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Duty CAMHS Practitioner

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 pa
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Full Time
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Herefordshire Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Benet Building, Hereford

Duty CAMHS Practitioner

Band 6

37.5 Hours per week – Fixed Term Contract/Secondment Opportunity for 12 Months

£32,306-£39,027 p.a.

Ref: 798-2602A

Are you an experienced Registered Nurse or Allied Health Professional with a passion for helping Children, Young People and Families? An exciting full time opportunity has arisen to be part of an innovative and supportive Duty CAMHS team as well as the wider CAMHS Service in Herefordshire.

The Herefordshire CAMHS Team consists of a multi-disciplinary team and provides universal, targeted and specialist support through our Core CAMHS Team, Children’s Eating Disorders Team, Learning Disabilities Team, Children in Care Specialists and the Duty Team. We are passionate about improving services for children and young people and the team have a key role in service developments that better meet the needs of young people. In line with national policy surrounding the needs of children and young people, the team operates values of inclusion, diversity, accessibility (including adapting materials and information) and first and foremost focuses on making connections with children and their families. This provides the foundation that best enables individuals to have a voice and be heard.

The responsibility of the Band 6 Duty Practitioner will be to provide a service from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday to our service users, the local paediatric ward and other agencies, such as GP’s and schools. The role includes completion of choice appointments, (assessments) and daily contact with the local Paediatric ward, which will include follow up assessments for young people who have been seen on the Paediatric ward for assessment by the Duty Practitioner. As a CAMHS Duty Practitioner you will complete a range of tasks in line with the Choice & Partnership Approach (CAPA) system for children and young people (0-18yrs).

You will provide support to junior staff as required as well as CPD learning activities within the clinical team and to be part of the on call provision at weekends and Bank Holidays to the local children’s ward as required.

The successful candidate will possess:
  • A recognised registered profession
  • Experience working within children’s’ services
  • The drive to contribute and transform our services
  • The ability to work collaboratively across a range of stakeholders including children and families
  • Excellent communication, networking and influencing skills
  • A proven track record of partnership working to deliver highly effective services

We are looking for someone who likes to have diversity in their job, is interested in working with young people and their families with complex difficulties, and who likes to think creatively and flexibly about what therapeutic interventions would be useful and effective for young people. You would be part of a dynamic team who has a significant role in transforming the interventions being offered to children and young people.

As a member of the team and an employee of our Trust you will benefit from;
  • Working within a supportive and valued team of professionals
  • Regular supervision and robust appraisals
  • Regular away days and training
  • Learning forums
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Career Progression opportunities
  • Flexible working, allowing you to maintain work-life balance
  • Access to LGBT, BAME, Disability and Carers Forums
  • Wellbeing and support programmes
  • A wide range of NHS discounts.

The CAMHS Team value a multi-disciplinary approach when meeting the needs of children and young people and are looking for an individual who can add to the current skills mix. The team have established excellent links with both education and social care colleagues and take great pride in providing joined up services to children and families, understanding that this brings the greatest opportunities for change. ).

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory trainingand post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health. Any training requirements should also be included in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Herefordshire is a predominately rural county with small market towns and transport links to the city of Hereford. The area offers excellent living and working prospects and a rich cultural life. Nearby are the Wye Valley AONB, the Forest of Dean, the Malvern Hills, the Brecon Beacons National Park and easy access to the M50 and M5. A thriving Arts Centre (The Courtyard) and good schools and colleges contribute to making Herefordshire a great place to live.

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