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Specialist CAMHS Practitioner - ASD Pathway Team

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are really pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to join our Neuro-developmental team in Bedfordshire CAMHS services. We are looking for a nurse (RMN or RNLD), or another relevantly registered mental health professional to join our well established multi-disciplinary Team. We are a team that prides itself on creative, innovative and evidenced based approaches to our work with service users and carers and value a supportive and reflective culture in the work environment.

Main duties of the job

The CAMHS Neurodevelopmental team (NDT) offers ASD assessments to young people over the age of 13 years and the post-holder will work particularly with children and young people on the ASD assessment pathway within CAMHS Bedfordshire. The post will be based in Bedford initially but some of the assessments will take place in Luton.

The team is part of Bedfordshire CAMHS which is a large, dynamic and successful CAMHs service comprising of 3 emotional and behavioural teams, a LAC team, a CAMHs schools team, a parent-infant psychotherapy team, a paediatric team, a GP team, an adolescent mental health team, a crisis team and an eating disorders service. We also have embedded workers in Early Help, CDC and social care. We offer regular opportunities for staff to undertake individualised CPD, and we provide opportunities for staff wishing to act up into more senior roles on occasion.

Bedfordshire CAMHs has a thriving service-user participation group which meets regularly to consider service development initiatives. The successful applicant would have the opportunity to join in a number of quality improvement (QI) projects which can lead to innovations within the Service.

About us

Our clinics are readily accessible from North London (Dunstable) or Milton Keynes and Northampton (Bedford). ELFT offers attractive recruitment packages and we are committed to offering our staff the opportunity to develop their skills.

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful specialist clinician will work with the specialist ASD Pathway team and will be trained to offer formal ASD assessments as well as supporting the work of colleagues. There will be scope to develop areas of specialist practice through further training.

The successful post-holder will directly contribute to the positive working environment within the multi-disciplinary team. As a band 6 clinician, the post-holder will hold a degree of professional autonomy and self-management, and will be required to account for their professional practice through appraisal and audit.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Training in appropriate mental health profession such as Nursing or other modalities of intervention (e.g. CBT).
  • Qualifications/ training in specialist skills e.g. systemic therapies, neuropsychology, CBT, Evidence based parent training programs, group work
Experience Essential
  • Working with children and young people with complex mental health needs
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of working with a wide range of CAMHS problems
  • Previous experience of specialist assessments and interventions for NDV e.g. ADHD and ASD
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of well developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
  • Computer skills, including Excel
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Specific training in NDV assessment and treatment protocols e.g. ADOS, 3Di, neuropsychology
Knowledge Essential
  • 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
  • In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Knowledge of standard setting and audit implementation
  • Knowledge of development in inter agency partnership

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