Primary Mental Health Worker Early Help South and East Hampshire CAMHS

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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If you are a registered nurse (mental health, paediatric or learning disability), psychologist, social worker or other allied health professional with a passion for working with young people and their families, then please read on.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Primary Mental Health Workforce Team in South and East Hampshire. Whilst the successful candidate will be allocated to the Havant area they will also work within the single point of access team that covers the whole South East of Hampshire.

This is a very busy but very supportive team - no day is ever the same!

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).

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

Main duties of the job

You will be an integral part of the service we provide to our local community and will work within the 'front door' team of CAMHS. There will also be opportunities to run groups, complete initial assessments and manage small caseloads depending on team capacity at the time.

Experience of risk assessment, risk management and collaborative working with young people and families is important in this role.

The ability to work well within a team and forge good working relationships with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency colleagues is an essential component of this role. Experience of working in a mental health setting is essential for this post, and experience working with young people is desirable, but not essential as candidates should be able to demonstrate transferable skills.

About us

Training and development opportunities are available to the team including an in-house new to CAMHS training package and regular informal training sessions and CPD events. There is a robust induction. We have supported social workers through the ASYE programme upon qualifying as well as nurses and mental health practitioners to progress through the bands.

Hampshire CAMHS values the contribution that nursing makes and has a well-established nursing structure and strategy. This ensures robust supervision and governance arrangements are in place and CQC standards adhered to. We are a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led service.

Job description Job responsibilities

1) To provide a community based primary mental health service for children and young people as part of the primary tier of CAMHS.2) To offer consultation and advice to primary care workers on all aspects of mental health and well being of children and their families.3) To direct children and their families to the most appropriate service in order to meet their emotional needs.4) To offer assessments individually and jointly with primary care colleagues.5) To offer a variety of evidence based therapeutic group interventions at tier 1 and 2 to children, young people and their families and to hold a small case load.6) To deliver formal and informal training and education to all agencies involved with the emotional care of children and young people.7) To work in the Single Point of Access (SPA) in the service on a rotational basis .

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification, with evidence of continuing professional development, in a field relevant to child and adolescent mental Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working with Children & Families
  • Significant level of experience of working with children and families, including work with child mental health needs.
  • To be able to recognise in children and young people a wide range of clinical and behavioural presentations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to safeguard and protect children and young people's welfare in line with the Children Act 2004 requirements
  • Demonstrate skills to assess risk using already established assessment tools
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for systemic assessment of risk factors in the environment and skills to develop a range of strategies to address identified risk
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for development of protocols with families and other staff / practitioners to manage risk
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitude to promote safety for themselves and others
  • Experience of mental health assessment
  • Working knowledge of Health, Social and Caring Services, Education and the Voluntary Sector, together with the relevant legislation regarding both children and mental health
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies, and multi-disciplinary working.
  • Ability to work in partnership with children and families.
  • Qualities essential to clinical practice, including, for example, respect, genuineness, empathy, personal integrity.
  • Communication skills, to enable the helping relationship and process.
  • Ability to provide consultation
  • Ability to manage a caseload.
  • Clinical leadership.
  • Experience of working with multi-agency partners and planning best outcomes for children and young people
  • Ability to listen empathetically to children and young people and their families in order to work effectively in partnership
Research and Development Essential
  • Experience of service evaluation and audit
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies Essential
  • Demonstrate knowledge skills and attitudes for managing service users in relation to transitions and accessing services across the tiers
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in identifying support systems for mental health needs in the community and facilitating access for young people and families
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to develop and deliver psycho-education for children, young people and families who have been receiving CAMHS care and when appropriate, involve other tier 1 practitioners in implementing programmes, to ensure continuity and sustainability of support
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for involving young people, parents and community leaders in identifying inequalities in mental health care and developing strategies to address them at the local level
  • Demonstrate knowledge of possible barriers to access to CAMHS and skills to develop strategies to address this appropriately
  • Knowledge & skills to offer specialist mental health consultation to a wide number of professionals in the Children's workforce
  • Assessment of the risk to children and young people
  • Knowledge of relevant national policies and guidance in relation to children's services

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