Highly Specialist CAMHS Practitioner – Primary LEAP

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Part Time
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Band 8a Highly Specialist CAMHS Practitioner Primary LEAP

O.6 WTE 3 days a week, 12 months Fixed Term. Secondment applications welcomed.

All disciplines welcome to apply: Psychotherapist/psychologist/Nurse/Family Therapist and Creative Therapist

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced senior CAMHS clinician to make a significant difference to the lives of young people and their families in Tower Hamlets Borough. We are looking for someone with excellent assessment and therapeutic skills for 4-11-year-olds and their families combined with the communication skills required to navigate the challenges of interagency work involving complex psycho-social contexts.

Main duties of the job

The main purpose is to take a senior role in mental health practice in the newly commissioned Primary LEAP assessment base and provide liaison between CAMHS and LEAP. This role will be supervised by the Mental Health Lead for all LEAP sites currently successfully established in the secondary provisions. This is a clinical post primarily based in Primary LEAP with Tower Hamlets CAMHS providing direct management, clinical supervision and multi-disciplinary team support including access to wider assessment and treatment pathways.

About us

London East Alternative Provision (LEAP) is an inner city, successful and high-achieving alternative provision located in Tower Hamlets. Working in partnership with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) this is a CAMHS clinical role across agencies providing mental health expertise, intervention and supporting whole school development for a new specialist LEAP primary provision.

Job description Job responsibilities

Direct clinical work in this role will be providing comprehensive and specialist mental health assessment and treatment for 411-year-olds and their families and carers who may be likely to present with significant levels of distress and dysfunction.

The successful candidate will work with all staff in the Primary LEAP site to develop and maintain a whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing. A key component will be sharing knowledge and understanding with the staff group, children and families around working with attachment theory, early and latency child development, trauma and neurodevelopment.

If you would like any further information about this post, please contact Richard Simmonds, Tower Hamlets CAMHS Psychological Therapies Lead, richard.simmonds1@nhs.net

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification in appropriate mental health profession such as Nursing, Clinical or Counselling Psychology, Family Therapy or Psychotherapy and registration with relevant UK governing body.
  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification.
  • Specific therapeutic modality training and qualification e.g. CBT, DBT, IPT etc.
  • Management or leadership training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a clinical post in CAMHS
  • Previous experience of supervising clinicians and operational leadership functions
  • Previous experience working with schools in mental health capacity.
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Delivery of parenting programmes - Webster-Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc.
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner city area
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
  • Specialist clinical skills within in specific therapeutic modalities
  • Proficiency in non-verbal and creative engagement and therapeutic skills.
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
  • Keyboard/computer skills
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS
  • An awareness of different research methods
  • Knowledge of development in inter agency partnership
  • Able to deliver state of mind assessments

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