SPA - Mental Health Practitioner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum / pro rata
Closing date
13 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you want a job tailored around your clinical interests and individualised to support your career development?

Do you want to be part of a new service built on best practice guidelines to offer an excellent crisis and home treatment service to young people?

In our BSW (Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire) CAMHS service we are proud to be developing a needs led, responsive and accessible service based on the i-Thrive model. Inspired by this we have broken down barriers between teams and clinical areas to create a 'One CAMHS' whole team approach. This means that roles can be job planned to be shared across clinical specialisms to fit with individual clinicians' strengths, interests, and training and career development needs.

With the national focus on improving services for children and young people's (CYP) mental health and wellbeing, there has never been a better time to join our CAMHS team

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers interested to join our Wiltshire Single Point of Access (SPA) Team as part of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

This Band 5 Mental Health Practitioner role is based in Melksham, and the post holder will also be required to provide consultations to education settings across Wiltshire

Main duties of the job

The post holder will join the clinical team who are responsible for all referrals and enquiries for CYP across our three Wiltshire CAMHS teams. As the main point of contact the SPA team are instrumental in gathering more information and co-ordinating the appropriate care at the right time by the right service/pathway.

You will also be required to complete telephone consultations with CYP's, Parents/Carers and referrers to assess need and the necessary support and have excellent skills in writing letters to CYP, Parent/Carers to provide advice and guidance.

We are passionate about forging links with our community partner agencies and with our participation group network; we require the successful applicant to engage with such networks where possible.

As a team who are passionate about service improvement, we are always seeking commitment to opportunities to engage in quality improvement and invite the successful candidate to involve themselves in such projects.

About us

The team passion and drive is underpinned by a committed and enthusiastic work force who work cohesively and autonomously. The supportive environment of the team balances the demands and pressures that can be felt within mental health services by ensuring we seek all opportunities to connect with the levels of support available in the trust.

We offer a comprehensive induction programme, including a range of shadowing opportunities to fully support the post holder in the role. The team fully supports and delivers regular managerial, clinical, and safeguarding supervision to build upon confidence, competence and commitment to developing self and the role.

We offer flexibility in terms of hours and work base. We recognise the importance of flexible working to ensure a healthy work life balance and would be open to the possibility of home working for a proportion of the working week.

You will be offered training in Positive Behaviour Support/DBT informed Coping Skills and further training around individual learning needs. We have good professional support in our service and regular professional regional meetings.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

We pride ourselves on embedding team cohesion, support and appreciation opportunities over the working week, to support us all in the hard work we deliver.

Although this role is funded for full time hours, we are motivated to find excellent staff and are open to negotiate part times hours if required to fit with an individuals circumstances.

Please Note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualifications such as RMN (Part 1 NMC RN3, RNMH), Social Worker, OT
Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification with registration to practice in the UK
Experience Essential
  • Understanding and experience of working with children and young people/adults with a wide range of mental health needs.

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