Senior Mental Health Practitioner

The closing date is 10th Mar 2024

Job summary

We are passionate about working with children and young people. Our strength lies in our humanity and the values we uphold. It is important to us that children and young people are seen and we take the time needed to listen to their story. Our hope is that young people and their families leave our care with hope for the future.

We are appointing to new roles following investment for a new CYP Crisis Service in Southampton.

We are looking to recruit a Band 7 senior mental health practitioner (nurse or other relevant registered professional) who will work alongside a team to provide clinical leadership across the CYP Mental Health Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. You will need to have a passion for working with young people at times of crisis. You will be supporting them to remain at home or supporting stepdown care from hospital. The service uses a trauma informed approach with a high reliance on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy models.

If you share our passion of working with children and young people and share our values, we would love to hear from you.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

This is a permanent post of which full time or part time (30 hours) can be offered.

The team covers the hours of 9am to 10pm weekdays and 9am -- 5pm weekends and bank holidays. Shifts are managed by a rolling rota system. Being mobile is a key element of this role so the ability to drive and own a vehicle is essential.

The CYP CRHTT will work closely with our colleagues in liaison at the Southampton University Hospital. Joined up working between liaison and CRHTT will occur at the weekends to meet the needs of children and young people presenting in crisis.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, hybrid working, part time hours, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:

  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, offering an informal chat for those uncertain about job fit. Our revamped recruitment process prioritizes inclusivity, aligned with Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interviews.

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Solent supports flexible working, providing a carer's passport. Our award-winning Health and Wellbeing service, including Employment Disability, Neurodivergent, and Menopause support, makes Solent NHS an inclusive workplace.

We promote staff vaccination as the primary defence against Flu and Covid-19. Join us in contributing to outstanding patient outcomes in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



Professional qualifications relevant to CAMHS e.g., Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist

Significant senior practitioner experience in CAMHS setting


Postgraduate training relevant to Child and Adolescent Mental Health e.g., CBT, DBT

Management or training qualification



Post qualifying experience

Experience of working with complex children, young people and families, experiencing severe mental health and trauma difficulties

Supervisory skills -- caseload management and clinical supervision

Ability to chair and facilitate team and multi-agency meetings

Experience of multi professional/multi-agency working

Appraiser of junior staff and/or peers

Performance monitoring


Previous experience of recruitment and high-level HR processes

Business planning

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

For help with your application, contact: 

Vikki Godwin 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 7 


£43742.00  to £50056.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Full-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Adelaide Health Centre, Western Community Centre 
William Macleod Way 
SO16 4XE 

University Hospital Southampton 
Tremona Road 
SO16 6YD 


This vacancy is closed to applications.