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Senior CAMHS Practitioner: Adolescent Mental Health Team (AMHT)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year No HCAS
Closing date
21 May 2024
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced CAMHS clinician to join the South Bedfordshire CAMHS Service. We are looking for a clinician from a core CAMHS discipline (MH Nursing, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Systemic Family Psychotherapy or Clinical/Counselling Psychology) to join the CAMHS Adolescent Mental Health Team.

If you have highly developed communication and leadership skills and would enjoy this opportunity to ensure robust patient safety, improved patient experience, clinical outcomes, quality and performance standards, we encourage you to apply.

Main duties of the job

The primary role of the South Bedfordshire CAMHS Adolescent Mental Health Team (AMHT) is to support adolescents experiencing complex and serious mental health problems. The AMHT delivers a robust multidisciplinary team approach offering individual, family and group interventions which are evidence based and trauma informed. There are also opportunities to develop unique services for the local population using a quality improvement approach, depending on the need expressed and demand.

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced mental health practitioner to join our friendly and professional team. The post-holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy, self-management and drive with the ability to work well in a team and within the multi-agency environment.

This post will provide a highly specialist mental health service to children, young people and their families, who have complex mental health needs by offering specialist assessment and treatment packages of care. This is a community based post, located within the Adolescent Mental Health Team (AMHT) care pathway offering flexible, evidence based episodes of care to manage complex clinical presentations and ensure that the optimum level of care is achieved. The post holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy and self-management, and will be a highly visible presence in clinical practice.

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 Senior Management Team within South Beds CAMHS is committed to staff development: there are regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses and to get involved in quality improvement initiatives and new developments in the service, some associated with a higher banding during the time of the project. We also have a significant number of positions in the trust for clinicians up to band 8D, opening up paths for promotion for ambitious members of staff. The East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

Our clinically-led service is strongly committed to continuously improving the experience and quality of care we offer our families. The successful candidate will receive a robust induction program, regular clinical and management supervision to support this role.

This post is based in Luton, Bedfordshire, close to the M1 and easily reached by rail and car from South London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Southamptonshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a detail description for the role please refer to the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • A qualification in Child Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy, Nursing, Counselling Psychology, Social Work or other equivalent profession
  • Clinical Psychology Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Registration with HPC
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Family Therapy Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Soci
  • Family Therapy Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent
  • UKCP Registered
  • Child Psychotherapy Honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies or recognised equivalent. Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent.
  • Registered member of ACP
  • Nursing Registered Mental Health/Learning Disabilities Nurse Relevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Substance mis-use or equivalent (e.g. ENB 603)
  • Counselling Psychology Postgraduate Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or its equivalent. Registration with HPC
  • Social Work Recognized Social Work qualification such as Diploma in Social Work with an MA in Social Studies, or Degree level Social Work qualification or CQSW.
  • or other relevant discipline and relevant basic qualifications



  • At least 18 months of working in CAMHS or equivalent setting
  • Experience of working in community CAMHS and working with a multi-agency network
  • Experience of managing and supervising junior staff
  • 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 e.g. Youth Services, YOT etc
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people who present with high risk behaviours


  • Experience of using CBT
  • Specialty CAMHS experience (e.g. YOT/Eating Disorders/ Adolescent Inpatient ward/work in substance abuse)



  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS, including mental health assessments and therapeutic 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
  • 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 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
  • Developing research protocols
  • Emotional effort: dealing with families in breakdown who may be experiencing trauma or abuse, occasional patient complaints, , Occasional staff problems and complaints
  • Conveying of unwelcome news e.g. dealing with young people facing custodial sentences
  • Working conditions: 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



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