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Specialist CAMHS Practitioner/Clinical Psychologist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
Passionate about helping children & young people to improve their mental health?

Are you a registered Health Care Professional eg Occupational Therapist, Paediatric or Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Clinical Psychologist?

Would you like to be part of a forward thinking, supportive and developing service? Manchester Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) work with Children, Young People & Families aged up to 18 yrs with a wide range of complex emotional and behavioural difficulties.

We are looking for an experienced mental health practitioner or psychologist who can work autonomously within a multi-disciplinary team.

You must have significant experience of working with children, young people and families with complex mental health needs, have a working knowledge of CAMHS and or adult mental health and have an understanding of assessing complex mental health needs and levels of risk.

You will manage your own caseload, providing a range of high quality care appropriate to the child or young person's needs, including mental state assessment, risk assessment and management, family & social assessment, consultation and interventions.

You must be confident and experienced in communication due to the high level of liaison needed with other services. This is a clinical post and the expectation is the majority of time will be spent in face to face clinical practice.

This vacancy is for a post with South Manchester CAMHS, The Carol Kendrick Centre.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work in the South Manchester District for the core team service and will see general referrals to the Department across the age range, with a broad range of presenting difficulties as appropriate. The post will involve provision of formulation driven and evidence-based interventions with children, young people and their families. The post holder duties will also include contributing to the South Manchester CAMHS on-call rota, multi-agency liaison, consultation and training of other professionals as appropriate.

The post holder will have a range of skills and knowledge base to deliver clinical aspects of the role in a multi-disciplinary team setting and will be competent to do this work as an autonomous practitioner within professional practice guidelines. This post entails teaching and supervisory duties to other professionals and junior staff and/or students and regular consultation to the wider children's service. The post holder is also expected to promote and develop partnerships and interface with other professionals and agencies that work within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health THRIVE Framework.

This post is a clinical post and the expectation of time management is the majority of time spent in actual practice.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • You must be registered with a professional body.



  • You must have a recognised qualification in:RMN/RSCN/RNMH / Clinical Psychology / social work / occupational therapy


  • Qualifications in Psychotherapeutic approaches e.g. CBT / IAPT qualification and/or accreditation
  • Mentorship course ENB998 or equivalent
  • Qualification in Research/Audit
  • Relevant Post graduate / masters level qualification

Knowledge, Skills and Ability.


  • Up to date knowledge of child mental health and relevant legislation.
  • The ability to assess, formulate and manage care appropriately, ensuring discharge is timely
  • The ability to use assessment tools and outcome measures effectively and in collaboration with the child, young person and family.
  • Delivery of evidence based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice.
  • Demonstrable extensive therapeutic skills.
  • To be able to function as a part of a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise effectively with other agencies i.e., education, GP's, maintaining positive working relationships.
  • The ability to work independently and autonomously.
  • The ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others.
  • To have the ability to manage own caseload and act as lead practitioner.
  • Ability to manage and organise own time and diary and work creatively in a clinical context
  • The ability to follow policy and make proposals for change.
  • The ability to maintain clinical records both written and electronic.
  • Experience of delivering training.


  • Advanced IT skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the research process

Personal Attributes


  • A commitment to undertake further relevant training and self-directed study.
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required.
  • A commitment to the inclusion of young people's, parent/carer views in service delivery, development and design

Work Related Circumstance


  • Use of a car or access to a means of travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies



  • substantial post qualification experience of working in Young People's mental health services
  • Proven extensive experience of working effectively with people with mental health difficulties in the community and/or inpatient services.
  • Extensive experience of assessing and managing risk: including safeguarding.
  • Extensive experience of developing and providing evidence based assessments, formulations and intervention programmes to children, young people and families.
  • Extensive experience of liaison and working with a range of other relevant agencies
  • Extensive experience of complex caseload management working, frequently dealing with distressing and emotional circumstances, within a multi-disciplinary mental health setting.
  • Experience of mentoring and supervision of others.
  • Demonstrable understanding of Clinical Governance.


  • Post qualification experience of a specific therapy working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
  • Experience of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (i.e., Inpatient or CAMHS)

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


The Carol Kendrick Centre

Southmoor Road


M23 9XD

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