Band 7 CAMHS Social Care Primary Mental Health Specialist (South Glos)

Main area
Band 7
Permanent: Substantive
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
22.5 hours per week ((22.5-37.5 hours per week will be considered))
Job ref
South Gloucestershire Council Badminton Rd Office
£43,742 - £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
24/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

0.6wte/ 22.5 hours per week (22.5-37.5 hours per week considered)

We are looking for a motivated, qualified and registered professional who has experience of working with children and young people, preferably within a community CAMHS service and/or significant experience within adult mental health services.

South Gloucestershire Local Authority have funded Primary Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) roles to be embedded within their main teams.  This role is for the Access and Response Team (ART) based at Badminton Road Council Offices.  Hybird working will be an option for all roles.  More details of the team and other social care PMHS teams, is in the attached document.

Main duties of the job

The PMHS role is embedded within the LA team and will provide consultation to social care staff about young people with emotional and mental health needs, providing advice and support to upskill professionals to identify mental health needs and appropriately intervene. Some of these young people/families will require assessment and interventions from the post holder and are likely to require an assertive outreach approach to aid engagement. Other young people may be supported into the locality CAMHS team (for example those with eating disorders). The post will also provide training to social care staff and other professional working with children and young people.

You will be welcomed into an established and experienced Primary Mental Health Specialist team within South Gloucestershire and Bristol (including PMHS working in Bristol locality social care teams). You will also access support, training and regular supervision from the South Gloucestershire locality CAMHS team.

South Gloucestershire CAMHS service has radically transformed in recent years. This includes significantly improved waiting times; fantastic team skill mix and opportunities for innovative practice. We also strive to provide compassionate leadership as we recognize the importance of staff well-being. As part of the wider local CAMHS service we are moving towards an I-Thrive approach to ensure our service is more responsive, accessible and effective.

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

We welcome potential applicants to make contact to discuss the opportunities of this role

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To upskill and support social staff by providing specialist mental health consultation, training, advice, support, and liaison to staff working with children, young people and their parents/carers
  • To be link between CAMHS and social care services, providing referral information, support and guidance and signposting to appropriate services. To explore and help facilitate access to community CAMHS where access issues are difficult.
  • To assess and formulate the mental health, emotional and psychological needs of children and young people who are involved with South Gloucestershire Social Care
  • Provide an outreach model and systemic approach to help engage and provide intervention to children, young people and their families. To include, attending multi-agency meetings.
  • Provide mental health consultation and reflective sessions to Social Care practitioners
  • Provide mental health training to Social Care staff

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional qualification eg Nursing, Social Work, Family Therapy, Arts Therapies, OT, Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Maintenance of appropriate professional registration (HCPC, NMC etc)
  • Formal post-graduate level qualification in a relevant field eg CYP-IAPT training, AMHP, CBT, Brief Therapy or can demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and expertise


Essential criteria
  • Post qualification of delivering evidence based therapies to young people and families in CAMHS
  • Significant post-qualifying clinical experience of working with multiple agencies
  • Experience of providing consultation and/or training to professionals
Desirable criteria
  • Significiant post qualification experience in NHS CAMHS


Essential criteria
  • Ability to work with children, young people and families from a wide range of social, cultural and minority ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work autonomously, and organise and prioritise workload
  • .Experience of care co-ordinating complex cases

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about 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 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

Michelle Blackler
Job title
Clinical Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Michelle Blackler - Clinical Service Manager for South Glos CAMHS

01454 862 431 or

Sara Melia - Clinical Lead for Primary Mental Health Specialists








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