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CAMHS Specialist - Nurse/OT/Social Worker

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Bromley Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

A very exciting opportunity has arisen to join Bromley CAMHS, Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disability (NDLD) team at a time of change. We are initiating a whole service improvement to the patient journey, enabling children and families to access help earlier and enabling staff to have job plans better tailored to their expertise and development.

As a result of significant investment in Bromley CAMHS and to support the Transformation of the service, we have vacancy for a specialist CAMHS practitioner.

The post holder will offer assessment, formulation and evidence-based psychological intervention for children and young people (CYP) within the NDLD pathway. The successful applicant will have experience with working with Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disability children, training in evidence-based interventions and experience of working with children and young people in a mental health setting.

Main duties of the job
Postholder will be required to utilise specialist therapy skills to deliver both individual and group interventions, adapted flexibly and creatively for CYP with mental needs. The role also involves providing consultation, support and training to colleagues within and external to the service. This post offers great potential for the candidate to pursue specialist interests and develop skills, including opportunities for trainings relevant to the field and to contribute to further development of evidence-based pathways for CYP within Bromley CAMHS.

Bromley CAMHS is transforming its service, with focus on improving services and the collective wellbeing for our Children, Young People, Families and Staff.

Bromley CAMHS is currently in the process of redesigning its Service Model to align with the Thrive framework, a nationally recognised approach, to help us deliver timely, responsive and needs based mental health interventions for the children and young people in Bromley. Bromley is a place where every child and young person can achieve their full potential. We all recognise and value the importance of promoting good mental health and building resilience in children,& young people.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and peoples homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Marys Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities
Key Task and Responsibilities


To be trained and confident in the use of CYP IAPT principles, evidence-based interventions and routine outcome measures.
  • To care co-ordinate and manage a defined caseload of children and young people presenting with emotional health and wellbeing difficulties in schools and the community
  • To co-ordinate and deliver individualised care packages / programmes for children and young people and evaluate these programmes, ensuring high standards of practice in accordance with national guidelines and trust policy.
  • To provide specialist mental health advice, consultation and signposting using an outcome-based triage model, to school based and community staff e.g. Health Visitors, GPs.
  • To recognise responsibility and act according to Trust and national guidelines in safeguarding children and adults.
  • To be aware of and take a role in the CYP Directorate participation programme
  • Train and mentor students and less experienced members of the discipline.
  • To engage therapeutically with clients and their carers in a variety of settings as appropriate to the needs of the client and to be able to assess the risk of working in particular areas.
  • To be able to plan and facilitate appropriate therapeutic intervention including group work for the specialist client group and their families and carers
  • To be able to assess and manage risk in children and young people and to do this on an on-going basis within the role as care co-ordinator
  • To effectively and appropriately communicate risks often under difficult, highly charged and emotional circumstances to medical staff, other professionals and families involved in the care of the client.
  • To act as an autonomous practitioner with an understanding of own limitations and recognition of when to seek support.
  • To contribute to overall service delivery and development, with a particular focus on the CAMHS care pathway, as required
  • To work closely with the school based and community health professionals, carrying out joint assessments when appropriate.
  • To implement appropriate training and education packages for parents and carers in conjunction with colleagues.
  • To ensure that own practice remains within legal, ethical, and professional parameters and is open to scrutiny from relevant professionals.
  • To possess IT skills in order to effectively communicate in writing with colleagues, other professionals and families in accordance with trust policies e.g. writing of comprehensive report.
  • To store statistical data in accordance with trust policies.
  • To ensure live registration with appropriate professional body, e.g. NMC.
  • Actively identify personal training needs and participate in training programmes as required and identified in PDP
  • To demonstrate the ability to make appropriate decisions with regard to the confidentiality of clients and their families taking into considerations the risks to clients, self and the wider public.
  • To represent CAMHS on Directorate and Trust committees as required and to be able to effectively communicate information relevant to CAMHS.
  • To liaise with other colleagues in CAMHS and participate in different clinical groups in order to share best practice and discuss current and future professional and clinical developments e.g. case review meetings and professional forums
  • To offer supervision to junior staff in agreement with the CAMHS service leads.
  • To ensure that documentation is up to date, clear, concise, comprehensive and complies with Trust and national record keeping standards
  • To take responsibility to record own supervision in case notes or in supervision records in order to be able to reflect on the supervision process.
  • To liaise independently and effectively with external partner agencies, co-ordinating meetings and participating in case discussions between teams involved in the care of clients

  • Management responsibilities (Contribution)
  • To participate in the development and implementation of policies and procedures within own speciality and the NDLD service and to ensure that other professionals are aware of these.
  • To advise service and professional management on operational and professional issues with monthly reporting on service targets.
  • To lead on an agreed area of service development

  • Leadership
  • Directly responsible to:
  • operationally: Bromley CAMHS Operational Manager
  • Head of professional discipline: depending on the discipline of applicant.
  • Accountable to the Clinical Director (CAMHS), via Head of Discipline
  • To take responsibility as agreed with the line manager and the service manager for the training and personal development of junior staff

  • Research
  • To use theory, evidence-based literature, and research to inform evidence-based practice in work with individuals, families and their networks in line with current and best practice.
  • To undertake audit as appropriate within the Specialist CAMHS Service in accordance with clinical governance.
  • To provide research advice to other staff undertaking research within the team.
  • To initiate and implement project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the services to help develop and improve service provision to clients, their families, and their wider network.

  • Communication
  • To demonstrate the ability to listen and engage in therapeutic practice
  • To demonstrate the ability to communicate therapeutically with families from a range of backgrounds.
  • To demonstrate a high degree of competence in communicating complex information both verbally and in writing.
  • To communicate complex clinical information in a skilled and sensitive manner information including assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of patients and to monitor progress during the course of uni- and multi-disciplinary treatment.
  • The ability to speak in public and address formal and informal meetings with colleagues both internally and externally to the Trust as required.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

  • Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • Education and Qualifications
    Experience Essential
    • Experience
    Skills, ability, knowledge Essential
    • Skills, ability, knowledge
    Effort and Environment Essential
    • Effort and Environment
    Other requirements Essential
    • Other requirements

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