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CAMHS AOT Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking to recruit a knowledgeable, creative and dynamic individual to join the well-established Brighton CAMHS Assertive Outreach Team (CAOT).

We are a friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team, offering flexible, creative and accessible support to young people who are unable to access mainstream mental health services and would benefit from an outreach approach. CAOT works closely with both CAMHS and Adult Mental Health Services, as we support young people aged 14-25. Our work includes assessing young people's mental health, risk management and care planning, and working with families and the wider systems around young people.

We aim to enable young people to access mental health support who would not otherwise be able to, either as a result of their mental health needs or due to other social or environmental factors. Young people referred to CAOT have often experienced services as unhelpful or inaccessible and may be reluctant to attend a clinic or access formal mental health support, despite having a mental health need. We offer bespoke support and interventions and we aim to 'meet young people where they are' both physically and emotionally.

Main duties of the job

As a Mental Health Practitioner in our team you will provide assessment and bespoke interventions for children and young people referred into our service. Flexibility, creativity and passion are highly valued within our small MDT team and we work closely with one another to develop care plans and interventions to meet a wide range of needs.

Our team covers the Brighton and Hove area and we are based largely out of a vibrant youth centre - The Young People Centre - in the Lanes however we work across the city, visiting young people at home, at school/college or at other locations that support them to be able to engage with us including going for walks or drives. During the current Covid-19 pandemic we have continued to offer a face to face service where clinically indicated however we are also able to offer virtual and phone appointments, further increasing our reach.

Contributing to the management of a team caseload of clients with complex needs, you will assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. We follow a multi-disciplinary approach and as such you will provide specialist assessment and intervention utilising a range of approaches.

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).

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:

Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed

Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London

With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:

70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work

79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team

77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Mental Health Practitioner in our team you will be:
  • Registered with the NMC or HCPC via a core professional qualification Applications are welcomed from OTs, Nurses, Social Workers, Drama/Art Therapists, Psychologists
  • Experienced in risk management
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role
  • Experienced working within a mental health setting

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced working in CAMHS (Children and Young Peoples mental health services)

Although not essential own transport/access to a car is strongly desirably as we cover the whole of Brighton and Hove and can include multiple community-based visits per day. SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager and this is very well supported within the team.

Current vacancy is part time 0.7 FTE/26.25 hours per week; days to be worked is negotiable however must include Wednesday afternoon.

  • To contribute to the management of a team caseload of clients with complex needs, using CPA principles, evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, which will be delivered in the CAMHS setting
  • To hold a case-load as Lead practitioner within the Tier 3 teams and attend relevant MDT meetings
  • To, provide specialist assessment and intervention as part of a multi-disciplinary approach, with specific responsibilities regarding the care pathway
  • To provide risk screening and assessment as well as risk management planning
  • To contribute to and facilitate evidence-based assessments and individual interventions including supporting engagement and the development of therapeutic relationships
  • To provide psycho-educational strategies to families, clients, carers and other professionals addressing the mental health needs of the client group.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Service
  • To regularly share and supervise students on practice placement, and junior staff as appropriate

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Amanda Turnbull - Team Lead CAOT 07738758119 /

(We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependant)

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Qualification(e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapist)
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of working with young people and/or young adults with mental health difficulties (including mental illness)
  • Experience of working with/within multi-agency teams
  • Experience of working within community settings
  • Experience of working autonomously
  • Experience of delivering mental health training to other professionals

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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