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CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year no HCAS
Closing date
5 Jun 2024
CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner/Nurse/Social Worker/CBT Therapist/Counsellor/Arts Therapist.

We are looking for an enthusiastic CAMHS Clinician to join our innovative multi-disciplinary Emotional & Behavioural Team (EBT) in North Bedfordshire CAMHS. We would welcome applications from RMN's, Social Workers, CBT Therapists/Counsellors/Arts Therapists.

The main base would be at the CAMHS office, Rush Court, Bedford, MK40 3JT and currently there is flexibility regarding working from home. We are willing to consider candidates who would like to work part-time.

Main duties of the job

You will hold a caseload of children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental health difficulties, providing evidence based practice to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. You will also provide support to parents, carers and educational services as well as attending the appropriate MDT meetings.

ELFT is a fantastic trust to work for and provides many opportunities for training and professional development. Depending on the applicant's interests, there are opportunities to join our Family Therapy Clinic, develop therapeutic skills in CBT/DBT, Trauma work, Narrative approaches, Compassion-Focused Therapy, DDP, etc.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

If you would like to learn more about the role please refer to the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Qualification in appropriate mental health profession such as Nursing, Child Psychotherapies, CBT, Counselling, Art Psychotherapy, Social Work, Systemic Practitioner (two years with diploma), Occupational Therapy with MH experience
  • Registration with relevant UK governing body


  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification



  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems
  • Experience of care planning
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary way


  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner city area



  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills relevant to CAMHS
  • Specialist clinical skills within in specific therapeutic modalities
  • Able to manage own time and caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • Keyboard/computer skills


  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres



  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS
  • Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
  • A knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation
  • Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact of care delivery
  • Knowledge of the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation
  • A working knowledge of safe guarding Guidelines


  • Knowledge of development in inter agency partnership



  • To offer supervision to junior staff
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Self-motivated, assertive and flexible
  • Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional and physical demands of specialized therapeutic work with disturbed and distressed children, adolescents and their families'/carer networks.
  • Car driver desirable
  • Freedom to act: Physical effort: Confined sitting position(therapy) travelling within community keyboard skills
  • Mental effort: writing reports planning training concentrating for therapy sessions /clinical supervision
  • Emotional effort: Dealing with families in breakdown experiencing trauma and abuse occasional patient complaints
  • Working conditions: Occasional abusive behaviour unpredictable clinical scenarios

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Rush Court


MK40 3JT

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