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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Part time: 22.5 hours per week
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Swindon Community CAMHS
£31,365 - £37,890 pro rata
14/06/2020 23:59

With a big national focus on improving services for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, 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.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers interested to join our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service team based in Swindon.  The post holder will work across the Outreach Service for Children and Adolescents (OSCA) and Getting More Help teams to deliver a high quality, comprehensive mental health service for children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

The OSCA team deliver intensive community support for young people who are hard to engage, present with complex risk or have additional needs such as drug and alcohol issues and provide Liaison Assessments at the acute general hospital in Swindon. The Getting More Help service offers  goal- based interventions for young people who need support for mental health difficulites.

The post holder will be responsible for initial assessment, delivery and evaluation of care and provide psycho-educational advice and practical support to young people and their families by drawing on evidence- based interventions and using a collaborative, recovery focused approach. Risk assessment and management including the need for positive risk taking is an important part of the role. The post holder will contribute to the clinical leadership of the team, providing supervision for other team members and participate in the team service development and evaluation.

You will have the opportunity to make an active and meaningful contribution to our exciting service modernisation and redesign that is based on the i-Thrive model, ensuring children and young people get the right support, at the right time, in the right place, from individuals with the right skills. Liaison, advice and consultation with wider CAMHS, colleagues in Children Services and a range of external agencies such as Children’s Social Care, Education, Youth Offending Services and Police is also central to the role.

The post holder will be required to participate in a flexible working pattern within the multi-disciplinary team to provide cover for a core day 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday –Sunday and Bank Holidays.  The flexible working patterns allows team members to work  hours flexibly and for days off during the week. The post holder will also participate in covering the service’s 24 hour on call service on a rota basis. The frequency of evening/weekend shifts and cover of the on call rota is subject to change, dependent upon the needs of the service, though could involve working an evening shift each week, up to two weekend days per month and covering the on call rota for up to four weeks in a year.

This is a varied and rewarding role within a highly supportive team.  The role is for 22.5 hours per week.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

Carey Gurd, Clinical Team Manager on 01865 903422 or

Rachel Watts, Deputy Team Manager on 01865 903422