CAMHS Early Help Senior Practitioner Band 7

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year No HCAS
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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CAMHS Early Help Senior Practitioner

1.00WTE Substantive Band 7 post available forCAMHS Early Help Senior Practitioner

One full-time equivalent Senior CAMHS Practitioner posts, Band 7. Clinical (or Family of) Psychology, Systemic Family Psychotherapy, Child Psychotherapy, Community Mental Health Nurse, other core CAMHS profession.

This exciting opportunity for the successful post holder to become part of our wider CAMHS Access Services (CAS) delivering care in the community as part of anoutstanding CAMHS Mental Health Service provider, working with an outstanding Early Help Service within a recently judged good Children's Services. CAMHS Access Pathway (CAS) is embedded in the Getting Advice and Getting Help quadrants of the THRIVE Framework Principles. Our focus is on the planning and delivery of high quality services to ensure better outcomes for Children, young people and their parent/carers in Bedfordshire.

Main duties of the job

Bedford Early Help Service provides and coordinates a range of structured support and interventions within family homes, schools and community settings, to help families overcome barriers and achieve positive outcomes. The senior embedded CAMHS worker will be an integral part of that collaborative offer of support and working with a highly skilled, stable, and committed workforce.The successful candidate would sit within Bedford Borough Children's Services teams as a mental health lead and to be accountable for the direct development and provision of a specialist mental health service for children and families with emotional, behavioural, mental health difficulties. To be delivered through Integrated Early Help Teams, CAMHS North Beds Integrated School Programme and the Bedfordshire CAMHS SPOE.

The post holder will use their expertise to lead on advice, consultation, assessment and treatment plans for children, young people and families, presenting with early onset of emotional and/or behavioural needs within Bedford Borough to prevent moderate to severe mental health problems developing, using the iThrive model.

The post holder will be responsible and accountable for the direct development and provision of a specialist mental health service for children and families with emotional, behavioural, mental health difficulties delivered through Integrated Early Help Teams, School Programme and the Bedfordshire CAMHS SPOE.

About us

This post is based in Bedford Town Centre, Bedfordshire, close to the M1 and easily reached by car / train from London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to the South and Northamptonshire to the North.

All clinicians are supported by very dedicated and efficient administrative staff. Most of the work will be community based in GP practices, although there will also be some office based and home working.
  • Staff benefits
  • Family Friendly Policies & Flexible Working
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Subsidised Holiday Play-schemes
  • Maternity and Paternity & Welcome Back Packs
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Car Lease Scheme
  • Home Technology Scheme
  • London Capital Credit Union
  • Wellbeing Activities
  • Employee & Team of the Month Awards

Reward for Exceptional LeaveWe welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are bi-lingual, and candidates from BME communities, including the South Asian community.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further details / informal visits contact:


Louise Savage

Job title

Interim Clinical Team Lead North Beds

Email address

Telephone number

01234 893303

Additional contact information

Dawn Bere Early Help Professional, Mental Health

Person Specification Education, Training and Qualifications Essential
  • A qualification in Child Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Family and Systemic Psychotherapy or Nursing and Registration
  • Clinical Psychology oPostgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS. oRegistration with HPC
  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapy oQualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling oMasters or Doctoral level qualification in Family & Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent oUKCP Registered
  • Child Psychotherapy oHonours degree. Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies or recognised equivalent. Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent. oRegistered member of ACP
  • Nursing oRegistered Mental Health / Learning Disabilities Nurse oENB 998 or equivalent oRelevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or equivalent (eg ENB 603)
Experience & Training Essential
  • Experience in delivering mental health interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
  • Experience of working in CAMHS at a senior level.
  • Experience of working with complex networks
  • Previous or current experience of working with, and building professional relationships with partner agencies and organisations
  • Experience of working with children with challenging behaviour, their families and wider networks
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working with children and young people in an emotionally demanding environment
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills Essential
  • Evidence of experience in CAMHS assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, families and groups, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Experience of senior level of clinical skill
  • Skilled in applying theory to work with individuals, couples, families, groups and organisations
  • Ability to provide services in the complex community environment, to meet the needs of clients and families
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise and work flexibly according to need with potential to work out of office hours.
  • Well-developed skills to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an age-appropriate level, complex, and clinically sensitive information to children, adolescents, their families, carers and professionals within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to communicate distressing and unwelcome information to children, adolescents and their families

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