Senior Schools CAMHS Practitioner (Exclusions)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
Senior Schools CAMHS Practitioner (with responsibility for children who are excluded or at risk of being excluded)

(Clinical/ Counselling/Health/Educational Psychology, Family Psychotherapy, Child Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Arts Therapist, Clinical Social Work or Community Mental Health Nurse)

Band 7 - permanent position 1WTE

? Weare lookingfor a dynamic andorganised Practitionerto join our friendly and multi-disciplinary professional team. The post-holder will be offeringcomprehensive assessment and treatment to a wide variety of presentations. The post-holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy, self-management and drive with the ability to work well in a team and within the multi-agency environment.

This is a community-based post and will be part of the School CAMHS Access Service, with the broader service offering an early intervention service to schools across the whole locality.

Main duties of the job

This post is designed specifically to work alongside, and support the mental health needs of children and young people who CAMHs professionals struggle to engage with, due to significant conduct related difficulties such as exclusion from mainstream schooling, anti-social and/or offending behaviour, safeguarding issues and conduct disorder.

The service will be delivered through Special schools and mainstream schools within Central Bedfordshire. The post-holder will provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments and individual and group therapeutic interventions using models such as NVR and multi-family groups, as well as staff training and consultation.

This post will sit within our Schools Pathway team and within the broad-based CAMH Access Services (CAS), who provide early intervention and community based support through schools, GP practices and Early Help services. The post holder will be working with our community partners and will be fully integrated with community CAMHS and educational settings supporting multiple Schools across South Central Bedfordshire.

The service provides a holistic Thrive model of care, with the CAMH CAS offering the first two quadrants, Giving Advice and Getting Help, and where necessary, stepping up into our multi-disciplinary Getting More Help and Risk Management services.

About us

?To support you in this role, you will receiveregular, separate clinical and management supervision sessions, access to a variety of CPD sessions, and annual performance appraisals.The work of the teamis managed and supervised by the Schools Pathway Team Operational Lead which is strongly supported by our experienced CAS Clinical Lead and Lead for Psychological Therapies whom is involved in all aspects of professional and service development.

?The Senior Management Team within Bedfordshire & Luton CAMHS is committed to staff development and wellbeing: there are regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses, including IAPT, and to get involved in quality improvement initiatives and new developments in the service.

The East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this. This post is based in Dunstable, close to the M1 and easily reached by car from North London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire. The clinic also has the added benefit of free parking. The post holder will need to work and travel within schools across Central Bedfordshire, as required, so it is essential they have the means to do this.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For Full details of the job, please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

For contact details please see below.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • A qualification in Child Psychotherapy, Clinical/Health/Counselling/Educational Psychology, Systemic Family Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Arts Therapist, or Nursing with Registration
  • Please do not apply for this role if you do not have one of the qualifications listed below:
  • Clinical/Counselling/Health/Educational Psychology: Postgraduate Doctorate (or equivalent) in Clinical, Counselling, Health or Educational Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to Doctorate program introduced)
  • HCPC registered
  • Systemic Family Therapy: Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent
  • UKCP Registered
  • Child Psychotherapy: Honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies or recognised equivalent. Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent.
  • Registered member of ACP
  • Social Work: Recognized Social Work qualification such as Diploma in Social Work with an MA in Social Studies, or Degree level Social Work qualification or CQSW.
  • Nursing: Mental Health Nurse Level 1 (RN3, RNMH in sub part 1 of the NMC Register) ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Substance mis-use or equivalent (e.g. ENB 603)
  • Occupational Therapist: Have current registration as an Occupational Therapist with the HCPC
  • Arts Therapist: MA (or equivalent) in Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama therapy and or Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
  • Registration with the HCPC for Art Therapy, Music therapy or Drama therapy
  • For Dance Movement Psychotherapies: Registration with ADMP UK



  • Previous experience of working in a relevant Mental health setting with Young people (2 years)
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Experience of working with conduct related issues
  • Experience of working with Social services in context of safeguarding concerns


  • Delivery of parenting programmes - Webster-Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc.
  • Previous experience working with schools in mental health capacity.
  • Supervision of clinicians

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Beech Close Resource Centre

Beech Road



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