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Specialist Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, experienced specialist practitioner, to deliver a high quality, comprehensive mental health service for deaf children, young people and their families experiencing mental health difficulties.

The Regional Deaf CAMHS team provides a service for young people with comorbidities and complex needs including a combination of mental health neurodevelopmental and deaf needs. The team has links with the National Deaf Teams to support supervision and ensure alignment with national thinking, best practice and training to drive ongoing development.

This is a great time to join our team as we are participating in national service development projects to develop trauma-informed service strategies, a nationwide autism pathway and pathways for young people affected by language deprivation. Training is available and encouraged both within Somerset FT and national team.

For some young people, this work may involve supporting young people and their families/ carers. For others, this may be providing specialist advice and consultation to those that support the young person, including education and social care teams.

The team is based in Foundation House in Taunton and cover the whole of the South West region. Many of our team are working from home for the majority of the time, however travel to schools, colleges, and other bases across the South West is needed on a regular basis.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have the responsibility to work as part of a team undertaking the following tasks:
  • To provide a specialist practitioner service to the National Mental Health Service for Deaf children and young people, across the South West.
  • To develop and undertake assessments, formulations and interventions with this client group.
  • To care coordinate packages of care.
  • To provide advice to other professionals working with Deaf children in mainstream settings.
  • To liaise closely with other professionals working in specialist services for Deaf children.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines.
  • To participate in service development projects as identified by the team.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development.
  • Providing clinical supervision for staff, trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the service.
  • The post holder with receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by their core profession.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide comprehensive specialist assessment of deaf children with mental health difficulties, who may also have additional physical, sensory or learning difficulties and/or challenging behaviour. Information will be gained from a wide range of sources and structured psychometric and semi-structured clinicalmethodologies as appropriate.
  • To offer specialist assessments specific to your professional discipline where appropriate.

Please see attached job description for further information.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification in Art Therapy, Creative Therapies, Play Therapy, Nursing, social work, occupational therapy, Clinical Psychology or Speech and Language therapy.
  • Post-qualifying training or working towards post-qualifying training in creative, psychological or therapeutic interventions (e.g. CBT, play therapy, solution focused therapy)
  • Commitment to achieve BSL level 1, or equivalent, within 1 year, commitment achieve BSL level 2, or equivalent, within 3 years.
  • British Sign Language, Stage 1 or higher.
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of continuous post-qualifying professional development in child mental health.
  • Experience of care coordinating packages of care for children and young people.

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