CAMHS Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a newly qualified or recently qualified mental health nurse or social worker to join our vibrant, welcoming and busy CAMHS team. This is a full-time substantive role working with children and families presenting with a range of mental health challenges, and the post offers a breadth of opportunities for you to develop and hone core clinical skills in assessment, formulation, therapy, consultation and supervision of others. We offer a robust supervision structure and development opportunities in terms of psychological therapies training within the trust and opportunities to access specialist training in line with your own and the team's needs.

Children's mental health and emotional well-being is a key priority locally and Rochdale benefits from strong multi-agency networks and creative approaches to service delivery. Rochdale CAMHS is one of the highest performing in the country currently, and the borough is also home to the nationally recognised #Thrive service providing a broad spectrum of emotional well-being support to children and families. Other CAMHS-linked services in place include our Early Attachment service, Our Place (multi-agency team for children on the edge of care) and the Mental Health Support Team, with other projects also in development.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for young people with serious mental health issues and/or complex emotional / behavioural difficulties in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team.

You will supervise the work of junior staff, ensuring the highest possible standard of care in accordance with policies, procedures and legislation.

You will participate in clinical supervision and have an active role in the development of the multi-disciplinary team, including participation in the education programmes of students and others.

About us

New team members are well-supported here to make the transition from a training role or service choice change, with regular clinical and management supervision, access to peer supervision and CPD, and a pacing of caseloads and other duties in order to build confidence and experience, and to lay foundations relevant for your future aspirations. There are opportunities for career progression within the team and across the trust.

'We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.'

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and therapeutic interventions for young people that will assist in recovery and rehabilitation and develop daily living
  • To receive and provide clinical
  • To supervise, monitor and support unqualified staff within the unit and ensure their compliance with
  • To actively participate in multi-disciplinary meetings and contribute to clinical decisions regarding young people within the
  • To promote and facilitate involvement of young people in their
  • To manage caseloads effectively, making the best use of time and resources and ensure that any unresolved issues for young people and their families/carers are identified and referred to the appropriate
  • To act as a positive role model for young people in the unit and support them to achieve their full

  • To develop and ensure evidence and research based practice in own work with young people and their
  • To maintain clinical skills in accordance with best practice
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of a therapeutic environment for young
  • To contribute to staff development by undertaking the role of mentor or associate mentor to student nurses as directed by the ward
  • As part of a team maintain a safe environment for clients, staff and
  • To keep accurate and timely professional records of care and ensure their compliance with policy. Including electronic record keeping
  • To ensure an accurate bed occupancy state is available by maintenance of information held on the NCRS system computer for each patient on the ward, to include admission referrer, Area PCT, transfer, suspended leaves and
  • To contribute to the monitoring, maintenance and development of standards in order to continually develop service
  • To carry out duties assigned by the service management

Person Specification Education Essential
  • oRegistered Nurse - Mental Health (RMN), or Learning Disability, Registered Sick Children's Nurse, Registered Adult Nurse (General Nursing and Enrolled Nursing is insufficient) o
  • oSocial Work - CQSW, DipSW, MA Social Work, or BA/BSc Hons Social Work. Registered with one of four UK regulators - Social Work England (SWE), Social Care Wales (SCW), Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working within mental health service.
  • oExperience of working with young people.
  • oExperience of working within CAMHS
Knowledge Essential
  • oKnowledge of mental health issues in young people.
  • oKnowledge of legislation and National policies in relation to mental health issues in young people.
  • oChild protection knowledge and implemented in practice
  • oKnowledge of CPA processes.
  • oGood working Knowledge of Mental Health Act.
Skills Essential
  • oAbility to assess, plan and implement care programmes for young people with complex emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.
  • oAbility to observe, listen and communicate effectively, verbally and non-verbally with young people and their families.
  • oInsight into clients' perceptions and ability to empathise
  • oAbility to use humour constructively.
  • oAbility to empower others
  • oEffective communication skills.
  • oAbility to plan work of self and others.
  • oAbility to recognise own limits and seek appropriate support.
  • oAbility to recognise own attitudes towards offending / challenging behaviours.
  • oAbility to recognise challenges of working within an inpatient environment.
  • oFlexible and innovative
  • oPossess basic IT skills

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