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Senior SPA Practitioner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
With a big National and local focus on improving services for children and young people's mental health and well-being, there has never been a better time to join Oxford Health CAMHS and make a positive difference to children and young people's life chances across Buckinghamshire.

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative, and committed individual to join us and work as part of our Single Point of Access Team to deliver improved access and outstanding services for children and young people. You be joining friendly nurturing team and who work in fast paced service. You will need to hold a professional qualification and be from a strong community mental health background, ideally with experience and knowledge of CAMHS or children's services.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

To promote the mental and emotional health of children, young people, and families in the community. Understanding their needs, identifying risk and support the family in accessing appropriate services.To prevent more serious mental health problems in children and young people by early identification of the development of mental health problems.To have a wide range of knowledge in approaches to communicating and managing care with families, children and young people.To have excellent communication skills and to be able to promote integrated healthcare working internally and externally.

About us

You will be part of SPA and have responsibility with the Operational Lead for the implementation of the CAMHS SPA across Buckinghamshire. You will have specific responsibility for supporting children and young people to signpost and access assessment and intervention. The SPA will be working towards a culture where services from across the whole system (including health, education, and social care) come together to deliver positive and seamless experiences of care to children, young people and families.

You will be located at The Sue Nichols Centre, Aylesbury, but ability to travel around the county for business purposes is essential for this role.

The team works in hybrid fashion and candaites will be supported to work from to carry out some of their duties.

The Single Point of Access operates between 08:00 and 18:00 and offers flexible working patterns to both meet your needs and the needs of the service in line with the Trust blended working model, with a mixture of agile and workplace working to support your health and wellbeing.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

  • A qualified RMN with passion and drive for developing your clinical skills in a changeable environment
  • A keen interest in new and upcoming technologies within CAMHS
  • Be self-motivated and able to work autonomously as well as showing initiative and promoting new ideas on how to improve the service
  • Be compassionate, caring and creative with excellent communication skills
  • A flexible and positive attitude with a willingness to accommodate our 24/7 service
  • Please note:
    • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
    • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
    • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
    • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
    • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
    • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

  • Please see the job description and person specification attached to this advert for more information on the job role.

Person Specification Education and Training Essential
  • Registered Professional Qualification (Mental Health Nurse , Occupational Therapy or Social Work)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio
  • Approved Mental Health Professional
Experience Essential
  • Previous CAMHS experince
skills Essential
  • TBC

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