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Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 378-SSW0569

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
378 SPE Wakefield - CAMHS West
£30,401 to £37,267 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’re very proud we were chosen as the ‘best organisation’ in the 2017 Kate Granger awards for compassionate care. 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 passionate about helping young people with mental health problems? Do you have experience of working with Children, Young People and Families and are committed to getting the best outcomes for them? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop and share your skills and knowledge in mental health? Would you like to be part of a forward thinking, supportive and developing service? If you answer yes to these questions, then Wakefield Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is the place for you!

We are looking for an experienced and confident Mental Health Practitioner who is able to work within a busy multidisciplinary team. You must have significant and demonstrable experience of working with young people and their families, who can often present with a range of complex mental health needs. You will manage your own caseload, providing a range of high quality care appropriate to the young person’s needs which will include risk assessment and management, consultation and evidence based interventions.

You must have a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge to deliver clinical aspects of the role in order to be able to provide a range of appropriate clinical interventions and assessment and be competent to do this work as an autonomous practitioner within professional practice guidelines and a structured supervision framework.

You will need to develop good working relationships with key professionals across the district; therefore excellent communication and engagement skills are essential. A commitment to improving service delivery and developing new ways of supporting early intervention is crucial to work within the wider CAMHS team.

As a member of the team you will contribute to the wider aims of the service through joint working, training and supervision to other professionals and be part of the 24/7 on call out of hours service.

In return we will provide a comprehensive induction programme, regular clinical and management supervision and you will be appraised on a yearly basis with a view to developing knowledge and skills where appropriate.

Within the post you will work across the Wakefield District being based in Wakefield city centre, and you will be required to demonstrate a flexible approach to travel as you may see young people in different community settings as well as the CAMHS bases in the area.

Informal visits and enquires are strongly encouraged. Please contact Johnny Latham West Team Manager 01924 316950 or email

Please be aware that you must meet all the essential qualification requirements of the role (as described in the person specification) in order to be considered for interview. You will need to be a registered with a core profession.

As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time 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 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 644081.

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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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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