CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UKs most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?
  • Are you a newly qualified nurse looking for a role within a community team?
  • Would you like to develop experience working with children/young people and their parents/carers?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic newly qualified professional to join our CAMHS community team, in South Devon & Torbay. We are looking for a Band 5, newly qualified CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner to join our experienced, knowledgeable and friendly CAMHS team.

This post is a great opportunity for a newly qualified professional to gain experience and skills in working with children and young people with complex emotional and mental health needs in the community. We know that moving from student to qualified professional can be an exciting but scary time, we therefore offer, a full programme of support designed to support this transition. Our CAMHS team is a CYP-IAPT service that is part of Children and Family Health Devon and you would be joining us at an exciting time of change as we develop integrated care for children and young people across an alliance of organisations.

Main duties of the job

You will be a newly qualified professional. You will be able to work alongside colleagues in a multi-disciplinary team and develop relationships across agencies to meet the needs of children and families. The ability to adapt communication and intervention style to meet individual need is important and you will need a keen interest in developing your knowledge of child development and child protection procedures.

Using both evidence based practice and routine outcome measures, you will use a strength-based approach to work collaboratively with people, in line with key CYP-IAPT principles. Managing risk and being able to assess mental health presentations in the community is a core part of this role, responding to both urgent and routine, planned and unplanned need. You will be required to work flexibly across a range of clinical, community and home-based settings to meet the needs of the child.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about working with children/ young people in the community with the confidence to intervene to meet a range of mental health needs and a desire to work with others to continually improve what we do.

About us

About us

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of six NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure to deliver locality-placed based, integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to wide-ranging consultation with our service users and communities.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training. We actively engage service users and their families in co-design which is facilitated by a dedicated young persons lead role who also works closely with Young Devon who provide additional co-design and feedback through the Devon young peoples champions group.

Our Children and Young People say

We would like the people who work for Child and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

The post holder will deliver high quality mental health services. The role involves managing a defined caseload. The focus will be providing continuous assessment and evidence-based treatment for children and young people with complex mental health difficulties and their parents or carers. The liaison with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies is central to this role. The post holder will be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • An appropriate up to date professional mental health nursing qualification.
  • Registered RMN with the NMC.
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development
  • Training to level 2 in Safeguarding Adults and level 3 in Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff
  • Post registration training in relevant field
  • Mentorship training
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with children/young people of all ages experiencing a wide range of mental health presentations.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings.
  • Ability to assess risk and develop plans to manage risk.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area.
Experience Essential
  • Post graduate experience working within mental health environments or willingness to complete the DPT preceptorship programme.
  • Experience managing a caseload of clients with a range of mental health problems.
  • Demonstrates sound theoretical knowledge of childrens and young peoples mental health practice.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.

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