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Senior Mental Health Practitioner SPA & Education In-Reach

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you enjoy working within a problem-solving environment?

Can you remain calm under pressure?

Are you passionate about improving the lives of children and young people?

We are looking for compassionate practitioners who are skilled at coordinating and prioritising in a fast-paced and dynamic environment to work as a Senior Mental Health Practitioner for Single Point of Access (SPA) & Education In-Reach.

You will provide access, support, assessment and treatment options for young people accessing the service in education settings or via SPA, and in collaboration with professional colleagues and clinical services, in order to enable continuity of care, where young people need to access longer term support within community CAMHS.

Main duties of the job

In this role, you will support the development of and provide a quality needs led service as part of the multi-disciplinary team for CAMHS within the Single Point of Access (SPA) and the Education In Reach Programme.

Additionally, you will support the development of evidence-based services and specialist programmes for the care group, specifically in relation to delivering the in reach programme in education settings which they will have a key responsibility for.

Other key duties include:
  • To be the main point of contact within SPA.
  • To act as a contact point for referrers and families.
  • To liaise with young people and families waiting to establish the current presentation and give advice whilst waiting for assessment/intervention.
  • To support the delivery of a high-quality link worker provision into secondary and college setting . This will include providing consultation and training to staff in a range of agencies in relation to the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people.

About us

As a team, offer flexibility in terms of hours and work base. We recognise the importance of flexible working to ensure a healthy work life balance and would be open to the possibility of home working for a proportion of the working week.

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

The job may progress to join the on-call rota (which covers 7 days/night a week), approximately this can be seven days every eighteen weeks; with a buddy system in place to provide support and sharing of the rota. This also includes on-call managerial supervision and ad-hoc supervision support.

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 Qualifications Essential
  • Mental Health or equivalent professional health qualification e.g. OT, RMN NURSE, SOCIAL WORKER
Exeperience Essential
  • Post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with young people or adults with mental illness.
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have serious mental illness and their families and carers in the community
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Understanding of the legal and social policy issues influencing the work environment
  • To have knowledge and understanding of the research process

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