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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/06/2021.

Child Development Practitioner

Job Reference: 449-CSP408

Solent NHS Trust
Children and Families
£24,907 - £30,615 p.a pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

An exciting opportunity has arisen for aChild Development Practitioner to join our team!

In line with the government’s priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the new Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) service is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people, working across both educational settings and healthcare sectors in England.

Portsmouth is a vibrant and dynamic city on the south coast that benefits from strong working relationships across many agencies and regional areas. Portsmouth CAMHS pride ourselves in fostering a collaborative approach to children’s social, emotional and mental health needs. We are grasping this opportunity to further improve the lives of our young people with this new service.

Whilst still in it’s infancy, we are looking for a proactive, innovative and dedicated candidate to join the team in delivering a sustainable and high quality service alongside the Senior Child Development Practitioner. The post holder would offer a behavioural and trauma informed perspective to Mental Health treatment within a multi-agency team. They would offer therapeutic work, consultation, training and contribute to the whole school approach offer. The successful candidate will have an understanding of trauma in relation to child development, be able to support parents and school staff using positive behavioural support approaches, and have knowledge of the PACE model. An understanding/experience of Neurodevelopmental difference and learning needs would also be beneficial to the role.

The post requires the holder as a member of a multi-disciplinary/multi agency team to maintain a shared caseload and provide direct clinical work that demonstrates a good level of specialist skill in treating the client system, where families have mild to moderate, multi-complex and often long-standing difficulties. All children and young people are seen in the context of their family or support network, requiring a whole range of interventions for straightforward to complex development and/or mental health needs. This will be delivered across the Portsmouth city in a variety of settings, predominantly within schools. They will be responsible for the line management of staff, developing the service and the clinical governance of the team.

The candidate will value and promote a holistic and systemic approach to interagency working and be a calm, organised and creative member of the team. They will be passionate about children’s mental health, early intervention and promote an inclusive and supportive working environment.

We welcome candidates from a variety of professional qualification and registration, for example RMN, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Systemic therapists, RN, RNLD, etc. Experience of working with children in a MH setting is desirable, but not essential.


Please note that should this post attract sufficient interest, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage.If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted within 2-3 weeks; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.

Note about shortlisting/interviews:

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated restrictions in place, we are currently unable to schedule interviews as we normally would. Therefore interviews will be held virtually until further notice. Please be assured that we will be in touch with details of the arrangements. We will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum but shortlisting may take longer than usual, dependant on staff availability.Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff) - pro rata for part time
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers
  • Opportunity to purchase a public transport annual season ticket - 11 month repayment period

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement.

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UK Registration

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