OTR Bristol | 08/03/2024

Youth Mental Health Practitioner (North Somerset)

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Application Deadline: 31/03/2024
Hours: 37.5
Salary: OTR Band B+ | Starting salary £26,099
Contract Type: Permanent
Interview Date: 16/04/2024

OTR are looking for an enthusiastic, engaging, knowledgeable and dedicated Youth Mental Health Practitioner to join our team based within the CAMHS Urgent Care and Assessment Team (UCAT) in North Somerset. This role involves working in collaboration with NHS colleagues to deliver an Intensive Outreach Service for young people up to the age of 18 years old across North Somerset (and occasionally Bristol and South Gloucestershire when weekend working). The successful applicant will help deliver a robust package of care that will support children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis or who are requiring intensive support. 

The role involves delivering a variety of psychoeducational interventions informed by therapies such as, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy. A creative approach is required to engage and support young people who present as high risk and have perhaps struggled to engage with interventions such as talking therapies. An ability to build therapeutic relationships with young people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds is paramount to this role. You will be supported in the role through a six month probation period, regular supervision and reflective practice. 

The primary base is Drove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3NT. This post requires occasional working from Campbell House, Henrietta Street, BS2 8HR.. A driving licence is therefore required as well as access to suitable transport (either a car, or a willingness to use pool cars).

We welcome all applicants from all communities and are committed to developing a team that reflects the diversity we work with. As a CIOT service, we proactively engage in Anti-Oppressive Practice through CPD, discussion and meetings in order to make the workplace a safe place for all colleagues and a service that is accessible for all young people. 

You will have access to both AWP and OTR training opportunities. OTR offers a generous annual leave package and a holistic wellbeing support package upon successful completion of probationary period. 

This post involves occasional weekend working.

To find out more about the role please download the job pack below. If you would like an informal chat about the role, please email Tani Caldwell at

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OTR & Benefits:

OTR is a mental health social movement by and for young people. The charity is at an exciting stage of its 59-year history and is proud to be reaching more young people than ever before (over 20,000) across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset with creative and diverse mental health and wellbeing info and support.

Click here to find out more about what we do

Our approach to mental health is grounded in a set of beliefs and assumptions that underpins all of our work. We believe in celebrating diversity, empowering and mobilising young people to make change, and that catering to the unique strengths, interests and circumstances surrounding young people is key. Our approach centres on collaboration and partnership, building relationships between individuals, peers and communities.

Each day is as engaging and fulfilling as the last, and with a network of supportive, community minded people, we hope you’ll feel welcome here. As a thank you, we like to compensate our employees for the important work they do with a range of benefits including a flexible leave policy (38 days), healthcare cost assistance with HealthShield, flexible and hybrid working arrangements, enhanced sick pay, parental leave, continual training and development, free yoga and reiki, and more (subject to contractual terms and conditions).

A Willingness to Work with Difference

At OTR, whatever your role or professional background, you will be expected to work in a way that is anti-oppressive and inclusive. A key focus for OTR is to develop an organisation that is inclusive for all but we do not claim to be experts in this. We are committed to continuous learning and improvement in these areas and invite you to join us on this journey.

OTR recognises the benefits to individual practice and organisational credibility of having a diverse community of staff and volunteers and to this end is continually working towards building and maintaining an environment which values and pursues diversity accordingly.

We recognise that tackling systemic inequality, prejudice, racism and oppressive practice requires each of us to actively engage, self-examine and make changes where necessary, in order to improve access and equitable experience for all in society and all of those who come through our doors at OTR.

Job Description: Youth_Mental_Health_Practitioner_North_Somerset_Job_Pack.pdf