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C-CATT Clinician

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This role forms part of the frontline of a multi-disciplinary team, working with children and adolescents experiencing a crisis, within the borders of Hertfordshire. You will provide specialist assessments, follow ups and short-term interventions for young people aged under 18 suffering from acute and complex emotional, behavioural, and psychological crisis.

C-CATT is a community-based team but also provides acute assessments for young people who present in a mental health crisis to the Emergency Departments at Lister and Watford General Hospitals.

C-CATT is a 24/7 service, and the role involves a varied shift pattern with the inclusion of unsocial hours of work. Night shifts are a requirement of the role as is weekend work.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for experienced clinicians, RMNs, RN's and Social Workers to join our expanding service. Our clinicians provide crisis telephone line support, triage and assessment as well as face to face assessments, follow ups and brief interventions in the community. Most referrals currently come from the two A& E's in Hertfordshire, although with our new crisis telephone line we are trying to prevent anyone attending A& E if they do not have a physical need to be there. The C-CATT service operates 24/7, this role will involve day, evening, night and weekend working.

Additional positions, at same banding are available during week day 9-5, or condensed hours 8-6 over 4 days, with scope for some weekend work.As well as a relevant professional qualification we are looking for people who are:*Knowledgeof Mental Health problems that affect young people* An abilityto work with Children and Young People in challenging situations.A car driver is an essential element to the role (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide specialist assessments and treatment packages for young people referred to the service.

Maintain effective joint working with the CAMHS Quadrants and other community-based teams according to local circumstances.

Provide emergency assessments to young people presenting at A & E or admitted to a pediatric ward and are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Provide community assessments and 7-day community follow ups.

Provide community intervention packages (e.g., at the clients home, school and surrounding area, or alternative appropriate locations).

Provide triage and support to families via the C-CATT Crisis telephone line.

Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Provide support and advice to partner agencies (such as school staff, CSF, YC Herts).

Ensure smooth and seamless transfer of care to other agencies for ongoing support for the young person.

Provide Health Promotion and advise (including sexual health).

Assess and monitor mental state of young people.

Ensure timely, accurate and professional assessment of risks using a biopsychosocial method of assessment.

Ensure clinical notes are accurately entered upon the young persons EPR.

Maintain ones own professional registration and development.

Effectively manage all aspects of own time i.e., Duty Rota, time worked and annual leave.

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

Person Specification



  • Degree or Diploma in Mental Health Nursing /Social Work
  • Up-to-date professional registration
  • Evidence of further professional development/ training
  • Membership to professional body

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience of working in Mental Health and knowledge of mental health problems
  • Experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act and Children's Act
  • Knowledge of Child Protection issues


  • Experience of using evidence based crisis interventions with young people

Communication Skills


  • Ability to keep up-to-date records and reports
  • Ability to produce written and verbal reports for external agencies
  • Ability to provide verbal feedback to team

Analytical Skills


  • Ability to assess and monitor a client's mental state

Physical Skills


  • Hold a current driving licence. Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


15 Forest Lane, Kingsley Green, Radlett, WD7 9HQ

15 Forest Lane



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