Assertive Outreach (OSCA) Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum/ pro rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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With a big national focus on improving services for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, there has never been a better time to join Oxford Health CAMHS and make a positive difference to children and young people's life chances.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Mental Health Nurses, CAMHS Learning Disability Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers interested to join our Assertive Outreach (OSCA) part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service based in Keynsham. You will deliver a high quality, comprehensive mental health service for children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Mental Health Practitioner you will be responsible for initial assessments, delivery and evaluation of care and providing psycho-educational advice and practical support to young people and their families by drawing on evidence- based interventions and using a collaborative, recovery focused approaches. Risk assessment and risk management including the need for positive risk taking is an important part of the role. You will contribute to the clinical leadership of the team, providing supervision for other team members and participate in the team service development and evaluation.

About us

This is a varied and rewarding role within a highly supportive team. Clinical Supervision and CPD are priorities for the service.. We are an inclusive and forward thinking team with a strong focus on training, CPD, supervision and staff wellbeing.

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

You will be required to participate in a flexible working pattern within the multi-disciplinary team to provide cover for a core day 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday Sunday and Bank Holidays.

You will also participate in covering the services 24 hour on call service on a rota basis.

This is a varied and rewarding role within a highly supportive team. Clinical Supervision and CPD are priorities for the service.

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 Qualification Essential
  • Relevant professional mental health qualification as Mental Health Nurse, Learning Disability Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Clinical Psychologist
  • Current registration with relevant professional body: NMC, HCPC, BACP
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of evidence-based interventions i.e. motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and a psychological therapy (i.e. CBT/DBT)
  • Training in clinical supervision/appraisal
Experience Essential
  • Experience as a Band 5, or equivalent, Mental Health professional
  • Understanding and experience of working with children and young people/adults with a wide range of mental health needs
  • Experience of care coordination/lead professional
  • Relevant experience in a community setting
  • Experience of positive risk taking
  • Experience of providing training/supervision for junior staff and students on placement
  • Experience of working with young people with an Eating Disorder
Knowledge and further training/skills Essential
  • Knowledge of mental health and community care legislation and policy
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Risk assessment and management skills, particularly in relation to Safeguarding children and young people
  • Able to manage a caseload, set priorities and work with members of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in CAMHS

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