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Mental Health Practitioner - Social Worker

Job Type

12 months (Fixed Term or Secondment)


Social Work



£43,742 - £50,056

Posted Date

18 December 2023


Closing Date

3 January 2024

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset.

Job overview
We are looking to recruit a qualified and enthusiastic Mental Health Practitioner or Psychologist in Horizon, Specialist CAMHS for 2 days a week, on a one year fixed term contract, to cover maternity leave to help make a real difference to the lives of children affected by sexual harm.

Horizon is a small, supportive multidisciplinary team, who work alongside other professionals to support young people and families who have been affected by sexual harm.

We take a ‘formulation-based’ approach to find a way of helping that is both evidence-based and specific to the needs and goals of the young person.

Main duties of the job

There is no doubt that working in mental health can be challenging and hugely rewarding, and a particularly fulfilling experience. We work hard to ensure high quality patient centred care is in place and that our staff are supported in their roles and encouraged to develop.

We offer different levels of intervention, including advice and consultation with other professionals, assessments and work directly with young people and/or their families using a range of trauma focused psychological therapies.

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

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

Our vision is that no matter who you are or where you are, you will tell us that you receive: “Outstanding care delivered by an outstanding team”

Our values are: “Caring, safe and excellent”

At Oxford Health we offer a wide range of benefits designed to support your career and wellbeing. These include:

- Excellent opportunities for career progression
- Access to tailored individual and Trust wide learning and development
- 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, rising to 33 days with continuous service
- NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
- Competitive pension scheme
- Lease car scheme
- Cycle to work scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Mental Health First Aiders
- Staff accommodation (please note waiting lists may apply)
- Staff networking and support groups hosted by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team
- Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- All staff are provided with a laptop / ipad and mobile, this means you can work remotely from home on
- some days and some days in the office and supporting colleagues and also working in a buddy duty system.

As a team member you will receive ongoing support and development to enhance the care that you provide. Expertise gained through these experiences will enhance your professional and personal growth. We also regularly provide training and supervision on trauma informed care and practice to other professionals.

Our main base is at Maple House, The Slade, Oxford, and we cover the county of Oxfordshire.

- Main responsibilities include offering psychological therapy including trauma focused interventions for children who have experienced sexual harm
- You will also work together with other agencies to jointly develop clear Care Plans to mitigate risks and vulnerabilities across the child/ young person context and strength and any protective factors.
- You will work within a vibrant, enthusiastic and supportive team with regular clinical and management supervision.
- If you have an interest in joining Horizon and would like to find out more about us as a team, or the role, please contact Carmen Chan on 01865 902634 or

Person specification
Essential criteria

Professional qualification in Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, or Occupational Therapy e.g. RMN, Dip SW, Applied Psychology
Essential criteria

Post qualification experience of working with young people with mental health and emotional difficulties in community or other settings
Essential criteria

- Ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with relevant parties
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work meaningfully across agencies.
- All 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 are ambitious in our pursuit of excellence, driven by the belief that a fair, just and fully inclusive organisational culture enables our teams to deliver the best quality of care and services possible and we work hard to ensure that our diverse workforce reflects the communities that we serve.
- We welcome applications from all sections of the community, are an Equal Opportunities employer with a number of internal networking groups to support our employees and where possible will always look to make reasonable adjustments in order that you can fulfil the role to recognise your full potential. All our employees are committed to demonstrating through their behaviour our core values – safe, caring and excellent.

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.

Oxford is a world-renowned centre of excellence for research. Oxford Health works closely with the University of Oxford department of Psychiatry and the Department of Primary care, has a Biomedical Research Centre dedicated to improving mental health and the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at the Warneford site. The Trust also hosts the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) which carries out applied research that directly impacts patient health and wellbeing

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