Senior Mental Health Practitioner - SPA & Education In-reach

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Look no further if you are seeking a role that offers variety, a range of experiences, opportunity for growth and development; all whilst surrounded by a supportive energised team!

We are looking for committed and passionate individuals to join our Single Point of Access (SPA) team as aBand 6 clinician.

We are welcoming all Registered Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists to join us; whether you have CAMHS specific experience or not, we can support developing knowledge and skills in the role.

Main duties of the job

In this role, you will work with other clinicians providing, support, assessment and treatment options for young people accessing the service either via direct face to face contact in education settings or via phone consultations in the SPA.

The role requires collaboration with the network supporting the young person to facilitate a package of care whether this is via external agencies or accessing support from CAMHS.

The partnerships in the education settings supports the whole school approach to addressing the emotional well being needs of students; the role leads itself to supporting staff in accessing pathways of support, staff training, direct assessment, and group work.

About us

As an organisation 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 can can expect a comprehensive induction programme, including a range of shadowing opportunities to fully support the post holder in the role. The team fully supports and engages in regular managerial, clinical, group peer and safeguarding supervision to build upon confidence, competence and commitment to developing self and the role.

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.

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 are looking for applicants who:
  • Have excellent communication skills to effectively liaise with young people and families, to establish the current presentation of the child/young person and give advice, guidance, and support.
  • Can remain calm under pressure.
  • Are well organised in coordinating and prioritising clinical demands, to ensure efficient throughput of the incoming requests for service.
  • Be proactive in developing needs led packages of care for children and young people in a timely way.
  • To support the delivery of a high-quality link worker provision in education settings. This will include providing consultation and training to staff in a range of agencies in relation to the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people.
  • Enjoy working with a motivated, driven, supportive team.
  • Want to benefit from working between office, education settings and from home.
  • Who enjoy flexibility and diversity in their practice.

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
  • Mental Health or equivalent professional health qualification e.g. OT, RMN NURSE, SOCIAL WORKER
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with young people or adults with mental illness
  • Experience of mentoring and clinical supervision of others
Other Skills/Qualities/Experience Essential
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others.
  • Understanding of evidence based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice
  • To have ability to assess client need, both mental health, health and social needs

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