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CAMHS Practitioner

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fulbourn, Cambridge
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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If you want to make a positive change to the lives of those we work with and the services we deliver, and you are looking to be part of an innovative and inspirational team, if you share our passion and drive you could be just the person we are looking for.

As part of the Children, Young People and Families Directorate you will work as a B5 CAMHS Practitioner in a 2 year rotational/development post with possible progression to Band 6 after 2 years.

You will gain experience of working within the CAMHS Core and/or the Neurodevelopmental pathway, The Darwin (General Admission Unit) and Phoenix (Specialist Eating Disorder Unit).

We offer an induction on commencement in post and CPD programmes through the NHS Academy.

We welcome applications from staff with varying levels of experience including ward based and offer relevant supervision and education to facilitate this transition.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team.

Main duties of the job

Whilst in the community the post holder will provide high quality continuing assessments, which will entail the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for service users and provision of support to their parents/ carers. You will manage a caseload under the supervision of a Band 6 or above Mental health nurse/practitioner. This is likely to take place in a variety of settings.

Whilst working on the wards will gain experience with initial assessment and the ongoing therapeutic programme offered to young people. You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team, supporting patients with various presentations to gain insight into working on both the GAU and specialist inpatient unit for young people with eating disorders.

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.
  • Assessment and care planning to meet all health and well-being needs.
  • Protection of health and well-being needs.
  • Enablement to address health and well-being needs.
  • Provision of care to meet health and well-being needs.
  • Assessment, treatment, intervention, planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • This will include:
  • Communication of information relating to comprehensive nursing assessment and
  • assessment outcomes, to the multidisciplinary team, referring to other disciplines/agencies as necessary.
  • Respecting the individuals dignity, wishes and beliefs and involving them in the assessment process and decisions on appropriate care and treatment.
  • Identifies and communicates risks to the individual where possible, and how they might be managed.
  • Facilitation of identified programmes of therapeutic interventions
  • Develops implements and evaluates care plans in accordance with individual needs and wishes.
  • Ensure care, treatment and assessment is undertaken in accordance with legislation, policy and procedure, recording any unmet need or resource issues.
  • Ensure care, treatment and interventions are evidence based.
  • Provide specialist mental health assessment and treatment.
  • Apply when appropriate aspects of the mental health act in line with the code of practice and trust policy and procedure.
  • Work in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University providing mentorship to mental health students nurses, ensuring the environment meets high standard for nurse training.

  • Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RNMH), LD Nurse, with relevant professional registration.
    • Evidence of continued training and professional development
    • Evidence of training appropriate to child mental health care.
    Experience Essential
    • Completion of nurse training programme or equivalent.
    • Willing to undertake Preceptorship programme.
    • Experience of managing workload and ability to prioritise.
    • Evidence of clinical supervision experience
    • Experience of care coordination
    • Experience of working with individuals, families and multi - disciplinary teams.
    • Lived experience of mental health
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients.
    • Planning and organisational skills for caseload management.
    • Skills in self-management, including time management.
    • Skills with working with others within a multi-disciplinary team and under supervision
    • High standard of written and verbal communication.
    • Able to communicate well with a variety of people
    • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable.
    • Advanced keyboard and computer skills
    • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
    • Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations.
    • Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions and ask for advice appropriately.
    • Ability to work within a team fostering good working relationships.
    • Experience with working with children and young people service users, their families and their carers.
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
    Knowledge & Understanding Essential
    • Knowledge of contemporary policy and legislation relating to mental health and social care.
    • Ability to identify and employ, as appropriate clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of effective clinical practice.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the issues facing service users including social, financial and health issues.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    Physical Requirements Essential
    • Physically able to undertake a demanding role safely, as and when required.
    Other Essential
    • Ability to undertake travel independently to different locations in an efficient and timely manner.
    • Ability to travel between various locations.
    • Be adaptable and work with change.

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