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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Hayes London
£45,024 to £50,806 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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To join the multi-disciplinary CAMH Service in the delivery of mental health care to children and young people and their families, including involvement in the multi-disciplinary assessment pathway.

To provide specialist CBT input to children and young people and their families.

To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy including specialist assessments for neurodevelopmental concerns (e.g. ASD and ADHD).

To offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to colleagues from all disciplines and to individuals external to CAMHS working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other professionals and to offer supervision as agreed per job plan.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the areas served by the services .

Main duties of the job

To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary CAMH service for children and young people, within the clinical governance structures and protocols of the service.

To undertake generic and specialist assessments of children and families referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care, including frontline workers in health, education, Social Services and the voluntary sector.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal CBT treatment and/or management of emotional and behavioural disorders in children young people and families, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

To be responsible for developing and implementing CBT interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups. To act as case manager to coordinate care for individuals for an agreed caseload.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical, environmental and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

About us

Vaccination: As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Hillingdon CAMHS is based at Minet Clinic, Uxbridge. The team is well established and is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians. We aim to provide an accessible, flexible and responsive local service for patients and professionals working with children in the area using the whole range of therapeutic interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, systemic and family therapies, psychotherapy, psychoeducation and therapy groups and multi-family work. Hillingdon CAMHS consists of five main sub-teams: Emotional Disorders Team; Neurodevelopmental Team; Enhanced Treatment Team; Learning Disabilities (LD-CAMHS), and; Multi-Agency Psychology Service (MAPS; for children looked after). The post holder may be required to travel to other parts of the catchment area and / or wider service and trust as necessary, including working within the community (e.g. schools). The service operates Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17:00 with some flexibility to work extended hours to meet service need.

Job description Job responsibilities

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

To contribute to and implement policy changes and developments within the area served by the team/service, including the 0-25 SEND code of practice (2016).

To participate in the clinical Duty rota and initial CAMHS assessment clinics / specialist assessments as required.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary care.

To contribute knowledge, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of care by all members of the team.

The post holder will undertake all work sensitive to the needs of families from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and with sensitivity to issues of power, gender, educational attainment, sexuality, disability, class and age.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy accredited by BABCP.
  • Post-graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice especially relevant to complex CAMHS. In particular: - CYP-IAPT Therapy Training -Recent Safeguarding children training.
Previous Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity around mental health concerns across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary Specialist CAMHS team and of proving specialist CAMHS assessment and intervention.
  • Experience of delivering evidence based treatment using a range of modalities in a number of cultural contexts.
  • Experience of providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to young people.
  • Experience of teaching, training and / or supervision.
  • Supervised experience of evidence based treatment in relation to children with mental health concerns.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of the theoretical evidence base for understanding, formulating and providing interventions for mental health concerns experienced by children and young people.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information including diagnoses and formulations to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance and as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of assessing mental health risk and safeguarding concerns.
  • Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to BABCP accredited level.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). In particular, knowledge and experience of the Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) process.
  • Knowledge of CAMHS legislation
  • Knowledge and experience of research methodology
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of planning and delivery group treatments.
Personal Essential
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
  • Treats service users with respect and dignity at all times
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working.
  • Able to prioritise own workload and meet performance requirements for the role.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and adapt to change.
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behavior. In particular: ? Understands and able to implement and promote the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the post. ? Understands and can apply confidentiality and information sharing policy and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multimedia materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust. Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health department to perform the duties of the post.

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