CAMHS Liaison Senior Practitioner

Solent NHS Trust
£40,047 to £45,839 a year Plus Anti-social hours for evening and weekends
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • The Senior Practitioner role is to provide strong clinical leadership, ensuring evidence-based practice is delivered to improve the quality of and shape responsive services. They are responsible for monitoring and ensuring maintenance of standards of care that support safe high quality practice through an episode of care. The role has four key themes: Consultation, Liaison, Supervision, Training and Clinical work. There are three additional leadership roles: Operational Leadership, Financial and Strategic.
  • Within the clinical time the post holder will provide a rapid assessment and short term intervention for young people presenting in mental health crisis at the local acute hospital and will work within the principles of the agreed model of care for the service as laid down in the operational policy.
  • The post holder will work as an autonomous and accountable practitioner within an integrated team. This will involve the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care provided and effective liaison with all agencies involved with the service user.
  • The post holders working hours will be across a shift pattern which includes evening and weekend work.

Main duties of the job

Undertaking rapid crisis assessments for young people attending QA hospital, providing short crisis intervention, making clinical decisions on appropriateness for discharge

To co-ordinate the shift and prioritisation of work

Based on the assessment, to formulate and convey sensitive, complex and sometimes unwelcome information to clients and other professionals and manage this as constructively as possible

To provide highly skilled clinical oversight of young peoples care whilst in QA hospital, particularly when young people are not able to be safely discharged in a timely manner

To provide consultation, specialist advice & training to professionals who come into contact with children and young people who have mental health needs.

To be a resource of specialist advice, relating to child & adolescent mental health, to professionals in other agencies/organisations working in the field of child and adolescent mental health,

Provide the necessary clinical leadership and supervision, of nursing/mental health professionals and partner agencies in the acute mental health crisis pathway

Taking responsibility for your own continuous professional registration and professional development, ensuring you remain up to date with all mandatory training requirements

Participate in new service initiatives designed to improve efficiency and outcomes for service users

Providing mentoring & supervision to junior staff & students on placement

About us

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

The CAMHS Liaison Service is an acute mental health crisis assessment service, based at QA hospital. It offers the following:
  • Assessment of children and young people who have presented at QA Hospital with acute mental health concerns such as self-harm, overdose and suicidal ideation
  • Liaising and building positive relationships with hospital staff and wider networks
  • Supervision and training for staff at QA hospital
  • Consultation and advice for staff at QA hospital and partner agencies
  • Safe discharge and follow up support

Job description Job responsibilities

Work collaboratively across the CAMHS directorate and partnership agencies.

To liaise with and where appropriate participate in joint work with other specific teams.

Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with all internal and external partners and stakeholders.

To ensure documentation and care plans are comprehensive and of the highest standard in line with Trust policy.

To ensure you and staff maintain accurate clinical records in accordance with service standards and to record and maintain client data in local database systems.

To ensure recording of relevant information as consistent with Trust record keeping policy.

To record relevant information and communicate areas of risk to appropriate staff consistent with principals of and limitations to confidentiality.

To collate and report on clinical information across a specific area(s), on behalf of CAMHS.

To provide clinical information as required for input into local and Trust electronic information systems

To be responsible for monitoring and recording and reporting on clinical work and communicating complex clinical information to a variety of recipients e.g. service users, families and carers, other professionals orally and in writing.

To provide service related information to senior managers and staff to aid day-to-day service management and future planning.

To co-ordinate, facilitate and develop student nurse placements within the service.

To establish and maintain effective links with the college of nursing and other educational establishments and identify learning needs of the nurses/mental health practitioners within the team.

To participate in the development and promotion of CAMHS across the children's workforce and systems.

To perform all duties in a professional manner and to follow the codes of Professional Conduct and maintain professional registration.

To keep up to date with appropriate legislation and guidance of relevance in the mental health field and CAMHS.

To attend regular supervision and be annually appraised by Line Manager and Clinical Supervisor, and have a personal development plan in line with Trust policy.

Ensure structures for supervision are effectively operational in the CAMHS liaison team. To provide advice and support on issues of professional and personal development for staff in specialist CAMHS in line with Trust policy and service operational guidelines.

In conjunction with the Service Manager ensure that all staff attend statutory and mandatory training and to establish and facilitate training to meet staff needs

Take opportunities to extend own knowledge and skills within the aims of the service needs and available funding and prepare a concurrent portfolio of experiences to date.

