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CAMHS Triage and Assessment Practitioner

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 plus HCAS per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
Barking and Dagenham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced qualified professional to step into a senior role joining a diverse and experienced team. We are a friendly and innovative team that cover the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Barking & Dagenham CAMHS was ranked 5th on highest performance service nationally by the Children's Commissioner Report January 2021. There are good connections to a number of major transport links (District Line, Overground and bus routes) within 5 minutes walking distance.

This recruitment drive comes following a recently completed consultation and redesign process, moving this well-established team to the I-Thrive model of delivery. We are excited to be delivering a new therapeutic model informed by collaborative formulations which offer the opportunity for both targeted and longer-term interventions.

NELFT is constantly looking at ways to improve and innovate our CAMHS services and is committed to providing all staff with dedicated time to participate and/or lead inservice development initiativesthrough the TrustQuality Improvement(Qi) framework.

Main duties of the job

Working as a Senior Practitioners in Barking and Dagenham CAMHS you would have a high standard of CAMHS knowledge and experience of working with young people who are experiencing a range of mental health presentations.

We are looking for dynamic individuals who are passionate about ensuring there are robust and informative assessments in place for your Young people and their families and are committed to collaborative working across the Borough and utilizing the skills experience and contribution of delivery partners across Health, Education and Social Care to ensure our young people are well looked after and are empowered to meet their potential.

We are looking for Leaders in practice who can steer and support in the therapeutic approaches available from within NELFT and in the Community- Leaders who can support Young People with time sensitive, and compassionate assessments with appropriate escalation to the medical team as required.

As an organization NELFT strives to deliver services within a recovery-focused and socially inclusive approach. You will ensure a high quality, timely, accessible, and evidence-based service is available to all service users who need it throughout. You will work within a diverse community, developing quality services to improve the lives of local people.

About us

Starting with NELFTNELFT 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.

COVID-19 VaccinationWe 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 PeriodThis 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).High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum).

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role of senior practitioner is to support the Service Front Door, with triaging, Initial Assessments, Duty Team and several exciting interface activities. These practitioners will be experienced and confident mental health workers who can support wide ranging discussions and provide clear risk and formulations to improve the journey of the young people presenting to the service. There will be opportunities to develop brief interventions and implementation of a range of groups and 1-1 therapies within the I Thrive Model and as indicated by CAMHS and NICE guidance.

NELFT support and encourage staff to develop professionally. In B& D CAMHS, we have a well established, rolling multidisciplinary in-house training programme. This ensures staffs are adequately supported in acquiring the appropriate skills required to deliver high quality evidence-based care and support to children, young persons and their families whilstdelivering meaningful outcomes for our young children, adolescent and families /carers.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification and registration


  • Supervisor and mentor to trainees



  • CAMHS experience


  • Mental health



  • Triage,assessment, risk assessment and formulation skills and CAMHS experience
  • Triage,assessment, risk assessment and formulation skills and experience



  • Knowledge of relevant government policies and guidance relating to CYP mental health

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Child and Family Centre

79 Axe street


IG11 7LZ

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