Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Maternity Cover

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa / pro rata for part time
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
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The Duty and Liaison Team within Brighton and Hove CAMHS is seeking a Band 7 Senior Mental Health Practitioner.

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Nurse (RMN, RGN, RNSC or RLDN) to utilise their risk assessment, intervention and supervision skills within a dynamic, inclusive and supportive team of experienced Band 5, 6 and 7 Mental Health Practitioners, Support Workers and administration roles.

The team are dedicated to achieving good outcomes for young people who are presenting with a mental health crisis. We offer high quality psycho-social assessments, care planning, and therapeutic child and family interventions. We have developed solid working relationships with the wider CAMHS teams and external services. There are many opportunities for multi-disciplinary de-briefs, support and supervision built into the week.

The role will be variable, interesting and rewarding. You will need to be motivated and resilient. Exceptional risk assessment and safety planning skills are essential; this role provides an excellent opportunity for career progression for the right candidate.

The role will be worked across a seven day rota.

Main duties of the job


Representing the 'front door' of CAMHS; responding to calls and queries from families and professionals, and providing advice and support over the telephone. Offering initial assessments to young people and their families following referral.


Assessing and supporting young people in a mental health crisis who are at the hospital (either at A&E or on the wards). Making appropriate onwards referrals and following up young people as needed.

Risk Support

Working therapeutically with young people and families who require support while waiting for treatment within CAMHS.

About us

Working for your organisation

Working in Sussex
  • 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

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

To respond to referrals made to the duty team from a variety of sources. To prioritise work according to the level of urgency. To work closely with young people, their carers and other professionals in order to facilitate a safe plan of care.

To support tier 3 CAMHS with young people who are awaiting allocation of a Lead Practitioner, therapeutic work or are waiting for an initial assessment with therapeutic interventions.

To respond to referrals from A&E and acute hospital wards and carry out comprehensive assessments including risk assessment and safety care planning. To ensure high quality communication and effective relationships within the Duty and Liaison Team and our general hospital colleagues, other agencies and carers.

To work with general hospital staff providing interventions and support to patients who are staying on acute hospital wards awaiting the allocation of appropriate mental health services.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy or Nursing/Social Work Or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Registration with HCPC/NMC/Social Work England
  • Training in the use of standardised assessment tools
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience as a qualified mental health practitioner
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • CAMHS or crisis experience
  • Experience of multi-agency work

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