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Camhs Practitioner - Outreach & Intensive Home Treatment

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
2 Oct 2023
This post is advertised at Band 5 and is appropriate to newly qualified staff or experienced clinicians. Depending on experience we may be able to hire at Band 6 or agree a competency framework to work through over 6 + months and if achieved could move onto B6 pay scale. The camhs outreach service (COS) provides intensive home treatment to young people and families with complex and enduring mental health difficulties. The team primarily operate Mon-Fri between hours of 9am and 5pm but must be willing to work 8am - 8pm where clinically indicated, additionally if required occasional weekend work may be required.

Main duties of the job

Working as part of a small MDT you will intensively support young people and families with complex mental health needs, either where there is a risk of hospital admission or where their needs cannot be met in community camhs. The role involves home visits so you need to be able to travel independently around the city. The role involves intensive support for young people with eating disorders, including meal support and work with young people experiencing early onset psychosis. You will have a small caseload and offer intensive support. You must be interested in working with families systemically to undertake this role.

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

Job Purpose

The post holder will be responsible for their designated workload within their speciality area with access to the support, advice and management from a senior clinician whilst not directly supervised. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional protocols and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in the best available evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Clinical

1.1. Demonstrates a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations

1.2. Demonstrates the ability to apply theory to practice at a proficient level when assessing, planning, treating and reviewing using a holistic philosophy

1.3. Highly developed physical skills in order to demonstrate accuracy and dexterity when delivering care and treatments essential to clinical role e.g. preparation of medications, manipulation of equipment

1.4. Makes judgements requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5. 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 involvement and empowerment

1.6. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

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

1.8. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in the management of any complaints and compliments

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

1.10. 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.

Person Specification



  • Mental health experience as part of clinical training.



  • Qualified nurse, OT, SW, AHP, Therapist. Must have current clinical registration with NMC, HCPC, SW Eng etc

Skill and Attributes


  • Communication - must be able to communicate effectively and engage young people and families.
  • Reflective - must be willing to partake in clinical supervision and use feedback to learn and develop.
  • Risk assessment - must be willing to learn about safe and effective risk assessment and management.

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Thornton Medical Centre

15 Green Lane



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