Highly Specialist CAMHS Clinician

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior CAMHS clinician to work within the Enhanced Support Team. You will be an enthusiastic, experience clinician who is familiar with working with risk and complex presentation and has a positive track record of collaborative working relationships. You will make an essential contribution to the leadership and development of this evolving team and across CAMHS and will have extensive clinical experience and a proven track record of leadership roles within clinical settings. We are looking for an ambitious, visionary senior clinician who will ensure efficient and effective delivery of care. The post would be fitting that of a Clinical Psychologist or a senior CAMHS Clinician who has additional qualifications and skills in a psychological talking therapies. Experience of leadership, supervision and a sound understanding of formulation is essential. Also robust knowledge around trauma, neurodevelopment and systemic thinking.

Main duties of the job

The successful post holder will lead on the delivery of assessment and formulation based care to children and young people needing an enhanced level of care and support. The post holder will bring skills in understanding the impact of trauma and early adverse care experiences on attachment and development alongside developed skills in risk assessment and management. If successful, you will work in partnership with case holders, teams within our wider service and beyond to support collaborative work with this group. The role will include a large amount of consultation and risk support. You will work with trauma informed practices and help to drive the way these can be embedded in the work of others. You will have the opportunity to offer interventions to this group of vulnerable children and families to help them make meaningful change. As a senior clinician within the team, offering supervision, consultation and support to deliver care and co creation of robust formulations.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Utilises advanced specialist knowledge covering a range of procedures and underpinned by relevant broad based knowledge, experience and competence

1.2. Develops and maintains new skills in extended scope practice in response to emerging knowledge and techniques

1.3. Where appropriate to services delivery, demonstrates highly developed physical skills which require specific training or considerable experience to attain the level required e.g. advanced moving and handling techniques, advanced clinical assessment, clinical procedures, diagnostic tests

1.4. Demonstrates independent practice responding to social, scientific, clinical and ethical issues which are encountered

1.5. Makes complex judgements requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options by integrating complex knowledge sources in new and/or unfamiliar contexts and determining the appropriate application of clinical guidelines relevant to patient needs

1.6. Responsible for developing new and innovative clinical pathways across the broad health and social care context

1.7. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of self care, involvement and empowerment

1.8. Works to standards of advanced proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a highly specialist standard

1.9. Prioritises their own workload within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.10. Provides and receives highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.11. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all aspects of the role including the management of compliments and complaints

1.12. Acts as a highly specialist source of information and support for other professionals and agencies across the broad health and social care context

1.13. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

2. Leadership

2.1. Ensures that a professional service and image is maintained at all time, thereby acting as a role model to all staff

2.2. Provides a leadership style which is underpinned by strongly held values around equality, diversity and openness effectively builds and maintains relationships with direct reportee(s), management team and other key individuals across the organisation.

2.3. Ensures the effective and efficient use of resources (e.g. staff, supplies within their own sphere of responsibility) by acting as authorised signatory including working with operational managers to agree service budgets.

2.4. Demonstrates leadership and innovation in contexts which are unfamiliar, complex, and unpredictable that require solving problems involving many complex interacting factors

2.5. Ability to delegate, organise and prioritise to ensure the safe delivery of the service including the management of referrals and discharges utilising locally agreed support mechanisms e.g. on call manager and making judgements in complex situations

2.6. By actively participating or leading multi-discipline or multi-agency work streams, the post holder will propose and develop clinical policies and/or service developments which have impact on other disciplines, services or agencies.

2.7. Demonstrates resilience when responding to challenge, change and complex or difficult situations

2.8. Demonstrates clinical leadership, initiative and creativity in developing a broad range of projects or plans and inspiring others to be positive in their contribution to continuous improvement and innovation, including adjusting plans where necessary

2.9. Clearly articulates the expected clinical standards of the service, monitors and identifies where standards are not met and takes action to address these holding people to account where necessary

2.10. Ensures that all objectives, for self and those directly responsible for, are clearly defined within the wider Directorate framework and in line with Trusts objectives, using the appraisal process as a vehicle for this.

