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Advanced Mental Health Practitioner - CAMHS H&J Team

Job Type

Fixed term: 12 months (maternity cover)


South East



£45,753 - £52,067 per annum (Incl. HCAS)

Posted Date

12 December 2023

University of Reading, Reading

Closing Date

8 January 2024

You will be interested in the youth justice system and in supporting young people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and have found themselves in trouble with the police. You would join the Berkshire CAMHS Health and Justice team which is a multidisciplinary team that supports the mental health, physical health and speech and communication needs of the young people who are working on a statutory or voluntary basis within the three West Berkshire Youth Justice Teams.

Main duties of the job
To support YJT staff to screen all young people who come into YJTs for previous mental health difficulties/CAMHS input.
To provide Consultation and Advice to members of the YJT team in regard to young people with complex needs who are vulnerable and risky.
To provide mental health assessments for young people where appropriate.
To offer specific therapeutic interventions where appropriate.
To lead trauma informed multiagency formulation meetings and multiagency interventions.
To offer training to the Youth justice teams and to other professionals working with young people involved in the criminal justice system.
Engage in multi-agency and integrated working and processes.
Working for our organisation
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, we’re committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer. We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you’ll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:

Caring for and about you is our top priority
Committed to providing good quality, safe services
Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions
We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:

Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
27 days’ annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
Generous NHS pension scheme
Excellent learning and career development opportunities
‘Cycle to Work’ and car leasing scheme
Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
Free parking across Trust sites
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
The 4 “must haves” for this role:

Recognised and relevant qualification (see JD) and Registration with NMC or HCPC or other recognised professional body.
Experience of working with hard to reach individuals with complex needs, dual diagnoses, and an ability to manage conflict and encourage motivation to change.
Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment.
Car driver with ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites.
If you’re someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and let’s be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call the recruiting manager: call Cathy Burges, Clinical Lead for CAMHS Health and Justice Team, on 07866010631 or Email: who’ll be delighted to answer any questions you may have about the role. 

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person specification
Essential criteria

Recognised and relevant qualification as below: Registered mental health nurse Or Qualified Systemic Family Therapist – masters level Or Qualified Psychotherapist Or Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Or Occupational Therapist Or Social Worker
Registration with NMC or HCPC or other recognised professional body.
Desirable criteria

A supervisory qualification in the relevant professional discipline.
Essential criteria

Significant post-qualifying experience of undertaking comprehensive assessment of mental health needs, developing care plans and offering appropriate support based on psychological formulation of presenting difficulties.
Experience of work with service users with high risk presentations and undertaking risk assessment and risk management plans.
Experience of hard to reach diverse community groups and individuals with emerging complex needs, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and safeguarding.
Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment.
Desirable criteria

Experience of working within mental health settings supporting children, adolescents and their families.
Experience of providing supervision or leadership to others.
Experience of contributing service improvement initiatives.
Experience of working in forensic settings.
Experience of representing mental health within the context of multi-agency care.
Experience of assessing and treating clients across a wide range of care settings.
Essential criteria

Knowledge and skills to assess acute mental health crisis and deliberate self-harm.
Demonstrates up to date knowledge of legislation and national strategies and requirements for CAMHS.
Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
Experience of managing complex caseloads and applying a range of interventions.
Ability to motivate and inspire others and to support others to develop increased skill and competence.
Ability to work autonomously and effectively in a team, reprioritising work to reflect changing needs
Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases, e.g. RiO, MS Office and internet)
Desirable criteria

Knowledge of the Youth Justice system

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