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Senior CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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ELFT has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental and health care, innovation and improvement. So it is a very exciting time for you to come and work for us. Our mission is to make a positive difference in 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.

South Bedfordshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Senior CAMHS Practitioner

South Bedfordshire CAMHS Home Treatment Team

Band 7

37.5 hours per week - permanent

If you would like the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people, are passionate about delivering high-quality care and are committed to personal and professional development we are extremely happy to hear from you.

Our clinically-led service is strongly committed to continuously improving the experience and quality of care we offer our families. The successful candidate will receive a robust induction program, regular clinical and management supervision to support this role.

Main duties of the job

The South Bedfordshire CAMHS Home Treatment Team are a multi-disciplinary team, who work with partner agencies to provide a high-quality service to children and their families presenting in a mental health crisis. The team provides intensive interventions for acute presentations in young people (up to the age of 18yr old) mental health, with a view to avoiding hospital admissions. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced mental health practitioner to join our friendly and professional team. The post-holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy, self-management and drive with the ability to work well in a team and within the multi-agency environment.

Though previous CAMHS experience is desirable, we are very happy to consider applications from candidates able to demonstrate experience in working with younger adults in crisis settings/situations and who exhibit transferable skills, evidencing the ability to engage therapeutically with young people experiencing a mental health crises.

If you are looking to develop your therapeutic skills and knowledge within a supportive and exciting environment and an award-winning team, this is the role for you.

Due to the ongoing success with the expansion of the South Bedfordshire CAMHS Crisis pathway, we continue to rapidly develop the home treatment model as an integral part of the pathway.

About us

The Senior Management Team within South Beds CAMHS is committed to staff development: there are regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses and to get involved in quality improvement initiatives and new developments in the service, some associated with a higher banding during the time of the project. We also have a significant number of positions in the trust for clinicians up to band 8D, opening up paths for promotion for ambitious members of staff. The East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

This post is based in South Bedfordshire covering the areas of Luton and Dunstable and the surrounding area. The posts base is close to the M1 and easily reached by rail and car from North London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The clinic also has the added benefit of free parking and all clinicians are supported by very dedicated and efficient administrative staff. Whilst some of the work is based in the clinic, access to a car is essential as some travel will be required to respond to presentations at Luton and Dunstable General Hospital and to undertake outreach support at home or other CAMHS/multi-agency sites.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see job description and personal specification for more information.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, or to arrange an informal visit please contact Katie Lodder, Clinical Team Lead or Linda Hurst, General Manager, on 01525 638613.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oRegistered Mental Health Nurse (Part 3/8/13 of the UKCC Register).
  • oMentorship or equivalent teaching qualification/experience.
  • oCBT training.
  • oMaster's Degree or working towards postgraduate qualification in related CAMHS or specific treatment modality.
Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • oExtensive experience working in CAMHS or equivalent setting or able to demonstrate experience of working with young people in crisis.
  • oExperience of working in community CAMHS and working with a multi-agency network.
  • oExperience of working in a crisis setting.
  • oExperience of managing and supervising junior staff.
  • oExperience of service development.
  • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • oExperience of working in a culturally diverse area.
  • oExperience of working in or liaising closely with multi agency teams working with adolescents e.g. Youth Services, YOT etc.
  • oExperience of working with vulnerable young people who present with high risk behaviours.
  • oKnowledge of potential barriers and resources within a multi-agency setting that affect mental health and are relevant to children, young people and their families.
  • oKnowledge of Systemic work/ impact on child/adolescent mental health.
  • oKnowledge of CBT principles/approaches.
  • oKnowledge of evidence based mental health crisis intervention.
  • oAwareness of current national guidelines and polices in the field of CAMHS.
  • oKnowledge of the Children Act, Mental Health Act and associated legislation including Child Protection Procedures.
  • oUnderstanding of best practice in staff supervision and development.
  • oExperience of using CBT.
  • oSpecialty CAMHS experience (e.g. YOT/Eating Disorders/ Adolescent Inpatient ward/ work in substance abuse).
  • oIssues which impact on care delivery.
  • oKnowledge of audit and research.
  • oKnowledge of outcome measures.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • oEvidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in young people's mental health, including mental health risk assessments and therapeutic interventions.
  • oAble to assess, hypothesize and prescribe nursing interventions
  • oAdvanced skills in particular therapeutic approaches.
  • oProven ability to work with children and young people in distress or through psychiatric emergency.
  • oExperience of working sensitively with distressing material that may have serious implications to young people and their families.
  • oAble to work effectively in a multi-agency team.
  • oProven ability in standard setting and audit implementation.
  • oAbility to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold stress of others.
  • oThe ability to or work towards delivering formal/informal CAMHS training/consultation within a multi-agency professional setting. (for example children's social care, youth services, YOT)
  • oAble to manage own time and caseload, prioritising assessments and treatment in non-mental health settings.
  • oExcellent verbal and written communication skills
  • oEvidence of ability to lead, support and influence others.
  • oAble to work effectively across organisational boundaries.
  • oA high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback.
  • oEstablishing and running groups.
  • oTraining to others.

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