2.11. Takes responsibility for their own and others health and safety in the working environment.

2.12. Ability to represent the service at relevant local or regional clinical forum

3. Learning and Development

3.1. Undertakes any training required to develop and maintain their proficiency in response to changes in service delivery or new and emerging techniques within the clinical area and demonstrate competence within professional body requirements

3.2. Reflects on and evaluates own practice and identifies areas of development by setting appropriate objectives via appraisal and clinical supervision

3.3. Contributes to research and development programmes appropriate to clinical practice

3.4. Shares good practice and promotes the organisation through presentation, publication and submission for relevant awards

3.5. Devises and delivers specialist training and development programmes within team and to other services, teams or agencies

3.6. Provides high quality, specialist advice related to clinical specialism to other practitioners, agencies and individuals

3.7. Ensures appraisals for direct reportees are undertaken in accordance with Trust policy manages performance which falls below standard in accordance with the appropriate HR policies and processes seeking support from senior staff where required.

4. Partnership and Team Working

4.1. Works in partnership with other agencies and disciplines to effectively manage complex cases whilst focusing on individual client need
4.2. Actively develops and maintains effective clinical and corporate working relationships both within and outside the Trust including with other agencies and Higher Education Institutions
4.3. Explores the potential for collaborative working and takes opportunities to initiate and sustain such relationships in order to enhance service delivery and make improvements to patient pathways.

4.4. Actively contributes to the multi-disciplinary team supporting the patient acting as a credible source of information for other agencies/professionals involved in the care as required acting as a resource of highly specialist knowledge for others

5. Innovation and Quality

5.1. Works with operational managers and corporate services to continually improve the quality of service delivery within the overall organisational governance frameworks and corporate objectives e.g. agreeing service standards and ensuring evidence is available to provide assurance on activity and quality

5.2. Implements, monitors and maintains agreed standards of care using a range of evidence and data sources to identify where improvements are needed

5.3. Develops and implements policies and guidelines relevant to service area and ensures team members are aware of policy requirements

5.4. Initiates and leads clinical audit ensuring that action plans are implemented

5.5. Identifies, manages and minimises risks within the overall organisational risk management frameworks supporting other staff to contribute to the process. This includes understanding and applying knowledge of clinical role in safeguarding and incident management

5.6. Acts as an advocate for patients and their families/carers recognising the boundaries of their clinical knowledge liaising and referring on to other services / agencies as required

5.7. Ensures that patient experience is core to all clinical and service development gaining support from the appropriate corporate teams as required

5.8. Develops and implements innovative clinical practice to contribute to the Quality Framework, outcome measures and best practice standards in order to deliver an effective, high quality service

Health and Safety

Responsibilities of ALL staff in relation to Health and Safety:-

Take reasonable care of your own health and safety

Take reasonable care not to put other people - fellow employees and members of the public - at risk by what you do or don't do in the course of your work

Co-operate with Trust, making sure you understand and follow the health and safety policies and procedures

Attend all required training on Health and Safety related policies and procedure.

Do not interfere with or misuse anything that has been provided for your health, safety or welfare

Report and record any injuries, strains or illnesses suffered as a result of doing your job

Inform your manager if something happens that might affect your ability to work safely such as suffering an injury or a new medical condition.

Additional for those with management responsibilities:

Identify through documented risk assessment any risks that exists within the department or during the delivery of the service

Investigate and manage incidents and near misses, ensuring actions are taken to prevent recurrence

Support the Risk and Safety Team in ensuring suitable and sufficient up to date Health and Safety information and guidance is available to all staff at all levels and disciplines across the organisation.

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field
  • If required, qualification specific to specialist field e.g. advanced assessment, extended scope practitioner qualification
  • Post graduate learning to Masters level or equivalent
  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties including extended role activities
  • Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards
  • Teaching, training or mentorship qualification or experience to the equivalent level
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