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SET CAMHS Senior Practitioner- Southend

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Pro rata, Per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023
We welcome applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic mental health nurses, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, family therapists, and other qualified professional staff for the role of senior practitioner within SET CAMHS mid-Essex.

SET CAMHS Southend has an exciting opportunity for a qualified professional to step into an established role within a diverse and experienced team delivering mental health interventions to children and young people. SET CAMHS works to the Thrive model, with this role sitting within the Getting Help, Getting More Help and Risk Support sections of the model. We are looking for dynamic individuals who are passionate about helping young people and their families to join our friendly, supportive and innovative team covering the locality of South Essex.

Working as a Senior CAMHS Practitioner in the SET CAMHS Southend team you would have a high standard of knowledge and experience of working with young people in CAMHS services who present with a range of mental health difficulties. The successful candidate will work within the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) to assess and treat using the most appropriate evidenced based options to meet the needs of young people and children. The post-holder would work within the supportive and experienced senior leadership team, and support other members of the team both through MDT discussion, case support and supervision.

Main duties of the job

The role of senior practitioneris to support the delivery of a range of groups and individual therapies within the Thrive Model, as indicated by SET CAMHS & NICE guidance. You would ideally have experience of supervising & managing others, although additional support & training can be given for this to the right candidate. You would also have a keen interest in developing innovative strategies to support young people & their families.

Children & young people who are referred to SET CAMHS have a range of presentations which would include: low mood, anxiety, obsessional compulsive disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideation, other trauma related emotional difficulties,& other mental health difficulties. For those with additional neurodevelopmental needs, interventions for their co-morbid mental health issues are provided through adapted interventions, both group and individual.

As well as your own case load, the Senior CAMHS Practitioner supports the wider clinical team to deliver therapeutic interventions, implementation of the Thrive modal through supervision, teaching & mentoring. Knowledge & experienceof delivering interventions within child and adolescent mental health is essential, as is an understanding of the presentations within the context of neurodevelopmental disorders.Additional therapeutic skills & training such as CBT, Family / Systemic, DBT & other counselling approaches is desirable as is experience of providing adapted interventions.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process, new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification when completing your application

We welcome newly qualified, or applications from about to be qualified, Psychologists as well as those with previous experience who are passionate and motivated to work with young people and families. We pride ourselves on working within a strong and supportive multi-disciplinary team with opportunities for learning, development, and progression.

Professional registrations accepted:

RCN, BABCP, HCPC, Social Work England, UKCP.

Locality Teams in CAMHSThe aim of our new CAMHS is to respond earlier to children and young peoples needs in order to help prevent, reduce or delay the need for more specialist interventions. This transformation of children and young peoples mental health services has a clinical focus, integrated with local authorities to deliver a long term collaborative approach to planning and delivering services.The service is driven by the principles underpinning the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) evidence based interventions, routine measurement of outcomes, access to high quality training and supervision for professionals and co-production with children and young people.

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a post-graduate training in psychological practice (e.g. psychologist, family therapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist) or graduate training (e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy)
  • To be eligible for registration as a full member of the appropriate professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC)



  • Experience of working with difficult, disturbed or challenging children/young people requiring skilled and complex interventions.
  • Experience of providing mental health interventions to children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders.


  • Experience of providing specialist individual interventions with a wide variety of children and young people, from 3 to 19 years old- presenting problems at the most severe end of the spectrum
  • Experience of managing teams

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Skyline Plaza, Southend-on-sea

45 Victoria Avenue



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