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CAMHS Clinical Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The SWLSTG CAMHS Emergency Care Service (CECS) provide Therapeutic Assessment and crisis planning for young people under 18 presenting with a mental health crisis to A&E's and paediatric wards in South West London. In addition to crisis assessments the team are also able provide brief therapeutic interventions and support to young people and families during follow up appointments.

The CAMHS Crisis Clinician is also a key link to further support and will liaise closely with the young person, family and other professionals to ensure a smooth transition to the appropriate treatment/ support. The team utilise skills gained in specialist training courses including Solutions Focused Therapy, DBT skills, Family Work and Therapeutic Assessment.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced CAMHS clinician to join the CAMHS Emergency Care Service for children and young people presenting across 3 Acute hospitals in the boroughs of Merton, Sutton, Richmond, Kingston and Wandsworth with self-harm and in mental health crisis. The team is well led by a Senior Clinical Nurse and CAMHS Consultant Psychiatrist.

The post holder will undertake a range of therapeutic tasks which will include:

Assessment of children and young person's presenting with self-harm, suicidality and mental health crisis, at the A&E Departments or following admission to the paediatric wards.

Working with colleagues to provide training, education and support of A&E, Paediatric and Adult Psychiatric Liaison staff, through formal teaching and provision of active clinical leadership to the ward teams

Provide consultation and advice to ward teams with respect to management of complex cases

To actively participate in the service development.

The post holder will be assigned a main area however will also be expected to travel to the CAMHS bases in Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston and St Georges, Kingston and West Middlesex hospitals.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities


- To undertake psychosocial assessment of young people following acts of self-harm and/or when presenting with a psychiatric disorder. Assessments will take place on the

Paediatric wards and A&E Departments of St Georges, St Helier and Kingston Hospitals.

- To complete risk assessments and risk management planning for young people in mental health crisis.

- To liaise and consult with CAMHS colleagues to provide further specialist assessment if necessary.

- To offer follow up appointments following initial assessment to review risk management plans and assess further support required. To provide links and transition support to other services as indicated.

- To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options in consultation with teams across the Trust and wider agencies including social services, voluntary services, CAMHS teams, the Adolescent Assertive Outreach team, psychiatric inpatient wards, respectively.

- To provide advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals working in other agencies and contribute to multi-agency care planning.

- To provide clinical leadership to clinicians of the Paediatric wards, Adult Psych Liaison and A&E staff.

- To follow the assessment protocol and to complete the clinical record on the CAMHS Clinical Information System (IAPTUS) maintaining clinical records appropriately and in line with the Trust policy

- To participate in regular clinical supervision.

- To ensure high standards of verbal and written communication with all staff and clients that maximise user involvement in the delivery of care and treatment

- To comply with London Child Protection Procedures on the management of child protection issues and those of South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust.


- To use evidence-based approach to develop, inform and maintain a high standard of practice.

- To be reflective, self-questioning and continuously appraise own performance.

- To evaluate clinical input and to review outcomes with the team.

- To work with other members of the team providing education of managing young people presenting with self-harm and mental health crisis to staff in A&E and Paediatric wards,

- To take an active part in the organisation and delivery of multi-disciplinary training by the team to enhance the competency and ability of GPs to identify and treat self-harm, emotional and mental health related difficulties.

- To act as a mentor/ practice educator to students on placement within the CAMHS Emergency Care Service and support the learning of students in other CAMHS teams.

Clinical Governance

- To maintain professional registration.

- To contribute to the education and training of A & E, paediatric and Adult Psych Liaison staff on specialist assessment and best practice care of children and young people with mental health difficulties.

- To develop and maintain good relationships and clear lines of communication with other professionals, agencies and departments.

- To participate in staff development programmes.

- To participate in the development and auditing of service standards.

- To keep up to date with current developments, national guidelines and research based practise in CAMHS.

- To actively contribute to complex case reviews and multiagency meetings in the planning of care for children and young people.

- To be proactive in seeking the views of service users and stakeholders in helping to evaluate and review the work of the service.


- To keep up to date comprehensive clinical notes and prepare formal documents such as letters, referral and discharge summaries and reports.

- To maintain and record client contact statistics using CAMHS clinical systems.

- To ensure administrative tasks are completed within the time scales set down in the service standards.

- To attend team meetings, supervision support sessions and reviews as agreed.

- To contribute to the formulation and evaluation of policies and the development of ideas for changing policies as appropriate.

Training and Development

- To attend all mandatory and statutory training sessions as required by the Trust.

- To participate in continuing professional development, monitoring requirements and make recommendations for the most appropriate model of service delivery.

- To receive professional and clinical supervision from an appropriately experienced clinician within the field of child mental health.

- To receive management supervision with a nominated manager at agreed frequency.

- To participate in annual Performance Appraisal and Development Review (PADR), in line with Agenda for Change and Knowledge and Skills Framework.

- To undertake personal development as identified in the Personal Development Plan (PDP).

Person Specification



  • RMN/ HCPC - current professional registration with the NMC or HCPC as appropriate
  • Post qualification and registration experience of working in child and adolescent services


  • Higher degree
  • Additional qualification in a treatment modality, e.g. DBT, CBT



  • Demonstrable experience of working with young people who experience acute mental health problems
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of assessing and managing crisis with mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of risk assessment and management
  • Experience of participation in case conferences and reviews
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development


  • Working within an ethnically and racially diverse community
  • Experience of assessing deliberate self-harm and suicidality presentations in young people
  • Experience of a range of therapeutic approaches
  • Experience of contributing to policy and procedure development and implementation

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