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CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA) Practitioner – Band 6

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Bloxwich, Walsall
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a CAMHS clinician within the Single Point of Access (SPA) for Walsall CAMHS.

The SPA requires an experienced and dynamic professional to work across the front door to our service, providing specialist assessment and triage of referrals into CAMHS. The post holder will take on a split role between referral triage, initial assessments and brief interventions with young people and their families.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a quality specialist service to clients (and their families/carers) referred to CAMHS across all sectors of care.
  • Triage referrals into CAMHS, including the assessment and prioritisation of clinical complexity and risk.
  • To lead on referral and triage pathways and processes within CAMHS.
  • To promote the reputation of CAMHS.
  • To provide specialist assessment and intervention for complex mental health needs and to work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise systematic governance of practice within CAMHS.
  • Effectively assess and prioritise clinical complexity and risk.
  • Liaise with referrers and professionals in relation to clinical concerns and queries.
  • Be a clinical point of contact for children, young people and families.
  • Effectively liaise with referrers, professionals, partners and agencies in relation to referrals and/or assessments.

About us

We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Whatever your background or education, working in a healthcare setting like ours is a demanding yet extremely rewarding experience. We offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities in a variety of fields, from nursing, psychiatry, counselling and pharmacy to admin and support roles such as IT, estates and facilities and human resources.

We take pride in supporting, developing and engaging with our workforce. Staff engagement, recognition and wellbeing are vital to the success of our organisation, and we strive to provide a setting in which our staff can showcase their skills, innovative solutions and dedication to healthcare.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist systematic process for the assessment of children and young people referred into CAMHS. To assess, triage and prioritise referrals ensuring an equitable system and that those with urgent needs are clearly identified and needs are addressed in a timely manner. The post will require independent management of caseload with appropriate supervision and professional management, as per professional body guidelines.
  • To provide highly specialist assessments of clients referred to CAMHS based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex information from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients and their families/carers.
  • To provide effective and safe assessment of safeguarding concerns. Liaising and reporting to other agencies where appropriate, including the completion of safeguarding referrals and safety planning.
  • To consider the appropriateness of CAMHS referrals in relation to agreed referral criteria and organise safe signposting as appropriate to the needs of the child/young person referred.
  • Ensure pathways into CAMHS are accessible for children, young people and families with additional needs e.g., a learning disability.
  • To exercise professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, signposting and discharge of clients.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and their families/carers.
  • To gather comprehensive information from a range of community children/young peoples services and to liaise with services around assessment outcomes and safeguarding concerns.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner in both written and verbal form, information concerning the assessment and treatment plans of clients referred to CAMHS.
  • To undertake any other duties of a similar nature consistent with the responsibilities of this post in order to provide a quality CAMHS service.

Person Specification Essential & Desirable Criteria Essential
  • Full professional qualification as accredited by relevant professional body
  • Evidence of substantial experience of assessment and intervention with children and young people with highly complex mental health (including LD) needs and their families.
  • A sound knowledge of psychological, emotional and social needs of children and adolescents
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development

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