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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/08/2020.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 378-SS0771

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
378 NLD Secure STAIRS Wetherby - 175420
Wetherby YOI
£31,365 to £37,890 pa

Our Trust exists to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. We’re delighted you’re looking at this job opportunity and hope you want to join our team.

We live our values every day:

  • We put the person first and in the centre
  • We know that families and carers matter
  • We are respectful, honest, open and transparent
  • We improve and aim to be outstanding
  • We are relevant today and ready for tomorrow

Our values are very important to us which is why we want to recruit people whose values match ours. Read on to find out more about this job opportunity.

Are you an enthusiastic Mental Health Practitioner looking for a change in your career? Do you recognise the importance of trauma-informed care for young people? Are you interested in being part of an exciting programme of change within the secure estate? Are you a team player and would you welcome being embedded within a dedicated and enthusiastic CAMHS team? Then this is the job for you!

This is an opportunity for you to develop within a service that is embracing positive change and developing pathways of care to meet the diverse needs of children within the secure estate. As part of the Children and Young People’s transformation agenda, we are in the process of implementing the Framework for Integrated Care (SECURE STAIRS) at Wetherby YOI, alongside our partner agencies. This service development introduces a psychologically-informed, multi-disciplinary approach to care which is formulation-driven and underpinned by an understanding of developmental trauma. We aim to embed supervision and reflective practice at the center of everything we do, to provide the best care possible for the young people.

HMYOI Wetherby is the largest secure provision in the country for young males aged between 15 and19. As part of the service there are two units that provide enhanced provisions for children identified with more complex and challenging needs.


The CAMHS team at Wetherby is multidisciplinary, consisting of mental health practitioners, clinical psychology, and psychiatry. The team come from a varied background and values and appreciates the differences and innovation that each team member brings as an individual. We are seeking practitioners with complementary and diverse skills whom can provide the best possible care for the children we care for.

We are looking for experienced, motivated and enthusiastic Mental Health Practitioners to join our team. The CAMHS team provides initial screening for all children entering the secure estate, in order to identify individual needs/risk and refer appropriately within the service. We provide an MDT approach to the assessment, formulation and intervention planning for children, tailoring individual’s care pathway to best meet their identified need and achieve the best possible outcome for them. We work to ensure that the team around the child is working together, with the child at the center. As a service we are involved in all transition and discharge planning, promoting continuity of care and sharing of information.


There are opportunities for development posts and the service will meet your development needs through a comprehensive induction, bespoke training development package and quality supervision plan. Progression of development posts will be dependent on meeting required competencies. The posts will initially be based at Wetherby, however there is an expectation that you could work across the secure service. Please do get in contact should you wish to discuss the role more


Experience of working within a CAMHS, Forensic or LAC service would be advantageous. The role will involve working closely with the custodial staff within the Wetherby YOI and other agencies. The post will involve long days, weekend and Bank Holiday working.


If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview on Microsoft Teams.


This post will be subject to a DBS check and prison verification.

For further information, or to discuss the post please contact Stacey Hayton, Service Manager,, 01937 544216/4425 , 07585101999


As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time and flexible working opportunities for all our positions.

Our application process will test your attitudes and behaviours, as well as your knowledge and skills. So that we know we’d be a good match for each other. If you’re successful you’ll then have a 12 months values based induction.

You’ll also have access to a wide range of wellbeing support because our wellbeing at work matters to #allofus. There’s a great range of support for us all including a workplace physio, staff retreats, health checks, counselling, mindfulness and a variety of sports groups. You can take part in our award-winning Creative Minds activities as well as access courses at our innovative recovery colleges.

We welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability as well as those who have experience of mental or physical health problems. So, if you need any support with your application just give us a call on 01226 644088.

A couple of things to note – if you’re shortlisted for interview we’ll contact you via your NHS jobs account, so please check this regularly. Please provide email addresses wherever possible for your references. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as you can.

We hope you would like to join our award winning team. Good luck with your application.

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.

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