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Mental Health Practitioner – Nurse / Psychologist / Social Worker

Job Reference: 449-CS937-1

Solent NHS Trust
Wessex and Dorset CAMHS Collaborative
£38,890 - £44,503 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

Do you want to be part of a new, innovative and exciting service that will support children and young people with acute mental health problems in their homes?

This new service will operate across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, and will be delivered by four NHS Trusts who will each provide a Closer2Home team for their local area. The teams will work in an integrated way, supporting one another to provide the service with a shared management structure overseeing the service as a whole.

The Closer2Home teams will work together to deliver a specialist service to help young people remain at home who otherwise would have been admitted to an inpatient hospital. The service will operate 365 days a year from 8am-8pm.

We have already recruited the first round of staff for this new service and are now looking to expand the team further before we go-live with the service in late autumn 2021. Joining now will give you a unique opportunity to help shape and develop the service from the outset.

The role

Working as a team, you and your colleagues you will be responsible for designing and delivering time-limited programmes of intensive home treatment to young people with a range of needs, who would otherwise have been admitted to hospital. The team will work collaboratively with community CAMHS, children’s services, colleagues involved in ‘transforming care,’ bed and case managers and local inpatient units; using an interagency approach to provide the best care for the young people.

The applicant will be expected to provide clinical leadership to their local Closer2Home team. Each team has been modelled to have an optimal number and skill mix of staff to effectively address the needs of the young people the service will support. The teams will be integrated in a Wessex & Dorset wide system of clinical and operational governance, a new infrastructure that will utilise robust pre-admission care-planning, a ‘single point of access' for intensive home treatment and inpatient services, goal-setting at admission and supported inpatient discharge.

This new service will be commissioned by the Wessex and Dorset Tier 4 CAMHS Provider Collaborative and provided by four NHS Trusts working together across Hampshire and Dorset:

  • Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust
  • Southern Health NHS Trust
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Each Trust will have its own Closer2Home Team but the overall service will be coordinated and managed across the Provider Collaborative by a dedicated management team. Therefore, we will facilitate staff to work across the Trusts and within the Closer2Home teams to provide maximum flexibility for both staff and to meet the needs of the service. This will also result in increased opportunities to develop your career whilst working within the service.

To operate as one fully integrated team staff will be employed by one ‘host’ Trust but have honorary contractual agreements with the other Trusts to enable them to work across the whole service.

The service:

  • Provide assessment and intensive support for young people with mental health needs who present high levels of risk
  • Support assessment prior to admission to inpatient care (hospital), where required
  • Deliver planned intensive home or community-based treatment services, as well as specialist intensive home treatment for young people whose needs exceed the threshold for Tier 3 CAMHS
  • Support discharge services to facilitate timely discharge from hospital
  • Support the reduction of health inequalities in children and young people mental health pathways

The service will focus on three main patient groups, which include:

  • Young people who repeatedly harm themselves and/or make suicidal gestures; and who may also experience emotional lability and distress in relationships
  • Young people with complex eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa, who require intensive treatment
  • Young people currently in Tier 4 mental health services who could be discharged or moved closer to home if there were increased support

Referrals to the service will be managed through the same processes and pathways used for Tier 4 inpatient services, so children and young people who previously required an inpatient stay can now also be considered for the Closer2Home service.

Why join us?

The Closer2Home service will provide the opportunity for a range of exciting new roles and career opportunities. Located across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, staff will be working in a beautiful part of the country, which offers the ideal environment for a great work-life balance. With the vibrancy of Southampton, the picturesque beauty of the New Forest and the traditional seaside town of Southsea. A one-hour train journey to London makes it easy to travel to the capital for the day - so you really can have the best of both worlds.

You will have the opportunity to develop your career within and across the Closer2Home teams, as we look to develop an integrated service across the region. When joining us you will receive a comprehensive induction and development training, to ensure that you are equipped with the tools and confidence that you need to support the young people the service will be working with.

More Information

Please read the Additional (Candidate) Information or if you would like an informal chat to discuss the service or role further, please contact Nigel Sampson (CAMHS Operational Manager) at

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.

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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