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Community CAMHS Practitioner, CAISS

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year Pro rata inclu of HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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The post holder will be a member of the Camden Adolescent Intensive Support Service (CAISS).

The role of the Community CAMHS Practitioner will be to develop and provide CAMHS input to young people aged between 11-18yrs and their families. This role will be working with young people and their families who are finding it difficult to engagement with Tier 3 services, who are having a mental health crisis and who are at risk of Tier 4 admission, or are having a Tier 4 admission. This will involve intensive working with a variety of clients in community settings, within client's homes, foster placements, residential settings and within school settings. Providing in-reach to inpatient settings and developing functional relationships with colleagues in a range of agencies is also pivotal to this role.

Main duties of the job


The post holder will assess, implement and evaluate individual care programmes and may take on the role of Care Co-ordinator for young people on their case load.

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing admissions of Camden patients to Tier 4 services. They will attend Care Programme Approach meetings and liaise between Tiers 3 & 4 to ensure a safe pathway and transition between tiers.

To establish and sustain effective links with other mental health workers, both in the community and hospital based services, thus facilitating continuity of care and co-ordination of services. To facilitate admission when indicated maintaining contact with the client and their family when in hospital and helping them prepare for discharge. To co-ordinate rehabilitative care packages, in conjunction with other professional agencies and networks, prior to discharge from inpatient units back to the community.

To carry out generic assessments of the mental health needs of young people within a therapeutic framework and to contribute fully to the care planning process. Assessment and treatment that is sensitive to individual ethnic and cultural backgrounds and needs of the service user. The aim of such intervention is to facilitate the young person's ability to function in the community and to promote the young person's competence and quality of life in a way sensitive to the young person's needs including their ethnic and cultural needs as they approach adulthood

About us

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults. With 500 staff across a number of sites, we are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people's lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health. For more information, please access the following link:

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for more details about the role and requirement of the vacancy .

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Health Care Professional (eg. Nurse, OT, SW, Psychology) Post qualification experience within acute mental health setting (Adult Mental Health or CAMHS) Degree level or equivalent qualification
  • Experience of working in the community
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience
  • Experience as a care co-ordinator in accordance with Care Programmed Approach(CPA)
  • Clinical work with children and adolescents with mental health problems
  • Experience of supervising or teaching
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence of a commitment to gaining an understanding of the professional-patient relationship
  • Evidence of the applicant's interest in and development of therapeutic clinical skills
  • Ability to work and consult with multi agency colleagues and across multi-agency boundaries in a sensitive manner
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and government policy and capacity to work within relevant guidelines

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