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Senior Mental Health Practitioner, SPA, Band 6 posted by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Full Time
£28,050 - £36,644 / year
NHS Band 6/7

Job Description

Main area
Mental Health
Band 6
30 hours per week
Job ref
Foundation House
£28,050- £36,644 per annum pro rata
27/01/2019 23:59

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Qualified Band 6 to join Somerset County Wide Single Point of Access (SPA) for CAMHS.

As a CAMHS SPA Senior Mental Health Practitioner the post holder will have particular responsibility for providing consultation, advice and assessments for children and young people. The post holder will work autonomously and collaboratively with team members providing services at a clinical base and within client’s homes, as well as a range of other settings as appropriate.

They will be the first point of contact for CAMHS for many partner agencies and contribute to the formation and delivery care plans for young people.

They will facilitate referral to specialist CAMHS where appropriate but will support and work with colleagues in tier 2 services to manage children and young people’s needs without specialist referral whenever possible.

The post holder will be a member of the CAMHS Team and have responsibility for assessment, treatment and evaluation of care provided to some clients referred to the team. They will provide education, advice, and practical support to young people and their families as well as brief therapeutic interventions.

Working with colleagues within and outside the Trust, the post holder will also ensure an appropriate access to Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services is facilitated for vulnerable groups including Looked After Children.

The post holder will develop close working relationships with key partner agencies in their locality, including GP practices, schools, colleges and social care practitioners. Key links will also be established with local Children’s Centres to facilitate cooperation and joint working.

The post holder will provide support to other team members and when required provide clinical supervision to students on placement within the team.

The post holders job plan will include all elements of the role as detailed above.

Our values are simple: Outstanding Care, Working Together, Listening and Leading. 

We recognise that our staff are our most valuable resource, we are proud of the excellent levels of service our Trust provides to our service users and the dedication and conscientious of our staff. With this in mind, we offer a range of staff benefits including:

Excellent annual leave entitlement

Relocation package – up to £8,000

Enhanced rates of pay

NHS Pension Scheme

Free parking on most of our sites

NHS discounts

Training and development

Flexible working

Paid registration fees for the 1st year for newly qualified staff

For more information please contact the recruitment team on [Click here to apply].

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These processes are in line with Fair and Lawful processing and with the Data Protection Act (2018) principles especially those in relation to your personal or sensitive personal data (sensitive personal data is defined as any declared physical or mental health conditions, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, trade union membership, political opinion, religious beliefs). Other principles under Data Protection will be observed such as use of data for specific, defined purposes, and use of data that is relevant and not excessive whilst practicing data accuracy and security of all held personal identifiable information (PII).

If successfully appointed, by completing the application form you authorise the Somerset Partnership to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

Job Requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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