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Specialist CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Full Time
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We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative Highly Specialist Mental Health Practitioner with CAMHS experience to come and work in the socially and ethnically diverse borough of Newham.

Applicants who have experience and appreciation of some of the richness and complexities of working inter-culturally are welcomed. This post is part of a comprehensive Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, within the East London NHS Foundation Trust. This post will include the provision of specialist CAMHS advice/consultation and mental health assessment, specialised clinical interventions and liaison with other agencies.

The successful candidate will be part of a stimulating and supportive multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health team. There is a strong commitment to clinical supervision and professional development within CAMHS and the wider NHS Foundation Trust including many learning and teaching opportunities.

The role is to assist with the coordination of the Newham CAMHS Front Door (Intake) Team, which will include Clinical Supervision, Line management Supervision, Service Development in partnership with the leads of this pathway, and conduct Front Door Triage Assessments. There will also be an opportunity to provide brief interventions and co-facilitate Psychoeducational/therapeutic Workshops.

Please contact Debbie Madell if you have any questions related to this post

Main duties of the job

To provide comprehensive assessments including risk assessments of young people and their families/carers referred with emotional and behavioural difficulties, learning disability and /or autism spectrum disorders; or ADHD.

To provide telephone and/or face-to-face triage assessments of new referrals, contact clients within a standard timeframe and signpost to the appropriate service within or outside of CAMHS.

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 CAMHS, other professionals and other agencies/organisations working in the field of adolescent mental health.

To be regularly on the relevant duty rota, to accept referrals, provide consultation and be available to carry out urgent assessments.

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

Job description Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such: Family & Systemic Psychotherapist / Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist / Occupational Therapist / Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health) / Social Worker
  • Appropriate level of qualification for your profession e.g. BSc, Masters or Doctoral level
  • Registration with your appropriate body (e.g. UKCP, NMC, HCPC etc.)
  • Evidence of continuous and relevant professional training and development (CPD), as appropriate with qualification period
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience in relevant profession at Band 7 or 8a
  • Substantial experience in delivering specialist level mental health interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Substantial experience in CAMHS
  • Substantial experience of working with complex networks
  • Substantial experience of working with children with challenging behaviour, their families and wider networks
  • Substantial experience of working with a wide variety of patient/client groups across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Substantial experience of working with children and young people in an emotionally demanding environment
  • Substantial experience with working with children and young people and their families in a therapeutic context
  • Substantial experience of working with children, young people and families in emotional crisis
  • Knowledge and experience with working with safeguarding issues and serious mental health problems, including challenging behaviour
  • Substantial experience of risk assessment and risk management
  • Substantial experience of providing consultation in the multi-agency context
  • Substantial experience in working in a complex multi-disciplinary context
  • Experience, skills and flexibility to contribute to and facilitate effective working within a multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Experience/knowledge of working in a multi-ethnic community and of working with interpreters
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of working with families in severe crisis
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of working in schools
Skills Essential
  • Highly specialist skills in the use of complex methods of CAMHS assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, families and groups, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • A highly specialist level of clinical skill
  • Highly specialist skills in applying theory to work with individuals, couples, families, groups and organisations
  • A highly specialist level of ability to provide services in the complex community environment, to meet the needs of clients and families
  • Highly specialist skills in providing consultations in the multi-agency context
  • Ability to provide services in the school environment, to meet the needs of clients and contracted work.
  • An interest of developing expertise in school-based CAMHS work.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise and work flexibly according to need
  • Well-developed skills to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an age appropriate level, complex, highly technical and /or clinically sensitive information to children, adolescents, their families, carers and professionals within and outside the NHS including reports for the Courts
  • Ability to communicate distressing and unwelcome information to children, adolescents and their families
  • Ability to work with a racially and culturally diverse community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working therapeutically in family homes
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situations including:- ostaff and /or organisational problems ochild abuse ofamily breakdown oserious mental ill health and risk of self-harm
  • Ability to cope with verbal abuse and to recognise and diffuse potential physical abuse from clients.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries and CAMHS Tiers
  • Highly specialist skills and ability to liaise effectively with other agencies and professionals
  • Ability to use supervision effectively
  • Ability to teach basic CAMHS concepts
  • Presentation/teaching skills
  • IT skills
Knowledge Essential
  • Masters or Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology consistent with and relevant to CAMHS practice
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by professional guidelines
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of CAMH theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting
  • Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients
  • Knowledge of child development/ mental health issues
  • Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation , and ethical issues, including The Children Act, and strategic frameworks and their implications for both clinical practice and professional management
  • Knowledge of current developments in therapy with children and adolescents with serious mental health problems
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience with diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and families with a high level of deprivation
  • Knowledge of current guidelines and recommendations of assessment and treatment of adolescents with psychotic breakdown and illness, serious clinical depression with risks of self-harm and suicide, with severe eating disorders and of adolescents who abuse drugs and are dangerous and acting out.
  • Knowledge of current development in CAMHS
  • Acquaintance with parenting literature
Other Essential
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others
  • Working to local and national protocol and guidelines
  • Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals, in accordance with professional ethics guidelines and Trust policies
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Understanding of equality of opportunity and related policies and procedures
  • Ability to endure prolonged periods of concentration for extended client therapy sessions.
  • Able to sit in constrained positions for a substantial period of working time
  • Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic professional journals and/or books

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