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Snr Adolescent Outreach Case Worker (Occup. Therap/Nurse/Social Workr)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Through increased investment, we are looking to recruit an experienced band 7 Occupational Therapist, Nurse or Social Worker to work as a member of our established Adolescent Outreach Team. The team are really fortunate that we have an experienced full multi disciplinary representation, and high levels of retention of staff. The MDT are skilled and highly committed to supporting the wider network, parents and carers to support young people to remain at home, and if required to come to hospital facilitate a safe discharge and reduce length of stay.

The post-holder will work within AOT as a Senior Case Worker providing Care Coordination and Assessment of an agreed caseload of AOT clients, and offering expert consultation to the network and referrers.

The post-holder must be committed to effective team working and to the coherent delivery of the care this will include individual, family, group work and telephone support.

The team are always looking to develop the service to meet the needs of the young people and their parents/carers, this role would be at the forefront of this. The team also has 2 band 6 roles, which are development posts and this role would be supporting these roles and inspiring our future senior clinicians.

The team has strong working relationships with our local inpatient service (Aquarius), SLP inpatient units (Snowsfields and BAU), Tier 3 community CAMHS, CAMHS Emergency Care Team (CECS), CAMHS Crisis Line and CAMHS Bed Management.

Main duties of the job

This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity has arisen for a new Senior Case Worker to join AOT

The post-holder will work within AOT as a Senior Case Worker (OT/Nurse/Social Worker) providing Care Coordination and Assessment of an agreed caseload of AOT clients, and offering expert consultation to the network and referrers.

Agile and flexible working:

In this role you will be able to work 7 days of the week. The shifts will include 8am-4pm, 9-5pm and 12pm-8pm on weekdays and 11am-7pm on weekends and bank holidays, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT) is a highly experienced and dedicated multidisciplinary team that provides an acute Tier 4 community service to high risk 12 to 17year olds experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. We work predominantly within the home from our base in Springfield Hospital, aiming to prevent hospital admissions, and also provide support to inpatient teams to enhance discharge packages and support early discharge.

About our locations:

The Adolescent Outreach base is in Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, the team covers all 5 boroughs of South West London

Our Trust headquarters is located within the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting and we also operate in nearly 100 other locations throughout the UK.

Our Richmond community hub is located in idyllic Barnes on the border to Mortlake and East sheen, close to the river Thames with a range of shops, cafs and restaurants. The hub is located a 10-minute walk from Barnes Bridge or Mortlake stations, or a 15-minute walk from Barnes station with easy transport links to Richmond, Kingston or Clapham Junction.

Our community hub in is based at Tolworth Hospital in borough of Kingston close to a number of shops and with good transport links

Our community hub in Sutton, Cheam and Wallington is based at the Jubilee Health Centre in Wallington, close to a vibrant high street with easy walking distance from Wallington station.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To deliver timely and accessible assessment and treatment to young people aged 12-17, who have serious mental illness and who are in crisis.
  • To work with young people and their families with highly complex problems, and to make appropriate useful formulations and provide interventions or recommendations. In addition to serious mental illness in the young person, there may be complicating factors such as high risk to self, parental mental illness, family dysfunction, homelessness, child protection, the effects of sexual abuse, co-morbidity and possible offending behaviour.
  • To enable the effective management of these high risk cases within the community, co-working with Tier 3 where appropriate, avoiding in-patient admissions wherever possible and appropriate.
  • To deliver a service that is at point of contact between the hours of 8am to 8pm weekdays and 11am to 7pm at weekends and bank holidays (this will be on a rotational basis).
  • To provide specialist consultation regarding formulations, intervention and risk management to Tier 3 CAMHS colleagues and other agencies within the young persons network.
  • To play a key role in cases where in-patient admission is necessary, working closely with Aquarius colleagues to ensure that length of any admission is kept to a minimum.
  • To liaise with colleagues in adult services and Early Intervention Services to ensure that effective transition arrangements exist for clients who are likely to require ongoing support after the age of 18.
  • To participate fully in the referral and allocation process, advising on the appropriateness of referrals for outreach or inpatient nursing intervention.
  • To care co-ordinate a small clinical caseload of highly complex and demanding cases, providing a care package which offers the most effective therapeutic response to adolescents and their families.
  • To act as co-worker to fellow Care Co-ordinators, working jointly and collaboratively with other clinicians in the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To devise, co-ordinate and deliver specialist assessment and interventions, drawing on a varied range of theoretical frameworks and treatment modalities.

Person Specification Training & Qualifications Essential
  • oMasters Degree in relevant clinical subject or equivalent experience.
  • oCurrent professional registration in relevant clinical subject/practice e.g. RMN, OT, Social Work, Clinical Psychologist.
  • oEvidence of continuing Professional Development
  • oMentorship qualification or equivalent
  • oDiploma/BSC in
  • oAdditional qualification in a treatment modality eg CBT, DBT, Systemic Psychotherapy
  • oFull and current UK driving licence
  • oFamily Therapy/Family Work training
Experience Essential
  • Minimum two years post registration experience, including post qualification and registration experience of working with young people.
  • Experience of specialist assessment and treatment of young people with serious mental health problems who are in crisis.
  • Experience of working with adolescents and families with highly complex mental health needs, high levels of emotional distress and risk-taking behaviours.
  • Experience of working with young people who self-harm and attempt suicide.
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessment and risk management, with the ability to analyse and make judgements and decisions about treatment plans.
  • Experience of providing specialist advice to other professionals.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience in the delivery of psychological therapy, (i.e. DBT/CBT/MBT/FT) particularly for adolescents and families with complex needs and high levels of distress and risk-taking behaviours.
  • Experience of working with young people with emerging personality disorder.
  • Experience of working within both inpatient and outpatient/community CAMHS.
  • Experience of contributing to policy and procedure development and implementation.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of developmental models of mental health. Sound understanding of child, adolescent and family dynamics and development.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Skills in assessment, care planning and case management.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to assess clinical situations quickly and use initiative
  • Knowledge of counselling skills, group skills, cognitive skills, and behavioral skills
  • Ability to work as an active member of the multidisciplinary team and ability to work independently
  • Advanced clinical reasoning including ability to reflect on own performance
  • Audit and Research skills
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised interventions in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies

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