Band 7 Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pro rata
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Full Time
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We are looking for a Band 7 CAMHS clinician to work in CAMHS Hospital Assessment and Crisis team. We are a dynamic, supportive and creative team who have had recent investment meaning we are looking for a suitable candidate who can bring skills, experience and enthusiasm to meet the needs of children/ young people with complex mental health needs. This post is open to mental health nurses, social workers, and other appropriately trained and registered clinicians. Our team has an Intensive Outreach service, as well as an Crisis and Hospital Assessment provision.

We have had access to an amazing array of training opportunities including; AMBIT, Non Violent Resistance parenting approach, Positive Behaviour Support, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Eating Disorders. We hope to have a similar programme this year.

The post is full time, and fixed term for 12 months, with the hope that this will be made permanent.

This post involves working weekends, evenings, nights and on call.

Main duties of the job

In this important role, you will use your extensive skills and experience as a mental health practitioner to deliver high quality care, developing and sustaining relationships across agencies and working as a core member of a multi-disciplinary team.

Using both evidence based practice and routine outcome measures, you will use a strength-based approach to work collaboratively with service users, in line with CYP-IAPT key principles.

This role involves supervision of Band 5 and 6 clinicians as well as contributing to service development.

We welcome those with experience and training in DBT or Systemic Therapy.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and global majority backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

To assess, develop, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions and to be responsible of the management of own caseload from referral to discharge.

To carry out specialist urgent assessments of a young persons mental health needs and associated risk when required including deliberate self-harm assessments.

To work collaborative with young people, carers and the wider system to develop safety plans to reduce risk and enable young people to access support in the community.

To hold an anti-oppressive approach at the heart of your practice and challenge oppressive and/ or discriminatory issues.

To work with children, young people and their families promoting opportunities for their engagement and involvement in formulations, care plans and evaluation of the service they receive.

To work jointly with staff from other agencies in direct work with children and young people and their families.

When appropriate, engage in joint work with other specialist CAMHS personnel as agreed with CAMH services manager.

To develop effective liaisons with referrers, and those contributing to referrals to CAMHS and to guide referrers to appropriate resources for children and young people with mental health needs

To attend CAMHS meetings and case discussions as appropriate

To practice within current legislation governing the delivery of services to children and young people, such as that for Looked After Children and the Safeguarding of children as defined in the Children Act (1989, amended 2004) and local guidelines.

To assess child safeguarding issues for each case. To practice within local safeguarding guidelines, sharing and directly referring concerns when appropriate and participating in multi-agency safeguarding conferences.

To participate in regular reviews of cases and attend case discussions, conferences and reviews as appropriate.

To comply with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of their professional body.

To comply with any necessary data collection and information sharing across agencies in line with Trust guidelines on confidentiality.

To provide reports and maintain written records of assessments, clinical interventions and consultation meetings.

To be prepared to travel to other sites and clinics, to schools and to the childs home.

To be IT literate.

Professional Responsibilities

To lead and provide clinical supervision to identified professionals and trainees/ students where indicated

To participate in clinical and management supervision (as provided) and ensure that time is available to undertake this effectively.

To keep records and to provide clinical reports on interventions and outcomes.

To develop and sustain links and working relationships with the different community based CAMH teams.

To work within relevant legal and professional frameworks such as The Children Act and Professional Body guidelines.

To work within the guidelines of Clinical Governance and employing NHS Trust policies.

To ensure that, as far as possible, practice is evidence based, keeping informed of current practice by undertaking training as appropriate and as required by professional guidelines (e.g. NMC training requirements or Primary Mental Health Work standards and training).

To explore, research and develop further innovative ways to promote positive mental health

Research and Development

To inform and influence child system-wide mental health practice including the development of joint agency protocols for pathways of care, intervention or treatment, joint planning and collaborative working relationships

To participate in identifying service needs and gaps across agencies with regard to children and young peoples mental health.

To participate in obtaining service users views and to involve service users in the design and delivery of accessible mental health provision in the community

To participate in audit, evaluation, teaching and research as agreed with line manager.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Relevant completed professional qualification (eg clinical psychology, mental health nursing, social work, family therapy, occupational therapy, accredited CBT, psychotherapy)
  • Maintenance of appropriate professional registration (ie HCPC, UKCP,NME)
  • Additional training in assessment and therapeutic approaches in a specialist area relevant to CAMHS
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of delivering evidence based therapeutic interventions preferably with children and adolescents
  • Experience of risk assessment and management appropriate to children and young people. Including young people who are suicidal and present a risk to self and/or others.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Experience in a community CAMHS service
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to colleagues and more junior staff including trainees/students
Skills Essential
  • Ability to work with children, young people and families from a wide range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise client caseload
  • Skilled in Clinical Risk assessment and management in relation to children and young people including experience of managing self-injurious behaviour.

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