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CAMHS Practitioner - ADHD

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary


We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Band 7 Nurse prescriber to join our Neurodevelopmental Team. We would consider offering this as a Band 6 moving to Band 7 on successful completion of non-medical prescriber training which the Trust will support.

The Neurodevelopmental Team are committed to a high level of patient care and the ideal candidate will have a strong team and work ethic, sense of accountability, interest in research and service development, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team. We are a supportive team who value each other's skills and knowledge and have a shared goal of providing the best care and support to the families we serve.

In return we will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff through additional relevant training, a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with neurodevelopmental disorders and co-morbid mental health issues, then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

We are a multidisciplinary team who work with youngsters with a diagnosed moderate to severe Learning Disability and provide assessment and treatment for Autism and ADHD. The team provides mental health assessments for youngsters with a neurodevelopmental disorder and also psychological therapies for co-morbid mental health disorders.

Main duties of the role include:
  • To provide an evidence-based therapy service to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD and Learning Disabilities in the Neurodevelopmental Service CAMHS which is part of the Children, Young People and Families Directorate in CPFT.
  • Patients will be managed on a community basis, providing assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and/or comorbid mental health disorder and evidence-based therapy.
  • At the same time as offering advice and consultation on patient's mental health care to colleagues and partner agencies and to other non-professional carers.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's and Trust's policies and procedures.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To work as an integral member of the CAMHS Neurodevelopment Community Team, providing comprehensive mental health and diagnostic assessments of ADHD and other specialist assessments (if applicable such as Qb, SALT, OT, Cognitive), demonstrating the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To be part of the MDT ADHD formulation meetings and have the ability to utilise specialist knowledge to make decisions about a child or young persons mental health and neurodevelopmental needs.
  • To provide physical health checks including height, weight and blood pressure for children taking medication for ADHD.
  • To provide ADHD medication reviews in clinic under the supervision of the ADHD doctors.
  • To participate in the prevention and early detection of emotional and mental health difficulties in children and adolescents referred to the service.
  • To participate in the planning and delivery of evidence-based therapeutic programmes e.g. Positive Behaviour Support, CBT and Parenting programmes on both an individual and group basis to children and young people and their families.
  • To develop formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon mental health theory and evidence which incorporates developmental, interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To evaluate and make treatment decisions in collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Team.
  • To be responsible for terminating intervention in consultation with other professionals involved.
  • To use routine outcome monitoring to inform clinical practice through supervision and care planning.
  • To participate in the teams use of routine outcome monitoring to inform service design across CAMHS.
  • To educate and involve children and young people and family/carers, in their care/support plan and provide opportunities for service users to contribute to assessment and the development of service provision.
  • To have an understanding of waiting lists, referrals and allocations
  • To be responsible for managing and evaluating caseload and manage time accordingly.
  • To network and develop partnerships with Child and Adolescent Mental Health professionals and other professionals within Childrens Social Care, Education, General Practitioners, Health Promotion Agencies and Voluntary Sector.
  • Ability to provide clinical consultation to other professionals on a variety of levels. This will involve consulting and advising on a wide range of issues regarding the mental health needs of children and young people.
  • To work within the framework of legislation, guidance, policies and procedures relating to young people in care, with particular reference to the Children Order (NI) 1995, Children (Leaving Care) Act (NI) 2002 and the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986.
  • To maintain accurate and appropriate records of work undertaken.
  • To ensure Trust policy in relation to confidentiality is maintained at all times.
  • To attend training opportunities to promote professional practice and skills development in line with professional body requirements.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To participate in the Practitioner CAMH weekday duty system to conduct mental state/self-harm assessments, as required for children and young people.
  • To participate in the Practitioner weekend on-call system (for permanent staff only)
  • To act as care coordinator, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, tasking responsibility for arranging reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of a mental health assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers. To assist in the management of the service caseload.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • A recorded/UK registered qualification with NMC such as Learning Disability Nurse, Children's Nurse, Adult Nurse or RMN


  • Nurse prescriber training or willingness to undertake training
  • Training in Child Protection
  • Training in an evidence-based therapeutic intervention recommended by NICE Guidelines relevant to CAMHS, i.e. CBT, IPT, Systemic Therapy
  • Additional training in managing challenging behaviour
  • Training in ADHD diagnostics such as Qb (computerised) assessment or willingness to undertake training



  • Experience of working with children, young people and families
  • Experience of working with children or adults with ADHD, learning disability and/or autism.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of multi-agency working
  • Experience of undertaking mental health and risk assessments
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time


  • Post-qualification experience in assessment and treatment of children, young people and families and/or adults.
  • Group work
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of undertaking mental health risk assessments of children and young people

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries.
  • Willingness and ability to participate as an independent practitioner in assessments.
  • Evidence of ability to exercise a high level of judgement and decision-making.
  • Evidence of ability to keep clear and accurate clinical records.


  • Ability to assess and treat children and young people with neuro developmental disorder and their families
  • Ability to teach, train and supervise

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge and understanding of Child and Adolescent Mental health
  • Knowledge and understanding of neuro developmental disorders.
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Motivated towards personal and professional development.
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