Senior Mental Health Practitioner - CAMHS Liaison
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Swindon, UK
10h ago

Job overview

Are you an RMN, or a Social worker or OT with additional skills and training in mental health looking for a new and exciting challenge?

Do you have some skills and experience in assessment and risk management that you would like to enhance and build upon?

Are you interested in becoming part of our developing Hospital Liaison team which provides services to hospitals across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire?

Would you be interested in co-creating a role that has variety and allows you to work flexibly across a range of different services within Swindon CAMHS including our Outreach team and our Getting More Help Team?

Would you like to be involved in delivering training to staff and facilitating reflective spaces for staff in General Hospitals who are caring for young people experiencing mental health difficulties?

Main duties of the job

You'll work alongside our existing Hospital Liaison practitioner and the wider CAMHS multidisciplinary team to provide assessments at Great Western Hospital in Swindon for young people who have presented in mental health crisis.

The hospital liaison covers core hours of 9am-8pm Monday Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays and you will be part of covering these hours along with contributing to an out of hours on call rota which is supported by Managers, Consultant Psychiatrists and Senior Managers.

The wider team offer evidence based interventions for young people suffering with mild to moderate mental health difficulties as well as offering a number of clinics such as Family Therapy Clinic, Eating Disorder Clinic, Neurodevelopmental Clinic and Consultation Clinic for Complex Cases.

Based on your particular skills and interests and service needs we can create a job plan which allows you work across some of these areas.

Working for our organisation

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES).

Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide.

This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

We are a friendly and welcoming team looking for keen and enthusiastic practitioners who put young people at the centre of what they do.

We promote a culture of support and supervision and have good links with the other teams across BaNES and Wiltshire and ensure that there is regular opportunity for networking.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Hospital liaison involves assessing young people who have presented in mental health crisis who may have self-harmed or self-poisoned.

This assessment will involve creating a risk and safety plan to help facilitate a safe discharge. This can include liaising with Social Care, other CAMHS services or other agencies and facilitating discharge planning meetings.

Our Hospital Liaison practitioners are fully integrated into the CAMHS MDT and have access to support from Clinical Team Managers and Consultant Psychiatrists during all operational hours.

You will also be involved in training and supporting the staff in A+E and the Children’s ward and being involved in Audits and creating guidelines and policies to help support young people who are admitted to general hospitals in mental health crises.

This role requires data gathering and in partnership with the existing practitioner you will gather data and audit the effectiveness and efficiency of the hospital liaison role providing reports to the Clinical Team Manager and Service Manager as required.

We are looking for candidates who have skills in assessment and risk management with a good knowledge of safeguarding guidelines.

A good understanding of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Children’s Act would be advantageous to this role however full training will be provided.

You will need excellent communication skills and an ability to remain calm under pressure due to the nature of this role.

We welcome applications from people who have appropriate qualifications who may have transferable skills from working with adults or working in ward settings.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include :

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study.
  • Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services.
  • This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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