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Specialist CAMHS Practitioner E&B/FDT

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inc HCA
Closing date
11 Oct 2023
We are looking for experienced and dynamic professional who has experience and appreciation of some of the richness and complexities of working within an inter-culturally community. This is a community-based post in Newham CAMHS to work within our Front Door and Emotional and Behavioural (E& B) Team.

The role working within the FDT involves:
  • Triaging referrals into CAMHS, including the assessment and prioritisation of clinical complexity and risk.
  • Effectively assessing and prioritising clinical complexity and risk.
  • Effectively liaise with referrers, professionals, partners and agencies in relation to referrals, assessments and any other general queries
  • To provide a quality specialist service to clients (and their families/carers) referred to CAMHS across all sectors of care.
  • Offering group and brief interventions where necessary.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing specialist assessment and intervention for complex mental health needs and to work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise systematic governance of practice within CAMHS
  • There is a broad range of therapeutic interventions offered and the post holder would be supported and encouraged to develop skills in group work, alongside individual clinical work.
  • One day a week support the Youth Zones in Newham, community based post offering flexible, evidence-based episodes of care, assessments and treatment to a wide variety of clinical presentations, and direct work. The Youth Zones work includes consultation to youth workers, working collaboratively with young people attending the service, and taking a community psychology and co-production approach.

The successful candidate will join stimulating and supportive multidisciplinary teams. There is a strong commitment to clinical supervision and professional development within CAMHS and the wider NHS Foundation Trust including many learning and teaching opportunities. This is a community-based post, which also requires a high degree of professional autonomy and self management.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession including: Family & Systemic Psychotherapist / Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist / Occupational Therapist / Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health or LD) / Social Worker
  • Appropriate level of qualification for your profession e.g. BSc, Masters or Doctorate
  • Registration with your appropriate body (e.g. UKCP, NMC, HCP etc.)
  • Evidence of continuous and relevant professional training and development (CPD) in keeping with qualification period.



  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS(FDT and E& B)
  • Experience of working with a wide range of CAMHS problems
  • Experience of working with families, school and other partner organisation to support young people who may be displaying behaviours that challenge.
  • Experience of delivering evidence based Parent groups and specialist groups.
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families in emotional crisis.
  • Knowledge and experience with working with Child Protection issues and serious mental health problems, including challenging behaviour
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience in working in a complex multi-disciplinary context
  • Experience, skills and flexibility to contribute to and facilitate effective working within a multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Experience of care planning
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse Inner city area


  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes and conducting Assessments such as ADOS.
  • Work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.
  • Work experience/ placement experience of working with young people on a neurodevelopmental pathway.
  • Experience of working in a specialist school.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of current developments in Neurodevelopmental disorders. Ability to develop and maintain specialist knowledge of clinical aspects of child and adolescent mental health.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and families with a high level of deprivation
  • A broad appreciation of the contribution of other therapeutic disciplines to a multi-agency service
  • Experience, skills and ability to liaise effectively with other agencies and professionals
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to young people and their families.
  • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Specialist clinical skills within specific therapeutic modalities
  • Acquaintance with parenting literature
  • Knowledge of current development in CAMHS
  • Able to manage own time and caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
  • Basic computer skills



  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others.
  • Ability to recognise own limits and seek support re supervision as appropriate.
  • The ability to empathise in a complex sensitive or emotional environment.
  • Sensitivity to deal with distress, and aggression
  • An interest of developing some area of expertise
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress
  • Ability to work to local and national protocol and guidelines
  • Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals, in accordance with professional ethics guidelines and Trust policies
  • Understanding of equality of opportunity and related policies and procedures
  • Ability to endure prolonged periods of concentration for extended client therapy sessions.
  • Able to sit in constrained positions for a substantial period of working time
  • Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham CAMHS

York House 411 Barking Road


E13 8AL

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