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CAMHS Practitioner (ED Home Support Pathway)

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
  • This post is suitable for an experienced Band 5 practitioner who wishes to broaden their clinical experience and progress their career.
  • If you are from a profession where mental health is not your main area of focus, full support and training will be given in this area
  • We welcome staff with a variety of professional backgrounds such as social workers, paediatric nurses etc.
  • CPFT are committed to support flex for the future and therefore would consider part-time and flexible working.

Why work with us?
  • Development opportunities - Our Band 6 CAMHS Practitioners have the opportunity to work with this client group (with support as required), which places them in an excellent position to explore their interests in children and families, which can support career progression. We offer in house training and have access to a range of external training opportunities.
  • Supervision - We are dedicated to ensuring the highest quality professional, safeguarding, and specialist peer supervision for our staff, including appraisals.
  • Flexible working - We are keen to support our staff as much as possible with flexible working which can be discussed before or at interview.
  • Travel costs - Our staff are reimbursed for their travel from base to clinical appointments/meetings.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated practitioner to join our friendly, dedicated, and supportive team.

The CAMHS Eating Disorders Service is a well-established service and was recently runner up in the CPFT team of the year award 2022. The team provides an outpatient service offering evidence-based treatment approaches to children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families / carers within the family home. We offer short pieces of intensive work within people's homes or on the acute wards at the local hospitals to help to support deterioration in mental health and prevent an inpatient admission.

You will be part of a multidisciplinary team providing specialist evidence-based care for children and young people presenting with eating disorders. You will be providing interventions in the home and supporting with mealtimes. You will play a key role in helping to support young people to remain in the community for treatment and avoid or delay admission to tier 4 specialist units. The post holder will also support young people being discharged from tier 4 units.

Within this role you will be providing clinical leadership to the band 4 support workers/ nursing associates also within the team. Part of the role will also involve teaching and training to our other internal CAMHS teams and outside partners. There will also be opportunities for your own professional development.

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
  • To work as an integral member of the CAMHS Eating Disorder Service , providing comprehensive mental health assessment and specialist eating disorder assessment to children, young people and their families and providing 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 planning and delivery of evidence-based therapeutic programmes, family-based interventions, multi-family groups and parenting support programmes delivered by the service.
  • To support the families, young people and children open to the CAMHS ED Service with the implementation of anorexia-nervosa-focused family therapy (FT-AN) recommendations around diet, eating and exercise to aid recovery, understanding the important connections and contexts that may impinge or support the process of recovery. These interventions can occur in the CYPs home or at CPFT clinic or via virtual technology.
  • Intensively support families to support CYP with eating: a) whilst on an acute paediatric ward, b) to enable recovery at home in preference to admission, and c) to support discharge from a Tier 4 unit.
  • To provide clinical leadership and supervision to Band 4 team members providing intensive home support and physical monitoring of CYP.
  • To work with CYP up until the age of 18 years, supporting with the team, a continuation of eating disorder and mental health interventions, between local CAMHS provision and adult eating disorder provision.
  • To provide speedy assessment and intervention in partnership with other localChildrens Services.
  • To work towards early intervention and prevention for young people with significant mental health difficulties and emerging eating disorders.
  • Through an evidence based clinical approach, reduce the mental and physical health risks to young people, and help them to enhance their mental health.

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 and eating disorder clients, i.e. Systemic Therapy CBT.



  • Post-qualification experience in assessment and treatment with Child and Adolescent families.
  • Experience of Multidisciplinary and multi-agency working
  • Experience working with families
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication.


  • Experience of assessing and treating young people with eating disorders within a community setting or inpatient setting.
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of teaching groups of professionals.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes.

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to participate as independent practitioner in assessments.
  • Ability to teach, train and supervise
  • Evidence of ability to exercise a high level of judgement and decision-making.
  • Ability to travel between sites and to service user homes when clinically necessary.


  • Ability to assess and treat children and young people and families with mental health and psychological difficulties.
  • Undertake physical observations and medical monitoring such as phlebotomy or ECG

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge and understanding of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Sound knowledge of the Trust's and Local Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Motivated towards personal and professional development.
  • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.



  • Recognise peoples' right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Newtown Centre

Nursery Road


PE29 3RJ

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