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Band 7 Primary Mental Health Specialist - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An opportunity has arisen for a practitioner skilled and experienced with children, young people and families to take on the role of a Band 7 CAMHS Primary Mental Health Specialist in the South Bristol CAMHS team.

The focus of this role would be children and young people aged 11-18 years of age. You will be appropriately qualified (Clinical Psychologist, Arts Psychotherapist, Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist etc) and have appropriate professional registration (eg HCPC).

You will provide consultation and training to schools and other agencies to help promote early identification and intervention to support the emotional and mental well-being our children and young people in South Bristol.

As a CAMHS Specialist in this team you will show enthusiasm, humour and acceptance and will have excellent communication and therapeutic skills. You will facilitate and provide assessment services on the psychological/emotional health of children and young people. You will lead and participate in multi agency meetings and consultations with South Bristol professionals.

You will engage in some direct therapeutic work with children and carers/parents and will contribute to presentations and training events for other professionals and carers/parents as required.

Main duties of the job

To upskill and support school staff by providing specialist mental health consultation, training, advice, support, and liaison to staff working with children, young people and their parents/carers

To be link between specialist CAMHS and the relevant frontline services, providing referral information, support and guidance and signposting to appropriate services. To explore and help facilitate access to specialist CAMHS where access issues are difficult.

To contribute to multi-agency assessment and interventions for children and young people, including an element of direct therapeutic work with children and young people.

To contribute to the CAMHS Getting Advice team rota to support the triage of referrals into CAMHS.

To contribute to whole school mental health policy for the primary and secondary schools in agreed catchment.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

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South Bristol CAMHS has radically transformed in recent years. This includes significantly improved waiting times; fantastic team skill mix and opportunities for innovative practice. We strive to provide compassionate leadership as we recognize the importance of staff well-being.

As part of the CAMHS PMHS team you will be well supported within the Bristol service to provide this work with regular managerial and clinical supervision and clinical team/PMHS meetings.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate Professional Qualification & Professional Registration
  • Post qualifying training
Experience Essential
  • Significant post-qualifying clinical experience obtained in a variety of settings.
  • Experience of providing consultation to professionals
  • Ability to work clinically with young people and their families from a wide range of social, cultural and minority ethnic backgrounds
  • Experience of Mental Health Triage
  • Experience of working with mental health risk
Skills Essential
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Confident in presenting complex information to varied audiences

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