CAMHs Tier 3.5 Crisis Mental Health Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
South Harrow
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inc. HCAS
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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CAMHS Tier 3 Crisis Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced and passionate Mental Health Practitioner Band 7 to join our CAMHS Tier 3.5 Urgent Care team based at Ash Tree clinic in Northolt Road, South Harrow. The team is easily accessible by public transport, and there is also a car park available for staff. You will work in a psychiatric liaison, and outreach capacity closely with children, young people and their families presenting in crisis at Northwick Park acute hospital, schools, in the community, and at home. We offer flexible working hours to support our staff, and you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in DBT, CBT, and other training opportunities. You will receive clinical supervision from an experienced supervisor, annual leave, and NHS pension scheme membership rewards.

As part of the North West London CAMHS Transformation, CNWL CAMHS is continuing to develop a 24hr crisis care pathway aimed at supporting Children and Young People including those with a learning disability, presenting with an acute mental health crisis. Currently the role is from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.

Main duties of the job

As a member of the Tier 3.5 Camhs Crisis Team, you will be expected to assess young people in
  • The Emergency Departments
  • In Pediatric wards in acute hospitals.
  • In schools.
  • At client's home.

About us

There's a place for you at CNWLWe're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description Job responsibilities

Children/Young people may present with emotional distress, self-harm, mental health crisis, or the psychological consequences of acute or chronic physical health problems. You will be expected to have the skills to deal with a very broad range of mental health needs as well as undertaking initial psychiatric assessments and reviews and also liaise with other professionals as deemed appropriate.

You will be required to make clear autonomous decisions based on an analysis of the complex presenting problems and judgements based on available treatment options. This will include those related to the admission and discharge of children/young people. You will also work closely with both internal and external stakeholders.

Your interpersonal skills will be expected to be excellent and you must be able to confidently communicate at a high level both verbally and in writing. You must be able to demonstrate de-escalation skills with challenging and/or acutely distressed young people.

The CAMHS Tier 3.5 Crisis Mental health specialist practitioner will promote excellence in mental health nursing practice through the integration of expert clinical practice, education and consultancy, acting as an important resource and being committed to nursing research.

Good Leadership skills are expected as part of the post holders duties which include case load management, offer training to other colleagues, clinical supervision to junior staff and working together with other teams and partner agencies in the community.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development
  • Post registration training in therapeutic skills/CAMHS work
  • Relevant Professional Qualification i.e. RMN, SW with current registration.
  • oQualified AMP/ Approved SW
  • oFormal qualification in an appropriate therapeutic field
  • oHigher degree
Experience Essential
  • CAMHS experience
  • Psychiatric liaison/crisis intervention experience
  • Experience of implementing and monitoring standards of care
  • Experience of participation in case conferences and reviews
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines
  • oExperience of deputising as a Team Lead
  • oExperience of delivering training
  • oExperience of using a range of therapeutic approaches
  • oDemonstrable post qualification experience of working in a CAMHS setting on either inpatient or outpatient basis
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health disorders as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Knowledge of counselling skills and psychosocial interventions
  • High level skills in risk assessment and management
  • Proven ability to engage children, young people and their families in therapeutic work
  • Sound understanding of child, adolescent and family dynamics and development
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (1983 & 2005)
  • Clear understanding of the Mental Health Act, and National Policy
  • oSkills in CBT or family work
  • oResearch and audit skills
Other Essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Good time management skills and ability to prioritise
  • An understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems and their carers
  • Ability to reflect on own performance and to use supervision and support
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments, needs and demands
  • Act as a positive role model, dynamic, motivated caring and supportive

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