Skip to main content

This job has expired

Specialist CAMHS Practitioner/Clinical Psychologist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
28 May 2024

Job Details

We are looking for a dynamic, creative Clinician to join our highly experienced, supportive CAMHS team. South Manchester Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) work with Children & Young People aged 5 to 18 yrs with a wide range of complex emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The successful candidate will join our multi-disciplinary team and be interested in developing and extending their clinical skills in evidence-based interventions (in particular CBT and/or DBT). You will manage your own caseload working with young people at assessment and intervention stage, developing skills in liaising with education and social care. The expectation is the majority of time will be in direct clinical practice.

You must have experience of working with children, young people and families with complex mental health needs, have a working knowledge of CAMHS and/or adult mental health and an understanding of assessing complex mental health needs and levels of risk.

Our team is involved in several research trials. We encourage service innovation and value user participation. We are committed to the continuing professional development of team members and positive well-being, ensuring clinicians are able to achieve the right work-life balance.

This vacancy is with South Manchester CAMHS, The Carol Kendrick Centre. This post is advertised as 30 hours, however there is potential for the post to be offered on a full time basis in discussion with the successful candidate.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work in the South Manchester District for the core team service and will see general referrals to the Department across the age range, with a broad range of presenting difficulties. The post holder will be based within our Intervention/ Getting more help Team and will be responsible for delivering formulation driven and evidence-based interventions with children, young people and their families. Intervention offers will include individual and groupwork, with opportunities to work jointly with other practitioners. Duties will also include contributing to the South Manchester CAMHS on-call rota, assessments, multi-agency liaison and consultation.

The post holder will have a range of skills and knowledge base to deliver clinical aspects of the role in a multi-disciplinary team setting and will be competent to do this work as an autonomous practitioner within professional practice guidelines. This post entails teaching and supervisory duties to other professionals and junior staff and/or students and regular consultation to the wider children's service. The post holder is also expected to promote and develop partnerships and interface with other professionals and agencies that work within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health THRIVE Framework.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Must be registered with a professional body



  • You must have a recognised qualification in:RMN/RSCN/RNMH / Clinical Psychology / social work / occupational therapy


  • Qualifications in Psychotherapeutic approaches e.g. CBT / IAPT qualification and/or accreditation
  • Mentorship course ENB998 or equivalent
  • Qualification in Research/Audit
  • Relevant Post graduate / masters level qualification

Work Related Circumstance


  • Ability to travel across MFT footprint
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies

Personal Attributes


  • A commitment to undertake further relevant training and self-directed study
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required
  • A commitment to the inclusion of young people's, parent/carer views in service delivery, development and design

Knowledge, Skills and Ability


  • Up to date knowledge of child mental health and relevant legislation
  • The ability to assess, formulate and manage care appropriately, ensuring discharge is timely
  • The ability to use assessment tools and outcome measures effectively and in collaboration with the child, young person and family
  • Delivery of evidence based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice
  • Demonstrable extensive therapeutic skills
  • To be able to function as a part of a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise effectively with other agencies i.e., education, GP's, maintaining positive working relationships
  • The ability to work independently and autonomously
  • The ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others
  • To have the ability to manage own caseload and act as lead practitioner
  • Ability to manage and organise own time and diary and work creatively in a clinical context
  • The ability to follow policy and make proposals for change
  • The ability to maintain clinical records both written and electronic
  • Experience of delivering training


  • Advanced IT skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the research process



  • Substantial post qualification experience of working in Young People's mental health services
  • Proven extensive experience of working effectively with people with mental health difficulties in the community and/or inpatient services
  • Extensive experience of assessing and managing risk: including safeguarding
  • Extensive experience of developing and providing evidence based assessments, formulations and intervention programmes to children, young people and families
  • Extensive experience of liaison and working with a range of other relevant agencies
  • Extensive experience of complex caseload management working, frequently dealing with distressing and emotional circumstances, within a multi-disciplinary mental health setting
  • Experience of mentoring and supervision of others
  • Demonstrable understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Experience of working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (i.e., Inpatient or CAMHS)


  • Post qualification experience of a specific therapy working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


The Carol Kendrick Centre

Southmoor Road


M23 9XD

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert