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Senior CAMHS Practitioner

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for experienced Clinician to join the Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT) in Haringey CAMHS as Senior Practitioner. The AOT work with young people, aged 12-18, presenting with acute mental health needs (including severe depression and anxiety, trauma, psychosis) and/or significant levels of risk to self or others.

Haringey AOT are a multidisciplinary team, comprising of Psychiatry, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Family Therapy and other CAMHS Clinicians. The team offer intensive contact for a period of time, to assess and support young people and their parents/carers manage their mental health needs and reduce risk taking behaviour. Clinicians in the AOT work closely with parents and carers, and with the network of connected professionals, including, schools, children's services and other mental health providers, to promote a young person's emotional wellbeing, safety and recovery.

Main duties of the job

To provide comprehensive specialist assessments including risk assessments of adolescents and their families/carers with complex mental health needs based on having an in-depth knowledge of child development, and adolescent mental health disorders.

To manage a caseload and to care coordinate within a multidisciplinary team approach and to be responsible for contributing to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.

To assess and offer direct therapeutic intervention to young people and their parents/care system in the short/medium term.

To participate in the AOT duty system on a rotational basis including independently being able to assess risk, develop discharge safety plans and provide follow up in the community, acting as a Key Worker/Care Co-ordinator to ensure continuity of care.

To write confidential reports for case conferences and education that may have wide ranging implications for adolescents and their families.

To be aware of and adhere to the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Guidelines and to be aware of the implications of current legislation relating to the care and protection of children and young people, with particular emphasis on safeguarding.

About us

The partnership betweenBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH)andCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming theNorth London Mental Health Partnership.

The postholder will need to be comfortable working in an environment of complex matrix management arrangements and will at all times behave and align with our Trusts' values and cultural pillars:
  • We are kind
  • We are respectful
  • We work together
  • We keep things simple
  • We empower
  • We are proudly diverse

In order to meet the needs of the new Partnership services you may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work. This may mean that you are required to work at any location that fall under Barnet, Enfield and Harringay Trust and Camden and Islington Trust. The Trust reserves the right to require staff to work at such other places or locations as it considers reasonable and necessary on a temporary or permanent basis.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To participate in the AOTs rapid response to urgent cases including assessment, outreach work, monitoring of risk, mental state and medication side effects, and liaising closely with clinicians involved with the case. To be able to utilise skills flexibly so that interventions can be planned and implemented for clients at home and in other settings.

To offer clinical support to staff to enable specialist assessment and treatment to children and young people and their families including those with complex and severe mental health problems in line with the iThrive model.

To take part in case conferences, review meetings and planning meetings as appropriate.

To develop strong links with the CAMHS Teams, as well as other professional groups/teams.

To offer advice to other professionals within CAMHS and externally, as well as share their expertise in the management of complex cases in a variety of settings.

Person Specification

Qualifications/ Registrations


  • Qualification at degree level or equivalent and registration with registration with relevant professional body with a core profession (clinical/counselling psychology, psychotherapy, systemic family psychotherapy, nursing, occupational therapy - NMC/ HCPC/UKCP/ACP) Relevant training or qualification in child and adolescent mental health.


  • Relevant training on safeguarding and child protection. Training in one of the main therapeutic modalities.

Skills/ Abilities


  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS. Working knowledge in at least one model of therapeutic work (e.g. Systemic, CBT, SFT, Psychodynamic). Ability to work effectively across organisational boundaries. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Teaching skills in clinical settings. Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional and physical demands of specialised therapeutic work with disturbed and distressed adolescents and their families/care networks. Capacity to deal with working conditions that may occasionally involve verbal abuse and frequent exposure to highly emotive material such as child abuse and family breakdown. Ability to manage the multiple demands complex clinical environment. Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS. Knowledge of legislation including the Mental Health Act 1983 in relation to children and adolescents including safeguarding children and young people, child protection procedures and policies.


  • Experience in family therapy processes. Experience in using CBT techniques. Experience in setting up and facilitating groups. Knowledge of development in inter-agency partnership. Specific knowledge of current issues for Adolescent mental health.

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Experience of clinical and risk assessment and treatment of children and young people across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings. Previous experience of working in CAMHS, with proven track record of working with children, young people and their families offering assessment and stabilisation during periods of high risk Experience of case load management. Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Experience of working with CAMHS crisis acute services in the community. Experience of teaching colleagues of other disciplines. Experience of working in a culturally diverse area. Experience of working in an adolescent in-patient setting.

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


St Ann's Hospital

St Ann's Road


N15 3TH

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