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Highly Specialist CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an experienced and flexible CAMHS clinician: Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Child Psychotherapist, Nurse or other relevant clinical discipline

Full time/Part time Band 8A substantive post (up to 37.5 hours per week)

This is an unusual and exciting opportunity for an experienced community CAMHS clinician to continue the development of the service we offer to Bowden House a specialist residential school for boys aged 9-16 with complex behavioural issues in Seaford, East Sussex. This post offers a chance to develop innovative and flexible ways of working away from the clinic environment.

The successful applicant to this post will be based for 4 days per week (during term-time) at Bowden House School, an 'OFSTED Outstanding' specialist weekly residential school for boys aged 9-16 with complex behavioural issues in Seaford, East Sussex.

The other 1 day per week will be spent in Tower Hamlets CAMHS at Greatorex Street, where they will be part of a multidisciplinary team offering goal-based episodes of care to young people, children and families presenting with a variety of challenges. The Tower Hamlets connections have been flexible due to Covid restrictions.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for good communicators with energy, motivation and enthusiasm; the ability to work with individuals and families with complex difficulties and to work effectively with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency contexts; flexibility of approach; commitment to evidence-based practice; and, the pursuit of the highest possible quality of service.

It is also important that you have experience of providing consultation to school staff and of multi-agency working. We look forward to hearing from candidates who have the qualifications and experience to work in a busy and sometimes challenging Tier 3 CAMHS, and who want to extend their experience and knowledge of working in specialised and innovative ways.

This is a challenging, exciting and deeply rewarding job and we look forward to hearing from candidates who have the qualifications and experience to work in a busy and sometimes challenging Tier 3 CAMHS, and who want to extend their experience and knowledge of working in specialised and innovative ways.

We are imagining that this post may suit someone who is based in East Sussex and willing to commute one day per week back to Tower Hamlets during term time. We understand that we need to approach working hours issue during school holidays flexibly and creatively, and this include flexitime/compressed hours and working from home to minimise the amount of time spent commuting.

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.

Tower Hamlets CAMHS are committed to providing high quality services for our children and young people. In conjunction with partners in commissioning, health, social care and education, we are designing an outcome-based service where all provider agencies will work together to provide the highest quality service to our clients.

Job description Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification Education, Training and Qualifications Essential
  • A qualification and professional registration in Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, Nursing or other equivalent profession
  • Clinical Psychology: Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Registration with HPC
  • Family Therapy: Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, or Nursing
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent
  • UKCP Registered
  • Child Psychotherapy: Honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies or recognised equivalent. Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent
  • Registered member of ACP
  • Nursing: Mental Health Nurse Level 1 (RN3, RNMH in sub part 1 of the NMC Register) ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Substance mis-use or equivalent (e.g. ENB 603)
Experience & Training Essential
  • A qualification or substantial experience in delivering evidence based assessment and treatments children, young people and families with emotional and behavioural problems
  • Experience of delivering a range of CAMHS interventions
  • Substantial experience in CAMHS
  • Experience of working in specialist residential school environment, consulting to both residential care team and to teaching staff.
  • Experience of working with complex networks
  • Experience of assertive outreach
  • Project management - experience of establishing new school-based services
  • Substantial experience of working with children with challenging behaviour, their families and wider networks
  • Substantial experience of working with children, young people and families in emotional crisis
  • Substantial experience with working with children and young people and their families in a therapeutic context
  • 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 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 of group work
  • Experience/knowledge of working in a multi-ethnic community and of working with interpreters
  • Experience of teaching, training and consultation roles.
  • Experience of quality improvement and innovative projects
Abilities and 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
  • Ability to provide services in the complex community environment, to meet the needs of clients and families
  • 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: staff and /or organisational problems, Child abuse, Family breakdown, Serious mental ill health and risk of self-harm.
  • IT skills
  • Driving skills
Abilities and Skills (cont'd) Essential
  • Ability to cope with verbal abuse and to recognize and diffuse potential physical abuse from clients.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries
  • Highly specialist skills and ability to liaise confidently and effectively with other agencies and professionals
  • Ability to use supervision effectively
  • Ability to teach basic systemic and/or parenting concepts
  • Presentation/teaching skills
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of recent developments in evidence based assessments and treatments and/or parenting provision for children with challenging behaviour
  • Knowledge of recent government initiatives for working with children and young people with anti-social behaviour, in education and the community
  • Masters or Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology consistent with 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.
  • Acquaintance with systemic and parenting literature

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