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CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner

Job Description

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust specialises in working with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and those with learning disabilities. As a Trust we make a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients and we are always looking for people with the right core values to join our team. The Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

Our vision is to provide outstanding care and treatment you can be confident in. To achieve the highest standards we have already embarked on a programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts.

CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner

Are you a skilled and passionate mental health professional who has experience of working within a Child and Younger People Mental Health Service?

Would you like to be involved in a new service providing greater integration between existing CAMHS and Early Help services?

Due to substantial new investment we are developing a new role within our CAMH Service.

The post holder will provide specialist mental health input to the local Early Help Units (EHUs) which are part of the Kent County Council’s Early Help and Preventative Services (EHPS).

If you are excited about being part of this integrated service then we would like to hear from you.

The post holder will be employed by the local CAMHS provider Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be a member of the local CAMHS team whilst having a strong presence within the local Early Help Unit.

We are interested in applications from a range of professionals with a core professional qualification e.g. nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychological therapists etc.

We have a substantial number of posts available in a variety of locations across Kent and are happy to discuss part time or split post opportunities.

KCC Early Help and Preventative Services deliver their intensive offer across 44 units located within children’s centres or youth hubs strategically placed, according to need, across each of the 12 districts.

It is anticipated that the practitioner will offer support for mild to moderate emotional wellbeing and mental health problems of children and young people alongside their parents/carers in a range of settings but specifically aligned to EHPS Units as a Tier 2 + CAMHS service.

It is anticipated that practitioners will be very closely linked to, if not based within, the KCC district EHU’s to a minimum of 05 WTE per Unit.

The aim of this part of the service is for children/young people to have improved emotional resilience and better mental health and where necessary receive early support to prevent problems getting worse.

This part of the service is for children/ young people whose issues cannot be met by Universal services or by the School Public Health Service.

The needs of these children/young people will not meet the higher level mental health threshold.

The service works with (amongst others) children and young people who are not in education, employment and training, young offenders, and those with eating disorders, anxiety and depression, self-harming behaviour, OCD, ASC/ADHD, and conduct disorder, who have traditionally not engaged with services and need an assertive outreach approach of intervention.

The post holder will remain a member of CAMHS and will have responsibility for clinical work of their own caseload of children and young people with emotional and mental health difficulties.

The post holder will have a level of skills, knowledge and competencies to provide assessments, planning, and intervention to children and young people within best practice guidelines.

The post holder will work in linking, supporting and integrating across CAMHS in meeting the needs of children and young people.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr. Julie Elliott  ( Phone number removed ) 

We appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date then it is probably the case that you have not been shortlisted, however this should not discourage you from applying again.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people.

It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

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. The UK Visas and Immigration department 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 UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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