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CAMHS Practitioner (Community Crisis) Development Role

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
25 Mar 2023

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Mental health practitioner, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 Development to Nurse, Social Worker or OT or please let us know if you are a newly qualified or are a soon to qualify Band 5 as we can offer a robust preceptorship programme with potential for Band 6 after 12-18 months (subject to evidence of competency)

One of the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions is to improve the provision of crisis assessment and brief response within the Emergency Department (ED) and in community settings. Offering Children and Young People (CYP) assessment, alongside Intensive Home Treatment services for those who might otherwise require inpatient care. We will also offer intensive support that exceeds the normal capability of a generic children and young peoples mental health community team.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust are developing a consistent home treatment provision, across Herefordshire. This team will operate 7 days a week between the hours of 8am and 8pm. The teams will offer an Intensive Home Treatment service aimed at CYP who might otherwise require inpatient care, or intensive support that exceeds the normal capability of a generic children and young peoples mental health community team.

Main duties of the job

The role will be a little unpredictable, as you can be called at any time during a working day to support in a crisis. We will complete comprehensive risk assessments for every CYP; these can be completed independently although will often discuss patients that are more complex as a Multi-disciplinary team. The team works hard to provide a fully integrated service for our CYP, so it is not just about making sure their needs are catered for while they are in crisis, but also within the wider system. We talk to families and carers, GPs, community mental health teams, social care teams and voluntary organisations, and ensure the most appropriate follow up support is in place, be this through an intensive home treatment package from the team or through core CAMHS/voluntary agencies.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Registered Nurse, Social Worker or OT recently or soon to be qualified with a proven ability to work with other disciplines and organisations. Must have an interest and evidence of working within a mental health setting.
  • Operate as part of a multidisciplinary team providing Crisis Intervention and Intensive Home Treatment to CYP countywide.
  • Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to CYP.
  • Proactively engage in formal and informal education of Acute Trust staff and other partnership agencies, families and children and young people.
  • Actively and creatively engage CYP, their families and carers encouraging them to make appropriate use of the mental health, social care and voluntary services available as part of a process of recovery and crisis management.
  • Support in the undertaking of full psychosocial assessments with those in need of such. Ensuring thorough, precise and timely documentation and dissemination of information in line with Trust policy and procedure.
  • Undertake a supervisory role to junior staff in line with trust policy and procedure.
  • Undertake acute risk assessment and safety planning for extremely vulnerable client groups during times of crisis.
  • Deliver High quality, evidence based care to a defined team caseload

Our commitment is to ensure you have appropriate Continued professional development and quality supervision and Appraisal to ensure you are able to reach your full potential. We welcome new ideas and training opportunities, should they be in line with your job role and will help to encourage, empower and support our CYP and you, as a member of the team to ensure job satisfaction and fulfilment.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role, please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN / SW / OT
  • Relevant Post graduate study or be able to demonstrate further skills based training
Experience Essential
  • Experienced gained during pre- registration training either in a mental health or child placement setting
  • Use of therapeutic interventions with children and young people i.e. 1:1, counselling, family therapy and group work
  • Providing consultation
  • Liaising across Tier I-IV CAMH Services
  • Experience of working in a CYP service or Crisis & Home Treatment service
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability to travel to patients at the needs of the service across a wide geographical area in a timely manner

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