CAMHS Youth Offending Mental Health Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner to join Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service (BYOS). This is a multi-agency provision covering Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough. We are looking for a creative, flexible and committed clinician who has an interest in multi-agency working within the Youth Justice System to join the service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will hold a caseload of young people referred through the Youth Offending Service (YOS), and will work within the principles of the agreed model of care for the service as laid down in the CAMHS/BYOS operational policy.

The post holder will work as an autonomous and accountable practitioner within an integrated team. This will involve the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care provided and effective liaison with all agencies involved with the service user.

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

This is a community based post, embedded within the Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service (BYOS). Predominantly this service will be delivered within the YOS and will include the provision of specialist advice/consultation and CAMHS mental health assessment. The post is closely linked to Bedfordshire and Luton CAMHS. The post will also include liaison with other agencies, specialised clinical interventions and the support, clinical supervision and teaching of multi-agency staff and students.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Recognised child and adolescent mental health professional qualification/registration ( e.g. RMHN, Degree/ Diploma or equivalent in Social Work BABCP accredited
  • Evidence of continued professional development.
  • Understanding of current NHS/Social Care policies/practices relating to Mental Health and Youth Offending Services and understands the Child Protection Policy
  • Training in DBT
Experience Essential
  • Experience of assessing and working with children in acute mental health crisis
  • Minimum of two years' experience in CAMHS and/or young adults in Youth Offending or mental health services
  • Experience and skills in utilizing Routine Outcome Measures
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Well-developed assessment skills in child and adolescent mental health
  • Ability to provide tailored psychosocial/ cognitive therapeutic intervention to childen, adolescents and families
  • Strong ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work and liaise effectively with other child agencies, e.g.criminal justice team, social services department and education
  • Working knowledge of child protection procedures and an ability to promote and safeguard the welfare of children.
  • To have the ability to contribute to CAMHS through the use of knowledge gained from research, literature, training and evidence based practice and working with children with Mental Health issues from 0-18 years of age
  • Knowledge of relevant national and local policies / legislation.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills with the ability to tailor the message to a variety of audiences
  • Awareness of the underlying principles of CYP IAPT

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