Do you want to be at the forefront of our brand-new triage and referrals service?
Do you hold a professional qualification that you could apply to child and adolescent mental health?
If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you!
Due to significant investment, we're looking for Mental Health Practitioners to join our new Single Point of Access (SPoA) team in Worthing at band 5 level. This post can also be offered as a development post to Band 6.
The SPoA is designed for children, young people, their families, carers and relevant professionals to ensure that they can access the most appropriate emotional wellbeing, mental health support and intervention which meets their needs at the earliest possible stage and with the minimum delay.
Our aim is to reduce the time it takes for children and young people to receive treatment and ensure that service users, families and carers have quick and responsive access to appropriate mental health services as soon as they're needed.
This post offers a 'Golden Hello', or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2,000 for new members of staff (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions, please see attached Protocol document).
Main duties of the job
- Offer high quality screening of referrals, discussing with referrers as required and ensuring they receive an appropriate and clinically sound response.
- To direct children and their families to the most appropriate service in order to meet their emotional and mental health needs.
- The SPOA clinicians will also be required to undertake risk assessments, ensure appropriate signposting for referrals that do not meet the criteria for services within the SPOA, with clear written responses containing a rationale for the decision, liaise with agencies receiving referrals from SPOA, identify opportunities for support whilst waiting for the referral to be processed and respond to any queries or concerns from professionals / parents.
- To decide on an appropriate course of action alongside other professionals involved, providing advice, support and knowledge of appropriate resources for the emotional well-being and mental health of children, young people and their carers.
West Sussex CAMHS services build on CYP-IAPT learning. Users of our services help shape continuing service transformation with their lived experience.
Supported by our Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs), we work to put research, innovation and learning into practice. We offer a career, not just a job, in a team and a Trust committed to delivering the best possible care to the community and to supporting the wellbeing of our staff, who are our greatest asset.
- A 'Golden Hello' or relocation package up to £2,000 (see attached documentation for T&C's)
- Flexible working
- Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
- Excellent NHS Pension
- Free parking on-site
- Access to a host of discount schemes
- A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
- Access to full psychological support, via our internal wellbeing team
- Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
- 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
Job description Job responsibilities
In order to be a successful Mental Health Practitioner in our team, you will have:
- Professional qualification in a field relevant to child and adolescent mental health
- Significant experience working with Children & Families, including work with child mental health needs
- Experience of multi-disciplinary working
- Experience supervising staff and students
- The ability to communicate effectively with other parties (carers, relatives, other professionals etc.
It would be advantageous if you have:
- Skills and experience in screening referrals
See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.
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.
Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Yvette Pinnell, details below.
Person Specification - Qualifications Essential
- Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role.
- Degree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
- Evidence of post registration training in relevant service area
- Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
- Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area
- Experience of supervising staff and students
- Able to manage a caseload of patients with complex mental health needs
- Comprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area
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