Band 6 Children & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner - West Sussex

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Job Outlines

To provide specialist crisis interventions and home treatment for referred children and young people as part of a multi-agency approach to meeting the health and social care needs of children and young people who use our services

Main Objective

  • To contribute to the management of a team caseload of clients with complex needs, using CPA principles, evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, which will be delivered mainly in the home or community setting.
  • To support care co-ordination within the Tier 3 teams and attends relevant team meetings.
  • To, provide specialist assessment and intervention as part of a multi-disciplinary approach, with specific responsibilities regarding the acute care pathway.
  • To support the locality Lead in providing leadership and day-to-day management for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal.
  • To support the locality Lead with, and to participate in, the planning, development and evaluation of local services within the Tier 4 CAMHS, involving day care, outreach and appropriate input into inpatient services.
  • To contribute to and facilitate evidence based assessments and individual and group interventions within home, school and community settings.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Service.
  • To regularly share and supervise students on practice placement, and junior staff as appropriate.


  • To provide specialist assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care, for children and young people referred to the service in a multi agency context including the provision of advice.
  • To use evidence-based practices – for example, professional evidence based models of practice, specialist professional evidence based assessment, treatment, and outcome measures or other recognised evidence based modality supported by post graduate training - in the conceptualisation, treatment and evaluation of complex mental health problems.
  • The provision and organisation of crisis intervention via individual professional and generic practice and team response.
  • To actively support the CPA process
  • To carry out  advanced risk assessment
  • Contribution towards selection of the most appropriate psychosocial interventions for implementation by the team.
  • Contribution of most appropriate professional assessment and treatment intervention for implementation by the team as a part of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • To personally maintain accurate records and ensure that standards of record keeping are maintained by those supervised by the post holder.
  • To contribute to delivering interventions to a team caseload comprising of children & young people and their families/carers with complex needs.
  • To demonstrate flexibility in working hours as agreed with the line manager.
  • Developing and maintaining supportive professional networks across the trust.
  • To ensure that professional standards of practice are maintained.
  • To liaise with and actively promote excellent working relationships, communication & working practices with referring teams and partner agencies.  This would include the provision of expert advice to multi-agency partners. 
  • To, where necessary, provide a single point of contact to professionals for emergency referrals and mobilise resources accordingly, in a flexible manner.
  • To demonstrate clinical leadership skills and work to support the senior staff in service development of the Home Treatment Team and care pathway as a comprehensive, intensive, home assessment and treatment service, with particular reference to flexible working and the development of out of hours services.
  • To participate in the translation of policy to practice and the development of protocols and procedures for the service alongside senior clinicians and managers.
  • To actively contribute to team and individual staff training and development within the SCCYP, CAMHS care group, and wider trust as directed.
  • To support and facilitate admission and discharge pathways to the day and inpatient service.
  • Provide and receive appropriate managerial, professional and clinical supervision and actively participate within group supervision to support team development.
  • To adhere to the relevant professional code of ethics and professional conduct and trust policy and comply with local and national clinical standards of practice.


  • Supervises staff, including supporting senior staff, with appraisals, professional development plans, rotas, recruitment and selection, and managerial supervision.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of audit & information systems, both clinical and managerial, as required.
  • Contribute to the prioritisation and organisation of response of referrals to the team.
  • To support multi disciplinary student placements to the team and act as a mentor or professional supervisor, providing written assessment of students where appropriate.
  • To contribute to the Trust and Professional clinical and social care governance arrangements including the quality agenda.


  • To participate in the trust’s performance review and professional development planning process on an annual basis.
  • To undertake professional, clinical and managerial supervision at a frequency agreed with your managerial supervisor and clinical supervisor respectively.
  • To apply specialist professional skills and knowledge to establish professional competence and fitness to practice.
  • To demonstrate ongoing professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities recording learning outcomes within a professional portfolio.
  • To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the team, and be responsible for one’s own morale.
  • To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  • Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development planning process.
  • To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager and or professional lead, which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.
  • To participate in professional meetings and hold responsibility for appropriately defined projects.
  • To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies promoting safe working practice, maintaining the requirements for health and safety, manual handling, COSHH, fire safety and the environment.



Pulse is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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