CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner (Youth Offending Team)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum HCAS inclusive
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for someone who can work within the youth offending context whilst also maintaining the CAMHS perspective and play a key link role between these two services. If you think you have the skills to take up this role we want to hear from you. You would join an established and supportive team and a service which places training and development high on the agenda.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The post will be based between the Brent Youth Offending Service at the Brent Civic Centre and the Brent CAMHS team based at the Monks Park Health Centr, which is the clinical base for the Tier 3 CAMHS. We are looking for a highly motivated professional with previous experience of working with young people. You will take a lead role in working with local agencies, the private sector and the voluntary sector.

About us

The Brent CAMHS team is staffed by a large multi-disciplinary team of clinicians. We aim to provide an accessible, flexible and responsive local service for patients and professionals working with children in the area using the whole range of therapeutic interventions, including behavioural, systemic, psycho-dynamic, group and multi-family work as well as neuro-developmental approaches. For the right candidate there will be numerous training opportunities in a variety of areas.If you want to join this supportive and innovative team and are looking for a challenging career development then we look forward to hearing from you.

Job description Job responsibilities

The purpose of the role is to provide a CAMHS service to the Youth Offending Service as required by Crime and Disorder act 1998, to ensure children and young people in contact with youth justice service are provided with mental health services.

The YOT worker will compliment an existing coordinated approach by developing and supporting systems to ensure that when a young person enters the youth justice system, the YOT has within it the skill and capacity to ensure that their mental health needs are taken into consideration and addressed effectively. The post holder will ensure that a young person in contact with the youth justice system will have the same access to a comprehensive health service (both mental and physical health) as any other young person within the general population.

The post holder will provide assessment, early intervention and referral to a range of primary and secondary health care services and target YOS service users with a view to developing robust assessment and health planning systems with a view to establishing a whole systems approach to healthcare and treatment for this often difficult to reach client group.

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • A qualification and professional registration in Nursing, Clinical Psychology or other equivalent profession
  • Nursing: Mental Health Nurse Level 1 (RN3, RNMH in sub part 1 of the NMC Register) ENB 998 or equivalent Relevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (e.g. ENB 603)
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Registration with HPC
  • Post-qualification training in teaching & supervision
  • Recent safeguarding children training
  • CYP-IAPT training
Previous Experience Essential
  • Post qualifying experience of working within a multidisciplinary CAMHS team
  • Previous experience of delivering evidence based treatment to children and young people
  • Previous experience in NHS/Local Authority/YOT Team
  • Experience of working with complex and vulnerable families and managing the associated anxieties and concerns
  • Experience of multidisciplinary and independent working
  • Experience of working in community outreach settings
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • Able to develop highly complex care packages
  • Ability to carry out a range of mental and physical healthcare assessments
  • Broad range of clinical skills such as CBT, Solution focus, Group work
  • Awareness of health issues for young people around offending
  • Knowledge of child protection procedures
  • Ability to work in partnership with other agencies
  • High level and effective communication skills
  • Excellent consultation skills
  • Evidence of research
  • Audit Skills
  • Experience and skills in delivering training packages
Attitudes, aptitudes, personal Essential
  • Ability to work with young people whose behaviour is personally challenging
  • Abilities to maintain professional relationships and boundaries with young people
  • Flexible team member
  • Ability to assess reports and clinical information and provide clear and concise information tailored for different audiences
  • Ability to work as a lone CAMHS worker with high self-organisation and self-motivation skills

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