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SPA Senior Mental Health Practitioner, Band 6 (Indicative)

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Single Point of Access Senior Mental Health Practitioner, Band 6 (indicative)

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Base: Foundation House, Taunton, Somerset

Posts: there is one full time post available within the Single Point of Access team.

An exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of improving services for children and young people.

The Single Point of Access (SPA) service, has been co-designed with Somerset CCG to provide young people with expert help from one easy central point, and will be run by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This is a new service, created as part of the CAMHs Transformation Plan for Somerset and has been fully assured by NHS England. The SPA aims to help young people before they need to access CAMHS – offering more support in the community, schools and online - and by educating other people (e.g. schools) to help them. The SPA will be responsible for all screening of referrals including signposting, offering information, telephone triage and where necessary face to face assessments to ascertain need.

The SPA will be staffed by experienced professionals, supported by a dedicated administrative team. They will act as the first point of contact for all referrers and will be able to use their extensive specialist knowledge to give immediate, high quality, clinical advice and information. The SPA will also ensure that access to specialist assessment and treatment is managed consistently across the county.

To launch this exciting new Service, Somerset Partnership is looking for experienced and highly motivated staff. You will need to be an excellent communicator and committed to using your skills to deliver the best possible service for young people and their families. You will need to work well individually, well as part of a team and be able to work flexibly, contributing to the ongoing improvement and development of the SPA.

At Somerset Partnership, we offer some excellent benefits over and above the standard NHS benefits. Here are just some of them:

Refer a Friend scheme. We recognise that our staff are our most valuable resource. We are therefore keen for people with similar skills, experiences and approach to you to join our team. If you are already employed by us and have a friend or family member who you think would fit in with our culture and values, this scheme enables you to introduce them to the Trust.

If the introduction is successful and leads to your friend being appointed to a role within the Trust, you will both be entitled to an initial payment of £175 after your friend has been in post for three calendar months and a further payment of £175 each after they have been in post for a period of 12 calendar months.

Registration: The Trust welcomes newly qualified staff joining the team and will pay their registration for the first year that they are with the Trust.

Relocation assistance: The Trust already has in place a generous relocation scheme, subject to eligible applicants meeting the terms of the scheme. The full terms of the scheme can be found in the ‘Removal and Relocation Expenses Policy’ under ‘Human Resources’ on the public website.

Other benefits at Somerset Partnership include:

  • Excellent annual leave entitlement
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • On site, free car parking in a number of our hospitals/units
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • National NHS discounts
  • Annual Staff Recognition Awards
  • Long service awards
  • Training and development
  • Flexible working practices and career breaks
  • Family friendly benefits
  • Salary sacrifice schemes

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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