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CAMHS Clinical Specialist, Lambeth CWP and Spring Teams

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced CAMHS Clinical Specialist, who has an interest in working with children and adolescents that present with mild to moderate mental health concerns, some complex social circumstances and significant behavioural difficulties.

The post-holder will work within the Lambeth Children and Young People's Wellbeing Service (CWP) Service (0.6) and Lambeth CAMHS Spring team (Tier 2) service (0.4), providing both direct clinical work with children and young people, and supervision for qualified and Trainee Children and Young People's Wellbeing Practitioners. The Spring Team works closely with the Lambeth local authority at Tier 2 level, offering assessment and brief interventions to children, young people and their families. The CWP part of the role also involves 6.5 hours based within the Well Centre, a GP-led centre working with young people in the areas of physical and mental health.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be a part of the management team within the CWP team. They will liaise closely with the Team Lead in the CWP team, as well as with the Service Lead for the wider Spring team.

The post-holder will manage their own caseload and provide specialist assessment, formulation care planning and treatment to young people and families with complex presentations. A key part of the role will be providing individual and group supervision to qualified and trainee Children and Young People's Wellbeing Practitioners, who deliver CBT-informed interventions to parents and young people. The post-holder will attend a part-time, year long CWP supervisors course from January 2024.

Lambeth is an inner city, ethnically diverse community so a good understanding of diversity issues is important.

About us

The London Borough of Lambeth has a population of 317,800 (GLA 2020). Lambeth's population is highly diverse, a characteristic visible in the breadth of ethnic and cultural traditions seen throughout the borough. It is estimated that 63% of the population describe their ethnicity as other than White British 23% describe their ethnicity as Black (11% Black African, 7% Black Caribbean and 5% OtherBlack), 22% White Other and 6% as Asian.

The Annual population survey, estimates that a third of Lambeth's residents are non-UK born. Of these non-UK born, 40% are of wider European origin, 20% are of African origin and 20% of Central or South American origin. Nearly 150 languages are spoken as the first language in the homes of Lambeth school children. Portuguese, Spanish and Somali, are the most commonly spoken other languages in Lambeth.

Lambeth CAMHS employs staff from a variety of disciplines, including child psychology, psychiatry, nursing, psychotherapy & family therapy. The service is organised into three sections & delivered from a number of community & hospital sites across the borough. Teams include a generic multidisciplinary Tier 3 services, for Children and Adolescents, as well as a number of specialist teams & services including Youth Offending Team, Children Looked After, Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS) and the Neurodevelopmental Team. There is also an Early Intervention Service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will:

- manage their own caseload and provide comprehensive assessments and specialist support to young people and families with complex presentations.

- provide individual and group supervision to qualified and trainee Children and Young Peoples Wellbeing Practitioners, who provide CBT-informed interventions to parents and young people.

- risk assessment and management is a key part of the role and includes supporting members of the CWP Team with risk assessment and management

- work with people of different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

- have responsibility for assuring the quality of clinical practice with specific reference to evidence-based treatments within the teams.

- provide advice and support to other professionals in regards to management of common mental health issues and emotional wellbeing.

- be responsible for ensuring that staff, within the team achieve, positive clinical outcomes for children, young people and their families and that these are evidenced by performance indicators such as activity data, targets and quality measures.

- support in identifying and screening suitable referrals for the CWP team.

Please see the job description for a detailed job description outlining the main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • Healthcare Professional (HCP) professional registration NMC, HPC/HCPC, ACP or UKCP.
  • Formal training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


  • Formal training in clinical supervision, Pg Cert IAPT Supervision (CWP) or equivalent experience.



  • Experience and ability to function as a specialist practitioner in CAMHS.
  • Experience of working as a case manager in CAMHS using evidence-based practice.
  • Evidence of good practice in CAMHS assessments including assessing risk, behaviour, performance and family functioning.
  • Evidence of experience of clinical governance and clinical supervision
  • Evidence of providing CAMHS interventions in particular CBT


  • Working with families in a multi-racial urban environment



  • A good working knowledge of Mental health disorders in children and adolescents across all ages
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the general evidence base for treatment in child and adolescent mental health and of the assessment of risk and management of risk factors
  • A good understanding of the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the CWP IAPT programme.

Skills and abilitiesa


  • Evidence of competency in risk assessment
  • Experience of supervising others
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to work under pressure and to work effectively as part of a MDT team
  • Good written and verbal presentation skills and Basic IT and data entry skills


  • Leadership skills
  • Proven ability to work in a changing environment

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


35 Black Prince Road


SE11 6JJ

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