CAMHS Practitioner - YOUnited Referral Hub

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as part of the YOUnited Referral Hub that supports access to help for children and young people with emotional wellbeing/mental health needs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The role is based in Huntingdon with a hybrid working approach including working in base and working from home. You will need to travel to Huntingdon regularly.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the YOUnited Referral Hub that supports access to help for children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing and mental health needs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

To process non-crisis referrals of children and young people referred.

To triage each referral for risk and decide whether referral meets the threshold for specialist CAMHS pathways, a trusted assessment within the getting more help CAMHS interventions pathways or a getting help systems partners intervention pathway. If not, to signpost the referral to the appropriate service or offer suitable advice working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Referral Hub's policies and procedures.

There will be the opportunity to retain clinical focus by undertaking assessments and/or potential therapeutic interventions for up to 20% of the role.

If you are a self motivated, enthusiastic professional with excellent communication skills and a passion for the improving outcomes for Children and Young People with emotional wellbeing issues, we look forward to hearing from you.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

YOUnited role specific
  • To work as a member of the CPFT YOUnited Team and wider partnership YOUnited Referral Hub, providing screening of referrals, information gathering and consultation to referring agencies, young people and their families and/or carers.
  • To utilise specialist knowledge to make decisions about a child or young persons mental health needs and how they would most appropriately be met.
  • To assess clinical risk based on information available and additional information gathered, and to prioritise accordingly.
  • To participate in the prevention and early detection of emotional and mental health difficulties in children and young people referred to the service.
  • To maintain awareness of the resources of the core, neuro-developmental and eating disorders pathways in main Community CAMHS, and the administrative systems for booking appointments in those teams.
  • To work alongside Community CAMHS to ensure that waiting time standards are met.
  • To contribute to the development of systems for managing referrals including screening, filtering, re-directing and fast tracking referrals as appropriate.
  • To follow the Standard Operating Procedures of the YOUnited Referral Hub team.
  • To network and develop partnerships with CAMH professionals and other professionals within Social Care, Education, Early Help services, General Practitioners, Child Health services, Health Promotion agencies and the Voluntary / Independent sector.
  • To work within the framework of legislation, guidance, policies and procedures relating to the Childrens Act, Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
  • To maintain accurate and appropriate records of work undertaken.
  • To ensure that Trust policy in relation to confidentiality and consent is adhered to at all times.
  • To attend training opportunities to promote professional practice and skills development in line with professional body requirements.
  • To participate in the CAMHS on-call system as and when required.

  • Clinical role
  • To work as an integral member of the Assessment Team, providing comprehensive mental health assessments demonstrating the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care., a range of direct work and evidence-based therapeutic intervention. To have the ability to utilize specialist knowledge to make decisions about a child or young persons mental health needs.
  • To participate in the prevention and early detection of emotional and mental health difficulties in children and adolescents referred to the service.
  • To develop formulation of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon mental health theory and evidence and which incorporates developmental interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To be responsible for terminating intervention in consultation with other professionals involved.
  • To use routine outcome monitoring to inform clinical practice through supervision and care planning.
  • To participate in the teams use of routine outcome monitoring to inform service design across CAMHS.
  • To educate and involve children and young people and family/carers, in their care/support plan and provide opportunities or service users to contribute to assessment and the development of service provision.
  • To maintain accurate and appropriate records of work undertaken.
  • To ensure Trust policy in relation to confidentiality and consent is maintained at all times.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of a mental health assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers. To assist in the management of the service caseload.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.

  • Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level: nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or within a psychological therapy.


    • Training in an evidence-based therapeutic intervention recommended by NICE Guidelines relevant to CAMHS, i.e. CBT, IPT, Systemic Therapy.
    • Other relevant certificated training
    • Evidence of on-going CPD activity



    • Post-qualification experience in assessment and treatment with children, young people and families. using evidence-based therapeutic intervention.
    • Experience of working in a role and setting relevant to CAMHS
    • Experience working with systems around the young person, e.g. family, schools.


    • Worked in a service where agreed targets are in place which demonstrate clinical outcomes
    • Experience of managing a clinical caseload
    • Experience of multi-agency or multi-disciplinary working
    • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
    • Experience of triaging CAMHS referrals

    Skills & Abilities


    • Advanced interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills
    • Skills in conducting clinical risk assessments with young people in crisis
    • Skills in at least one recognised therapeutic approach used in CAMH services
    • Evidence of ability to exercise a high level of judgement and decision-making
    • Evidence of ability to keep clear and accurate clinical records


    • Ability to teach, train and supervise others.
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
    • Good personal organisational skills

    Knowledge & Understanding


    • Motivated towards personal and professional development
    • Knowledge of a range of clinical conditions typically presenting to CAMH services
    • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic modalities used in CAMH services


    • Sound knowledge of the Trust's and Local Safeguarding policy and procedures
    • Awareness of systems of service delivery and pathways in a community CAMHS



    • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Willingness to embrace integrated models and new ways of working
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
    • Ability to work flexible hours if required

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    Kingfisher House

    Kingfisher Way


    PE29 6FH

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