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CAMHS Urgent Care Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year Per Annum inc HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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CAMHS Crisis Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced and passionate Mental Health Practitioner Band 7 to join our CAMHS Urgent Care team based at Ash Tree clinic in Northolt Road, South Harrow. The team is easily accessible by public transport, and there is also a car park available for staff. You will work in a psychiatric liaison capacity closely with children, young people and their families presenting in crisis at Northwick Park acute hospital. We offer flexible working hours to support our staff, and you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in DBT, CBT, and other training opportunities. You will receive clinical supervision from an experienced supervisor, annual leave, and NHS pension scheme membership rewards.

As part of the North West London CAMHS Transformation, CNWL CAMHS is continuing to develop a 24hr crisis care pathway aimed at supporting Children and Young People including those with a learning disability, presenting with an acute mental health crisis. Currently the role is from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.

The post holder will be involved in completing a comprehensive assessment of young people with mental health needs (including risk assessment, the development of risk management plans), follow-up reviews, and liaise with the wider CAMHS colleagues and other agencies in developing a joint partnership care plan.

Main duties of the job

As a member of the UCT Team, you will be expected to assess young people in:
  • The Emergency Departments
  • In Pediatric wards in acute hospitals.
  • To provide an assessment of the mental health needs of children and families referred to the crisis hubs.
  • To formulate and implement care packages for the treatment and management of the clients' mental health problems, based on an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based models of practice.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options in consultation with the multidisciplinary team taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models.
  • To act as a co-worker with other members of the multidisciplinary team as appropriate.
  • To provide advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals working in other agencies and contribute to multi-agency care planning.
  • To maintain clinical records appropriately and in line with the Trust policy.
  • To ensure effective verbal and written communication with all staff and clients in order to maximise user involvement in the delivery of care and treatment.
  • To comply with London Child Protection Procedures on the management of child protection issues as well as Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust internal procedure.
  • To participate and contribute to the CAMHS's clinical governance agenda.

About us

There's a place for you at CNWLWe're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Vaccination: The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

Children/Young people may present with emotional distress, self-harm, mental health crisis, or the psychological consequences of acute or chronic physical health problems. You will be expected to have the skills to deal with a very broad range of mental health needs as well as undertaking initial psychiatric assessments and reviews and also liaise with other professionals as deemed appropriate.

You will be required to make clear autonomous decisions based on an analysis of the complex presenting problems and judgements based on available treatment options. This will include those related to the admission and discharge of children/young people. You will also work closely with both internal and external stakeholders.

Your interpersonal skills will be expected to be excellent and you must be able to confidently communicate at a high level both verbally and in writing. You must be able to demonstrate deescalation skills with challenging and/or acutely distressed young people.

The CAMHS Crisis Mental health specialist practitioner will promote excellence in mental health nursing practice through the integration of expert clinical practice, education and consultancy, acting as an important resource and being committed to nursing research.

Good Leadership skills are expected as part of the post holders duties which include case load management, offer training to other colleagues, clinical supervision to junior staff and working together with other teams and partner agencies in the community.

Person Specification Training & Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant Professional Qualification i.e. RMN with current NMC
  • Post registration training in therapeutic skills/CAMHS work
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development
  • Higher degree
  • Formal qualification in an appropriate therapeutic field
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience of working in a CAMHS setting on either inpatient or outpatient basis
  • Experience of working with people who have experienced serious ongoing mental health problems
  • Experience of assessing and managing crisis with those with a severe mental illness
  • Experience of implementing and monitoring standards of care
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working with adolescents and families
  • Experience of delivering child protection training
  • Experience of participation in case conferences and reviews
  • Experience of working within an ethnically and racially diverse community
  • Experience of using a range of therapeutic approaches
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health disorders as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Knowledge of counselling skills and psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
  • Ability to assess, plan and deliver treatment and evaluate care packages
  • High level skills in risk assessment and management
  • Proven ability to engage children, young people and their families in therapeutic work
  • Assessment and treatment of serious self-harm including attempted suicide
  • Sound understanding of child, adolescent and family dynamics and development
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (1983 & 2005)
  • Clear understanding of the Mental Health Act, and National Policy
  • Ability to work as an active member of the multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of recent initiatives in nursing and/or SW.
  • Ability to demonstrate use of psychosocial assessment methods
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Good time management skills and ability to prioritise
  • Ability to engage challenging and/or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations and use de - escalation techniques effectively
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options
  • Management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration
  • Skills in CBT or family work
  • Research and audit skills

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