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SCAMHS Primary Mental Health & School In-Reach Practitioner

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We're looking for a motivated nurse, social worker or occupational therapist to join expanding and dynamic multidisciplinary mental health team within Specialist Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (S-CAMHS), Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Working in the S-CAMHS Primary Mental Health teams combines two key functions: firstly, that of providing psychologically informed consultation, training and support to education professionals in schools as part of the Schools in-Reach programme; and secondly, providing assessments and interventions to children and adolescents with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

Please note, these Band 6 Primary Mental Health Practitioners posts are open to Nurses and Allied Professionals only. Please do not apply if you do not have the relevant registration, as you will not be interviewed. We will take applications from General, Paediatric, School nurses and Health Visitors as well as Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists to join us in promoting early intervention prevention and building resilience among children and young people in our area.

Main duties of the job

The job is made up of two main aspects: a) direct work with children, young people and families in our clinics and community settings, and b) supporting school staff in meeting the mental health and wellbeing needs of the pupils in their care.

In the direct work with children, young people and families, the postholder will screen referrals into the service, assess mental health needs, provide advice and information about other sources of support and provide brief interventions to prevent mental health difficulties starting or getting worse.

These are carried out as part of the Welsh Government Mental Health Measures 2010.

Our teams also seek to build confidence in schools when managing the mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties in children and young people.

This will comprise the postholder providing regular delivery of advice, consultation and training to school staff, being responsive to their requests for help and support as and when required. The post holders will be expected to work flexibly as part of a team to ensure excellent delivery of service provision, including working weekends where required to ensure accessibility and continuity of service delivery.

Opportunities will be available for training and professional development and the post holder will receive managerial and clinical supervision.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:
  • Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;
  • Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;
  • 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;
  • Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;
  • Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

Although desirable, experience in S-CAMH services is not a requirement, and we would encourage interest from a range of candidates with relevant experience.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews to be held on 29/03/2023.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

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Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Professional qualification (one or more of the following): Registered Mental Health Nurse (Nursing & Midwifery Council Reg'd) or Registered Nurse (Nursing & Midwifery Council Reg'd) or Registered Nurse for Learning Disabilities (Nursing & Midwifery Council Reg'd) or Degree or Diploma in Social Work (General Social Care Council or Health and Care Professions Council or Care Council for Wales Reg'd), or Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy (Health Professional Council Reg'd)
  • Postgraduate level qualifications or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Additional qualification in a therapeutic qualification CBT/ DBT / Systemic Therapy
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the primary care sector and its systems
Experience Essential
  • Experience of Multi-Disciplinary Team Working within Primary Care or Community SCAMHS / Adult Mental Health setting
  • Documentary evidence of continued professional development
  • Experience of working within a team and interagency working
  • Working within a S-CAMHS or children's services
  • Teaching qualification or experience
  • Qualification or experience in group work
Language Skills Desirable
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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