Skip to main content

CAMHS Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
20 May 2024
This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust.

We welcome all applicants from nursing, social work and other relevant professional backgrounds. Support and induction training is provided to transition to a CAMHS role for those who might have more adult focused training or experience.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within an innovative, dynamic and growing multi-disciplinary Community CAMHS based in Nottingham covering from Arnold to East Bridgford as well as City. The children & young people who access our services present with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties ranging from mild to severe.

You would be joining an established, supportive and hardworking team who are passionate about improving the outcomes for the children, young people and their families/carers. As a Community CAMHS Specialist Mental Health Practitioner you will be an integral member of the multidisciplinary team offering consultation, assessment and evidence-based interventions to children and young people we serve.

You must be a Registered Nurse, Dip SW or equivalent social work qualification (CSS, CQSW, degree in social work), Allied Health Professional registered with the HCPC and accredited by a HCPC recognised body e.g. UKCP/BACP.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the Community CAMHS Specialist Mental Health Practitioner include:
  • Providing mental health assessments and formulations
  • Building therapeutic relationships with children and young people and delivering evidence based interventions (including group treatment)
  • Care co-ordinating an agreed caseload
  • Liaising with and offering consultation to other agencies
  • Participating in the enquiries rota
  • Contributing to all aspects of positive team functioning
  • Contributing to ongoing service innovations and development

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The Community CAMHS teams are welcoming, friendly and dedicated to supporting the children & young people accessing our services. The teams are busy, supportive and encouraging of new and creative ways to innovate and improve the service we deliver.
  • To contribute to the CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA) and CAMHS enquiries rota by receiving and reviewing new referrals where required, identifying and managing risk, liaising with otherprofessionals and providing timely responses
  • Observe and adhere to the Community CAMHS ServiceSpecification, vision, aims and objectives
  • Offer clinical assessment and evidence-based interventionwhilst observing current best practice, legislation andguidance
  • Working within the Choice And Partnership Approach(CAPA) and Children and Young Peoples ImprovedAccess to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT)frameworks and principles
  • Aim to be innovative and creative in the delivery oftherapeutic intervention/care bundle, and offer psycho education to children, young people and families
  • Manage a caseload whilst considering and adhering tosafeguarding policy and procedure and national and locallegislation
  • Offer support and supervision to junior colleagues
  • Plan and successfully manage smooth transitions wherethey are clinically indicated
  • Seek support from the Clinical and Operational Leadswhere needed, as well as accessing regular clinical andmanagerial supervision as per trust policy and professionalregistration requirements
  • Support peers and colleagues and promote a team working environment
  • Ensure suitable risk management and care plans areformulated for all clinical cases
  • Maintain contemporaneous records in alignment with Trustpolicy
  • Work in partnership with other teams within theNottinghamshire and bordering CAMHS Services
  • To offer consultation through a range of initiatives toprofessionals with an aim of enhancing workforce skills,knowledge and capacity in recognising emotional/mentalhealth and well-being needs and undertaking interventionswith children and families to achieve positive outcomes
  • To participate in the delivery of a range of trainingprogrammes to multi agency staff in conjunction with theCAMHS Training Lead
  • Support colleagues and stakeholders in tackling stigmarelating to mental health
  • Be willing to undertake training relating to the CYP IAPTagenda and other areas of development as outlined

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualifications (e.g. RMN/RN/HV/OT/Clinical Psychology/Social Worker at degree level or higher teaching qualification
  • Registration with relevant professional body


  • Educated to degree level
  • Qualification in therapeutic approach/modality (e.g. CBT, DBT, systemic family therapy, solution focused, play therapy etc)



  • Experience of providing mental health assessment and intervention to service users presenting with a wide range of different emotional & mental health needs.
  • Ability to engage and develop therapeutic relationships with service users
  • Experience of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience in provision of evidence based treatments and interventions
  • Experience in the meaningful use of Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROMS) in clinical practice.
  • Proven ability to undertake accurate risk assessment and management plans
  • Proven ability to recognise and respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns
  • Proven ability to manage a defined caseload and organise diary schedule
  • Ability to maintain accurate case records in line with Trust policies and procedures
  • Ability to use electronic data recording systems
  • Experience of using clinical supervision effectively to enhance practice and client outcomes
  • Ability to be an autonomous practitioner whilst being able to work as in integral part of the MDT.


  • Experience of providing mental health assessment and intervention to children & young people & their families/carers
  • Experience in providing evidence based treatments and interventions to children, young people and their families/carers
  • Ability to engage and develop therapeutic relationships with children, young people and their families/carers
  • Experience of using ROMS with children, young people and their families/carers
  • Proven ability to undertake risk assessment and management plans with children, young people and their families/carers
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentorship
  • Experience of delivering treatment groups



  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, documents and policies pertaining to children (e.g. Children's Act, Mental Health Act, CYP IAPT, Future in Mind, Hear by Right, Delivering With Delivering Well, NHS Long Term Plan etc)
  • Knowledge of different models of therapy and interventions
  • Knowledge of and commitment to anti-discriminatory/anti-oppressive practice and equal opportunities

Contractual Requirements


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post

Values and Behaviours


  • All staff should be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as identified within the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy and associated Equality, Diversity and Human Rights legislation
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Hopewood CAMHS

Foster Drive



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