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Senior Mental Health Practitioner/Nurse Crisis Care

Solent NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time Band 7 Mental Health Practitioner/CAMHS Nurse to join our Crisis Team. The team is part of a supportive and innovative child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in Southampton.

The post holder will be part of the CAMHS multi-disciplinary team delivering short term specialist mental health crisis support for children and young people and their parents/carers to manage a period of mental health crisis.

You will be working alongside an established CAMHS team at an important time in our development. It really is an exciting time to be joining Southampton CAMHS as we push forward with implementing new ways of working in order to best meet the needs of the population we work with. We are looking for a Mental Health Practitioner/CAMHS Nurse who can lead by example and truly engage with service users, colleagues, and stakeholders.

The CAMHS team is a strong and supportive team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision and support. This is a great opportunity to join our team in Solent NHS Trust Children & Families Service line to support in the delivery of high-quality children's mental health services. We are looking for exceptional individuals with the right attitude, skills and knowledge who share our passion to deliver the best quality care experience for children and their families.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate would be professionally registered and be supported to work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. We are looking for a professional with significant experience of working with children, young people and their families experiencing mental health and trauma difficulties. Significant senior practitioner/leadership experience within a CAMHS setting would be an advantage. In all cases, you must be able to demonstrate the clinical, consultation and communication skills needed to offer an outstanding service.

The post holder will be part of the CAMHS multi-disciplinary team delivering short term specialist mental health crisis support for children and young people and their parents/carers to manage a period of mental health crisis.

You will provide specialist assessments and interventions to children and young people accessing CAMHS West. Participate in the review of clinical policies and guidelines relevant to the area and support and implement changes to practice; liaise with other organisations and professionals to promote communication and good practice; be able to undertake audit activity and supervision to other staff in service area/care group. Have an understanding of psychosocial interventions to include psycho-education, wellness recovery action plans, Delivering with Delivering Well and discharge planning.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical and Professional -

*To share responsibility for, and to provide, Specialist Child Psychiatric Service within Specialist CAMHS.

*To be responsible for delivering highly specialist psychiatry in a way that is integrated with the work of other disciplines within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

*To be responsible whenever appropriate to liaise closely and integrate highly specialist child psychiatry with the work of other agencies

*To provide expertise and highly specialist child psychiatry advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, contributing directly to family treatment plans.

*To oversee the provision of highly specialist child psychiatry input into the placements of trainees and a range of professions

*To manage referrals and to assess the needs of referred child and family, develop implement and evaluate appropriate interventions.

*To contribute to highly specialist child psychiatric perspective in team clinical management discussions.

*To attend Case Conferences, Core Group Meetings, TAC's and other relevant meetings as required.

*To work and sit in constrained positions for substantial periods of time during interviewing and therapy sessions.

*To ensure children, young people and their carers/significant others are included in planning implantation and evaluation of care.

*To ensure that care is delivered in a person-centred manner ensuring the gender, ethnic cultural and spiritual needs of service users inform practice.

*To act in accordance with legal requirements within the Mental Health Act 1983, the Children Act 1994 and other relevant legislation

*To have knowledge of and act in accordance with Portsmouth City Safeguarding Children's Board.

*To ensure that knowledge of advances in research and development are up to date.

*To ensure care is delivered to incorporate health and social care policy.

*Undertake clinical work, training and personal development to maintain and develop clinical and leadership skills.

*Work at all times within Professional Code of Practice for your relevant professional body, whilst maintaining current registration status.

*Undertake clinical work, training and personal development to maintain and develop clinical and leadership skills.

*Work at all times within Professional Code of Practice for your relevant professional body, whilst maintaining current registration status.

*Participate in appraisal and objective setting process and identify and meet PDP needs.

*Seek and receive regular planned management and clinical supervision.

*To complete mandatory training as required in Solent NHS Trust.

Communication -

*To communicate effectively through written notes and reports and verbal communication with all relevant personnel involved in the YP's care.

*To possess IT skills in order to effectively communicate in writing with colleagues, other professionals and families in accordance with trust policies e.g., writing of comprehensive report

*To liaise and joint work with colleagues, other professionals and agencies as required in relation to both clinical work and the wider agenda of working in partnership within a multi-agency framework.

*To participate in team clinical meetings in order to share expertise, promote good practice and the safety of clients.

*To participate in referral meetings as required. Making clinical decisions as part of this group regarding the appropriateness of new referrals in line with referral criteria. Assessing the level of clinical need for referrals accepted and communicating outcomes to referrers.

Management and Leadership -

*To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for evidence-based treatment, reviews and closing summaries and be accountable for professional actions and policies.

*To participate in the development of a high quality responsive and accessible service for children, families and carers. This may include professionally advising and managing those aspects of the service where psychiatric and/or organisational issues need addressing.

*To take responsibility for management of systemic resources available to the service for example maintaining recording equipment /cameras employed in the assessment and treatment of families. This includes the safe use of specialist equipment and materials.

*To advise and participate in appropriate professional recruitment, short listing, interviewing and providing inductions.

*To initiate projects and implement service development

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualifications relevant to CAMHS e.g., Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist
  • Degree or equivalent level training relevant to Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Significant senior practitioner experience in CAMHS setting
  • Teaching qualification
  • Management or training qualification
Experience Essential
  • Post qualifying experience in mental health setting.
  • Experience of working with complex children, young people and families, experiencing severe mental health and trauma difficulties
  • Supervisory skills -- caseload management and clinical supervision
  • Ability to chair and facilitate team and multi-agency meetings
  • Experience of multi professional/multi-agency working
  • Appraiser of junior staff and/or peers
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Previous experience of recruitment and high-level HR processes
  • Experience of managing change
  • Business Planning

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