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CAMHS CWP Specialist Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham, London
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Lewisham CAMHS Children's Wellbeing Service (CWP) is an early intervention service designed to help meet the mental health needs of children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

Our service is underpinned by the principles from The Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) which is a service transformation programme delivered by Health Education England and partners that aims to improve existing children and young people's Mental Health Services working in the community.
  • Value and facilitate authentic participation of young people, parents, carers, and communities at all levels of the service
  • Provide evidence-based practice and are flexible and adaptive to changes in evidence
  • Are committed to raising awareness of mental health issues in children and young people, and are active in decreasing stigma around mental ill-health
  • Demonstrate that they are accountable by adopting the rigorous monitoring of the clinical outcomes of the service, and
  • Actively work to improve access and engagement with services

Main duties of the job

Lewisham CWP Service is expanding and looking for a passionate CAMHS practitioner to strengthen our early intervention offer for Lewisham children, young people and their families. The post-holder will be responsible for supporting and supervising Children Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs), trainees and CAMHS practitioners and playing an important role in managing the delivery of functions of CWP Service.
  • Supporting trainees and CWPs to deliver evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health difficulties by using manual-based intervention. It includes supporting the service lead in supporting trainees' and CWPs' clinical work, ensuring the quality of care and safeguarding risks.
  • Post holder will play an important role to bridge with other internal and external colleagues from other services, working in a multidisciplinary team in a diverse community and assisting CWP Services to develop better services in response to the need of the community. It includes overseeing group intervention, using data to monitor performance and spotting the need for change.
  • Post holder will use their specialist intervention skills to work with children and young people who exceed the threshold for guided self-help but meet the criteria in the i-TRIVE Getting Help domain.

The successful applicant will be required to either have successfully completed or has the opportunity to complete the funded Post Graduate CYP supervisor course at Kings College London (KCL).

About us

Lewisham CAMHS Service

The Directorate is committed to a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, 4 tiered Service and has been at the forefront, nationally, of developments at Tiers 1 and 2 with Child Mental Health Specialists based in the community and working in GP practices, schools and Early Years Centres. Lewisham CAMHs has teams based on three locations. Three teams based at Kaleidoscope Children's centre:Horizon, our generic service, the Neuro-developmental Team for children and young people with neuro-developmental problems, and the Paediatric Liaison Service that offers a service for children with physical health problems who are being treated by University Hospital Lewisham. Three teams are based at the Lewisham Park site: Symbol, which works with Looked After Children and adopted children; LYPS (Lewisham Young Person Service ) who offer support to adolescents with severe mental health disorders and the Child Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) who offer a well-being service to children who present with low mood, mild anxiety or behavioural problems that do not reach the threshold for mainstream CAMHS. The Adolescent Resource Team (ARTS) which is a service for young people who offend or who are at risk of offending are co-located with the Youth Offending Service. In addition to the specialist work conducted within Lewisham, there is access to tier 4 inpatient service at the Bethem and Guy's hospital.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities (please check the job description file for more detailed information):
  • Clinical and Client Care
  • Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • Policy and service development
  • Care or management of resources
  • Management and supervision
  • Teaching and Training
  • Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • Research and development
  • Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate or MSc qualification in Clinical Psychology, Child Psychotherapy or Family Therapy/Systemic Psychotherapy with extensive experience in using CBT as a treatment modality. First level nursing qualification/registration RMN or RNLD with formal Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc level qualification in CYP CBT
  • All applicants - Healthcare Professional (HCP) professional registration NMC, HPC/HCPC, ACP, BPS or UKCP.
  • Min 2 years CAMHS experience -NHS, private or 3rd sector service.
  • Doctorate or MSc level qualification associated with child and adolescent mental health /strong CPD portfolio
  • Formal DBT training and/training in parenting intervention provision.
  • Experience in design and delivery of Workshops, groups and interventions to patient target audience.
  • Formal training in clinical supervision, Pg Cert IAPT Supervision (CWP) or equivalent experience.
Experience Essential
  • Experience and ability to function as a specialist practitioner in CAMHS.
  • Experience of working as a case manager in CAMHS sing evidence-based practice.
  • Evidence of good practice in CAMHS assessments including assessing risk, behaviour, performance and family functioning.
  • Evidence of providing culturally adapted CAMHS interventions.
  • Evidence of experience of clinical governance, Outcome Measures and audits.
  • Evidence of experience in the provision of clinical supervision and appraisals.
  • Working with families in a diverse environment
  • Experience of highly specialist CAMHS assessment and treatment
  • Experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research methodology
Knowledge / Skills Essential
  • A good working knowledge of the following: oTypical Mental Health disorders in CYP's oAbility to assess and manage risk utilising appropriate safeguards with minimal supervision. oThe information governance and new rules around GDPR as it relates to clinical confidentiality, information sharing and academia. oEvidence of competency in clinical judgement oAbility to work to short deadlines, take on new concepts and be innovative. oGood presentation skills. oProven ability as a reflective practitioner and ability to effect change based on lessons learnt. oDemonstrate an ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team. oAbility to provide virtual and face to face interventions according to target audience needs. oProven ability to engage therapeutically with the client group, using a range of therapeutic interventions. oSkills in teaching and supporting parents.
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and CAMHS practice
  • Evidence of organisational skills to deliver targets and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to work flexibly within a changing environment
  • Good IT skills and able to manage to digital resources

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