A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and dynamic CAMHS mental health practitioner to work within the Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service.
We are looking for a mental health nurse who has substantial experience working in children's mental health services (CAMHS) and has significant experience working in crisis situations. The Youth Offending Service is uniquely placed to provide the post holder with the opportunity for a new challenge where they can be creative in engaging hard to reach young people, whilst immersing themselves into all the youth justice arena has to offer. The post holder will be offered a robust training package from our youth offending colleagues, as well as support to access further training within CAMHS that will complement the role.
This is a multi - agency provision where joint and cross agency working is essential to improving the mental health outcomes of the young people we are working with. You will be part of a wider multi - disciplinary health team which includes a physical health nurse, speech and language therapist and drug and alcohol worker.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will hold a caseload of young people referred through the Youth Offending Service (YOS) case managers, and will work within the principles of the agreed model of care for the service as laid down in the CAMHS/YOS operational policy. Assessments in police custody will also form a part of the role.
The post holder will work as an autonomous and accountable practitioner within an integrated team. This will involve the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care provided and effective liaison with all agencies involved with the service user.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
This is a community based post, embedded within the Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service (BYOS). Predominantly this service will be delivered within the YOS and will include the provision of specialist advice/consultation and CAMHS mental health assessment. The post is closely linked to Bedfordshire and Luton CAMHS and will be held under the CAS pathway (Community Access Service). The post will also include liaison with other agencies, specialised clinical interventions and the support, clinical supervision and teaching of multi-agency staff and students.
We would strongly encourage contacting the operational lead for the team prior to application to discuss the role further. We are also happy to conduct informal visits to the Youth Offending Service.
Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
- Recognised child and adolescent mental health professional qualification/registration ( e.g. RMHN, Degree/ Diploma or equivalent in Social Work BABCP accredited
- Evidence of continued professional development.
- Understanding of current NHS/Social Care policies/practices relating to Mental Health and Youth Offending Services and understands the Child Protection Policy
- Experience of assessing and working with children in acute mental health crisis
- Minimum of two years' experience in CAMHS and/or young adults in Youth Offending or mental health services
- Experience and skills in utilizing Routine Outcome Measures
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- Well-developed assessment skills in child and adolescent mental health
- Ability to provide tailored psychosocial/ cognitive therapeutic intervention to childen, adolescents and families
- Strong ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team
- Ability to work and liaise effectively with other child agencies, e.g.criminal justice team, social services department and education
- Working knowledge of child protection procedures and an ability to promote and safeguard the welfare of children.
- To have the ability to contribute to CAMHS through the use of knowledge gained from research, literature, training and evidence based practice and working with children with Mental Health issues from 0-18 years of age
- Knowledge of relevant national and local policies / legislation.
- Excellent communication and listening skills with the ability to tailor the message to a variety of audiences
- Awareness of the underlying principles of CYP IAPT
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