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C-CATT Senior Practitioner

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to be part of an award winning, innovative, forward thinking, young people's crisis service?

Are you are dedicated and passionate clinician who wants to be part of defining the future of crisis intervention for young people in Hertfordshire?

Following additional investment into the service we are now developing a 24/7 crisis support which includes, community and hospital based assessments, therapeutic intervention packages, telephone crisis line, parent/carer support, psycho-education and prevention.

We are looking for experienced CAMHS clinicians (Social Workers, Nurses or Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, etc) to join our service as a Senior Practitioner in the team.

This is a patient facing team - however we value the importance of work life balance and will consider flexi working for hours to suit around family life.

Main duties of the job

With support from Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists you will provide one to one working and assessment, case discussion and support to CCATT clinicians who undertake urgent assessments and follow up appointments of children and young people, and their families, in crisis. You will ensure that a thorough assessment and risk formulation has been completed and that a robust safety and support plan has been created before allowing the young person to be discharged from the acute setting.

This role has recently been expanded across the team and so will enable individual's strengths to thrive across an array of areas:
  • Duty working
  • Shift leading
  • Supervising and supporting more junior clinicians in the team
  • Autonomous working, including out of hours and/or in hours opportunities
  • Leading high risk and/or complex assessments and interventions of young people referred to the service

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

The C-CATT team is an award winning (2022 Team of the Year for HPFT), multi-disciplinary and values this variety and wealth of experience and approach and the whole team works closely together to support young people's mental health outcomes across Hertfordshire.

The role will involve undertaking Duty shifts and leading the community shift, ensuring the team are safe and supported. Training others will be part of the role as well as forming close working relationships with partner agencies.

We are looking for someone who takes a positive risk management approach and who is able to work as part of a united and supportive multi-disciplinary team.

Experience in or transferable skills for crisis working, CAMHs, brief therapeutic techniques and interventions such as CBT, Solution Focused, DBT and mindfulness techniques will be essential.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Training and Experience


  • Qualification in one of the following and current full professional registration as relevant to the specific profession: ? - Registered RNMH/RNLD/RMN ? - Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology or its equivalent prior to 1996, as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a counselling psychologist) ? - Systemic or Family Therapist (Masters/Doctoral level qualification with post-graduate qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession) ? - Social Worker or recognised earlier equivalent qualification to practice such as CQSW, Dip S.W
  • Specialist knowledge or training in CBT, DBT or Solution Focused Techniques
  • Evidence of CPD

Areas Of Experience and Knowledge


  • Post qualification experience in a CAMHS team or related area, or several years experience prior to qualification, with experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems and knowledge of a range of clinical interventions with children/adolescents and their carers/families
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working, and inter-agency collaboration
  • Knowledge of child development, child and adolescent mental health and an understanding of a range of theoretical approaches
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Abilities to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Good general knowledge of the literature and research concerning mental health interventions with children, particularly the clinical effectiveness of such interventions
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and developments
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice in relation to children/adolescents


  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Procedures

Communication Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to work therapeutically with young people and their families
  • Ability to work as a fully participating member of a multi-disciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members contributions
  • Positive problem solving approach
  • Effective time management

Analytical Skills


  • Ability to initiate service developments or be involved in service planning

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


15 Forest Lane, Kingsley Green, Radlett, WD7 9HQ

15 Forest Lane, Kingsley Green



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