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Paediatric/CAMHS Crisis Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024
We are recruiting to an innovative Band 7 Mental Health Practitioner post working between the Paediatric Psychological Medicine Team (In Liaison) and the CAMHS Crisis Team (C-CAT). The post will be based at Addenbrookes hospital within the Paediatric Psychological Medicine (PPM) Team but maintaining essential links with the C-CAT Team. The PPM and C-CAT teams already work closely together to support CYP and families admitted to Addenbrookes Hospital and to liaise with wider regional partners in CAMHS, Children's Social Care, the third sector, schools and beyond. This post will allow further development of the relationship between C-CAT and the Paediatric wards at Addenbrookes and contribute towards ongoing training and education aimed at improving the care of Children and Young People with Mental Health problems in Acute care settings - a significant focus of NHSE in recent years.

The working pattern will involve 2 x 9am-5pm, and 2 x 9am-9pm shifts a week, with work over 2 weekends in a four-week roster - this will be a fixed pattern that, to some extent, can be negotiated in line with service needs. The shift times reflect the different shift times in each team, but the roles will be integrated within each shift.

Main duties of the job

  • Work as part of the Psychological Medicine Service for Children, Young People and their Families, undertaking clinical assessments and supporting the management of Children and Young People attending CUH who have co-morbid mental health problems.
  • Working closely with Addenbrookes colleagues to ensure the timely assessment of young people presenting in an emergency.
  • Work closely with the consultant psychiatrist, CAMH colleagues and CUH colleagues to support the development of integrated working between physical and mental health.
  • Support the training of CUH staff in relation to the mental health needs of children and young people.
  • Ensure that care is based on the assessment of care needs, and includes a thorough risk assessment and risk management plan.
  • Use clinical knowledge and expertise to formulate an assessment of relapse risk of the patient after specialist assessment. Liaise with other agencies caring for patients, including community mental health teams and GPs and use collateral information from relatives, GPs and past clinical reports, where available and appropriate, to provide care plans for all patients.
  • Engage in Psychological Medicine Service educational and training events to fulfil clinical governance requirements and in order to enhance the professional development of acute colleagues, to assist in improving patient care and the quality of the service.

About us

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

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including people with long term conditions and members of our ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Utilise recent research findings in the advancement of best practice and in the delivery of an evidenced based service.
  • To provide support and expert advice to colleagues involved in the care of patients with mental health needs and develop systems to ensure that this support is available in a range of ways.
  • Monitor and evaluate the standards of care and take actions to ensure that a high standard of care is maintained.
  • Disseminate relevant research via training and publication and advise others on the implications for practice of research findings.
  • Identify and be responsive to the diverse cultural, social and spiritual needs of all patients
  • Promote general health education and specifically mental health education to the client group.
  • Identify and intervene proactively in situations that contribute to an unsafe environment for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all hospital resources.
  • Ensure that all duties are carried to the highest possible standard, and in accordance with the current quality initiatives within the work area.
  • Be aware of the responsibility to maintain a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.
  • Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Being responsible for the development, planning and implementation of brief care and treatment interventions for individual children and young people.
  • Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.
  • Promote a recovery model that empowers patients, carers and relatives to be at the forefront of decision-making and ownership of their packages of care and treatment.
  • Undertake clinical risk assessments, based on the latest empirical evidence and in compliance with local policies and procedures.
  • Act as the advocate for patients and relatives.
  • Enable patients and carers to manage disability, loss and change
  • Champion patients rights, including: dignity, equality, diversity, choice and respect.
  • When undertaking all of the above ensure good documentation is provided and entered within the appropriate record systems.
  • To be aware of own personal development needs and participate in regular supervision and appraisal processes.
  • To take on the duty role for the C-CAT team in rotation with other band 7 colleagues, chairing the daily duty calls and liaising with practitioners across the county.
  • Occasional Travel to Hinchingbrooke Hospital may be required to carry out crisis assessments in the context of unplanned staffing shortages.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • oMental Health Nurse or Social work Qualification OR Registered Nurse with CAMHS Experience Or other HCPC-registered profession
  • oCurrent NMC/HCPC Registration appropriate to the job role.
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development.


  • oClinical supervision qualification.
  • oSpecific training in either family work or psychological approaches to helping young people.
  • oLeadership qualification/training
  • oAdvanced Nurse prescriber Qualification/or AMHP qualification.
  • oTeaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience.



  • oWillingness to engage in work with children, young people and families who require mental health services.
  • oExperience of working with children and young people presenting with mental health crisis or need.
  • oExperience of working in a setting relevant to CAMHS.
  • oExperience of risk assessment and Management.
  • oMulti-agency working/working across service interfaces.
  • oWorking within a multicultural framework.
  • oTeaching, training and/or supervision of junior staff.


  • oClinical Leadership.

Knowledge and Skills


  • oEnhanced skills in assessing, formulating and working with children and young people (& their families) presenting in heightened state of distress.
  • oCommunicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oClinical risk assessment and Contingency planning/management plans.


  • oBrief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crises.
  • oKnowledge or awareness of operational systems of service delivery in Community CAMHS.

Personal Qualities


  • oDemonstrates desire to assist patients, carers, families, referrers and colleagues.
  • oWorks flexibly.
  • oMotivated, reliable and committed to team working with the ability to work autonomously.
  • oEmbrace opportunity to work in a new post and assist in developing the service.



  • oAccess to a vehicle for work purposes.
  • oRecognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
  • oWillingness to embrace an integrated service model and new ways of working.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital

Hills Road



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