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CAMHS Practitioner

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024
We are currently looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 CAMHS Practitioners to join our Neurodevelopmental Team.

We are a multidisciplinary team who work with young people with a diagnosed moderate to severe Learning Disability and provide assessment and treatment for Autism and ADHD. The team provides mental health assessments for young people with a neurodevelopmental disorder and also psychological therapies for co-morbid mental health disorders.

We are committed to a high level of patient care and the ideal candidate will have a strong team and work ethic, sense of accountability, interest in research and service development, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team. We are a supportive team who value each other's skills and knowledge and have a shared goal of providing the best care and support to the families we serve.

In return we will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff through additional relevant training, a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with neurodevelopmental disorders and co-morbid mental health issues, then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide an evidence-based therapy service to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD and Learning Disabilities in the Neurodevelopmental Service CAMHS which is part of the Children, Young People and Families Directorate in CPFT.
  • Patients will be managed on a community basis, providing assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and/or comorbid mental health disorder and evidence-based therapy.
  • At the same time as offering advice and consultation on patient's mental health care to colleagues and partner agencies and to other non-professional carers.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's and Trust's policies and procedures.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To work as an integral member of the CAMHS Neurodevelopment Community Team, providing comprehensive mental health and diagnostic assessments and specialist assessments (if applicable such as SALT, OT, Cognitive), demonstrating the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care., a range of direct work and evidence-based therapeutic intervention. To have the ability to utilise specialist knowledge to make decisions about a child or young persons mental health needs.
  • To participate in the prevention and early detection of emotional and mental health difficulties in children and adolescents referred to the service.
  • To participate in the planning and delivery of evidence-based therapeutic programmes e.g. Positive Behaviour Support, CBT and Parenting programmes on both an individual and group basis to children and young people and their families.
  • To develop formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon mental health theory and evidence which incorporates developmental, interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To evaluate and make treatment decisions in collaboration with the CAMHS Community Team, the Multidisciplinary Team and in consultation with an accredited CAMHS therapist or qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To be responsible for terminating intervention in consultation with other professionals involved.
  • To use routine outcome monitoring to inform clinical practice through supervision and care planning.
  • To participate in the teams use of routine outcome monitoring to inform service design across CAMHS.
  • To educate and involve children and young people and family/carers, in their care/support plan and provide opportunities for service users to contribute to assessment and the development of service provision.
  • To contribute to the development of systems for the management of referrals including screening, filtering, redirecting and fast-tracking referrals as appropriate.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • A recorded/UK registered Nursing qualification with NMC registration, or HCPC registration in SALT, OT or Social Work or a recorded/UK registered and accredited CBT Practitioner


  • Training in family systems theory and interventions
  • Training in Child Protection
  • Training in an evidence-based therapeutic intervention recommended by NICE Guidelines relevant to CAMHS, i.e. CBT, IPT, Systemic Therapy
  • Training in Positive Behaviour Support
  • Additional training in managing challenging behaviour
  • Training in Autism diagnostics such as ADOS-2 or ADI-R



  • Experience of working with children, young people and families
  • Experience of working with children or adults with learning disability and/or autism.
  • Experience of Multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of multi-agency working
  • Experience of undertaking mental health risk assessments of children and young people
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication


  • Post-qualification experience in assessment and treatment of children, young people and families and/or adults.
  • Lived experience of mental health.
  • Group work
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to participate as an independent practitioner in assessments.
  • Ability to teach, train and supervise
  • Evidence of ability to exercise a high level of judgement and decision-making.
  • Evidence of ability to keep clear and accurate clinical records.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time


  • Ability to assess and treat children and young people with neuro developmental disorder and their families

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge and understanding of Child and Adolescent Mental health
  • Knowledge and understanding of neuro developmental disorders.
  • Sound knowledge of the Trust's and Local Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
  • Motivated towards personal and professional development.
  • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.



  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Willingness and ability to work as part of on-call rota (all staff), including rostered weekend duties (permanent staff only)
  • Ability to travel between sites and to service user homes when clinically necessary.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Winchester Place

80 Thorpe Road



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