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CAMHS Crisis Care Clinical Lead

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post involves working with children and young people in a range of settings. These include primary care settings, other community settings, and other health service sites including Acute Hospitals, as required. Lone working in the community is a major element of this job as is potential exposure to verbal and physical aggression.

The working environment includes exposure to high levels of distress in others. There is a requirement for substantial periods of concentration and sitting. The nature of the working environment requires regular and frequent travel from base to and between the above-mentioned settings. It also requires detailed work in terms of analyzing assessments and writing reports using relevant IT systems.

Main duties of the job

The First Response Service provides 24 hour access to mental health services for people who identify, or have been identified as being in a mental health crisis. Dependent on the risk and need identified, a face to face assessment can be arranged and carried out by a Mental Health First Responders.

The CAMHS Clinical Lead will provide brief clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation, short-term contingency planning for children and young people presenting in mental health crisis.The CAMHS Clinical Lead will provide face-to-face assessments working closely with other mental health services and agencies; such as the police, ambulance and local authority. Using a range of brief solution-focused interventions, Clinical Leads will empower patients, carers and their families in decision making and divert to a range of health and social care resources for support.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, 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 through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

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 caliber 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. Co-ordinate shifts (this duty is shared with all other clinical leads)2. Provide evidence based clinical interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions aboutown professional practice.3. Responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of brief care andtreatment interventions for children and young people in liaison with the First ResponseService.4. Provide clinical leadership to the team, providing expert support and guidance regardingthe assessment and treatment of children and young people.5. Provide assessment, planning and implementation of individual packages of care andtreatment.6. Ensure that individual episodes of care are delivered in a timely, effective, and integratedmanner.7. Promote a recovery model that empowers patients, carers and relatives to be at theforefront of decision making and ownership of their packages of care and treatment.8. Undertake clinical risk assessments, based on latest empirical evidence and compliant withlocal policies and procedures. 8. Act as the patients and relatives advocate.9. Support with regular review of and troubleshooting within the CAMHS / FRS pathway.10. Supervision of junior colleagues.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Mental Health Nurse/Social work Qualification OR Registered Nurse with CAMHS Experience Or other HCPC-registered profession
  • Current NMC/HCPC Registration appropriate to the job role
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Clinical supervision qualification. Specific training in either family work or psychological approaches to helping young people
  • Leadership qualification/training Advanced Nurse prescriber Qualification/or AMHP qualification
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience
Experience Essential
  • Willingness to engage in work with children, young people and families who require or who are accessing mental health services
  • Experience of working with children and young people presenting in mental health crisis.
  • Experience of working in a setting relevant to CAMHS.
  • Experience of risk assessment and management.
  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of junior staff
  • Clinical Leadership
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Assessing, formulating and working with children and young people (& their families) presenting in heightened state of distress.
  • Communicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Clinical risk assessment and contingency planning/ management plans.
  • Knowledge of current research and evidence based practice in clinical work relevant to the job role/ Service
  • Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act
  • Sound knowledge of Safeguarding responsibilities and procedures
  • Brief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crisis
  • Knowledge or awareness of operational systems of service delivery in Community CAMHS.
  • An understanding of the current integrated multi-agency models Used by agencies working with children, young people and their families, e.g. I-Thrive, Think Family, etc.
Other Essential
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Access to a vehicle for work Purpose

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