Community CAMHS Practitioner

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will be a member of the Camden Adolescent Intensive Support Service (CAISS).

The role of the Community CAMHS Practitioner will be to develop and provide CAMHS input to young people aged between 11-18yrs and their families. This role will be working with young people and their families who are finding it difficult to engagement with Tier 3 services, who are having a mental health crisis and who are at risk of Tier 4 admission, or are having a Tier 4 admission. This will involve intensive working with a variety of clients in community settings, within client's homes, foster placements, residential settings and within school settings. Providing in-reach to inpatient settings and developing functional relationships with colleagues in a range of agencies is also pivotal to this role.

The person will be accountable for a defined caseload of clients, supported by the multi-disciplinary team and will receive regular clinical supervision from a senior member of the Service. They will also be expected to work jointly with other members of the team offering specialist CAMHS advice, consultation and training as required. This is a particularly vulnerable patient population who can present with a multitude of complex social and mental health difficulties and need robust professional networks around them. With the support of the team and wider professional networks this post will be pivotal in providing a solid package of care for these individuals.

Main duties of the job

The post holder would be expected to work as a member of the CAISS service offering assessment and treatment to children, young people, adults, families and carers referred to the service. This will include complex work where child protection issues may be a concern. This will involve working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the trusts policies and procedures.

This service will respond to young people having a mental health crisis in the community, Camden young people who are ready for discharge from paediatric beds at the Royal Free Hospital, UCLH and the Whittington Hospital, Camden young people in Tier 4 units who need discharge to be facilitated, and a number or Camden young people presenting risk, who need an outreach approach.

The post holder will be led by a Nurse Manager (band 8a) and a Deputy Team Manager (who will provide direct clinical supervision). The team will consist of band 6 nurses, a band 7 Senior Social Work Practitioner and a Consultant Psychiatrist.

About us

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

With 500 staff across a number of sites, we are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people's lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to thepromotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health.

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Job description Job responsibilities

Tavistock & Portman Values

The post holder will offer First Class Care to our service users, staff, and colleagues alike so that in every journey through Tavistock & Portman we can feel:

  • The post holder will assess, implement and evaluate individual care programmes and may take on the role of Care Co-ordinator for young people on their case load.
  • The post holder will be responsible for overseeing admissions of Camden patients to Tier 4 services. They will attend Care Programme Approach meetings and liaise between Tiers 3 & 4 to ensure a safe pathway and transition between tiers.
  • To establish and sustain effective links with other mental health workers, both in the community and hospital based services, thus facilitating continuity of care and co-ordination of services. To facilitate admission when indicated maintaining contact with the client and their family when in hospital and helping them prepare for discharge. To co-ordinate rehabilitative care packages, in conjunction with other professional agencies and networks, prior to discharge from inpatient units back to the community.

  • To carry out generic assessments of the mental health needs of young people within a therapeutic framework and to contribute fully to the care planning process. Assessment and treatment that is sensitive to individual ethnic and cultural backgrounds and needs of the service user. The aim of such intervention is to facilitate the young persons ability to function in the community and to promote the young persons competence and quality of life in a way sensitive to the young persons needs including their ethnic and cultural needs as they approach adulthood
  • To carry out on-going assessment of the impact of prescribed medication on individual young people both in terms therapeutic effect and untoward side effects.
  • To develop and maintain close links with the clients family and significant others and enable understanding of the availability of services to clients, service users, carers their families/significant others. Ensure clients and carers receive suitable information regarding the clients assessment, diagnosis, treatment options, prognosis and ongoing care needs.
  • To undertake assessments and clinical work in community based settings or clients homes as appropriate. This will involve supervised work, within the context of multidisciplinary team work.
  • To be the identified Lead Clinician for young people who are referred to CAISS service and to remain engaged with these young people for the duration of their treatment with the service.
  • To work with of specialist Camden CAMHS teams i.e. EIS, Forward, YOS with the purpose of attending to the needs of Camden patients at risk of admission to Tier 4.
  • To take part in local authority case conferences, review meetings and planning meetings as appropriate.
  • The post holder will facilitate the transition of care between CAMHS and adult MHS care being conversant with the Joint Working Protocol for Young People in Transition between CAMHS and Adult Mental Health Services.
  • To develop and maintain effective working arrangements with colleagues in appropriate statutory and non-statutory services including: local authority, Tier 4 psychiatric provision, education, primary health care, Youth Offending Teams, housing services.
  • To participate in health promotion and community training initiatives aimed at promoting an awareness and understanding of child and family mental illness amongst service users, carers and the wider professional network.
  • To attend discipline meetings in the Tavistock clinic as appropriate

