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CAMHS Specialist Practitioner - Urgent Care and Assessment Team (UCAT

Job Reference: 385-ED-0080-LS-B

Weston Area NHS Trust
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Weston super Mare, Weston super Mare
£30,401 - £37,267 pa

CAMHS Specialist Practitioners Band 6 Urgent Care and Assessment Team ( UCAT) North Somerset CAMHS/LD (Learning Disability)


Drove Road, Weston-Super-Mare and The Barn, Clevedon

Come and join our exciting and newly funded UCAT (Urgent Care & Assessment) team based within a creative and highly professional CAMHS team. We are working together to provide a local response to those most vulnerable children and young people and at the time when the most need help.

We want you if this post excites you. These posts provide an exciting opportunity for dynamic and innovative practitioners who are ready to be part of a new service.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified mental health professionals a range of practitioners with a mental health background including the following fields:-

A professional core qualification in:

  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Family and systemic psychotherapy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Child psychotherapy
  • Arts psychotherapy
  • Social workers.

Applications will need to demonstrate that this training - or subsequent additional training/experience - includes significant experience of working therapeutically with young people in crisis with mental health difficulties, preferably in a Tier 3 CAMHS setting. The work will focus on urgent assessment and care within the wider multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will complete urgent bio-psycho-social assessment, risk assessment and plan care of the individual client. You will hold a small clinical caseload, undertaking appropriate mental health treatment of children and young people referred to CAMHS via UCAT and provide a range of appropriate, evidence based clinical interventions informed by assessed individual need. The post holder will be working with children and young people with serious and complex mental health needs often in complex family situations displaying a range of risk type behaviors.

In addition to providing direct work to families and young people the post holder will also consult with the team around case formulation and treatment planning and provide consultation to families/carers and other professionals involved in the life of the child/young person.

You will have experience of, mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families. Combined with the following skills and competencies of:


    • Working collaboratively with other agencies in a variety of venues.
    • Working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team
    • Ability to provide (mental health) consultation to other health professionals.
    • Working in a wide range of setting, including lone working.
    • Some experience of working with a wide variety of child mental health problems, across the whole age range, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse.
    • Experienced in providing risk assessment for complex high risk behaviours such as self-harm and suicidal ideation.
    • Experience of working in a fast paced collaborative team managing complex and challenging behaviours
    • Experience in mental health triage
    • Experience in either of the following specialties; Liaison Psychiatry / Crisis Response Team / Home Treatment Team / Assertive Outreach


The UCAT team covers North Somerset and works from 2 bases. One base is at Drove Rd, Weston-super-Mare and the other is The Barn, Clevedon. A full UK driving licence and access to your own transport is preferable.

North Somerset CAMHS/LD is a friendly, busy and thriving service, regarded as an accessible and effective service. The post holder will be working alongside experienced multi-professional clinicians with a range of background professions.

We recognise our responsibility to ensure that safe working systems are in place for staff working with children, adults and families in their care.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Rebecca Balakrishna, Nurse Consultant, CAMHS Clinical Lead, Generic Team Leader, or Kaytee Williams, Clinical Service Manager CAMHS, on 01934 881262.

Weston super Mare has grown to become one of the country's most popular seaside destinations, with a fabulous sandy beach, donkey rides and candy floss. The beach is complemented by lively bars, popular restaurants and of course, the famous pier, which was severely damaged by fire in July 2008 and re-opened to great acclaim in 2010.

Weston also has a number of new housing developments, an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ college with a number of sites including a University Campus. Weston truly has a family friendly culture making it a wonderful place to live and work.

The large, diverse cities of Bristol and Bath are only a short journey by car or train, and our convenient location just off Junction 21 of the M5 means the rest of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall are virtually on the doorstep.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the published closing date once we have received sufficient numbers of applications. We advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

Weston Area Health Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff must be aware of, and follow Weston Area Health Trust guidance and policies on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable adults and it is your duty to report any concerns you may have through your line manager and the Trust’s designated Safeguarding Lead.

Please note we will contact you via email to advise you if you have been shortlisted for this vacancy, therefore it is important that you check your NHS jobs account regularly. To access emails from us, please log into your account and view 'My Applications'. Please be aware that some emails have been known to end up in 'JUNK MAIL/SPAM BOX' so please be sure to check this folder as well as your INBOX so you don't miss any important communication regarding 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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