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CAMHS 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
4 Jul 2024
We are looking to recruit a highly skilled, motivated Practitioner with the appropriate professional qualification and experience to work in the multi-disciplinary CAMHS Targeted Team. This is a countywide post

We are an award winning Community Team working with children and young people presenting with emotional and behavioural problems, complex trauma and attachment difficulties impacting on emotional distress and impacting on their mental health. The children we support always have a social worker who is actively supporting the family and who may be on the edge of care, Looked after by the local authority or children who have been adopted.

CAMHS Targeted Team is a welcoming, friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team who are committed to providing innovative, inclusive high quality care. We offer a variety of evidence based specialist therapeutic interventions : Trauma focused CBT, work informed by Dyadic developmental psychotherapy, play therapy, reflective network spaces and we use our knowledge of trauma and attachment to support those receiving the service whether this is direct or indirect work for the child/carers and or the network. The post holder will provide a high standard of care to children, adolescents and their families/carers and to the professional networks around the child. The team work work closely with a range of colleagues in social care, schools and other partners.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for a caseload of complex assessment, treatment and consultation work with children, adolescents and their families/carers and caring networks for those with problems of behavioural, emotional, attachment and trauma, emotional, psychological or mental health issues.

To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing child and adolescent mental health services in line with the principles and practice of CYP-IAPT.To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. This includes abilities to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family forms including single parents, same sex couples and their families, extended families, foster carers and people with mental health difficulties.To undertake risk assessment and risk management for all children and adolescents, including the protective and risk factors in the network of significant relationships.To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, ensuring provision of a care plan, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of the client's care, ensuring the work of others involved and communicating effectively with the child/ the carer/professional as appropriate, monitoring the progress of multi-disciplinary interventions.To maintain a personal and professional profile in accordance with Post Registration.

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 theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To deliver a high quality service working with, adolescents and their families/carers and to professionals from other organisations to ensure practices that respond effectively to both individual and service need.The post holder will be autonomously responsible for assessing and delivering intervention to children, young people and families in relation to a range of highly complex emotional, psychological and behavioural problems within the context of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT.

The post-holder will work within professional guidelines and under theclinical/professional supervision of senior clinicians of own and other professions.The post-holder will provide clinical/professional supervision to trainees on placement, more junior staff of the same discipline and multi-disciplinary colleagues for purposes of training and continuing professional development.The post holder will contribute to research, audit and evaluation for service development.All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter,Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional registration as per person spec
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Specialist training in an appropriate area and knowledge of CAPA and CYP-IAPT

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 and some knowledge of social care services and legislation
  • 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
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Procedures


  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc

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

Physical Skills


  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • IT skills include use of Microsoft Office and Outlook

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Kingsley Green

15 Forest Lane



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