Recruit to Train (RTT) Autism/ learning disabilities (ASC/LD)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hampshire Wide
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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This is a training role within the Child and Young Persons Improving Access To Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP-IAPT). The post-holder will work within the CAMHS service, delivering evidence-based interventions, with direct clinical supervision, for children and young people with Autism and/or learning disabilities, experiencing mild-moderate anxiety disorders and depression. The post holder will undertake a post graduate training programme for this role. This intensive training post will equip the post - holder to provide interventions based on CYP-IAPT care principles and also an evidence-based intervention consistent with their training course.

This role involves the care of children and/or adolescents. This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate therefore must meet the requirements of the post including all pre-employment checks in line with safeguarding needs.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) was a service transformation programme delivered by Health Education England and partners that aimed to improve existing children and young people's mental health Services (CYP MHS) working in the community. CYP IAPT training will benefit from being integrated fully within CYP MHS and linked to the CYP IAPT collaborative, which brings a valuable organisational infrastructure.

This is a training role within the Children and Young People' Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT). The post-holder will work within Hampshire CAMHS as part of a multi-disciplinary team to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate, under supervision, high-quality evidence-based interventions for referred young people in collaboration with professional colleagues and clinical services, in order to enable continuity of care.

The training and service experience will equip the post holder with the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.

The post holder will attend all university based taught and self-study days required by the education provider (University College London- Anna Freud Centre) as specified within the agreed national curriculum and work in the service for the remaining days of the week using their newly developed skills.

About us

By coming to work at Hampshire CAMHS you would be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which has a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

Hampshire CAMHS is committed to exploring ways of providing timely, locally delivered, high quality and effective interventions. These aim to maximize mental health and maintain children and young people within their home and educational environment. Hampshire CAMHS places supervision of its staff as a priority. It also uses audits, evaluations and routine outcome measures to continuously improve our service.

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidates would be working as Senior Mental Health Practitioners within one of the CAMHS community teams for the duration of the one year course and would split their time between training and carrying out clinical work. After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within the service.

This is a training position and so all candidates will need to apply for both the trainee role with our organisation and the UCL Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy in order to be shortlisted (for more information about the course and minimum entry criteria, please see the course page: Please complete your university application using the UCL University Application Guidance supplied.

It is very important to mention which modality/modalities you are applying for and why you are qualified & interested in them.

As this is a training position, please be aware that this is a dual application process where you must be employed in a Recruit to Train funded job to also receive a place on the course, and vice-versa. If you are ineligible for the University Course, you will be unable to be offered the role. If you withdraw from an employment offer but you have accepted a university offer, you will be unable to join the course.

This role will be best suited for applicants that are able to balance a busy work and study schedule. You will be an employee at the service but also enrolled for 2 days a week on a Postgraduate Diploma course. As this is a Postgraduate level diploma, you will also be required to be able to study and write academic material at this level. Applicants must be prepared to study and write assignments outside of protected study time (such as on weekends and after work).

Please note that when you apply to this role, your name will be shared with the Higher Education Institute (HEI) running the course. The service will usually be the Course Teams main way of contacting you until you have been sent an Offer, and so the Course Team at the HEI may ask for information if it is missing but relevant to deciding eligibility. Other information that might be shared is:
  • Reason behind ineligibility for the course.
  • Queries regarding application (such as if you claim to have a professional registration without submitting certificates, course may ask service to pursue more information)
  • Name change if you may have registered with a different name than HEI was given, they will confirm with service to ensure that they are reviewing the correct candidate.

This is an integral part of the process to confirm that you have applied to the University and that you meet their course requirements.Please apply to the University at the same time as applying to this job position.

If you apply to this job, you are giving permission for information to be shared between the Course Team at the HEI and the Recruitment team at the Service.The only information that is shared will be relevant to establishing eligibility for the job/course. No irrelevant information will be disclosed or discussed in relation to your application.

Former EMHP and CWP graduates (or graduates from any other HEE funded course) need to be 2-years post-graduation to be eligible to apply (graduated by January 2021).

Please note in this instance the course is not optional; there will be a joint interview process including UCL to appoint to these roles. The roles are dependent on meeting all course requirements.

All applicants will need to be available to start the training in January 2023

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Bachelor's degree from a UK university or equivalent in a relevant subject e.g. psychology, social work AND a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, social work, counselling, nursing, psychotherapy) from a UK university or equivalent. OR Applications may be considered from those with a relevant first degree who do not have a registerable professional training if they have substantial experience in a CAMHS or equivalent setting and evidence of meeting the Knowledge
Knowledge Essential
  • A strong passion for working with young people with Autism/Learning disabilities and a High level of motivation to improve mental health, emotional well-being and self-realisation in this client group.
  • Two years experience of working within a professional setting concerned with the mental health of children and young people or families (e.g. as a mental health worker).
  • Basic level of clinical competence and experience of having worked with young people with autism/learning disabilities for at least one year.

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