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Behavioural Support CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative Behavioural Support Practitioner with experience of working with people with intellectual disability, autism spectrum conditions and significant behaviours of concern, to come and work in the socially and ethnically diverse borough of Newham.

We are looking for an applicant who has experience and appreciation of some of the richness and complexities of working within an inter-culturally community. This post is part of a comprehensive Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, within the East London NHS Foundation Trust. This is a community-based post in Newham CAMHS to work with the Neurodevelopmental Team (NDT). The post holder will be expected to conduct specialist behavioural assessments for children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASC, ADHD, both with or without learning disabilities, offering evidenced based clinical interventions.

Main duties of the job

The post holder would directly contribute to and support a positive working environment with the Multidisciplinary team. This is a community-based post, which also requires a high degree of professional autonomy and self-management. The post holder will be supervised by a senior colleague within the team.

The successful candidate will be part of a stimulating and supportive multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health team. There is a strong commitment to clinical supervision and professional development within CAMHS and the wider NHS Foundation Trust including many learning and teaching opportunities.

Newham CAMHS is a large and vibrant specialist child and adolescent mental health service with a reputation for innovation and flexibility in meeting the complex mental health support needs of Newham's children, young people and families. It is centrally located on one site in Plaistow, Newham, and provides an extensive and growing range of services including multi-disciplinary specialist teams such as the Emotional & Behavioural Teams, Adolescent Mental Health Team, Paediatric Liaison Team, Neurodevelopmental Team, Looked After Children Team and Social Care/Families First Team. There is a broad spectrum of disciplines (approximately 50 whole time equivalent clinical staff) and a long tradition of effective multidisciplinary and interagency working. The service undertakes considerable outreach and consultation work and training.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please watch this video to learn more about Newham CAMHS from our service users and families:

Please contact Sally Stevens or Florence Ozomah or call on 0208 430 9000 if you would like further information.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Bachelor's Degree followed by PG Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis, or Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual Disabilities, or equivalent PG Diploma.
  • Evidence of continuous and relevant professional training and development (CPD) in keeping with qualification period.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of applied behavioural assessment and intervention (including PBS) with clients with a range of needs of a complex nature.
  • Experience of working with families, school and other partner organisation to support young people who may be displaying behaviours that challenge.
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families in emotional crisis.
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse Inner city area
  • Work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of relevant client needs.
  • Experience of working with Child Protection issues, serious mental health problems and challenging behaviour
  • Experience, skills and flexibility to participate in effective working within a multi-disciplinary team setting
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Theoretical knowledge of Applied Behaviour Analysis and the evidence base for the relevant assessments and interventions.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to CYP and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and families with a high level of deprivation
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of Positive Behaviour Support
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate.
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour.
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self.
  • Ability to manage physical aggression directed at self, including use of breakaway techniques and personal safety procedures as prescribed by Trust policies.
  • Able to manage own time and caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
  • Basic computer skills
Other Essential
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others.
  • Ability to recognise own limits and seek support re supervision as appropriate.
  • An interest of developing some area of expertise
  • Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals

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