  • Managerial/Supervisory Responsibilities
  • To keep up-to-date and accurate client records, in line with Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Policy. Ensure client confidentiality of all written and electronically stored personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act. To maintain clients right to privacy by ensuring that confidential information is only accessible to relevant staff.
  • Write reports on clients as appropriate.
  • To constructively manage written reports requiring sensitive, complex and sometimes unwelcome information to clients and other professionals.
  • Adhere to Health & Safety procedures concerning Lone Working/ Working in the Community and relevant legislation/policy.
  • To undertake the supervision of junior staff or trainees as appropriate.
  • To meet regularly with a senior clinician/Service manager (or delegate) for supervision.

  • Teaching
  • To participate in the teaching of colleagues and students as required within the respective teams activities.
  • To participate in the assessment and supervision of the pre and post registration nursing students on placement with the service, when required.

  • Service Development
  • To participate in the on-going service development and subsequent operational policies of the Camden CAMHS.
  • In conjunction with the other team members, to develop mechanisms for involving service users and carers in the planning and development of services.
  • To ensure that services provided by CAMHS are sensitive to individual ethnic and cultural backgrounds and needs

  • Clinical and Research Governance

    The post-holder must adhere to the trusts clinical and research governance guidelines, which includes being responsible for keeping up-to-date and accurate clinical records. All research must be undertaken in line with the national Research Governance framework, and the post-holder should seek guidance from the Trust Research Directorate before embarking on any research project.

    Continuing Professional Development

    The post-holder will be invited to an annual appraisal with the head of discipline, which will include the formulation of a professional development plan and specific details of continuing professional development in relation to the tasks of the post and its development over time. It is expected that some study leave will be taken for attending conferences, reading relevant literature, writing papers for presentation at Tavistock-organised and other conferences.


    If you are employed in an area of work which requires membership of a professional body in order to practice, it is a condition precedent of your employment to maintain membership of such a professional body. It is also your responsibility to comply with the relevant bodys code of practice. Your manager will be able to advise you on which, if any, professional body of which you must be a member.

    You are required to advise the Trust if your professional body in any way limits or changes the terms of your registration.

    Failure to remain registered or to comply with the relevant code of practice may result in temporary downgrading, suspension from duty and/or disciplinary action, which may result in the termination of your employment.

    If you are required to have registration with a particular professional body or to have specific qualifications you must notify your manager on appointment of such fact and provide him or her with documentary evidence of them before your employment commences or, at the latest, on your first day of employment. Furthermore throughout your employment with the Foundation Trust, you are required on demand by your manager to provide him or her with documentary evidence of your registration with any particular professional body or in respect of any required qualifications.


    As an employee of the Trust you are expected to comply with the code of conduct for employees at all times, and any breach of it whilst in practice will be investigated by the Trust.

    Copies of the code of conduct can be obtained the intranet.


    It is the aim of the Trust to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital/partnership status, race, religion, age, creed, colour, ethnic origin, disability, part time working status and real or suspected HIV/AIDS status and is not placed at a disadvantage by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable. Please also refer to the Trusts Equal Opportunity policy.


    All staff must comply with Trusts Health & Safety Policies and Procedures and it is the responsibility for all staff to promote safeguarding and wellbeing. Staff must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), and to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.


    All Trust employees are accountable, through the terms and conditions of their employment, professional regulations, clinical governance and statutory health and safety regulations, and are responsible for reporting incidents, being aware of the risk management strategy and emergency procedures and attendance at training as required.

    All staff have a responsibility to manage risk within their sphere of responsibility. It is a statutory duty to take reasonable care of their own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by acts or omissions.

    Mandatory Training

    The post-holder will also be required to attend mandatory training events as set out in the Trusts Staff Training Policy which includes attendance at induction and ongoing training in fire safety, health and safety, infection control, risk management , safeguarding children and participate in clinical effectiveness activity and appraisal

    This job description is subject to annual review in consultation with the post-holder.

    Person Specification Qualification/Training/Educati Essential
    • Registered Health Care Professional (eg. Nurse, OT, SW,Psychology)
    • Post qualification experience within acute mental health setting (Adult Mental Health or CAMHS)
    • Degree level or equivalent qualification

    • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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