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PCAS (Primary Care Access Service) CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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PCAS - North Beds CAMHS

1.00WTE Substantive Band 7 post available for North Bedfordshire Primary Care Access Service (PCAS)

One full-time equivalent CAMHS Practitioner posts, Band 7. CAMH Primary Care Access Service (PCAS): Clinical (or Family of) Psychology, Systemic Family Psychotherapy, Child Psychotherapy, Community Mental Health Nurse, other core CAMHS profession

We have an exciting opportunity for you at Bedfordshire CAMHS within our new Primary Care Access Service (PCAS). This is a part of our wider CAMHS Access Services (CAS) delivering care to their most accessible points in the community and integrated with other partner agencies.You will provide triage, mental health assessments, effective brief therapeutic support, group work and workshops to prevent moderate to severe mental health problems developing, using the iThrive model.

Main duties of the job

You will also help develop and deliver mental health training, continuing support and consultation for primary care settings across North Bedfordshire, mainly being GP Practices. Bedfordshire has a diverse and vibrant community, which will require candidates to show an awareness of, and interest in, supporting these communities, and to deliver evidence based and innovative care to suit the needs of the local communities.

You will work closely with GP Practices and other appropriate settings to encourage and help them develop a whole family approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health. You will work within a community hub locality, and will contribute to an exciting wider children's services transformation programme integrating care across children's services, which includes Early Help, Children's Health, other Local Authority sectors, and Voluntary services.

Benefits for you in the role
  • Regular, separate clinical and management supervision sessions
  • Access to a variety of CPD sessions
  • Annual performance appraisal
  • Weekly MDT
  • A team leader who is committed to staff development
  • Regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses and to get involved in quality improvement initiatives, research, and new developments in the service.

About us

This post is based in Bedford Town Centre, Bedfordshire, close to the M1 and easily reached by car / train from London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to the South and Northamptonshire to the North. All clinicians are supported by very dedicated and efficient administrative staff. Most of the work will be community based in GP practices, although there will also be some office based and home working.

Staff benefits
  • Family Friendly Policies & Flexible Working
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Subsidised Holiday Play-schemes
  • Maternity and Paternity & Welcome Back Packs
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Car Lease Scheme
  • Home Technology Scheme
  • London Capital Credit Union
  • Wellbeing Activities
  • Employee & Team of the Month Awards
  • Reward for Exceptional Leave

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are bi-lingual, and candidates from BME communities, including the South Asian community.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key points relevant for the role
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Have access to a car to be able to travel across Bedfordshire
  • A relevant professional registration
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in working with children and families, preferably in a primary care setting
  • Ability to operate confidently in an environment where IT is the main method of record keeping

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Recognized professional qualification/registration (eg Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or Family of Psychology equivalent) with registration, Registered Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Child Psychotherapist or Psychological Therapist professionally registered with BACP or BABCP, degree/ Diploma or equivalent in Social Work, RMHN, BACP or BABCP accredited,
  • Training in IAPT principles
  • Evidence of continued professional development.
  • Understanding of current NHS/Social Care policies/practices relating to Mental Health and Services and understands the Child Protection Policy.
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development and mental health.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures.
Experience Essential
  • Experience in child and adolescent mental health and/or working in primary care, schools or other children's services settings
  • Experience of assessing and working with children with emotional / behavioural issues
  • Experience and skills in utilizing Routine Outcome Measures
  • Experience of working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, ie ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • Comprehensive child mental health and assessment and formulation skills
  • Effective assessment of mental health risk
  • Ability to provide tailored psychological therapy intervention to children, adolescents and families.
  • Awareness of the underlying principles of CYP IAPT.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work collaboratively and liaise effectively with other child agencies, e.g. GP practices, schools, paediatrics, and social services department
  • Working knowledge of child safeguarding procedures and an ability to promote and safeguard the welfare of children.
  • To have the ability to deliver training and evidence based practice to primary care, educational staff and other partner agencies, to inform and psycho-educate, children, young people and their families across diverse communities about mental health in an acceptable, and non-stigmatising way, flexible to their needs
  • 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

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