Senior Mental Health Practitioner - CAMHS

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

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist to work in our Community CAMHS Team. This role involves working with young people experiencing a wide variety of mental health difficulties sometimes with complex social situations and neurodevelopmental challenges.

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, who work together to achieve excellent care for young people and their families. Melksham CAMHS is a supportive, friendly and diverse team of professionals. In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide. This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

Main duties of the job

The role will include undertaking the assessment of the young person's mental health needs, collaborative formulation and providing the treatment plan drawing on a variety of interventions that may involve multi-agency networking where necessary. This role will have a primary focus on our core CAMHS services, but you will also have opportunities to contribute to our Outreach Services.

You will be offered in house training in a number of evidence-based interventions including motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, CBT skills and others. There will also be the opportunity for further training based on individual learning needs. We have good professional support in our service and regular professional regional meetings, including regular team safeguarding supervision.

About us

We embody the importance of staff wellbeing in our practice, and this is why we are interested to get to know you as a person and hear what you would like from your job. We are open to conversations about flexible working and including some home working where appropriate to the role.

We have a number of specialist clinics such as The Eating Disorder Service, Neurodevelopmental Clinic and Family Therapy clinic and we like to work with staff to help them gain experience and skills and to work in these clinical areas to give variety to their job role.

You will be supported by excellent team knowledge and experience on a formal/informal basis. Clinical and managerial supervision are augmented with profession specific supervision. We are investing heavily in training and preceptorships to develop staff skills. We have a thorough induction process, and you will be paired with other new starters as you begin to find your feet.

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
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

The main duties of the job are:
  • Comprehensive assessment of children and young people presenting to the service.
  • Shared formulation and care planning
  • Multi agency working
  • Delivery and/or oversight of collaborative treatment plan using evidence-based interventions
  • Collaborative risk management
  • Support and supervision of colleagues
  • Being part of the on-call rota covering out of hours contact from professionals.

You will be responsible for:
  • Compliance with professional registration practice
  • Safe practice in accordance with Trust policies and procedures
  • Addressing safeguarding concerns

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
  • RMN/OT/Social Worker
  • Current registration with relevant professional body
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Experience Essential
  • Experience of and commitment to working in a multi-agency setting working in partnership with a range of health, social care and education professionals
  • Relevant experience in a community setting
  • Experience of working with families, carers and significant others
  • Understanding and experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of mental health needs.
  • Ability to carry out assessments and psycho-social interventions
  • Experience of positive risk taking
  • Experience of Recovery focused practice
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of working with children and young people with a wide range of mental health needs.
  • Knowledge of mental health and community care legislation and policy
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Knowledge of Recovery focused practice
  • 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)
  • Knowledge of Child and Adult Protection work
Skills Essential
  • Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives remaining sensitive and empathetic.
  • Listens to others' views respecting and valuing individual patient needs
  • Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients
  • High standards of written communication skills with the ability to use email and internet.

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