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CAMHS Clinician - Islington School Wellbeing Service

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
CAMHS Clinician

We have one 0.6 FTE post available in Islington's School Wellbeing Service.

Islington's School Wellbeing Service is part of the national Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) initiative, aiming to improve access to help and the general culture of emotional support within primary and secondary schools. The service is delivered as a partnership between Whittington Health and LB Islington. The teams deliver preventative and early intervention mental health work to all the boroughs mainstream schools.

We are recruiting proactive, creative and skilled colleagues to join our thriving team. The successful applicants will be passionate about mental health in schools, widening access to services and enjoy inter-agency working.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will join one of our two locality teams in Islington's School Wellbeing Service. The role will include helping to develop and deliver a wide range of interventions within schools including direct psychological interventions with children, young people and their carers as well as groups, workshops and staff training as part of a whole-school approach to mental health. Alongside the team leads they will contribute to service development and evaluation and support the development and embedding of the SWS within Islington's schools.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description and the Person Specification attachments for full details of this role.

Main responsibilities:
  • To provide highly specialist mental health assessments of children of school age and their families, using individual, parent and family interviews, formal developmental, psychometric and other assessment methods as appropriate.
  • To provide specialist generic and discipline-specific preventative and treatment interventions for referred clients including school age children, adolescents and their families.
  • Working in partnership with schools, to support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
  • Provide a range of information and support to schools for evidence based psychological interventions, including guided self-help and signposting to other services where appropriate.
  • To facilitate and co-facilitate a wide range of groups and workshops in schools.
  • Work alongside other team members to deliver training sessions, workshops, group and individual interventions in schools.
  • To liaise with other education, health, social care and voluntary sector staff from a range of agencies, in the care provided to clients.
  • To support the management and screening of referrals into the SWS
  • To help manage the day-to-day running of the SWS at an operational level.

  • Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • Post-graduate/doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology, counselling psychology, educational psychology, family and systemic psychotherapy or child and adolescent psychotherapy as recognised by HCPC/DOH/UKCP/ACP, or other relevant professional qualification recognised by appropriate registering bodies


    • Specific training in an area related to CYPIAPT e.g. CBT, systemic, parenting or supervision

    SKills and Abilities


    • Skills in the assessment of mental health factors for children with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties and challenging behaviour, their families and carers.
    • Skills and abilities in delivering preventative and early-stage mental health interventions
    • Skills and abilities in delivering whole-school interventions for social, emotional and mental health
    • Ability to work autonomously to engage hard to reach families providing an assessment and treatment service.
    • Skills in the assessment of clinical risk and safeguarding concerns.
    • Skills in the flexible use of evidence-based intervention and management of children/young people with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties, their families and carers.
    • Ability to form excellent working relationships with colleagues and work flexibly and sensitively with others in multidisciplinary and multi-agency settings.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
    • Knowledge and skills in effective communication, 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.
    • Skills in effectively managing a clinical caseload, completing outcomes measures routinely, updating clinical records in line with team, service and Trust requirements
    • Ability to type own notes on our RIO electronic patient records.

    Knowledge and Experience


    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological interventions
    • Knowledge and experience of individual, group and organisational interventions for preventing mental health problems and early intervention
    • Experience of working with children and young people presenting with a range of mental health difficulties and challenging behaviour.
    • Experience of multidisciplinary and multiagency working and co-working assessments and treatment.
    • Experience of working clinically in community settings e.g. with schools to meet the mental health needs of CYP.
    • Experience of providing a culturally sensitive therapeutic service to young people and families.


    • Knowledge of or training in trauma-informed approaches with children and young people.
    • Experience of delivering parenting programmes e.g. webster Stratton, Triple P, NVR

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


    Laycock Centre

    Islington South


    N1 1TH

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