Specialist Social Work Practitioner- CAMHS

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you have the clinical skills and experience to work in an enthusiastic and motivated team to support children and young people? And to support Social Work Apprentices and Trainees to develop core Social Work skiils? If so, we want to hear from you!

This is an exciting opportunity to become a member of an established CAMHS community team who provide specialist support to children and young people in Somerset. The team has links with other local and regional CAMHS Services in addition to external agencies and has a positive reputation for the support they offer.

As part of the team, you will provide a range of specialist CAMHS assessment and interventions. At the centre will be the goals young people and their families want to work towards. Additionally, you will provide supervision to other members of the team.

Main duties of the job

The primary purpose of the role is to ensure that patients with complex social and mental health needs who are accessing a Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team receive the highest possible standard of care and also to ensure that our CAMHS Apprentice Social Workers and Local Authority Social Work students receive an excellent standard of Practice Education and support throughout their courses and placements with us.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will:
  • Provide specialist assessment, treatment, consultation and guidance to the multidisciplinary team in the management of patients with complex social and mental health needs.
  • Manage a caseload (approximately 50% of the average team caseload) of complex and challenging young people with knowledge, skills and sensitivity or cases of sufficient risk and profile to warrant an experienced worker.
  • Provide Practice Education to Social Work students from partner agencies or universities during their placements with CAMHS, at least one per year.
  • Act as Practice Educator for the CAMHS Social Work Apprentices on their side of the County.
  • Provide clinical supervision to less experienced Social Workers within the CAMHS team.
  • Provide some support to the CAMHS Team Manager which may include referral screening, assessment booking, meeting attendances and consultation to the wider CAMHS teams and professional networks around young people in service.
  • Be expected to demonstrate all of the key capabilities of the Experienced Social Worker as outlined within the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.
  • Operate with a significant degree of professional independence and demonstrate competence through CPD and achievement of appropriate post qualification awards.
  • Chair appropriate meetings to ensure the effective review of plans and make any necessary amendments to ensure the quality of care required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification at degree or equivalent level in Social work
  • PEPS Stage 1 (or experience of supervising and mentoring others)
  • Registration with the appropriate professional body
  • Post-qualifying training in therapeutic interventions
  • PEPS 2
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and experience of risk assessment and risk management planning with high risk young people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders and Neurodevelopmental disorders in children and young people, and their impact on both the client group and their families/carers.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working with children and young people.
  • oExperience of multi-agency working.
  • oExperience and understanding of Safeguarding Children and other relevant legislation and policies
  • Supervisory experience
  • Understanding of Social Care processes and resources
Communication skills Essential
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills
  • Empathy and ability to communicate and engage with client group and families/carers.
  • Effective communication with colleagues at all levels within the organisation and external organisations.

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