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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic CAMHS Clinician to join our innovative multi-disciplinary Emotional & Behavioural Team (EBT) in North Bedfordshire CAMHS. The main base would be at the CAMHS office, Rush Court, Bedford, MK40 3JT and currently there is flexibility regarding working from home. We are willing to consider candidates who would like to work part-time. We would welcome applications from RMNs, Psychologists, CBT Therapists, Family Therapists and Social Workers, Occupational Therapist.

North Bedfordshire CAMHS is a dynamic and innovative service that offers a range of therapeutic interventions to young people aged 5-18 and their families. This is an exciting time in the service and the successful candidate will be able to shape and develop the service. The role includes completing assessments and offering evidence based interventions, working in a supportive MDT and having close links to schools and community services.

For further details and discussions please contact:

Dr Kate Woollaston, Clinical Team Lead, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Niamh Foster, Senior Art Psychotherapist & Highly Specialist CAMHS Practitioner

Tel: 01234 893300

Main duties of the job

To provide comprehensive specialist assessments including risk assessments, of children and adolescents and their families with complex mental health problems, based on having an in depth knowledge of child development, adolescent mental health disorders and the impact of the family and school on mental health.

Based on the assessments and reports to convey sensitive, complex and sometimes unwelcome information to clients and other professionals and manage this as constructively as possible.

To provide consultation and training to professionals who come into contact and who have an important influence with children and young people who have mental health needs.

To work as a senior practitioner providing clinically effective and therapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and their families taking into account the complexities of mental health problems. This requires an awareness of the potential impact of wider systems on individuals and families, requiring intense concentration over prolonged periods on a daily basis. To be able to assess and provide the appropriate format of intervention such as: individual, family or group work .

To be able to utilize skills flexibly so that interventions can be creatively thought about, and provided at clients homes, schools, clinics or other appropriate settings

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

Job description Job responsibilities

Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant post graduate qualification in nursing, clinical or counselling psychology, CBT Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Social Work or Occupational Therapy, e.g.
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (Part 3/8/13 of the UKCC Register), Registered Social worker (registered with Social Work England)
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • ENB 603 or equivalent CAMHS or relevant qualification
  • ENB 998 or equivalent teaching qualification/experie nce
  • CBT training
  • Masters Degree or working towards postgraduate qualification in related CAMHS or specific treatment modality.
Experience Essential
  • At least 18 months of working in CAMHS or equivalent setting
  • Experience of working in community CAMHS and working with a multi agency network
  • Experience of managing and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area.
  • Experience of working in or liaising closely with multi agency teams working with adolescents eg Youth Services, YOT etc
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people who present with high risk behaviours
  • Experience of using CBT
  • Speciality CAMHS experience (eg YOT/Eating Disorders/ Adolescent Inpatient ward/ work in substance abuse)
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS, including mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions
  • Able to assess, hypothesize and deliver therapeutic interventions
  • Advanced skills in particular therapeutic approaches
  • Proven ability to work with children and young people in distress or through psychiatric emergency
  • Experience of working sensitively with distressing material that may have serious implications to young people and their families.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-agency team
  • Proven ability in standard setting and audit implementation
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychiatric phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by nursing services within the context of multi disciplinary mental health services
  • The ability to maintain and represent a CAMHS identity within a multi- agency setting, including managing the dynamics of a team within a team, i.e. The Specialist Workers in that context.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold stress of others
  • The ability to deliver CAMHS training within a multi agency professional setting. (for example children's social care, youth services, YOT)
  • Able to manage own time and caseload, prioritising assessments and treatment in non mental health settings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries.
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedbackoA high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Computer skills
  • Establishing and running groups.
  • Training to others
Knowledge Essential
  • Up to date knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Knowledge of potential barriers and resources within a multi agency setting that affect mental health and are relevant to children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge of Systemic family work
  • Knowledge of CBT and group work
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and polices in the field of CAMHS
  • Knowledge of the Children Act, Mental Health Act and associated legislation including Child Protection Procedures
  • Understanding of best practice in staff supervision and development
  • Understanding of best practice in staff supervision and development
  • Knowledge of audit and research
  • Knowledge of outcome measures.
Other Essential
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Self motivated, assertive & flexible
  • Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional & physical demands of specialised therapeutic work with disturbed & distressed children, adolescents & their families/carers networks.
  • Freedom to Act: managing & supervising other practitioners
  • Interpreting policies
  • Physical effort: Confined sitting position (therapy), Traveling within community. Mental effort: writing reports, planning teaching, concentrating in the context of therapy sessions/clinical supervision, managing psychiatric emergencies.
  • Planning teaching
  • Developing research protocols
  • Emotional effort: dealing with families in breakdown who may be experiencing trauma or abuse, occasional patient complaints, , Occasional staff problems and complaints
  • Conveying of unwelcome news e.g. dealing with young people facing custodial sentences.
  • Working conditions: occasional verbal & physical abuse, unpredictable clinical scenarios e.g. managing acute psychological distress of children and young people in youth settings, and managing the associated anxiety with other pupils and youth service staff. Travel in the community in all weathers,.
  • Working on a daily basis with vulnerable, children and young people and their families and the consequent demands of containing the anxieties they provoke in the professional network.
  • Ability to utilise and learn from supervision

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