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CAMHS Practitioner

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Fixed Term - 8 months

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated CAMHS Practitioner to join the Neurodevelopmental CAMHS team in Cambridge. We work with children and young people with moderate to severe mental health disorders with comorbid ASD and ADHD, providing comprehensive assessment and intervention. You will join a supportive team who are passionate about making a difference to young people and their families.

We welcome clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to apply including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Arts Therapists, Teaching, Counselling or within a psychological therapy. The ideal candidate will have a strong team and work ethic, sense of autonomy, interest and experience of working with young people, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team.

In return we will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff based on their individual needs identified throughout appraisal process.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting young people and their families, then we want to hear from you.

If you're interested to come and join our dedicated and friendly team please do apply! We'd be happy to discuss informally.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist evidence-based assessment and individual work to children and adolescents with mental health difficulties.
  • To offer advice and consultation on young people's psychological care to both professional colleagues and staff from other agencies.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of both the trust's and CAMHS' policies and procedures.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

1. To work as an integral member of the CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Team, providing comprehensive mental health and diagnostic assessments demonstrating the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including, self- report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi- structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care, a range of direct work and evidence-based therapeutic intervention. To have the ability to utilize specialist knowledge to make decisions about a child or young persons mental health needs.2. To participate in the prevention and early detection of emotional and mental health difficulties in children and adolescents referred to the service.3. To participate in the planning and delivery of evidence-based therapeutic programmese.g. CBT and Parenting programmes on both an individual and group basis to children and young people and their families.4. To develop formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon mental health theory and evidence and which incorporates developmental interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors5. To evaluate and make treatment decisions in collaboration with the CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Team and in consultation with an accredited CAMHS therapist about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.6. To be responsible for terminating intervention in consultation with other professionals involved.7. To use routine outcome monitoring to inform clinical practice through supervision and care planning.8. To participate in the teams use of routine outcome monitoring to inform service design across CAMHS9. To educate and involve children and young people and family/carers, in their care/support plan and provide opportunities or service users to contribute to assessment and the development of service provision.10. To contribute to the development of systems for the management of referrals including screening, filtering, redirecting and fast tracking referrals as appropriate.11. To be responsible for accepting appropriate referrals, manage and evaluate caseload and manage time accordingly.12. To network and develop partnerships with child and adolescent mental health professionals and other professionals within Childrens Social Care, Education, General Practitioners, Health Promotion Agencies and the Voluntary Sector.13. Ability to provide clinical consultation to other professionals on a variety of levels. This will involve consulting and advising on a wide range of issues regarding the mental health needs of children and young people.14. To work within the framework of legislation, guidance, policies and procedures relating to young people in care, with particular reference to the Children, Schools and Families Act 2010, Children (Leaving Care) Act 200015. To work within the framework of legislation guidance, policies and procedures relating to Mental Health Act 200716. To maintain accurate and appropriate records of work undertaken.17. To ensure Trust policy in relation to confidentiality is maintained at all times. To attend training opportunities to promote professional practice and skills development in line with professional body requirements.18. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.19. To act as care coordinator, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, tasking responsibility for arranging reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.20. To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.21. To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of a mental health assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers. To assist in the management of the service caseload.22. To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.23. To participate in the on call duty rota, both on weekdays and at weekends (weekends for permanent staff only) to conduct mental state/self- harm assessments, as required for children and young people.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following at graduate level in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy, teaching, counselling or within a psychological therapy.
  • Training in an evidence-based therapeutic intervention recommended by NICE Guidelines relevant to CAMHS, i.e. CBT, IPT, Systemic Therapy
Experience Essential
  • Post-qualification experience in mental health assessment and treatment of children, young people and families.
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to manage mental health risk effectively
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Good knowledge of mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Good knowledge of safeguarding legislation
  • Sound knowledge of risk assessment
  • Knowledge of one therapeutic intervention recommended by NICE guidelines or relevant to Neurodevelopmental Disorders/CAMHS
Other Essential
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude

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