We are really pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to join our Neuro-developmental team in Bedfordshire and Luton CAMHS services. We are looking for an experienced clinician (nurse, psychologist or other allied health professional) who is able to take on a senior operational role within a well-established specialist team. We are a team that prides itself on creative, innovative and evidenced based approaches to our work with service users and carers and value a supportive and reflective culture in the work environment.
The CAMHS Neurodevelopmental team (NDT) offers assessments and creative interventions to children and young people who have ASD and other neurodevelopmental problems and/or have learning disabilities. The successful post-holder will be expected to run the local NDT team day-to-day with the support of the Clinical Team Lead for NDT Countywide. They will also allocate new cases to team members as well as offer some assessments and be able to design and deliver effective interventions with children and young people in the Luton and South Bedfordshire area. The successful senior clinician will offer proven experience in the field of working with our client group and will also be able to offer supervision and consultations other staff as well as to families. There will be scope to develop areas of specialist practice and/or research plus the opportunity for further training.
Main duties of the job
The successful post-holder will directly contribute to the positive working environment within the multi-disciplinary team. As a band 8a senior clinician, the post-holder will hold full professional autonomy and self-management, and will be required to account for their professional practice through appraisal and audit.
The team is part of Bedfordshire CAMHS which is a large, dynamic and successful CAMHs service comprising of 3 emotional and behavioural teams, a LAC team, a CAMHs schools team, a parent-infant psychotherapy team, a paediatric team, a GP team, an adolescent mental health team, a crisis team and an eating disorders service. We also have embedded workers in Early Help, CDC and social care. We offer regular opportunities for staff to undertake individualised CPD, and we provide opportunities for staff wishing to 'act up' into more senior roles on occasion.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
Bedfordshire CAMHs has a thriving service-user participation group which meets regularly to consider service development initiatives. The successful applicant would have the opportunity to join in a number of quality improvement (QI) projects which can lead to innovations within the Service.
Our clinics are readily accessible from North London or Milton Keynes and Northampton (Bedford). ELFT offers attractive recruitment packages and we are committed to offering our staff the opportunity to develop their skills.
Person Specification Education, Training and Qualifications Essential
- A qualification and professional registration in Child Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy, Nursing, Social Worker
- Clinical Psychology Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
- Registration with HPC
- Family Therapy Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling
- Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent
- UKCP Registered
- Child Psychotherapy Honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies or recognised equivalent. Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent.
- Registered member of ACP
- Nursing Mental Health Nurse Level 1 (RN3, RNMH in sub part 1 of the NMC Register) ENB 998 or equivalent Relevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Substance mis-use or equivalent (e.g. ENB 603)
- Social Worker Registered with Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
- oSubstantial experience of working children and young people presenting in mental health crisis
- oExperience of working with parents and families of children with MH difficulties
- oExperience of delivering individual interventions
- oExperience of using time limited, structured approaches to treatment
- oCompetence in family work, group work and individual work and behavioural management.
- oExperience of offering mental health consultation to stakeholders eg hospitals, GPs, schools
Skills and Abilities Essential
- Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
- Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
- Able to manage own time and caseload
- Ability to manage a team of staff effectively to ensure resources are adequately managed to meet the needs of the service including developing staffing rotas
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
- Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
- Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
- Basic computer skills
- A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
- Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS
- Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
- In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
- Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation
- Knowledge of standard setting and audit implementation
- A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines
- Knowledge of development in inter agency partnership
- Knowledge of the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation
- An awareness of different research methods
Other Requirements Essential
- Commitment to equal opportunities
- Self motivated, assertive and flexible
- Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional and physical demands of specialized therapeutic work with disturbed and distressed children, adolescents and their families/carer networks.
- Freedom to act: Physical effort: Confined sitting position(therapy);travelling within community;
- Mental effort: writing reports; planning teaching; concentrating for therapy sessions /clinical supervision; managing psychiatric emergencies;
- Emotional effort: Dealing with families in crisis; experiencing trauma and abuse; occasional patient complaints;
- Working conditions: Unpredictable clinical scenarios eg emergency home visits; travel in community all weathers.
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