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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Senior Mental Health Practitioner - SW- Oxford

Job Type



Social Work



£35,392 - £42,618 per annum/pro-rata

Posted Date

23 October 2023


Closing Date

5 November 2023

Main duties of the job
You will work along side our multi-disciplinary team consisting of Nurses , Social Workers, Occupational Therapists , Family therapists , Psychologist and Consultant Psychiatrists.

You will be expected to undertake generic mental health and risk assessments of children and young people open to the Getting More Help Team. Depending on the needs of the YP this could either be on an urgent or routine basis. Working collaboratively with CYP families/other agencies you will develop holistic plans of care which are evidence based.

You will be expected to hold a clinical caseload which consists of key working and providing evidence based support. At present we are achieving this on a hybrid basis, with a mixture of office working and working from home.

We'll need you to take part in the duty rota. This entails the clinician to respond and support plans for children and young people who are presenting with an element of risk and are waiting for our service.

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
- The CAMHS North Getting More Help Team serves the community of Witney, Bicester, Banbury and parts of Oxford providing a service that operates Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.

This post is full time but we would welcome conversations about flexibility. We also continue to deliver some of our services via a digital platform with a mix of office based work (which can be achieved via satellite bases in these areas) and working from home. You'll receive the necessary equipment to undertake the role.

The GMH north team is a supportive team with a particular focus on clinicians wellbeing. We understand that working in CAMHS can be challenging and therefore strive to ensure that clinicians are well supported. The management team work alongside clinicians to ensure that individual job plans are created to support clinicians in managing capacity of caseloads.

We ensure that we celebrate our successes and acknowledge the hard work we do to support children and YP. There is a strong sense of team working and supporting one another. We also aim to hold a monthly social event for the team to meet outside of work.

There will be opportunities to develop clinical skills through ongoing training. Mandatory training will be provided as well as ongoing training to undertake the role such as CBT/DBT/systemic informed interventions. In house training by CAMHS specialist teams occur regularly and on an ad hoc basis.

Person specification
Essential criteria
- Mental Health or equivalent professional health qualification- e.g. OT, RMN Nurse, Social Worker
Desirable criteria
- Professional knowledge acquired through degree/diploma
Personal Qualities
Essential criteria
- Ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others.
- Ability to organise own time and diary and that of junior staff and learners
- Commitment to client centred, non-discriminatory practice
- Commitment to lifelong learning
- Willingness to be flexible
- To be I.T competent
- Desirable criteria
- Skills in spreadsheets and other office applications

- Experience of working with children and young people who have serious mental illness and their families and carers in the community
- Experience of mentoring and clinical supervision of others
- 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.

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