Are you a dynamic, ambitious and motivated Highly Specialist CAMH Social Worker (HS CAMH Social Worker) who has extensive experience working in CAMH Services and is looking to take the next step in their career?
Are you are dedicated to embedding a social perspective in CAMHS?
We are looking to appoint a HS CAMH Social Worker who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people, shows initiative, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, is a team player and is able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and young people alike. Ability to demonstrate knowledge, competence and an interest in working with children who present with complex mental health needs is essential for the role. The Social Worker will need to be flexible and have the necessary skills and experience to provide high quality care that is both evidence based and client focussed, whilst also demonstrating supervision and leadership skills.
Main duties of the job
As a HS CAMH Social Worker you will work autonomously to provide advanced mental health assessment and specialist intervention for children and young people presenting with complex and severe mental health problems and their families. You will support the Transforming Care Agenda and will work with young people with a diagnosis of ASD who are at risk of hospital admission or family breakdown due to crisis which may be driven by a variety of factors, including those of extreme challenging behaviour, mental health deterioration and/or safeguarding concerns.
You will work in partnership with children, young people, and their families, as well as statutory and voluntary agencies, to develop networks to enhance the quality of life of the young people and families.
You will contribute to the leadership and development of the CAMHS Social Work Team and Supervision Structure. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in; service development, audit, research, quality improvement projects.
West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.
Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. Together we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.
We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the communities we serve, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic West London CAMHS has developed new and innovative ways of working. Our staff are currently providing a blend of face to face clinical contact as well as clinical contact via virtual platforms, resulting in a combination of onsite and remote working. All staff are provided with a laptop and mobile phone to support this way of agile working.
Job description Job responsibilities
We are seeking a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated Social Worker who has extensive experience working in CAMH Services and is looking to take the next step in their career pathway.
We are looking to appoint a Social Worker who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people, shows initiative, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, is a team player and is able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and young people alike. Ability to demonstrate knowledge, competence and an interest in working with children who present with complex mental health needs is essential for the role. The Social Worker will also need to be flexible and have the necessary skills and experience to provide high quality care that is both evidence based and client focussed. Additionally, he/she will need to demonstrate supervision and leadership skills.
West London CAMHS is committed to supporting the development and progression of its staff. In addition to receiving regular supervision, all staff have access to training and development opportunities in line with their agreed development needs.
Extensive post qualifying experience working within multidisciplinary CAMHS settings and evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice are essential criteria for this post.
Please see the Job Description and Personal Specification for more information.
Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
- Degree/diploma in Social Work
- Professional registration with Social Work England (SWE)
- Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
- MSc level training in a relevant specialist field or appropriate experience.
- Training in supervision
- Relevant post graduate qualification in Mental Health related field
- Qualifications/ training in specialist skills e.g. systemic therapies, CBT, Family Intervention. Evidence based group work e.g. DBT
- Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) stage 2 qualification
- Extensive post qualifying experience of working within a multidisciplinary CAMHS at Band 7 or above.
- Experience of working in a number of ways i.e. assertive outreach, clinic based settings, home, school or other appropriate environments
- Experience of assessing risk and formulating safe and effective risk management plans
- Substantial experience of working in multidisciplinary clinical teams and contributing a professional social work perspective.
- Experience of providing consultation/teaching/ training
- Experience of managing and supervising others in a clinical and performance management context including appraisals
- Experience of developing operational protocols
- Experience of teaching other professionals
- Experience of giving presentations to colleagues in relation to social work
- Experience of management of child protection emergencies
- Experience of advising multidisciplinary colleagues about child and adult safeguarding
- Experience of leading on developing, delivering and evaluating evidence based clinical care packages
- Experience of audit and/or research
- Experience of contributing to and implementing new service developments
Specialist Competencies Essential
- Experience of undertaking specialist assessment at a level appropriate to the job
- Understanding of need for and ability to form effective working partnerships with internal and external partners
- Ability to develop and implement clear and robust operational policy and protocol
- Ability to lead the development and implementation of new structures and process that impact on staff at all levels
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
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