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CAMHS Crisis Clinical Specialist Practitioner - Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

Please note that this vacancy is eligible for the relocation bonus scheme.

CPFT are delighted to offer you the unique opportunity to be part of a new Crisis Team to support children and young people in our county. This is an exciting opportunity to be fully involved in developing and creating the highest quality service provision for service users and their families / supporters from the start and we need you to help us achieve this.

Our aim is to provide a multiagency/ multi skilled team to support families and young people in Crisis by delivering short-term, recovery-focused interventions and brief home treatment plans. The Team will have experienced clinical leaders working alongside support staff to deliver planned episodes of care and ensure young people have access to appropriate support.

We are looking for practitioners who are passionate, dynamic, and skilled professionals and support staff who are ready for a new challenge to significantly improve children's experiences


Main duties of the job

Key relationships for the service include working with existing CAMHS, First Response Service, CAMHS Intensive Treatment Team, adult mental health services and acute care colleagues, to begin the risk assessment process as soon as the young person enters the acute care Trusts. Liaison with GP's and professionals such as social care colleagues and education for community assessments will be an essential element to the service delivery.

Ideally applicants would have experience working in health or social care with complex family issues and be able to demonstrate our Trust values (Professionalism, Respect, Innovation, Diversity and Empowerment) in delivering care and working as part of a team. We believe this is a genuine opportunity to develop your skills and experience and have a comprehensive range of Learning and Development opportunities to support and stretch you as part of a continuous development and coaching culture throughout the organization. These cover a range of personal, management, leadership and healthy team working topics, management and leadership development programmes and qualifications, access to a performance and career coach as well as support to continue CPD and enhance your clinical skills.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Working closely with Acute Hospitals to ensure the timely assessment of young people presenting in an emergency.
  • To undertake clinical mental health assessments and support the management of Children and Young People presenting in crisis.
  • Ensure that care is based on the assessment of care needs and includes a thorough risk assessment and risk management plan.
  • Use clinical knowledge and expertise to formulate an assessment of relapse risk of the patient after specialist assessment. Liaise with other agencies caring for patients, including community mental health teams and GPs and use collateral information from relatives, GPs and past clinical reports, where available and appropriate, to provide care plans for all patients.
  • Provide Supervision and Clinical leadership within the Service
  • Deputise for the Service Lead when necessary
  • Utilise recent research findings in the advancement of best practice and in the delivery of an evidenced based service.
  • To provide support and expert advice to colleagues involved in the care of patients with mental health needs and develop systems to ensure that this support is available in a range of ways.
  • Monitor and evaluate the standards of care and take actions to ensure that a high standard of care is maintained. Contribute to Audit to ensure quality standards are met.
  • Identify and be responsive to the diverse cultural, social and spiritual needs of all patients.
  • Promote general health education and specifically mental health education to the client group.
  • Identify and intervene proactively in situations that contribute to an unsafe environment for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all resources.
  • Ensure that all duties are carried to the highest possible standard, and in accordance with the current quality initiatives within the work area.
  • Be aware of the responsibility to maintain a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.
  • Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Being responsible for the development, planning and implementation of brief care and treatment interventions for individual children and young people.
  • Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.
  • Promote a recovery model that empowers patients, carers and relatives to be at the forefront of decision-making and ownership of their packages of care and treatment.
  • Undertake clinical risk assessments, based on the latest empirical evidence and in compliance with local policies and procedures.
  • Act as the advocate for patients and relatives.
  • Enable patients and carers to manage disability, loss and change
  • Champion patients rights, including: dignity, equality, diversity, choice and respect.
  • When undertaking all of the above ensure good documentation is provided and entered within the appropriate record systems.
  • To be aware of own personal development needs and participate in regular supervision and appraisal processes.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Mental Health or Paediatric Nurse/Social work Qualification OR Registered Nurse with CAMHS Experience Or other HCPC-registered professional
  • Current NMC/HCPC Registration appropriate to the job role
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical supervision qualification
  • Specific training in either family work or psychological approaches to helping young people
  • Leadership qualification/training
  • Advanced Nurse prescriber Qualification/or AMHP qualification
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience
Experience Essential
  • Willingness to engage in work with children, young people and families who require mental health services
  • Significant Experience of working with children and young people presenting with mental health crisis or need
  • Experience of working in a setting relevant to CAMHS
  • Experience of risk assessment and Management
  • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces
  • Working within a multicultural framework
  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of junior staff
  • Clinical Leadership
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Enhanced skills in assessing, formulating and working with children and young people (& their families) presenting in heightened state of distress
  • Communicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Clinical risk assessment and Contingency planning/management plans
  • The ability to demonstrate excellent clinical skills relevant to the clinical area
  • A positive approach and energy to working with young people and their families in promoting recovery and resilience
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • The ability to work across a number of IT systems
  • Able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered
  • An understanding of the current integrated multi-agency models used by agencies working with children, young people and their families, e.g. I-Thrive, Think Family, etc
  • Knowledge of current research and evidence based practice in clinical work relevant to the job role/Service
  • Models of care and treatment relevant to working with children and young people in mental health crisis
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Children's Act and other relevant legislation, Mental Capacity Act
  • Sound knowledge of Safeguarding responsibilities and procedures
  • Brief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crises
  • Knowledge or awareness of operational systems of service delivery in Community CAMHS
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Demonstrates desire to assist patients, carers, families, referrers and colleagues
  • Works flexibly
  • Motivated, reliable and committed to team working with the ability to work autonomously
  • Embrace opportunity to work in a new post and assist in developing the service
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Values opinions of others. Innovative and pioneering approach to new ways of working
Other Essential
  • Access to a vehicle for work purposes
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace an integrated service model and new ways of working
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach
  • Able to tolerate ambiguity and take decisions in situations where information is incomplete
  • The post holder must be willing to travel to various locations across the Cambridge and Peterborough geography as required

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