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CAMHS Duty and Liaison Team Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hove, England
£35,392 - £42,618 per annum \/ pro rata for part time
Closing date
22 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Fixed term
Full Time

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Job overview

Brighton CAMHS Duty and Liaison Service

Mental Health Practitioner - Band 6 (Maternity Leave Cover)

Based across Brighton & Hove

Do you want to work for an inspiring and expanding service within CAMHS? If so then we would love to hear from you.

The Brighton Duty and Liaison Team offers an exciting opportunity for a band 6 Mental Health Practitioner keen to apply their skills across a range of settings to help young people in crisis.

This role offers the perfect opportunity for career development due to the skills that you will learn through this type of work, or for those considering moving to CAMHS from other services.

The role will be variable and exciting, sometimes challenging and there is a need for flexibility but it is always very interesting and rewarding. You will need to be motivated, forward thinking and have a strong commitment to providing high quality care to provide the best outcomes for young people.

Excellent risk assessment and safety planning skills are essential to this role and you will be well supported to develop your ability in these areas.

As a DLT Mental Health Practitioner you will work a shift pattern covering the hours of 9.00am - 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 6.00pm weekends and public holidays.

Main duties of the job

You will be supporting young people and their carers who are presenting with a mental health crisis across a range of settings; in General Hospitals, CAMHS Offices, online/ via phone and occasionally at home.

This is a developing service and there will be an opportunity in this role to deliver therapeutic interventions alongside crisis care planning and management. You will be supporting young people who are waiting for interventions from tier 3 CAMHS as part of the duty role as well as those presenting to General Hospitals in crisis.

Working for our organisation

We are looking for a mental health practitioner with excellent risk assessment and care planning skills. Previous experience of duty and/ or A&E Liaison work within a community based mental health team would be ideal but not essential for the right candidate. You should be willing to work autonomously as well as part of a team.

The team thrives through being supportive to each other in an environment that can be changeable due to service capacity and demand. You will need to be flexible, be able to participate in the shift pattern of the team and have excellent communication skills. In return you will be well supported by experienced clinicians who will help you to develop and flourish in this environment.

All your skills and training will be fully utilised and developed through clinical supervision and training opportunities.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
  • To support the day to day leadership of a clinical team providing a high quality service within the resources available in a defined area, and specifically to deliver on the following key areas.
  • To offer specialist mental health assessments to Young People who present in crisis during the hours of the service.
  • This role includes both Community CAMHS Duty and A&E Liaison work on a rotating shift basis covering a 7 day rota.
  • Assessment includes care and safety planning, risk assessment and management and facilitating safe discharge. Where clinically indicated to provide a single intervention model to CYP not currently open to CAMHS.
  • This role involves liaising with other agencies and professionals and developing ongoing positive working relationships with them to support young people who present in crisis.
  • The role aims to reduce the number of presentations and admissions to acute hospitals and to reduce length of stay and facilitate discharge once physical health needs have been addressed.
  • You will act as a liaison to acute care colleagues for YP with MH needs that are admitted to A&E or acute paediatric wards and it will be your responsibility to provide specialist mental health assessments and interventions to these young people and to provide advice and consultation on appropriate mental health care planning to support a holistic care and discharge plan (including risk and safety).

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy or x Nursing/Social Work
  • Registration with the HCPC/NMC/Social Work England
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • CAMHS Experience or crisis care experience
  • Able to communicate complex information to service users, carers and colleagues
  • Lead others in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practices including policies and strategies.
  • Develop partnership working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies.
  • Ability to use Trust IT systems including e-mail and electronic clinical records
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
  • Team working
  • Ability to travel across sites
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required

Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Experience of supervising staff or students
  • Experience with Looked after and Adopted children
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of clinical approaches
  • Research experience
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience of multi-agency work

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves 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.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

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We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

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