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Senior Mental Health Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist (CAMHS/YOS)

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024
This is an exciting opportunity for a specialist mental health practitioner or clinical psychologist to work into Liverpool City Council Targeted Services (also known as the Youth Offending Team) and into Liverpool Fresh CAMHS. The successful candidate will be funded by Liverpool Fresh CAMHS but will sit within the innovative Enhanced Support Team, which was developed in response to the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to further invest in services for children and young people with complex needs.

We are looking for clinicians with a strong grounding in trauma-informed models of care, and who have experience of working with individuals who are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system or who have offended.We would also welcome applications from clinicians who have skills and experience in engaging families who are from communities that may be at increased risk of social exclusion or marginalisation.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will provide a substantial contribution to the clinical work of the multidisciplinary teams.

In the CAMHS side of their role they will undertake appropriate mental health assessment and intervention with children, young people and families. They will hold responsibility for the management of their own clinical caseload and access supervision and support in line with policy and their own professional requirements. They will have protected time for service development and they will contribute to the strategic direction of the service.

In the Targeted Services part of their role they will work as part of a smaller clinical team to develop trauma-informed practice and improve outcomes for young people at risk of, or involved in criminal activity. They will provide advice and consultation on the psychological care of young people to non-psychologist colleagues. This will involve being clinically responsible for complex therapeutic and risk management work with clients who may be highly vulnerable, at risk, suicidal or aggressive. This work to be undertaken autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.

About us

Alder Hey has already earned our place as one of the world's leading children's hospitals, thanks to innovation and pioneering medical work. We treat 250,000 young patients a year and have a broad range of hospital and community services, serving the local population of children, as well as being a tertiary referral centre for children from across Merseyside, Cheshire and parts of Lancashire, Shropshire and North Wales.

Alder Hey is an equal opportunities employer, and our ambition is that our workforce is fully reflective of the communities that we serve.

Refer a friend - Alder Hey staff

Successful candidates who are introduced to the trust by existing staff members will receive �1000 after completion of six months in post. Please include the name/Alder Hey email for your friend in the additional information section of your application.

This will be paid in two parts, �250 in first month pay on commencement in post, and �750 on completion of six months.


Alder Hey will support the cost of accommodation for up to 3 months from the date of employment (up to �500 per month)

The cost is to be paid by the staff member and reclaimed as expenses.

Relocation package

Relocation packages to support new hires and will be consulted on an individual basis, please link in with for further information.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, please take a look at the job description and person specification attachments. - The post holder must be able to demonstrate a positive attitude which encompasses our Trust Values of excellence, innovation, openness, respect and together.- If you are enthusiastic and confident with a friendly and outgoing manner, and a focus on providing the best possible service to patients we would like to hear from you.- For more information about this post, or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Laura Spike, clinical lead for Liverpool Enhanced Support Team.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Qualified in core profession such as Mental Health Nurse (RMN/RLD), Mental Health Practitioner, Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Social Work or creative therapies e.g. Art Therapy - with evidence of relevant professional registration
  • Alternatively a recognised degree level broad based health & social care qualification which will require completion of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Knowledge Skills and Attributes
  • Post qualification study in chosen mental health field


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in other fields of child and adolescent mental health, research methodology, staff training



  • Experience of specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Working collaboratively with other agencies in a variety of venues.
  • Must be experienced in providing risk assessment of self harming behaviour
  • Must be experienced in analysing presenting problems and able to demonstrate ability to work autonomously utilising a range of therapeutic perspectives and modalities, depending on the needs of the client.
  • Must be experienced in and able to demonstrate ability to provide case management supervision for lower banded team members, students and other service group/team professionals as required
  • Must demonstrate ability to be self-reflective and to organise own supervision appropriately. Must be able to demonstrate ability to develop and evaluate consultation and training to other professionals and to staff groups.


  • Experience of working with a wide variety of child mental health problems, across the whole age range, reflecting all levels of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse
  • Experience of teaching, training or supervision
  • Experience of the application of specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a range of clinical settings



  • Knowledge of the legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of the evidence base in their practice
  • Must demonstrate understanding of child development and psychosocial influences
  • Must demonstrate a working understanding of systemic, psychodynamic and cognitive theories along with recognition of when each approach is appropriate

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Fresh CAMHS


L7 9NJ

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