Highly Specialist CAMHS Clinician - Band 8a

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Per Annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Our team provides intensive individualised support to young people within the community to prevent the need for hospital admission and to respond to urgent situations. We have a fantastic success rate of supporting young people to remain at home and receive the treatment they need. As a result our small team has gained additional investment and we are expanding in size and remit and you will join us at an exciting time of service development.

To support the continued delivery of high quality CAMHS care we are keen to recruit an experienced CAMHS Clinician to lead and develop the clinical work of our team. The postholder will be managed by and work in close collaboration with the Outreach Operational Lead and be part of a supportive network of clinical leadership across our CAMHS service. The role is a fantastic opportunity to retain direct clinical contact and develop your own expertise clinically and in leadership.

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates.

Main duties of the job

  • Flexibility in working hours will be required.
  • Enthusiasm for improving Young People's mental health in Gloucestershire, placing the young person and their voice at the centre of all that we do
  • Both leadership and CAMHS experience and skills that enable you to be a resource of knowledge and support to colleagues dealing with complex clinical situations
  • Confidence to cope calmly and take a lead within urgent and pressured clinical situations
  • Experience, skills and ideas to support and develop the clinical skills of staff.
  • Experience of working with multi-agency partners, and the networks of people around a service user
  • Confidence to develop and hold your formulation and communicate it to others and coach and support junior staff to do the same
  • Experience of working with clinicians to achieve service improvement, leading projects or other clinically based initiatives which will have made a contribution to delivering innovative and high quality services to children and young people.
  • Professional Registration (RMHN, SW, OT etc)
  • Put meaningful child and family participation at the centre of service development
  • Identify a clinical competency framework for team members and implement a clear plan for the development of clinical skills.
  • Implementing the i-Thrive Framework and establishing effective system flow.
  • Work alongside wider CAMHS,GHC Trust and Local systems partners to establish a pilot for an 'urgent' service, and test and learn from it's implementation

About us

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a 'Veteran Aware Trust', evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right-hand side, titled 'Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance'.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Work according to relevant professional guidelines as a named key worker taking responsibility for the assessment of care and health education needs
  • Develop, implement and evaluate care plans in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals ensuring individual needs are met
  • Ensure that everyone involved in the care plan receives a copy and to ensure that all relevant details are recorded on Trust IT systems
  • As named nurse to have responsibility for undertaking mental and behavioural state examinations for own service users and service users being admitted, repeated on at least a weekly basis and clinical risk assessment and management plans.
  • Utilising the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and in line with Trust policy, provide specialist care, education and advice to service users (including carers) who are suffering from common, severe and enduring mental health problem to promote recovery and social inclusion
  • Liaise with and offer specialist assessment and advice to other agencies and professions, including participating in Multi-Agency meetings to offer advice and opinions to facilitate the ongoing treatment and care of service users and to ensure adherence to National Service Framework (NSF) guidelines
  • Within scope of skill set actively support service users in the management of their medication within a concordance framework and relevant policies. Where training and professional skill set allow this may include administering medication, including Intra-muscular injections depot medication as appropriate and monitor side effects. Delegate the checking and delivery of medication when appropriate

  • Maintain accurate written records and statistics to ensure that service user details and details of the care given is recorded in notes and on the Trust database(s) in line with Trust policies
  • Contribute to the preparation of appropriate reports, including reports for Mental Health Act Tribunals and Mental Health Managers review meetings as required by rule 6 (1) of the Mental Health Tribunal rules
  • Provide and receive complex and sensitive information from service users, carers or other professionals and agencies, on a daily basis
  • Work with and support other members of the Multi-disciplinary team, using clinical judgements in the absence of key members of the team, including medical staff
  • Ensure that psychological intervention or treatment is offered to service users as outlined in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines
  • De-escalation of aggression using verbal skills and physical breakaway skills

Leadership / Management
  • Support existing team members in the provision of appraisal and supervision of other team members including induction of junior staff members and assessment of work based studies such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Support existing team members in the planning and delivery of teaching sessions to members of the multidisciplinary team and outside agencies including professions from primary care in order to implement mandatory training or to pass on specialist knowledge and skills. These sessions may be part of protected learning time
  • Contribute to service development and quality initiatives in line with local and national policies using audit and policy development
  • Undertaking other duties appropriate to the post as requested by senior managers
  • Ensure that through competent planning and organisational skills, the post holder allocates sufficient time to provide and receive ongoing clinical and managerial supervision, to include work load management, focusing on improving quality of care and audit in line with the Government Modernisation Programme
  • Provide mentorship and preceptorship to junior staff, staff in training and other members of the multi-disciplinary team ensuring training objectives are met
  • Implementing risk assessments and management plans on a daily basis working with people with common, severe, and enduring mental health problems who are frequently distressed and emotionally disturbed
  • Shift Co-ordination including allocation of resources, deployment of staff, upholding the requirements of the Mental Health Act, maintaining a safe environment, liaising with other disciplines, service users and carers.

In return we can offer you opportunities to develop your highly specialist clinical and managerial skills through training, profession specific support and development, supervision and personal coaching initiatives with a leading CAMHS provider. Our service is proud of its strong multi-disciplinary ethos within its clinical delivery and has robust clinical supervision, workload management and Continuing Professional Development structures in place. We also have a variety of competitive employee benefits including access to a range of salary sacrifice schemes and discounts.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trusts view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

Person Specification Personal Skills and Attributes Essential
  • oHigh commitment to extend specialist CAMHS related clinical skills as required through reflective practice, CPD opportunities and other initiatives
  • oDemonstrate effective clinical leadership skills and commitment and take an active role within CAMHS continuous improvement cycles and implementing learning across the service. This includes active involvement within service developments and other innovative ways of working
  • Ability to undertake all statutory and mandatory training including Positive Behavioural Management (PBM)/Breakaway (subject to Occupational Health clearance)
Qualifications Essential
  • oProfessional Health or Social Care qualification: Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, RNLD, RMHN, OT, MHSW
  • oDemonstrate current registration with a regulated professional body/ organisation: NMC, HCPC, BPS, ACP
  • oEvidence of formal post graduate learning within a relevant CAMHS setting
  • oClinical supervisor qualification/training/Accreditation
  • oIf a Clinical Psychologist: Post Graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology or other relevant Applied Psychology as accredited by the B.P.S and conferring eligibility for HPC Registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • oProfession specific additional qualifications
  • oFormal Teaching and Assessing Certificate / Qualification
  • oRelevant child focused psychodynamic/ therapeutic training
  • oManagement related qualification
Length and Nature of experience Essential
  • oDemonstrate extensive, post qualification experience of providing highly specialist and profession-based as well as evidence based interventions within a clinical/therapeutic setting.
  • oFor Family Therapy/Systemic Psychotherapist posts Demonstrate extensive experience and clinical expertise and be able to take a lead role on the provision of a high quality specialist Systemic Psychotherapy/Family Therapy provision (including consultation, assessment and therapeutic intervention)
  • oFor Clinical Psychology: - Proficient in the manipulation of complex Psychological test equipment for use in formal testing situations
  • oExperience of leading and developing outcome tools/clinical evaluation systems

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