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Recruit to Train - Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Full Time
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Are you looking for a new challenge and a training opportunity to develop your skills to work with childrens mental health?

Are you an experienced professional in childrens services or mental health?

We are looking for Band 6 Recruit to Train Psychological Therapists to join our Devon CAMHS Service. You will be based in one of our Devon offices but will need to travel across the county to meet the needs of the service. You will join our CAMHS team, which is part of Children and Family Health Devon, at an exciting time of change.

We have the following roles:

2 x Systemic (SFP Conduct & Self Harm) East Devon

2 x Systemic (SFP Eating Disorder)

Please advise of your module preference in your supporting statement and if you would be happy to be considered for an alternative modality.

These training roles are within the Child and Young Persons Improving Access To Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP-IAPT). The post-holder will work within Children and Family Health Devon in Devon CAMHS, under a two year fixed-term contract, providing interventions whilst undertaking a programme of training for this role at the University of Exeter.

Successful candidates will need to be able to commence employment from the course start date on 17th January 2023

Main duties of the job

Systemic Practice (sometimes also known as Family Therapy) is based on an understanding that peoples thoughts, feelings and actions are influenced by their relationships with other people. As such systemic work involves working with family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each others experiences and views, appreciate each others needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.

The aim of IAPT Systemic Family Practice pathway is to provide health and social care professionals working in CYP IAPT services with the opportunity to develop general systemic skills, before specialising in one of the following two strands: depression, self- harm and conduct disorder or adolescent eating disorders.

The course is taught across three terms, starting in January, with two days a week spent at the university and three undertaking clinical work within our service. This includes one day a week in an assessed training clinic, working with a supervisor.

Further information about the course can be found here -

This intensive training post will equip the post holder to provide interventions based on CYP-IAPT care principles. The post- holder is expected to attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post.

About us

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of six NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure to deliver locality-placed based, integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to wide-ranging consultation with our service users and communities.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training. We actively engage service users and their families in co-design which is facilitated by a dedicated young persons lead role who also works closely with Young Devon who provide additional co-design and feedback through the Devon young peoples champions group.

Our Children and Young People say

We would like the people who work for Child and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Purpose

The post holder will deliver high quality comprehensive mental health services whilst undertaking training in evidence based psychological therapies to enhance and develop their CAMHS practice. The role involves managing a defined caseload with a focus on providing expert assessment and evidence-based treatment for children and young people with complex mental health difficulties and their parents/carers. Collaborative working with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies is central to this role.

The post holder will contribute to the multi-disciplinary approach of the team, providing integrated healthcare for children across Children and Family Health Devon. Bringing professional expertise, skills and knowledge to multi-disciplinary team work, the post holder will work with, and offer supervision/consultation/advice to others. With a focus on providing high quality, safe and compassionate care to children/young people the post holder will engage in team and service development including participating in audit, evaluation and review. The post holder will undertake academic and clinical practicetraining in evidence based psychological therapies and is required to attend, complete and pass all elements of the allocated CYP-IAPT training.

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of managing an extensive and complex caseload and working with children/young people presenting with a range of complex mental health presentations.
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of delivering model based psychological therapy.
  • Mentoring students in line with professional requirements.
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • Understanding of child protection and the importance of multi-agency work for children and families in the community.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with children/young people of all ages experiencing a wide range of mental health presentations.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings, sharing own professional knowledge, skills and expertise, whilst valuing the perspective of others.
  • Able to recognise potential difficulties and participate in finding solutions.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner and in accordance with service need.
  • Able to participate and present information in a group setting
Qualifications Essential
  • A professional mental health qualification e.g. RMN, Social Work Degree, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT, or equivalent
  • Active registration as with the appropriate professional body e.g. NMC, HCPC
  • Recognised qualification in evidenced based therapeutic, mental health interventions for children/young people and their families/carers
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism
  • Clinical Supervision qualification

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