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CAMHS Crisis Care Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Jul 2024
CPFT are delighted to offer you the opportunity to be part of the CAMHS Crisis Team, supporting children and young people.

Our aim is to provide multi skilled team support to families and young people in Crisis by delivering short-term, recovery-focused interventions. We are looking for practitioners who are passionate, dynamic, and skilled and ready for a new challenge to improve children's experiences. The Team will have experienced clinical leaders working alongside support staff to deliver planned episodes of care and ensure young people have access to appropriate support.

Ideally you will have experience working with complex family issues and be able to demonstrate our Trust values (Professionalism, Respect, Innovation, Diversity and Empowerment) in delivering care and working as part of a team.

Main duties of the job

This system-wide service works collaboratively across multiple sectors, including social care and education, to ensure that the children and young people's acute mental health needs are shared, understood and that risk management plans are jointly agreed.

CAMHS Crisis Care Practitioners provide brief clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation and short-term contingency planning for children and young people presenting in mental health crisis. To provide short term, intensive mental health intervention for children and adolescents with complex mental health need.

You will work collaboratively with other Mental Health Services across the system as well as Acute Hospitals, Ambulance Service, the Police, Education and Social Care to provide risk and mental health assessment, formulation and contingency planning for children and young people presenting in Crisis.

About us

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

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of brief care and treatment interventions for individual children and young people.
  • Provide assessment, planning and implementation of individual packages of care and treatment.
  • Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective and integrated manner.
  • Provide Supervision to Band 4 Crisis Support Workers
  • 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 latest empirical evidence and compliant with local policies and procedures.
  • Act as the patients and relatives advocate.
  • 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 systems of record sharing. Support Audit of clinical record keeping.
  • CAMHS Crisis Care Practitioners will provide brief clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation and short-term contingency planning for children and young people presenting in mental health crisis to A& E and in accordance with the operational policy

  • Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

    *DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

    Person Specification



    • Mental Health Nurse/Social work qualification or Registered Nurse with CAMHS experience
    • Current NMC/HCPC Registration appropriate to the job role
    • Evidence of continuing professional development


    • Clinical supervision qualification
    • Specific training in either family work or psychological approaches to helping young people
    • Teaching (clinical practice)



    • Willingness to engage in work with children, young people and families who require or who are accessing mental health services
    • Experience of working with people presenting in mental health crisis
    • Experience of risk assessment and management
    • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces
    • Working within a multicultural framework


    • Previous experience of working in a CAMHS or other child and adolescent community or inpatient setting which may be relevant to the post
    • Teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical staff

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Assessing, formulating and working with children and young people (& their families) presenting in heightened state of distress
    • Communicating (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
    • Clinical risk assessment and contingency planning/ management plans
    • The ability to demonstrate excellent clinical skills relevant to the clinical area
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • An understanding of the principles of working with children, young people and their families
    • Models of care and treatment relevant to working with children and young people in mental health crisis
    • Evidence of continuing professional development. Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act


    • Brief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crisis

    Personal Qualities


    • There to assist patients, carers, families, referrers and colleagues
    • Works flexibly
    • Motivated, reliable and committed to team working
    • Embrace opportunity to work with local community, 3rd sector and other partners
    • Values opinions of others. Innovative and pioneering approach to new ways of working



    • Able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered.
    • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
    • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    Kingfisher House

    Kingfisher Way


    PE29 6FH

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