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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, CAMHS 2+

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder is responsible for providing psychological therapy services to children and young people with mental health problems open to the CAMHS 2+ Service.

The post holder will also be responsible for liaising and working with other professionals, the assessment and care of children and young people and provide CBT consultancy and advice to staff. In addition, the role may also require supervising other members of the team/students where appropriate.

You will need to be confident in carrying out risk assessments and safety planning and required to deputise in the absence of the Clinical Lead.

You'll become a valued member of the 'front door' services to CAMHS which include the Single Point of Access Team, Mental Health Support Teams and Primary Care Network CYP Mental Health Workers.

Part time hours considered.

Main duties of the job

As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in CAMHS 2+, you will be able to:
  • Offer CBT therapies as part of the Multi Disciplinary CAMHS 2+ team.
  • Provide specialist consultancy to the multi-disciplinary team and other professionals with regard to problem assessment, formulation, the appropriateness of CBT, how when and why approaches may need to change and client management.
  • Plan and undertaking teaching and training in CBT to other members of the team.
  • Maintain and further develop high standards of the delivery of CBT through cooperative work with multi-disciplinary colleagues.
  • Keep abreast of developments in CBT by study and by attendance at relevant CPD events as agreed with the CBT or Child Psychology lead.

Please see the attached job description for further details.

About us

The CAMHS 2 + service offers short term targeted emotional and mental health support to young people and their families in Somerset. The team also work closely with the Mental Health Support Teams and other CAMHS teams, whilst also forging important working relationships with key voluntary and statutory services.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Help make the Care the Trust offers be the very Best!

Job description Job responsibilities

Other job responsibilities include:
  • Providing specialist psychological assessment, clinical formulation and a range of psychological interventions for children and adolescents with mental health problems and their family/carers.
  • Providing consultancy service to the community team and other agencies as appropriate.
  • Developing and contribute to an area of specialist expertise relevant to CAMHS 2+.
  • Participating in clinical supervision and management supervision arrangements provided by the service and maintain CPD to uphold registration requirements
  • Supporting CAMHS 2+ in the development and implementation of effective Clinical Governance.
  • Supporting and participating in multi-disciplinary clinical audits in the service.
  • Promoting the use of effective interventions in the service.
  • Undertaking any other duties at a comparable level of responsibility as may be allocated, such as attending meetings as appropriate, fulfilling duties of weekly timetable, and duties as instructed by your manager or appropriate authority.
  • Developing working relationships with Clinical Lead for CAMHS 2+, Operational Manager for CAMHS Early Intervention Services, Multi-disciplinary colleagues, Multi-agency colleagues (including Childrens Social Care, Paediatricians, Education).
  • Traveling to locations within the team area or Somerset county as required.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING Essential
  • Qualification in CBT which makes candidate eligible for BABCP accreditation.
  • Relevant specialist CPD qualification.
  • Clinical supervision experience.
  • Specialist psychological assessment and formulation skills.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for clinical practice, including Safeguarding Children.
  • Knowledge and experience of risk assessment and risk management planning with young people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders in children and young people, and their impact on both the client group and their families/carers.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.
  • Basic competence in core psychological assessment formulation and intervention skills.
  • Clinical audit work in specialist area.
  • Evidence of specialist interest in working with children and young people.
  • Extended casework in relevant speciality area before and during training.
  • Able to provide advice which at times can be complex and sensitive about service delivery, development and quality improvement.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - influencing, negotiating and communication (written and verbal) skills, across all levels both inside and outside the organisation to assess and interpret complex situations.
  • Able to provide robust leadership by empowering staff and supporting staff.
  • Understanding of quality standards and audit.
  • Aptitude and confidence for working with a rapidly changing environment.
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities, including building in travel time to and between appointments
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of children and young people.
OTHER Essential
  • Self-awareness and emotional resilience
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure and prioritise workload.
  • Ability to make clinical decisions around complex and emotive issues with young people and their families.

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