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S-CAMHS Substance Misuse Team Lead

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum (pro rata if part-time)
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Our newly formed S-CAMHS Substance Use Team builds on the strength of our existing work with young people at risk of, or experiencing, substance misuse and mental health difficulties. A recent increase in funding has allowed us to expand our work with this vulnerable population to provide increased prevention, early intervention and treatment provision.

The team will be tasked with identifying those most at risk of current and future harm from co-occurring substance use and mental health difficulties. The team lead will work alongside a clinical psychologist to enable practitioners in the team to engage these young people in evidence informed, assertive outreach work with the aim of building resilience and reducing risk. This will involve direct work with individual young people, their parents and carers and consultation and liaison with those supporting young people from partner agencies. The S-CAMHS Substance Use team will work to upskill and build resilience in networks around the families they work with.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have significant experience and skills around working with substance misuse and mental health, as well as experience of supervising others and supporting the development of services. Experience of multi-agency risk management will also be a key skill for any applicants. Please note, this post is open to Mental Health Nurses and Allied Professionals only.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

The job involves both operational management of the team and clinical work with young people with complex needs to address risk of harm and increase resilience. In leading and managing the team, the post holder will work with others to identify key priorities for the service and ensure these are delivered in a timely and effective way. This will include coordinating clinical work and monitoring and reporting on activity. Clinically, the post holder will support the screening of referrals into the service, provide assessments of substance use and mental health needs, provide advice and signposting information and interventions to prevent substance use and mental health difficulties starting or getting worse. The post holder will develop the capacity of the team to provide consultation, liaison and training to other agencies to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to respond to the mental health and substance use needs young people. The post holder will work flexibly as part of a team to ensure excellent delivery of service provision, including working weekends where required to ensure accessibility and continuity of service delivery.Excellent opportunities will be available for training and professional development and the post holder will receive managerial and clinical supervision. Although desirable, experience in S-CAMH services is not a requirement.

Interviews to be held on 03/02/2023.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

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Person Specification Qualification and Knowledge Essential
  • Professional qualification - RMN, CQSW/Dip SW, OT, Clinical Psychologist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development including teaching and assessing qualification
  • Evidence of Masters level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Recognised evidence based therapeutic qualification or must be willing to successfully undertake such training to post graduate diploma level
  • Clinical leadership and/or management experience
  • Management qualification (or working towards)
  • First Degree
  • Post Graduate therapeutic training
Experience Essential
  • Clear understanding of key issues/challenges in the field of mental health services
  • Experience of working with mental health problems including dealing with clinical severity and capable of dealing with highly emotive and distressing situations
  • Understanding of legislation in relation to: Mental Health Act, Safeguarding, Child Protection, Disability Discrimination Act, Carers, Community Care and Wellbeing of Future Generations Act
  • Understanding of Trust priorities
  • Evidence of ability to manage change effectively, utilising project management/performance management approaches
  • Teaching/training in clinical / academic environments
  • Experience in the development of standards, policies and protocols
  • Proven/relevant experience of working in mental health in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Experience at Band 6 equivalent
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Extensive experience of partnership working and coordinating clinical delivery
  • Experience of audit/research
  • Experience of providing evidence based therapies
  • Performance management experience
  • Experience managing budgets
Language Skills Desirable
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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