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CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Y-Smart

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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CBT therapist, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to investment in our service, we are looking for CAMHS clinicians who have a specialist interest in working in an under 18s drug and alcohol service in Devon. YSMART is a county wide service that includes a range of professionals with considerable experience in this field. The successful applicant will be working with young people in the context of their family, their educational setting and the wider health community.

Based in South Devon, we are looking for a Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioner who can bring skills, experience and enthusiasm to meet the needs of children and young people with substance misuse issues, and potential complex emotional and mental health needs in the community.

This role has been created to provide assessments for young people who have been admitted to hospital due to alcohol related incidents. The role will include flexible working as the aim is to be able to provide assessment at weekends and out of hours to minimise hospital admissions and ensure that young people have timely referrals to specialist services. We welcome applicants interested in a mixed model of remote and locality working.

The role will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to work with dedicated teams with ongoing training and supervision.

Main duties of the job

You will be an experienced and qualified CAMHS professional (RMN, Social Work, Occupational therapist or equivalent). You will be able to work alongside colleagues in a multi-disciplinary team and develop relationships across agencies to meet the needs of children and families with complex needs. The ability to adapt communication and

intervention style to meet individual need is important and you will knowledge of child development and child protection procedures.

Managing risk and being able to assess drug and alcohol presentations in the community are a core part of this role and the ability to respond to both urgent and routine, planned and unplanned need. You will be required to work flexibly across a range of clinical, community and home base settings to meet the need of the children and families that we work with.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about working with children and young people in the community. Someone who has considerable knowledge of drugs and alcohol and the impact that it has on young people, families and the wider community.

There are opportunities for training in evidence-based interventions such as DBT, Motivation Interviewing, Trauma informed practice and you will receive regular supervision and appraisals.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification which will provide further information on this role.

Job Purpose

The post holder will deliver high quality comprehensive mental health services. The roleinvolves managing a defined caseload with a focus on providing expert assessment,formulation and evidence-based treatment for children and young people with complexmental health difficulties and their parents/carers in line with NICE guidance.

Collaborative working with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies iscentral to this role.The post holder will contribute to the multi-disciplinary approach of the team, providingintegrated healthcare for children across Children and Family Health Devon. Bringingprofessional expertise, skills and knowledge to multi-disciplinary team work, the postholder will work with, and offer supervision/consultation/advice to others. With a focuson providing high quality, safe and compassionate care to children/young people thepost holder will engage in team and service development including participating in audit,evaluation and review.

Our Children and Young People say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to beunderstanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safeand comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listencarefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive andfriendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

The core value of Children and Family Health Devon is that all staff will actively seek theviews of children, young people, parents and carers in a variety of ways and use thisfeedback to develop their own practice and support the development of the service as awhole. This aspect of the work will be central within all supervision and appraisalprocesses.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A professional mental health qualification e.g. RMN, Social Work Degree, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT, or equivalent
  • Active registration as with the appropriate professional body e.g. NMC, HCPC
  • Recognised qualification in evidenced based therapeutic, mental health interventions for children/young people and their families/carers Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism Clinical Supervision qualification
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of managing an extensive and complex caseload and working with children/young people presenting with a range of complex mental health presentations.
  • Working within a community CAMHS mental health setting.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Participation in user involvement in services.
  • Experience of delivering model based psychological therapy
  • Mentoring students in line with professional requirements
Knowledge, skills and abilities Essential
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with children/young people of all ages experiencing a wide range of mental health presentations.
  • Able to produce well written reports.
  • Ability to assess and develop plans to manage risk and safeguard children.
  • Able to plan creatively to maximise effectiveness of care plans, including complex multiagency care plans
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner and in accordance with service need.
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills.
  • Able to participate and present information in a group setting
  • Mentoring students in line with professional requirement
  • s Experience of delivering model based psychological therapy
  • Providing clinical supervision.

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