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Senior CAMHS Practitioner (Transforming care)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year No HCAS
Closing date
28 May 2024

Job Details

The Transforming Care programme aims to improve the lives of young people with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviours that challenge, including those people with a mental health condition.

The programme has three key aims:

To improve the quality of care for people with a learning disability and or autism.

To improve the quality of life for people with a learning disability and or autism.

To enhance community capacity, thereby reducing inappropriate hospital admissions and length of stay with a mental health condition. In South Bedfordshire and Luton this includes young people who are at risk of becoming a Child Looked After in a 52 week placement.

We are looking for experienced Mental Health professionals who are committed to providing excellent care for young people and their families.

The CAMHS Home Treatment team are an integrated multi agency service offering treatment to young people and families with complex and significant mental health presentations. We provide short to medium term high intensity intervention with the aim of preventing hospital admission and work with local partners and CAMHS teams cross South Bedfordshire and Luton.

This is an exciting post which will appeal to colleagues committed to improving the mental health of children and young people. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and highly motivated with excellent communication skills and experience of working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Main duties of the job

The post holders will have:

A desire to be innovative and creative in meeting the needs of children, young people and families at a point of crisis.

The ability to work within a team and forge good working relationships with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency colleagues.

Experience of undertaking effective risk assessment, risk management and collaborative working with young people and families.

Experience of working in a mental health setting with leadership, management and supervisory responsibilities

Experience of working with young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Learning Disabilities.

Great communication skills with young people and with colleagues from different sectors.

The work will range from Mental State assessments to multi-agency work including therapeutic work, consultation, peer supervision, joint work and participation in team meetings. You will be committed to delivering high quality care through evidence-based practice and in return we will demonstrate our commitment to your development through strong supervision and CPD opportunities. We value the importance of cohesive multi-disciplinary working and welcome applicants from all disciplines interested in the role.

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.

The CAMHS Home Treatment Team (HTT) across South Bedfordshire and Luton have opportunities for experienced Mental Health professionals to join our team as a Band 7 Senior CAMHS Practitioner (Transforming Care) specialising in working with young people who have a diagnosis of Autism and/or Learning Disabilities. The post holder will work within the Home Treatment Team as part of the Alternative to Admission Pathway, and will predominantly work with young people on the Transforming Care Pathway, in addition to working with those under the core home treatment pathway.

We place immense value on the contribution of our clinicians and as such are committed to the development of a strong governance structure which offers high quality training, supervisions and career development opportunities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information about the role please refer to the detailed job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Recognized professional qualification/registration (eg Degree/ Diploma or equivalent in Social Work, RMHN/RNLD, BACP or BABCP accredited, Systemic Practitioner with two years post graduate training, Counsellor.
  • Relevant post graduate qualification


  • ENB 998 or equivalent teaching qualification/experience.
  • DBT/CBT training.
  • Masters Degree or working towards postgraduate qualification in related CAMHS or specific treatment modality.



  • At least 18 months of working in CAMHS or with young people experiencing mental health difficulties
  • Previous experience of working with/supporting young people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and/or a Learning Disability
  • Experience of working in the community and working with a multi agency network
  • Experience of managing and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area
  • Experience of working in or liaising closely with multi agency teams working with adolescents eg Youth Services, YOT etc
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people who present with high risk behaviours


  • Experience of using CBT
  • Speciality CAMHS experience (eg YOT/Eating Disorders/ Adolescent Inpatient ward/ work in substance abuse)



  • Evidence of well developed clinical skills and knowledge, including mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions
  • Able to assess, hypothesize and prescribe interventions
  • Advanced skills in particular therapeutic approaches
  • Proven ability to work with children and young people in distress or through psychiatric emergency
  • Experience of working sensitively with distressing material that may have serious implications to young people and their families
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-agency team
  • Proven ability in standard setting and audit implementation
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychiatric phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by nursing services within the context of multi disciplinary mental health services
  • The ability to maintain and represent a CAMHS identity within a multi- agency setting, including managing the dynamics of a team within a team, i.e. The Specialist Workers in that context
  • Ability to work autonomously within the community setting
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold stress of others
  • The ability to participate in training within a multi agency professional setting. (for example children's social care, youth services, YOT)
  • Able to manage own time and caseload, prioritising assessments and treatment in non mental health settings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback


  • Computer skills
  • Establishing and running groups
  • Training to others



  • Knowledge of potential barriers and resources within a multi agency setting that affect mental health and are relevant to children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge of Systemic family work
  • Knowledge of CBT and group work
  • Knowledge of the, Mental Health Act and associated legislation including Child Protection Procedures
  • Understanding of best practice in staff supervision and development


  • Issues which impact on care delivery
  • Knowledge of audit and research
  • Knowledge of outcome measures
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and polices in the field of CAMHS
  • Knowledge of the Children Act



  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Self motivated, assertive & flexible
  • Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional & physical demands of specialised therapeutic work with disturbed & distressed children, adolescents & their families/carers networks
  • Freedom to Act: managing & supervising other nurses
  • Interpreting policies
  • Physical effort: Confined sitting position (therapy), Traveling within community. Mental effort: writing reports, planning teaching, concentrating in the context of therapy sessions/clinical supervision, managing psychiatric emergencies
  • Planning teaching
  • Emotional effort: dealing with families in breakdown who may be experiencing trauma or abuse, occasional patient complaints, , Occasional staff problems and complaints
  • Working conditions: contributing to a regular shift pattern, occasional verbal & physical abuse, unpredictable clinical scenarios e.g. managing acute psychological distress of children and young people in youth settings, and managing the associated anxiety with other pupils and youth service staff. Travel in the community in all weathers
  • Working on a daily basis with vulnerable, children and young people and their families and the consequent demands of containing the anxieties they provoke in the professional network


  • Ability to utilise and learn from supervision

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Charter House

Alma Street



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