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Senior Mental Health Practitioner / Lead for Looked after Children

Band 7

Main area
Children and Young People's Services
Band 7
Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Sue Nichols Centre
£37,570 to £43,772 per annum
24/02/2020 23:59

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


Buckinghamshire CAMHS currently has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Mental Health Practitioner / Lead for Looked after Children.

The Outreach Service for Children and Adolescents (OSCA) team aims to support and engage children, young people and families with complex needs by means of individualised home and community treatment packages.

The post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that offers a whole systems approach to the short and long term management of mental illness that works across the whole CAMH service with the OSCA team picking up the highest levels of need.

A “mini mental health team” consisting of an band 8b Pychologist and Band 7 Senior Mental Health Practitioner who will offer assessments and therapeutic support to children based in the Local Authority residential homes. The team will be based within the CAMHS-LAC service but working across CAMHS and Social Care bases.

Consistent mental health support can be provided to young people in the homes and provides cover in the event of staff sickness/annual leave.

The team will be based within the CAMHS-LAC service and will attend CAMHS-LAC team meetings, so information can be shared with the wider CAMHS-LAC team on the needs of young people in the homes. Mental health input can continue to be offered throughout the year by other team members in the event of staff sickness/leave.

The team will attend referrals panel meetings with social care to offer input and advice on placements.

The team will work jointly with residential staff in writing care plans and risk assessments for young people in the homes.

The team will offer individual support to young people where indicated.

The team will refer to the appropriate pathway within CAMHS if the young person is presenting with specific or more complex mental health needs.

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Applicant 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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Further details / informal visits contact

Megan Wale - Operational Lead for Attachment and Vulnerable Young People's Pathway -