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Highly Specialist CAMHS practitioner in LEAP

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Following the establishment of the Mental Health in Schools national programme a need has been identified for a specialist clinical leadership role within LEAP. There is a specific focus on developing more access to appropriate help and improving the general culture of emotional support within all primary and secondary schools including special educational provisions and Pupil Referral Units.

The main purpose of this role is to take a senior role in mental health practice in the well established role at LEAP site and provide liaison between CAMHS and LEAP. This role will work with all staff in the LEAP site to develop and maintain a whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing.

The role is suitable for an enthusiastic, creative and compassionate clinician with understanding for young people with complex mental health and other needs. We welcome applicants with variety of experience and different skill mix to enrich lively and welcoming Emotional and Behavioural Team 2 at Tower Hamlets CAMHS.

Main duties of the job

Direct clinical work will be providing comprehensive and specialist mental health assessment and treatment for secondary school age children and adolescents and their families and carers who may be likely to present with significant levels of distress and dysfunction.

A key component will be sharing knowledge and understanding with the staff group, children and families around working with attachment theory, early and latency child development, trauma and neurodevelopment.

A focus of this role is to provide day to day senior support and consultation for the staff and practitioners in LEAP to implement and further develop a wide range of approaches, interventions and projects to improve outcomes around mental health and well-being for this vulnerable group of young people.

The post holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy and self-management and will be required to account for their professional practice through appraisal and audit. Outcomes will be measured and monitored with data provided to CAMHS management, commissioners, NHS England and MHSDS. The post-holder will take responsibility for producing regular comprehensive reports on performance and developments for TH CAMHS managers, LEAP senior management team, commissioners and multi-agency partners.

About us

The team sits in the heart of wider service and provides both core and specialized child and adolescent mental health service to young people and their families within the diverse borough of Tower Hamlets with close links to partnering agencies. It consists of a skilled and diverse MDT, who strive to collaboratively deliver high standards of care, with the young people and their families at the centre, with particular focus on young people with externalizing presentations.

The post holder will be expected to hold a generic CAMHS caseload, provide specialist consultation and CAMHS mental health assessment, with specific emphasis on adolescents with complex and severe mental health difficulties. It will also include liaison with other agencies, evidence based clinical interventions and support, clinical supervision and teaching to multi-agency staff and students.

Outside of the term-time, the post holder will be embedded fully in Emotional and Behavioural Team 2 with focus on caseload management, service development and supporting day duty system.

The post holder will be supported in their aspirations whenever possible and could be supported with service development ideas, quality improvement and audit.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for further information related to this advertised role.

Person Specification



  • Qualification in appropriate mental health profession such as Nursing, Clinical or Counselling Psychology, Family Therapy or Psychotherapy.
  • Registration with relevant UK Governing body.


  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification.
  • Specific therapeutic modality training and qualification e.g. CBT, DBT, IPT etc.
  • Management or leadership training



  • Experience of working in a clinical post in CAMHS
  • Previous experience working with Schools in mental health capacity.
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Experience of care planning
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary way
  • Experience in crisis work


  • Delivery of parenting programs - Webster- Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc.
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner city area
  • Knowledge of development in inter agency partnership
  • Ability to deliver state of mind assessments

Knowledge & Skills


  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS Skilled in emergency and crisis Assessments
  • Specialist clinical skills within in specific therapeutic modalities
  • Proficiency in non-verbal and creative engagement and therapeutic skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries


  • Competent use of other IT packages e.g. PowerPoint, Excel and Access.
  • Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge
  • Ability to run psychoeducation groups for parents - ideally using remote access video links
  • Formal training in Management Skills
  • Crisis management and skills for promoting helpful reflection amongst the clinical team.
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres

IT Skills


  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS
  • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation
  • Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact of care delivery
  • Knowledge of the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation
  • Knowledge of standard setting and audit implementation
  • An awareness of different research methods
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines



  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Able to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing/highly emotional circumstances and exposure to traumatic circumstances.
  • Able to contain and work with organizational stress and able to hold the stress of others.
  • Able to manage effectively verbal aggression from service users, families, etc and the risk of physical aggression. Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Able to give guidance, to negotiate and handle confrontation effectively and professionally.
  • Able to respond calmly and flexibly to rapid changing priorities.


  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multiprofessional and uniprofessional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Highly Specialised academic interest to stimulate a thoughtful and reflective Psychology Team and to encourage research confidence and awareness within the wider organization.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.



  • Able to work to professional guidelines.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers, other young people and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Competent in dealing with families in breakdown experiencing trauma and abuse occasional patient complaints conveying of unwelcome news
  • Working conditions: Occasional abusive behavior unpredictable clinical scenarios e.g. emergency home visits travel in community in all weather conditions.


  • Record of having publicly presented or published evidence from research, audit or clinical experience for peer review and at conference.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust



18 Greatorex Street


E1 5NF

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