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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/09/2019.

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

There really has never been a more exciting time to join us; University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust have merged together to be come one organisation. Our newly merged Trust has a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff, aiming to deliver exceptional local services for local people and specialist services across the South West and beyond. Together, we form one of the largest NHS trusts in the country.

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.

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is CQC rated Outstanding. As one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West, we have over 13,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services. Working in ten hospitals across Bristol and Weston, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond.

Our hospitals are based across Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, meaning you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone’s throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, with easy access to all that the South West has to offer.

UH Bristol and Weston is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we’re meeting our pledge.

To comply with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 all applicants must be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard which will be assessed at Interview.


    1. Please ensure you check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you throughout the recruitment process. We may also contact you by texting the mobile number, if provided, on the application form. Due to high volumes of applications, vacancies may be closed before the closing date.
    2. As a guide interviews should usually take place within 3 weeks of the closing date.
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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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