SPA CAMHS Practitioner

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Colchester, Essex
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023
This post is eligible for the Trust 'Welcome to NELFT' Payment, a lump sum of 10% of agreed basic salary excluding HCAS and is open to all new applicants who are successfully appointed. Payment of the incentive is 50% of the lump sum at the end of the probationary period (typically six months) and then 50% at the end of year two. This welcome package is applicable to external candidates only.

Are you a confident and skilled clinician looking to bring positive change to the lives of young people and to the communities in which they live? Why not come and work for NELFT's Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) , and become part of one of the UK's most innovative healthcare Trusts?

We have an exciting opportunity for SET CAMHS Single Point of Access Multi-Disciplinary Worker.

The role is to work at the SET CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA) triaging new referrals into the service and responding to referrals via telephone calls, and consultation with other professionals and stakeholders.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be a graduate qualified health care professional (e.g. nurse, social worker, occupational therapist), or will have substantial CAMHS clinical experience and where appropriate will be fully registered with the appropriate professional or regulatory body (e.g. HCPC, NMC). They will have extensive clinical experience working with children and young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties. In addition the worker will need to evidence that they are able to provide children, young people and their families with information and education thereby ensuring they have meaningful choices regarding interventions. The worker will need to demonstrate that they have a wide range of knowledge in approaches to communicating and managing care.

To promote the mental and emotional health of children, young people and families in the community through clinical interventions in the SET CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA).

To prevent more serious mental health problems in children and young people by early identification of the development of mental health problems.

To have a wide range of knowledge in approaches to communicating and managing care with families, children and young people.

To have excellent communication skills and to be able to promote integrated healthcare working internally and externally.

About us

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification when completing your application

The single point of access in SET CAMHS

The SPA receives, screens and directs referrals from across Southend, Essex and Thurrock. Then provides advice, information, consultation and support to all referrers and a range of other local services. SPA staff are co-located with existing local authority early help and advice services. SPA is often young peoples and families first, important contact with SET CAMHS.

The SPA works closely with the SET CAMHSlocality teams and aims to respond earlier to children and young peoples needs in order to help prevent, reduce or delay the need for more specialist interventions.

The service is driven by the principles underpinning the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) evidence based interventions, routine measurement of outcomes, access to high quality training and supervision for professionals and true co-production with children and young people.

Care pathway leads and practitioners ensure that a high quality, timely, accessible and evidence-based service is available to all children and young people who need it. This means establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with the SPA, wider social, health and voluntary services.

If working in our SET CAMHS SPA is for you if you are excited by a modern approach. We would very much like to hear from you.

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a graduate training (e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy) or equivalent substantial CAMHS clinical experience
  • Further professional knowledge will have been gained through accredited courses workshops, study and in house training programmes (e.g. CYP-IAPT training).
  • To be eligible for registration as a full member of the appropriate professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC) where appropriate



  • Experience of working with difficult, disturbed or challenging children/young people requiring skilled and complex interventions
  • Experience of working with children and adolescents with co-morbid difficulties and special needs. (i.e. combination of organic and emotional deficits, such as autistic spectrum disorders and trauma).
  • Experience of working therapeutically with parents/carers/families of children and young people with complex mental health problems
  • Experience of using observation (eg. In school contexts) to contribute to assessments of children.
  • Experience of carrying out generic assessment with other colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of assessment carried out autonomously in order to determine the most appropriate treatment plan from a range of options for the child/young person.
  • Experience of providing individual interventions with a wide variety of children and young people, from 3 to 19 years old- presenting problems at the most severe end of the spectrum.

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) .

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Colchester, Essex

Essex House, 200 The Crescent

Colchester, Essex


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