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Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
6 Dec 2023
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner

We are seeking a motivated, passionate and enthusiastic CAMHS practitioner to join the Paediatric Liaison Team at Kings College Hospital. This role involves assessing and treating children and young people who present to Kings College Hospital due to acute mental health difficulties. This is a unique role working in the interface between physical and mental health. We would welcome applications from all registered disciplines with an interest in CAMHS.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a mental health clinician, assessing and treating a specific group of children and young people in the team working in collaboration with the multiple disciplinary team (MDT). These will include young people presenting to Kings College Hospital in crisis i.e. those who have self-harmed or have suicidal ideation or are presenting with acute mental health difficulties. They may also include young people admitted to the inpatient medical wards that have medical difficulties but require assessment and treatment of their acute behavioural or emotional needs. The role involves liaison with the wider network such as community CAMHS, schools and children's social care/safeguarding etc. This post is currently a 9-5pm Monday-Friday service with imminent plan to move to extended hours across 7 days a week.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package, feel valued and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance.

Some of our benefits include:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leavepackages dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career developmentwith plenty CPD opportunities such as mentoring, coaching, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
  • Accommodation,our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing at selected sites.
  • NHS discountsvia theHealth Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as a clinician within the Paediatric Liaison based within Kings College hospital. The post holder will work to provide rapid response, clinical assessment and intervention for patients whoattend A& E to facilitate the patients discharge and prevent hospital admission. Where clinically appropriate and when an inpatient admission is indicated the post holder will work collaboratively with colleagues to facilitate this.

Participate as a multi-disciplinary team member in the assessment of children and young people presenting to the acute hospital environment due to mental health difficulties or children and young people admitted to medical wards who require assessment of or additional support for ongoing acute emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

To formulate and implement mental healthcare and crisis treatment plans that are specific to each CYP and family alongside providing a high standard of care to clients. To assess safeguarding concernsfor each case, consulting with other professionals and referring concerns to the appropriate safeguarding team as required.

Ensure that all recording and reporting of client contact are accurate, up to date, of good quality and within CAMHS and professional requirement standards of record keeping. To collect & collate information about individual clinical activity on ePJS.

Work with the team, physical health colleagues and clients to maintain a safe therapeutic environment. Work to assure the quality of care through achieving high operational standards in clinical systems.

To maintain and ensure good professional standards and attitudes towards the care and treatment of children, young people and their families.

To link with other statutory and voluntary agencies and professionals as well as other CAMHS Teams in terms of referrals and joint work such as school, social care, youth teams etc. Maintain goodrelationships and clear lines of communication with other professional agencies and departments, providing specialist advice and support where appropriate.

Contribute to the effective functioning of the team and service through attendance at relevant meetings, taking responsibilities within the service as appropriate and negotiated with the line manager.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional training will include: first level qualification/registration i.e., RMN, Social worker, OT, RSCN or HV with related CAMHS experience
  • All applications will require professional registration with a statutory body e.g. the Nursing Midwifery Council, General Social care council, Health professional's council or applicable psychological or psychotherapies body
  • Excellent risk assessment and documentation skills
  • Good verbal communication, written and report writing skills
  • Effective self / time management


  • Familiarity with therapeutic approaches commonly used in CAMHS e.g. CBT, Family Therapy



  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of MHA, MCA and safeguarding children legislation
  • Prompt and accurate recording on to electronic notes system and an understanding of the need for this


  • Previous experience of working in A& E/Crisis settings
  • Experience of multi-agency collaboration and integrated working



  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to information sharing and confidentiality
  • Understanding of/ability to maintain a safe therapeutic environment and work under pressure
  • Ability to work in partnership with service users and carers in the planning and delivery of care
  • Ability to maintain effective professional relationships with all team members
  • Ability to work therapeutically with the client group, using a range of therapeutic interventions


  • Knowledge of assessment of behaviour and emotional disorders and difficulties, relationship difficulties, attachment difficulties and clinical psychometrics
  • Knowledge of childhood disorders including emotional and behavioural disorders, relationship difficulties and attachment disorders and theories of child development
  • Knowledge of child safeguarding and child protection framework

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Kings College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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