Senior CAMHS Practitioner - Leighton Buzzard

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Leighton Buzzard
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
25 Oct 2023
Senior CAMHS Practitioner, MHST Band 7(Experienced EMHP/CWPs, Mental Health Nurse, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Art Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Child Psychotherapist, CBT Therapist, Occupational Therapist)

Location: Leighton Buzzard, South Bedfordshire

We are looking for a confident CAMHS professional with a demonstrable track record, within CAMHS, of providing good quality evidence-based interventions and improving service quality. You will be an experienced EMHP, CWP, Mental Health Nurse, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Art Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Child Psychotherapist, CBT Therapist or Occupational Therapist with the requisite professional registration. The community served is multi-ethnic and culturally diverse and we welcome applicants who are skilled at working with the richness and complexity of this multicultural context.

The Mental Health Support Teams are part of an exciting trailblazer project funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners, with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community. There is a specific focus on developing more access to helping and improving the general culture of emotional support within all primary and secondary schools including special educational provisions and PRU's. Working alongside community partners the Mental Health Support Teams will be fully integrated with community CAMHS and educational settings.

Main duties of the job

You would be joining a comprehensive and dynamic CAMH service, delivering a substantial stepped model of care following the needs-led i-Thrive framework. Your role will help to develop and deliver a wide range of interventions, projects and system change with the aim of 'whole school' and 'whole community' approaches to supporting young people's mental health. In addition to providing comprehensive consultation, assessment, risk management and interventions for young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties in schools, the postholder will also clinically supervise colleagues. There may be an option of supervisor training at Reading University.

The MHST focuses on early interventions, working closely with schools and our partners to improve access to services for children and young people to mental health services. The team will focus on the needs of the community to help reduce health inequalities whilst delivering our whole school approach.

About us

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. You will be supported directly by senior colleagues, and we will develop the service together. You will be supported by regular, separate clinical and management supervision sessions, access to a variety of CPD sessions, and annual performance appraisal. You will also participate in weekly clinical discussions with the team. East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing, and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information regarding this post, please contact:

Laura Gill, Systemic Family Psychotherapist/Operational Lead for Dunstable MHST/SCAS 01582 707635

Dr Vicky Taylor, Clinical Team Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist CAMH Access Team 01525 638613

*We reserve the right to bring the closing date forward for this vacancy at any time should we receive an overwhelming number of applications. We therefore encourage applicants to apply early if you wish to be considered for this post

Person Specification



  • Experienced EMHP or CWPs OR A qualification of Mental Health Nurse, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Art Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Child Psychotherapist, Occupational Therapist, CBT Therapist & Registration Please do not apply for this role if you do not have one of the qualifications listed above
  • Understanding of current NHS/Social Care policies/practices relating to Mental Health and Services and understands the Child Protection Policy


  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification



  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Experience of care planning
  • Knowledge and experience of working within a CBT framework to support trainee practitioners.
  • Experience of supervising more junior colleagues

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Whichellos Wharf

Stoke Road

Leighton Buzzard


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