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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/12/2021.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 449-CSP487

Solent NHS Trust
£32,306 - £39,027 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 to join the Core Extended Team, based at Falcon House at St James' Hospital, Portsmouth on a full time basis.

We are currently seeking to recruit a motivated, enthusiastic and organised Mental Health Practitioner who is keen on working with children/young people with mental health needs and their families as part of our QNCC excellent Accredited CAMHS service in Portsmouth.a We are looking for a dedicated professional who shares our Trust's HEART values and is committed to working collaboratively as part of our Multi-Disciplinary Team delivering a high standard of patient-centred care.

We are a forward thinking specialist CAMHS service, working hard to deliver clinical care pathways, using evidence-based practice in order to ensure a young person’s journey through our service is accessible, timely and effective. We promote integrated working with education, social care, CPMS, inpatient care and various other outside agencies in order to achieve better outcomes and transitions for children, young people and their families. You will be required to work independently. You will adhere to professional guidelines and the code of conduct for your registered profession and in conjunction with safeguarding and Solent NHS Trust policies as well as procedures.

One of our key priorities is finding the right type of person who shares our values of patients first, working together and always improving; someone with the ability and attitude to grow and develop in the Trust as a valued member of our team. We would be interested to hear from Allied Health Care Professionals, Creative Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses, Systemic Practitioners, Social Workers or those already working in mental health. Experience or interest in group work would be a bonus.

Key tasks include:

  • Undertaking complex assessments of children and young peoples mental health needs.

  • Undertaking comprehensive risk assessments and engaging young people and their family in safety planning.

  • Working as part of a multi disciplinary team to offer advice and consultation to professional partners such as GP's, schools and social care.

  • Working as part of a multi disciplinary team to offer clinical advice and consultation to children young people and their families.

  • Co producing evidence based care plans with children, young people and their families.

  • Managing a case load of clients and delivering evidenced based interventions.

  • Group facilitation.

Attending MDT case discussions.

If you have a strong interest in working with children with mental health needs and their families, have excellent communication skills, can work alongside a multitude of different disciplines with the client in the centre and you hold the relevant qualifications/ skills, we would be delighted to hear from you.

For more information on the post, please contact Marcia Calvino Oldham on 0300 123 6632 or


We will contact you via NHS Jobs if you are shortlisted for interview. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted before the given interview date; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.

All patient facing workers in England will be required to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from 1 April 2022 . It will be a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated. This requirement will also apply to those in ancillary support roles such as porters or receptionists who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in their care.

To be fully vaccinated you must receive both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination. Successful applicants will be required (unless exempt*) to provide evidence of their covid vaccination status (NHS COVID Pass) or evidence that they have commenced their journey to becoming fully vaccinated. If the required evidence cannot be provided then any offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation – guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

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.

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