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CAMHS Practitioner - Lambeth CAMHS River Team

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
26 Sep 2023
Want to play your part in helping improve the lives of children and young people? We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Practitioner, who has an interest in working with children and adolescents who present with a range of complex mental health difficulties.The Lambeth Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service is a specialist multi-disciplinary CYP-IAPT Tier 3 mental health team. The post-holder will undertake CAMHS assessments (including ADHD assessments) of children and young people up to age 18 with a formulation and diagnosis, and recommendations for treatment.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will have a therapeutic caseload, offering therapy children and adolescents with complex needs. You will also be working at times with their families. You will have the ability to deliver a range of interventions for children and young people. Close working relationships with members of the team and partnership agencies e.g. Social Services, Education and others is essential. You must demonstrate an interest in multi-agency and multi-disciplinary work and be familiar with evidence-based practice. There are excellent opportunities for CPD, in service teaching and supervision within the team and the trust. Applicants must be able to work independently and have good clinical/therapeutic and case management skills. Lambeth is an inner city, ethnically diverse community. Applicants will need a good understanding of diversity issues. The team office base is in Kennington / Vauxhall and we also visit some young people at home or in school subject to current Covid-19 restrictions).The working hours are 9-5. At the clinic we offer a late clinic 5-7pm two days per week. The successful applicant would be contracted to work these hours.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assessed supervised clinical experience working with children and adolescents with mental health problems/needs or clear evidence of transferable skills.

Working in collaboration with supervisor, service user, carers and MDT in assessing needs, planning and implementing care

Taking responsibility for care delivery in a specific area and maintaining a safe therapeutic environment

A good understanding and some experience of the following: Group, individual and family work, multi-disciplinary work, clinical governance and audit and the process of clinical supervision in CAMHS

A good working knowledge of the following: Mental health disorders in children and adolescents

Difficulties common to Looked After Children e.g. attachment difficulties

Key legislation relevant to CAMHS setting: The Children Act 1989, 2004 and The M All applicants will require a professional training and relevant CAMHS experience in combination with professional registration with one of the following statutory bodies: the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) , Health Professional's Council (HPC), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)ental Health Act 1983, Human Rights Act 1998 and Mental Capacity Act 2005

Person Specification



  • First level nursing qualification/registration RMN OR or RSCN or HV with related CAMHS OR First level qualification in Occupational therapy, Clinical or Counselling Psychology, Social work, or equivalent with related CAMHS experience. oQualification as a Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) with relevant CAMHS experience. oFirst level qualification in art, play, drama, music therapy or psychotherapy (leading to a registered qualification with one of the above statutory bodies) with related experience in the psychological aspects of caring for children and adolescent with mental health problems/needs.


  • Doctorate or MSc level qualification associated with child and adolescent mental health e.g. clinical psychology, family therapy, child psychotherapy
  • Post registration clinical professional development. CYP-IAPT post graduate training



  • Evidence of providing interventions in group, individual and family work, multidisciplinary work with young people, or able to demonstrate clear transferable skills with to this age group.
  • Sufficient post-graduation experience in working within a mental health setting.
  • Assessed supervised clinical experience working with children and adolescents with mental health problems
  • Working in collaboration with supervisor, service user, carers and MDT in assessing needs, planning and implementing care
  • Taking responsibility for care delivery in a specific area and maintaining a safe therapeutic environment


  • Experience of working within an IAPT service
  • Experience of working as a case manager in child and adolescent mental health sector
  • Evidence of good practice in child and adolescent mental health assessments, assessments of behaviour and performance, family functioning
  • Working with families in a multi-racial urban environment



  • Ability to work therapeutically with the client group, using a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to be 'reflective' in therapeutic practice and adapt practice from this reflection
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Good written and verbal presentation skills


  • Skill in using a specific therapy in practice



  • A good working knowledge of Mental health disorders in children and adolescents
  • A good working knowldege of key legislation relevant to CAMHS setting
  • Assessment of risk and management of risk factors
  • The principles underlying confidentiality and information sharing
  • The principles of clinical governance and practice


  • Relevant research and its application to assessment, treatment and case management of CAMH disorders
  • Research informed and evidence based methods of assessment, treatment and case management

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


William Geoffrey House

35 Black Prince Road


SE11 6JJ

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