Senior Mental Health Practitioner - CYPRESS

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Pro-Rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 7 Senior Mental Health Practitioner to work as part of the developing Child & Young People's Enhanced Support Service (CYPRESS), covering West Sussex. The post is for 4 days a week (0.8 WTE) with options to work flexibly across the week. We would welcome applicants from a range of disciplines including: nurse specialist; psychologist; social worker; family and systemic psychotherapist; occupational therapist; speech and language therapist; child and adolescent psychotherapist. This post will initially be offered on an 18-month FT contract.

We are a multi-disciplinary team (including clinical psychology, speech & language therapy, occupational therapy and positive behaviour support) that provides support to families who have a child with a learning disability, who is presenting with behaviours that challenge.

Our service fits with the trusts wider goal of developing services to meet the Transforming Care Agenda, as part of the Learning Disability and Autism programme. As a service we encourage innovative and creative practice and there will be many opportunities to get involved with service developments.

Main duties of the job

As a senior mental health practitioner your role will be varied, but there will be a focus on multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working. Clinical work is focused on providing consultation to the networks supporting young people with complex challenging behaviour, completing assessments with young people and their families/support networks and developing positive behaviour support plans.

You will hold a small caseload offering assessment to help understand the function of challenging behaviours and developing strategies that can be implemented to support the young person and their network. You will liaise closely with families and other professionals to ensure that support plans are shared and implemented across all contexts in which a client is supported.

You will be supported by the wider MDT, who can offer advise and consultation, as well as providing specialist assessments to help ensure a holistic approach can be adopted.

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key survey results:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying opportunities to show initiative in their roles

CYPRESS: We are a relatively new service commissioned as part of the Learning Disability and Autism Programme. We have close relationships with our commissioners and aim to work alongside our social care, residential and education colleagues, to ensure holistic support is offered in a joined-up way.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be part of a dynamic and supportive multi-disciplinary team and will join a service with good opportunities for peer support and CPD. We adopt a multi-agency approach to supporting clients and have close links with our CAMHS colleagues, social care, education, residential services and the 3rd sector.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy or Nursing/Social Work /Or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/ Clinical training in a relevant Psychological Therapy
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist/Clinical Psychologist/social worker/Nurse-NMC/Therapist UKCP or BACP
  • Training in the use of standardised assessment tools
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience as a qualified mental health practitioner
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • CAMHS Experience
  • Experience of multi-agency work

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