CAMHS Liaison Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annnum, Pro Rata
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will deliver high quality rapid assessment, formulation of risk management and treatment plans to young people who present in acute care services. These assessments will take place in acute care settings such as A&E and Paediatric Wards.

They will act as a key member of the multi disciplinary team, liaising with statutory service and other agencies. The post holder will act as a gatekeeper to admissions on Paediatric Wards for young people presenting in mental health crisis and following deliberate self-harm.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with CAMHS, Children's Social Care and the paediatric team to formulate and provide alternatives to admission. They will be expected to maintain a high standard of electronic patient records.

The post holder support delivery of specialist CAMHS mental health education to Acute Trust staff to increase awareness, with the ultimate aim of improving the young person's experience in an acute care setting.

They will work autonomously but closely with senior members of the team liaising with colleagues in the CAMHS Enhanced Outreach Team, adult psychiatric liaison, CAMHS community mental health teams.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

To work independently to carry out skilled and comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments. To use agreed assessment tools to conduct comprehensive assessments. Use advanced level skills to provide safe, high quality, evidence-based care for patients presenting to an emergency department in need of urgent psychiatric care.To be autonomous in decision-making including making recommendations to the acute hospital team with support from Senior CAMHS Liaison staff.

Please see attached job description for full responsibilities

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Current registration with relevant professional body (such as HCPC or Social Work England)
  • Recognised professional qualification in nursing, social work or occupational therapy
  • Evidence of continuous post-qualifying professional development
  • Training in psychological interventions or a willingness to undertake qualification to support the care of this client group.
  • Mentoring/ practice teacher or Assessor
  • Childhood Exploitation and safeguarding training
Knowledge Essential
  • Highly specialist knowledge around children's mental health, risk assessment and safeguarding of children in the community.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of child development
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and policies relating to children and young people (e.g. Safeguarding, NSF, Every Child Matters, etc)
  • Knowledge of community resources and systems for children and young people.
  • Good knowledge of resources and working practices across health and social care
  • Ability to be innovative in practice.
Experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience in CAMHS community, Outreach or in-patient settings.
  • Experience of managing risk of young people in crisis.
  • Experience of assessment, care-plan, development and evaluation in conjunction with clients and carers.
  • Experience of working in multi-agency teams and multi-agency service planning
  • Significant experience in assessing and managing risk and supporting teams in this process.
  • Experience and understanding of lone working practices.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
Skills Essential
  • Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives remaining sensitive and empathetic.
  • Ability to work autonomously, managing highly complex clinical dilemmas effectively in a pressured environment.
  • Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including presentation of cases to multi-disciplinary case conferences.
  • Ability to use email and internet and Basic Computer Literacy
  • Ability to work in partnership with other agencies.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working in a community setting.
Communication Skills Essential
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills
  • Speaks to distressed patients and their relatives in person and on the telephone.
Planning & Organisation Essential
  • oComplete work whilst being subjected to frequent unpredictable interruptions
Other Essential
  • Must be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.

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