Clinical Specialist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Closing date
20 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 7 Clinical Specialist for National Deaf CAMHS

Base: This post is for the South Central region covering Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire. As this post covers a large geographical region you could live anywhere in the South Central regions. Applicants need to be willing and able to travel within working hours. Post holders would be based at home and all travel would be in work time and paid from home.

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to be part of our unique regional service. We have an exciting opportunity for a permanent Band 7 Clinical Specialist to join the National Deaf CAMHS team for Central England. This is an exciting opportunity and unique for an experienced CAMHs practitioner to work within National Deaf Child Adolescent Mental Health service. The suitable candidate may have core qualification in one of the following:- Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapist, Art/Play/Music therapist, social work, registered mental health nurse, or Systemic Family Therapist. The successful candidate would be based in the South Central region working in a small but friendly team, providing psychological interventions and assessment to deaf children or hearing children of deaf parents around the South Central region of England. See map link below for area guidance.

This role will appeal to anyone who is deaf or hearing and has experience working with deaf children. We welcomeapplicants who aredeaf.

Main duties of the job

National Deaf CAMHS

National Deaf CAMHS is an innovative community and inpatient mental health service delivering a pathway of care for 0-18 year olds across England. We are also piloting provision for 18-25 year olds in some regions. The national service is delivered by four NHS Trusts, and our teams link closely together. You will be working closely with our key partners where together we have an ambition to deliver an outstanding model of mental health care for the deaf children, young people and parents of England.

NDCAMHS is a unique and truly individual service! We are continuously learning and evolving, as we work together to meet the mental health needs of children, young people and parents who are deaf.

Post may close early

About us

We are a fully integrated multi-disciplinary team comprising Psychologists; Psychiatrists; Systemic Family Therapists; Nurses; Occupational Therapists and Family Support Workers. A key aspect of the role is working closely with clinicians/practitioners as part of a bi-lingual, bi-cultural multi-disciplinary team with deaf and hearing practitioners and BSL/English Interpreters. We welcome deaf applicants, and applicants who already have a high level of British Sign Language, however specialist training and development will be provided to develop knowledge and skills for working with deaf children and young people. This would include access to training to develop British Sign Language knowledge and skills.

Our clients use a wide range of communication modalities including British Sign Language, Sign Supported English, various spoken languages and minimal language. You would hold a varied caseload, which will include carrying out specialist assessment and therapeutic interventions, working flexibly across pathways of care in a variety of community settings, and to work closely with clinicians/practitioners in multi-disciplinary teams. We work both directly with families, as well as offering joint care with local CAMHS services, multi-agency working and consultation. Excellent problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills and a positive attitude towards working with deaf children, and their families, with complex mental health needs are essential.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking for a clinical specialist with extensive a background in child mental health alongside additional training in child development including neurodevelopmental and behavioural disorders. The suitable candidate may have core qualification in one of the following:- Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapist, Art/Play/Music therapist, social work, registered mental health nurse, or Systemic Family Therapist. You would be expected to carry a small caseload and work jointly with colleagues, providing therapeutic interventions as well as carrying out specialist assessments to deaf children.

Essentially having a flexible and adaptable approach to clinical work is essential in order to carry out this role as it requires working with working with deaf children who present with emotional, psychological or behavioural distress alongside varied communication/language needs.

You would have excellent access to training opportunities.

The main office base for the outreach team is in Dudley, however clinicians are based from their homes across the whole of the Central England (West Midlands, East Midlands, South Central) region and you will be required to travel to a range of settings throughout the Central England region. You may be required to attend occasional national meetings with our colleagues in other areas of our NDCAMHS services across England. We have strong links with the National Deaf CAMHS teams in the South East/ North /South West and frequently come together for training, service development, research and audit purposes.

We have access to a lease car scheme and paid for accommodation if needing to be further from home. Clinical and office spaces can be booked across the region as needed. Travel is counted as part of your working hours. Due to COVID-19, we have developed the ability to offer a remote service using video calls, and now restrictions are easing we will continue with an integrated approach for clinical work using video conferencing as well as face-to-face work to manage our travel where appropriate. We also hold most of our meetings by video conferencing, but will aim for an integrated model when this is safe to do so balancing the need for team connection with reducing travel. Post holders would be provided with facilities to enable remote working such as desks and IT equipment.

We encourage staff networks across England NDCAMHS as well as with the Trust and local services. We are also developing therapy-specific Special Interest Groups across NDCAMHS and wider networks working with deaf children and adults.

For further supporting information to apply for this role please see documents attached under Additional documents.

Attached map

This is an externally provided map but gives an idea of the geographical areas we cover.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered with an appropriate professional body (e.g., NMC, BPS, UKCP, HCPC)
  • Level 2/3 BSL or ability to work towards achieving this qualification

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