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CAMHS Practitioner - Sandy and Biggleswade MHST

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA
Closing date
21 May 2024
The Mental Health Support Teams are part of an exciting trailblazer project funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners, with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community. There is a specific focus on developing more access to helping and improving the general culture of emotional support within all primary and secondary schools. Working alongside community partners the Mental Health Support Teams will be fully integrated with community CAMHS and educational settings.

You would be joining a comprehensive and dynamic CAMH service, delivering a substantial stepped model of care following the needs-led i-Thrive framework. Your role will help to develop and deliver a wide range of interventions, projects and system change with the aim of whole school and whole community approaches to supporting young people's mental health. In addition to providing comprehensive consultation, assessment, risk management and interventions for young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties in schools, the postholder will supervise more junior colleagues. There may be an option of supervisor training at Reading University as part of this role.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a confident CAMHS professional with experience of providing evidence-based interventions. You will be a CYP mental health practitioner (Family & Systemic Psychotherapist / Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist / Educational Psychologist /Occupational Therapist / Registered Nurse / Social Worker/ Senior CWP or EMHP).

The community served is multi-ethnic and culturally diverse and we welcome applicants who are skilled at working with the richness and complexity of this multicultural context.

About us

You will be working with schools around the Sandy and Biggleswade area, and at the moment we are working hard to identify a suitable base for the team.

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

The MHST focuses on early interventions, working closely with schools and our partners to improve access to services for children and young people to mental health services. The team will focus on the needs of the community to help reduce health inequalities whilst delivering our whole school approach.

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. You will be supported directly by senior colleagues, and we will develop the service together. You will be supported by regular, separate clinical and management supervision sessions, access to a variety of CPD sessions, and annual performance appraisal. You will also participate in weekly clinical discussions with the team. East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing, and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

Person Specification



  • Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such: (Family & Systemic Psychotherapist / Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist / Educational Psychologist /Occupational Therapist / Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health) / Social Worker / Art therapist/ EMHP/CWP)
  • Evidence of continuous and relevant professional training and development (CPD), as appropriate with qualification period
  • Registration with your appropriate body (e.g. UKCP, NMC, HCP etc.) once available.


  • Post Grad training or experience to support the needs of different children, young people and their families
  • Mentor/Practice educator qualification
  • Clinical supervision and training



  • Experience of working with CYP across the full age-range (5-18)
  • Experience of working with parents/caregivers
  • Experience of delivering low-intensity interventions for social anxiety
  • Experience of delivering low-intensity interventions for mild-moderate low self-esteem and/or emerging body image concerns
  • Experience of risk formulation, monitoring, and management for mild-moderate self-harm
  • Experience of working with CYP with increased complexity (e.g. physical, social care, educational needs), within the remit of low-intensity mild-moderate services and the evidence-base, and adapting interventions accordingly - With and/or under the guidance of appropriately experienced supervisor
  • Experience of engaging and delivering interventions to CYP with protected characteristics
  • Experience of delivering psychoeducation workshops remotely
  • Experience of leading elements of Whole School Approach or Systemic Change
  • Experience of working directly with senior leadership teams in service context (e.g. education, health, VCSE) to support design and delivery of programmes, policy, pathways, support offers etc.
  • Experience of negotiating, problem solving and relationship management where there are disagreements or resistance within systems
  • Experience of mentoring/coaching other trainees CWPs/EMHPs


  • Recognising when core interventions are appropriate for neurodiverse CYP and being able to make necessary adaptations
  • Experience of delivering low-intensity interventions for OCD
  • Experience of trauma-informed practice
  • Experience of providing interventions for emotionally based school refusal
  • Experience of delivering aspects of in-house training events in service context (team, school etc.)
  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner city area



  • Experience and skills of giving appropriate constructive feedback to professional colleagues at a range of levels in the system, and of following necessary procedures when required
  • Able to manage own time and caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • Keyboard/computer skills


  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres



  • Understanding of an overarching, multi-component Whole School Approach, and how elements of this interact with one another
  • Knowledge, experience, and competence in applying and following Safeguarding legislation and pathways (including contextual safeguarding)
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS such as Long Term Plan and Thrive.
  • Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
  • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact of care delivery
  • Knowledge of the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation


  • Knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts
  • Knowledge of development in inter agency partnership

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Central Bedfordshire CAMHS

67 High St North



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