Operational Clinical Lead and Highly Specialist CAMHS Clinician

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a fantastic opportunity to operationally lead two of our Mental Health Support Teams in Luton, an innovative and forward-looking pathway that is growing substantially across the county. In Luton this pathway includes our existing and established CAMH Schools Liaison Team, our Wave 2 and 5 trailblazing Mental Health Support Teams (MHST), and a third MHST coming on board in September 2023.

There is a specific focus in Luton on developing more access to appropriate help and improving the general culture of emotional support with all primary and secondary schools, colleges, and special educational provisions and PRU's, for children and young people who are vulnerable to developing significant mental health problems. The teams are focusing on reducing health inequalities in communities in Luton, by improving their resilience, using a co-productive and relational approach to mental health. Working alongside community partners and other stakeholders, including citizen stakeholders, the two MHSTs and the CSLT in Luton are fully integrated with their locality specialist community CAMHS in a stepped model of care, and the educational settings they work with.

The post holder will be the Operational Clinical Lead for two of the Mental Health Support Teams, namely, Wave 2 and 5. The post can be taken up as one full-time post, or as two part-time 0.5FTE posts, each leading one of the Teams.

Main duties of the job

The post holder(s) will work closely with the Integrated Schools Pathway lead for the locality and the strategic Clinical Team Lead for all CAMH Access Services, we aim to develop an integrated first step in mental health support accessible to and acceptable for all communities living in Luton. The post holder will develop and deliver a wide range of targeted interventions, projects and system change with the aim of whole school and community approaches to supporting young people's mental health.

Luton specialist CAMH services offers a comprehensive and seamless stepped model of support for all communities in Luton, following the Thrive model. As a first step, CAMH Access Services offer (Giving Advice and Early Getting Help) services through all schools in Luton, with the Primary Care Access Service (or, PCAS) offering services through all GP practices. We also have a clinician embedded within Early Help Services, all forming a strong early intervention and community based service in communities. As a second step, we have our multi-disciplinary teams offering Later Getting Help and Risk Management support, and as a third step we are in the process of developing both a local Inpatient Unit for young people, alongside an Intensive Home Treatment Team, the last two of which are an exciting new development.

About us

For any questions or further information, please feel free to contact Dr Marc van Roosmalen, Psychological Therapies Lead and co-Clinical Team Lead for CAMH Access Services (CAS), Dr Vicky Taylor, co-CTL for CAMH CAS, or Linda Hurst, General Manager for CAMHS.

Job description Job responsibilities

The main focus of this role is to provide day to day clinical operational management and leadership for the clinical functioning of the MHSTs whilst working alongside the project leaders to develop and implement a wide range of interventions and projects with local schools and provisions. In addition to leading on and directly providing comprehensive assessment, risk management and interventions for children and young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties, and their families, this post is an opportunity to work with school staff and school cultures, and the wider communities, in developing environments that are more conducive to supporting sustainably better emotional health and wellbeing and resilience.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification in appropriate mental health profession such as Clinical or Family of Psychology, Systemic Family Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, Nursing, Social Work, and registration with relevant UK governing body
  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification.
  • Low Intensity CBT supervisor qualification.
  • Management or leadership training
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience of working in a senior clinical post in CAMHS
  • Previous experience of supervising clinicians and operational leadership functions
  • Previous experience working with schools in a mental health capacity
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Delivery of parenting programmes - WebsterStratton, Triple P, NVR etc
  • Supervision of clinicians delivering parenting and manualised CBT interventions
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Highly specialist skills in assessing for complex aetiology of mental health, neuro-developmental, learning and social factors impacting on the wellbeing of children, young people and their families, and being able to produce contextualised formulations and recommendations following a resilience model of wellbeing
  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
  • Highly specialist clinical skills within specific therapeutic modalities
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice within specialist CAMHS and the wider children services domain
  • Keyboard/computer skills
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting, school and other education centres
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting, school and other education centres
Other Essential
  • The candidate will need to travel to multiple locations in Central Bedfordshire so will need transportation to fulfil this requirement.

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