Specialist CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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For 2.5 days a week the post-holder will be based in the Mental Health Support in School Team (MHST). The MHST is part of an exciting programme funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community. This service commenced in September 2019 and now receives recurrent funding. There is a specific focus on developing more access to help and improving the general culture of emotional support within all primary and secondary schools including special educational provisions and PRUs. In addition to providing comprehensive consultation, assessment, risk management and interventions for young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties in Specialist Schools and Pupil Referral Units, the role will include providing supervision and line management to Band 4 and 5 Education Mental Health Practitioners, trained in guided self-help approaches. It will also involve developing and delivering a wide range of interventions, projects and system change with the aim of whole school and whole community approaches to supporting young people's mental health.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Deborah Kemp MHST Clinical Team Lead deborah.kemp2@nhs.net

Sarah Nyame AMHT Clinical Team Lead - sarah.nyame@nhs.net

Main duties of the job

To provide comprehensive specialist assessments, including risk assessment of children, young people and their families/carers referred with moderate, complex and severe mental health problems.

To provide consultation and where appropriate training to other professionals who come into contact with children, young people and their families/carers referred with moderate, complex and severe mental health problems

To write confidential reports for court, case conferences, and education that may have wide-ranging implications for children, young people and their families

Based on these assessments and reports to convey sensitive, complex and sometimes unwelcome information to clients and other professionals and manage this as constructively as possible

To be a resource of specialist advice, specifically relating to the common emotional and behavioural problems and disorders of children and young people, to colleagues within the MHST's, school staff and other professionals and agencies/organisations working in the field of adolescent mental health

To provide consultation to professionals in creating management plans for children and young people referred to the Mental Health Support Tea

To liaise with and where appropriate participate in joint work with other members of the Mental Health Support Team, partner services and other teams and clinicians within City & Hackney CAMHS.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

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Job description Job responsibilities

Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Prior qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling.
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent
  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification
  • Specific therapeutic modality training and qualification e.g. CBT, DBT, IPT etc
  • UKCP Registered
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS
  • Previous experience working with schools in mental health capacity.
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Experience of care planning
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary way
  • Experience in crisis work
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner city area
  • Delivery of parenting programmes - Webster-Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc.
  • Supervision of clinicians delivering parenting and manualised CBT interventions
  • Experience of working with children with disabilities/and or neurodevelopmental conditions
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
  • Specialist clinical skills within in specific therapeutic modalities
  • Able to manage own time and caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
  • Keyboard/computer skills
  • 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
  • Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
  • In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of systemic theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting.
  • Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact of care delivery
  • Knowledge of the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation
  • Knowledge of standard setting and audit implementation
  • An awareness of different research methods
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines
  • Knowledge of development in inter agency partnership
Other Essential
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Self-motivated, assertive and flexible
  • Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional and physical demands of specialized therapeutic work with disturbed and distressed children, adolescents and their families/carer networks.
  • Physical effort: Confined sitting position(therapy); travelling within community; keyboard skills Mental effort: writing reports; planning teaching; concentrating for therapy sessions /clinical supervision; managing psychiatric emergencies.
  • Emotional effort: Dealing with families in breakdown; experiencing trauma and abuse; occasional patient complaints; conveying of unwelcome news
  • Working conditions: Occasional abusive behaviour; unpredictable clinical scenarios eg emergency home visits; travel in community in all weathers.

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