To be involved in audit and research projects undertaken by the Service. To evaluate and apply outcome measures to new clinical developments.

To work within legal, professional and ethical frameworks established by National bodies.

To provide information to meet the requirements of the Trust and Department of Health.

The Senior Practitioner may hold supervisory responsibilities for staff within the team.

The recruitment of new staff will be supported by the Senior Practitioner, alongside the Team Lead.

To support in the management of complaints raised by service users/stakeholders

To monitor the performance of staff via case management and clinical supervision sessions. The Senior Practitioner will have a responsibility to facilitate either case management or clinical supervision sessions with the team.

Proactively contribute to staff selection, retention and recruitment ensuring that the workforce is reflective of the appropriate skills required in the clinical area at any given time.

Identifies situations of clinical risk and takes appropriate action to ensure a safe environment for patients, clients, families and staff.

Contributes to evidence-based nursing practice in speciality areas.

Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements, risk management and resource utilisation participating in monitoring and evaluation activities including audit and research activities

Provides input into clinical standards/protocols and policies and undertakes clinical audits as required.

Evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of clinical practice contributing to service improvement initiatives.

Participates in the implementation of nursing models of care appropriate to patient/client population needs.

Contributes to and participates in Solent NHS policy development providing own expertise where relevant and feedback on proposed polices based on relevant experience and expertise where applicable.

Participates in case review and debriefing activities as required.

Participates in group/unit discussions that review current practice.

Contributes to the development of programmes of care/care packages providing specialist advice where relevant.

Promote patient and public involvement in activities designed to inform service improvement

Actively participate in clinical audit and service improvement activity to improve patient care and patient outcomes (privacy, dignity and duty of candour).

Fully adheres to the Solent NHS trust Integrated Clinical and Safeguarding Supervision policy along with Safeguarding Children and adult policies, and information sharing protocols to ensure the health and well-being of children and adults at risk.

Familiarity with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act and maintains MCA mandatory training.

Works in accordance with the relevant Health and Safety Trust policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Contribute to development of service.

Attends organisational mandatory training as required by the Trust and relevant to your role.

Actively participates in and enables others to carry out risk assessments within the working environment.

Ensures self and colleagues are trained and competent to use equipment safely.

Ensures incident reporting is expedited promptly and appropriate action plans completed.

Identifies potential health, safety and security issues and collaborates with others to promote and maintain an environment that supports infection prevention and control policies and procedures.

Supports and promotes a positive approach to diversity and equality of opportunity, to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage in service delivery and employment, and to manage, support or comply through the implementation of the Solent NHS Trust's Equal Opportunities Policy.

Promotes a culture which respects and values diversity, and support patients, visitors and staff in exercising their rights.

Ensures care within areas of practice and adheres to the 5 principles of the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice (2005).

Recognises and reports behaviour which undermines equality and diversity in accordance with organisational policies and current legislation

Limits of Authority

May not hire, dismiss or suspend staff under the disciplinary procedures.

May not take annual leave without prior agreement of the manager

May not authorise finance requests


This job description seeks to outline the key duties and responsibilities of the post; it is not a definitive document and does not form part of the main statement of Terms and Conditions. The job description will be reviewed during the annual appraisal process.

The post holder may, with their agreement, which should not reasonably be withheld, be required to undertake other duties as required, which fall within the grading of this post, to meet the needs of this new and developing service.

Individuals who are required to hold a professional registration in order to practice must continue to be a member of their professional body throughout the lifespan of this job description. Such individuals will be required to notify the Trust immediately if their professional body limits or changes the terms of their registration.

This job description will be reviewed yearly as part of the annual individual appraisal, to ensure that it reflects the responsibilities of the post. No changes will be made without full consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Core professional qualification, e.g. Nurse, Social Worker, Therapist
  • Educated to master's or equivalent level CPD and post grad experience
  • Minimum of three years post qualifying experience
  • Certificate or Diploma in Leadership or Management
  • Certificate or training in clinical supervision
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist mental health assessment and treatment of children and adolescents and their families/carers where appropriate as a full member of a multi-disciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatients or inpatient settings
  • Demonstrable success at managing change, service development and continuous improvement
  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • Proven ability in making a significant contribution to the achievement of organisational objectives and key

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