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Senior CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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You would be joining a comprehensive and dynamic CAMH service, delivering a substantial stepped model of care following the needs-led i-Thrive framework. Your role will help to develop and deliver a wide range of interventions, projects and system changes with the aim of the whole school and whole community approaches to supporting young people's mental health. In addition to providing comprehensive consultation, assessment, risk management and interventions for young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties in schools, the postholder will also clinically supervise colleagues. There may be an option of supervisor training at Reading University.

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. You will be supported directly by senior colleagues, and we will develop the service together. You will be supported by regular, separate clinical and management supervision sessions, access to a variety of CPD sessions, and an annual performance appraisal. You will also participate in weekly clinical discussions with the team. East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing, and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a confident CAMHS professional with a demonstrable track record, within CAMHS, of providing good quality evidence-based interventions and improving service quality. You will be a Mental Health Nurse, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Art Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Child Psychotherapist, CBT Therapist or Occupational Therapist with the requisite professional registration. The community served is multi-ethnic and culturally diverse and we welcome applicants who are skilled at working with the richness and complexity of this multicultural context.

The Mental Health Support Teams are part of an exciting trailblazer project 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. There is a specific focus on developing more access to helping and improving the general culture of emotional support within all primary and secondary schools including special educational provisions and PRUs. Working alongside community partners the Mental Health Support Teams will be fully integrated with community CAMHS and educational settings.

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 for further information kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • A qualification of Mental Health Nurse, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Art Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Child Psychotherapist, Occupational Therapist, CBT Therapist & Registration Please do not apply for this role if you do not have one of the qualifications listed above
  • The candidate to have at least two year's post qualification experience.
  • Understanding of current NHS/Social Care policies/practices relating to Mental Health and Services and understands the Child Protection Policy.
  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification.
  • Specific therapeutic modality training and qualification e.g. CBT, DBT, IPT And accreditation with BABCP etc.
  • IAPT supervisors' course
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS
  • 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
  • Knowledge and experience of working within a CBT framework to support trainee practitioners.
  • Experience of supervising more junior colleagues
  • Delivery of parenting programmes - Webster-Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc. Previous experience working with schools in mental health capacity.
  • Supervision of clinicians delivering parenting and manualised CBT interventions
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner-city area
  • Experience in crisis work
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • 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
Knowledge Essential
  • 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 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

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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East London NHS Foundation Trust
Leighton Buzzard & Dunstable

Beech Road,



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