Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum plus on call AfC payments
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Our CAMHS Crisis Intervention & Home Treatment Team in Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are seeking to recruit experienced practitioners to enhance our established, skilled and committed crisis team. We welcome applicants from a variety of disciplines including nursing, social work and occupational therapy. If you feel you have insufficient experience to apply for a Band 6 role, please speak to us as we are able to accept applicants with less experience into Band 5 to 6 development roles and we will support you with post registration training and support and you can successfully progress to a band 6 role whilst receiving training within the team. You will be offered shadowing and training opportunities to help develop your skills, competence and confidence whilst working with the team in order to progress to a Band 6 after 18 months once you achieve the competencies in our development package of support and training.

We currently have vacancies in 3 of our 4 areas across the Black Country and would welcome applicants for teams based in Walsall, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.

The service is a 7 days service 08:00-20:00 hours and we operate an on call rota 20:00-08:00 hours in order to cover the Place of Safety or the CAMHS element to the Black Country 24/7 mental health helpline. Successful candidates would be expected to cover an average of 3 on calls per month.

Please state on your application which area you would like to apply for.

Main duties of the job

  • To contribute to the management of a team caseload of clients with complex needs, using CPA principles, evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, which will be delivered mainly in the home or community setting.
  • To support care co-ordination within the Tier 3 teams and attends relevant team meetings.
  • To provide specialist assessment and intervention as part of a multi-disciplinary approach, with specific responsibilities regarding the acute care pathway.
  • To support the Service Manager in providing leadership and day-to-day management for junior staff, students through supervision and appraisal.
  • To support the multi-disciplinary team in CAMHS and liaise with the West Midlands Provider Collaborative case managers in order to refer and support arranging appropriate inpatient admissions, monitoring and liaising with the units to ensure a timely discharge back into the care of local provisions.
  • To contribute to and facilitate evidence based assessments and individual and group interventions within home, school and community settings as per care plan/service requirement.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Service

About us

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Across the whole of the region we provide:
  • Adult and Older Adult Mental Health services
  • Specialist Learning Disability services

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Job description
Job responsibilities
  • To provide specialist assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care, for children and young people referred to the CAMHS Crisis service.
  • To use evidence-based practices for example, professional evidence based models of practice, specialist professional evidence based assessment, treatment, and outcome measures or other recognised evidence based modality supported by post registration training - in the conceptualisation, treatment and evaluation of complex mental health problems.
  • The provision of and organisation of crisis intervention via individual professional and generic practice and team response.
  • To actively support the CPA/CETR process where required.
  • To carry out advanced risk assessment
  • Contribution towards the selection of the most appropriate psychosocial interventions for implementation by the team.
  • Contribution of the most appropriate professional assessment and treatment intervention for implementation by the team as a part of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • To personally maintain accurate records and ensure that standards of record keeping are maintained by those supervised by the post holder.
  • To monitor and implement risk assessments.
  • To contribute to delivering interventions to a team caseload comprising of children & young people and their families/carers with complex needs.
  • To demonstrate flexibility in working hours as agreed with the line manager.
  • Developing and maintaining supportive professional networks across the trust.
  • To ensure that professional standards of practice are maintained.
  • To liaise with and actively promote excellent working relationships, communication & working practices with referring teams and partner agencies. This would include the provision of expert advice to multi-agency partners.
  • To, where necessary, provide a single point of contact to professionals for emergency referrals and mobilise resources accordingly, in a flexible manner.
  • To demonstrate clinical leadership skills and work to support the senior staff in service development of the Crisis/Home Treatment Team and care pathway as a comprehensive, intensive, home assessment and treatment service, with particular reference to flexible working and the development of out of hours services.
  • To participate in the translation of policy to practice and the development of protocols and procedures for the service alongside team leads and senior clinicians and managers.
  • To actively contribute to team and individual staff training and development within acute services, CAMHS care group, and wider trust as directed.
  • To support and facilitate the admission and discharge pathways to the day and inpatient service.
  • Provide and receive appropriate managerial, professional and clinical supervision and actively participate within group supervision to support team development.
  • To adhere to the nursing professional code of ethics and professional conduct and trust policy and comply with local and national clinical standards of practice.

  • Supervises staff, including supporting senior staff, with appraisals, professional development plans, rotas, recruitment and selection, and managerial supervision.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of audit & information systems, clinical and managerial, as required.
  • Contribute to the prioritisation and organisation of response of referrals to the team.
  • To support multi-disciplinary student placements to the team and act as a mentor or professional supervisor, providing written assessment of students where appropriate.
  • To contribute to the Trust and Professional clinical and governance arrangements including the quality agenda.

  • To participate in the trusts performance review and professional development planning process on an annual basis.
  • To undertake professional, clinical and managerial supervision at a frequency agreed with your managerial supervisor and clinical supervisor respectively.
  • To apply specialist professional skills and knowledge to establish professional competence and fitness to practice.
  • To demonstrate ongoing professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities recording learning outcomes within a professional portfolio.
  • To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the team, and be responsible for ones own morale.
  • To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  • Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development planning process.
  • To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager and or professional lead, which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.
  • To participate in professional meetings and hold responsibility for appropriately defined projects.
  • To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies promoting safe working practice, maintaining the requirements for health and safety, manual handling, COSHH, fire safety and the environment.
  • A requirement of this post is that the post holder will participate in the Teams on call rota to cover the 136 suite and the 247 Mental Health helpline for the under 18s element of the service.
  • To undertake any other duties of a similar nature consistent with the responsibilities of this post in order to provide a quality CAMHS Crisis Intervention & Home Treatment Team service.

Person Specification
Essential criteria
  • NMC Registration or other relevant professional registration body.
  • Post Basic Courses / Study Days.
  • Experience of working with children and young people with mental Health problems.

  • Previous experience in similar role.
  • Car driver or own mode of transport to travel around different sites
  • CAMHS experience.

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