Senior Primary Mental Health Practitioner

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St Austell/Truro
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An opportunity has arisen within the Primary Mental Health Team. The position is for a Band 6 practitioner to join a dynamic, forward thinking and supportive team.

The successful applicant would be a proficient and confident member of staff who has experience of working with Children and Young people and are competent and efficient in caseload management. The successful candidate would also welcome an opportunity to work within a team who can offer a supportive learning environment from which to enhance their skills.

Assessment and treatment of mild to moderate mental health conditions, assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, supervision of junior colleagues and professional consultation

Main duties of the job

The Primary Mental Health Team forms part of the CAMHS service. PMH work with children aged 5-18 years who are experiencing struggles with their mental health, emotional wellbeing and those experiencing behavioural difficulties. PMH provide initial assessment and offer brief time limited interventions for mild to moderate mental health conditions such as low mood and anxiety. We work to support parents and professionals supporting children who present with challenging behaviours. PMH have a range of interventions to best meet the needs of the young person, candidates must be able to think creatively and exercise autonomy in order to engage the young person and or their family. Aspects of the PMH role is to hold an individual caseload from referral to discharge, conducting initial assessments and providing interventions that sit within the 'getting help' quadrant of the thrive model. PMH work across both quadrants of 'getting advice and getting help'. Further aspects of the role; professional consultations, linking in with education settings to provide advice and support, community psychoeducation groups, proactively with other internal and external agencies, colleagues and services. To provide a specialist mental health service for children, adolescents and families who experience psychiatric, mental health disorder or emotional and behavioural difficulties.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

For full information of the roles and responsibilities of this role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification Job Spec Essential
  • Professional qualification - RN (Mental Health / Child) / OT / Social Worker / Psychologist or equivalent experience to meeting CYP-IAPT knowledge and skills framework)
  • Post graduate Qualification in Child & Adolescent Mental Health or evidence-based intervention
  • Teaching or Training Qualification
  • Qualification in a relevant intervention
  • Evidence of professional updating
Job Spec Essential
  • Experience of working with children and adolescents with complex mental health needs in a child-focussed multi-agency setting
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency setting
  • Experience in providing training in a range of settings
Job Spec Essential
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment
  • Can communicate and establish effective working relationships with children and young people and their families
  • To impart sensitive complex information when there may be barriers to understanding
  • Up to date with legislation policy relating to CAMHS
  • Evidence of plans for further professional updating

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