditions, alongside their mental health needs.

Main duties of the job

* Ability to communicate, developing highly complex, sensitive information and gain agreement and co-operation.* Work towards the development of utilising highly sensitive & clear communication skills in a range of assessment and intervention mediums with children, young people, families and carers.* Convey sensitive information in a variety of settings such as Child Protection, communicating issues around mental health and negotiating intervention goals.* Use high levels of communication skills to motivate and encourage other workers to engage with the CAMHS agenda in working to promote mental health and prevent mental health difficulties by intervening early.* Use enhanced communication skills to present information to other professionals in a variety of training and educational and team settings.* Liaison between agencies working with children to define the best approach to meet the mental health needs of the child.* Effective multi-agency partnership working to increase accessibility to services who work with children's mental health needs.* Provides mental health advice to patients and carers

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

For full information of the roles and responsibilities of this role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Core Professional Training: RMN, Psychology Assistant, Occupational Therapy. Diploma Counselling Additional Training in Child Mental Health Focused Area/Therapy
  • Current Professional Registration ie NMC / HCPC
  • Training and Experience of a wide range of interventions applicable to the field of Children's Mental Health
  • Willingness to participate in additional training as required.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of working in Child Focused Mental Health Services
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Children, Adolescents and their families in mental health in a variety of settings.
  • Knowledge and experience of Multi-Agency working in the early intervention and prevention of child mental health related problems.
  • Experience of working in Children's services role within a range of Multi-Disciplinary services
  • Experience of Child Protection Processes and Responsibilities
Skills and Aptitude Essential
  • Good planning and organisation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to present a range of information to children and young people.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information and gain agreement and cooperation.
Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • Knowledge of national and local documents in relation to the comprehensive CAMHS Agenda
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance and its importance within the service and organisation
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Positive attitude to change agenda
  • Ability to contain professional anxieties of others and respons appropriately

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