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Band 7 Primary Mental Health Specialist - Bristol

Band 7

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Band 7
Fixed Term 12 months
Part Time 18.75 hours per week
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South Gloucestershire Council, Yate
From £37,570 per annum, pro rata
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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We also provide specialist services extending throughout the south west.

We employ over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8million people.

We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a practitioner skilled and experienced with Looked After and Adopted children and families to take on the role of a Band 7 CAMHS Specialist Practitioner within South Gloucestershire's Thinking Aloud service.

Thinking Aloud is a small specialist team that works with children who are Looked After by South Glos / Bristol Social Care or are adopted and the professionals and carers / parents who support these children. The children have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma and present with the complex behavioural, emotional, health and developmental needs associated with such histories. The work is complex, emotionally challenging and interesting.

We are looking for a practitioner, skilled and experienced with Looked After and Adopted children and families to take on the role of a Band 7 CAMHS Specialist Practitioner within the Thinking Aloud service. We particularly welcome applications from BAME and LGBTQI+ communities and those with protected characteristics or lived experience of childhood adversity. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments individuals may require in the recruitment process, on commencement, or once in post.

As a CAMHS Specialist in this small team you will show enthusiasm, humour and acceptance and will have excellent communication and therapeutic skills. You will facilitate and provide assessment services on the psychological / emotional health of children and young people looked after by South Glos / Bristol Social Care or adopted. You will lead and participate in multi-agency meetings and consultations with carers, adoptive parents, social workers and other professionals. You will engage in some direct therapeutic work with children and carers / parents and will contribute to presentations and training events for other professionals and carers / parents as required. As part of the Thinking Aloud team you will be well supported both within South Glos / Bristol to provide this work with regular managerial and clinical supervision and weekly clinical team meetings.

Experience of working with refugee families and unaccompanied minors is desirable.

There are two posts available, one in Bristol and one in South Glos. We will ask at interview where your preferred base will be.

If you want to improve the outcomes for Looked After and adopted children, meet the application criteria (see Job Description and Person Specification) and are interested in this position we look forward to receiving your application."

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kirsty Fraser (Specialist Mental Health Clinician) on 07710119537 or Christina Saltmarsh (Speciality Clinical Lead) 07710119538.