Highly Specialist CAMHS Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a highly motivated CAMHS experienced clinical professional to join the Bromley CAMHS service in an exciting split post between the Bromley CAMHS Adolescent Team and the Bromley Youth Justice Team. We are looking for someone who can play a key link role between these two agencies & other key agencies in providing children, young people and families with high quality, evidence based, trauma informed mental health care. The successful post holder will be supported with relevant training opportunities to complement and support their development in the role.

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly specialist clinical service to clients of the Bromley CAMHS Adolescent team and the Bromley Youth Justice Team utilising a trauma informed care framework. To hold a caseload of adolescents who have complex and enduring mental health need alongside a caseload of young people aged 10-18 years who are at risk of offending, reoffending or those at risk of entering the youth justice system for the first time. To provide highly specialist clinical assessment and evidence based intervention to children and young people. Offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to nonclinical professional colleagues - particularly the Youth Justice Service - and to other, non-professional carers and providing supervision where appropriate to qualified staff and trainees. Working autonomously within professional guidelines, consistent with CYP-IAPT principles and within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to overall service delivery as required. Utilising research skills for audit, policy and service development and research

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will work in an exciting split role between the Bromley CAMHS Adolescent Team and the Bromley Youth Justice Team.

The Bromley Adolescent CAMHS Team work with adolescents and their families where young people have a high level of complex mental health need. This involves providing intensive clinical assessment, complex formulation, and evidence-based treatment. The adolescent team are a supportive team with robust supervision structures and clear and stable clinical leadership. The Adolescent Team has close relationships with the wider specialist CAMHS teams, Oxleas cross-borough Crisis Team for young people, Oxleas DBT service and the wider South London Partnership.

The Bromley Youth Justice Team works with children and young people aged 10 18 years old at risk of offending or reoffending including those at risk of entering the criminal justice system for the first time. The service offers interventions to young people and their carers to try and divert children away from offending. The service embed a child first approach to their work.

There is an established history of co-working across CAMHS and the Youth Justice Team in Bromley. The successful candidate will hold a key role as a Highly Specialist CAMHS Practitioner in further facilitating strong professional connections across both quality services and with external agencies.

Oxleas highly value and encourage continuing professional development and will support the successful candidate in further necessary specialist training, we offer opportunities for high quality supervision and other learning opportunities.

The successful post holder will offer clinical supervision of the relevant Band 7, Band 6 and Trainee colleagues within the service.

The Bromley CAMHS service is underpinned by CYP IAPT principles. The successful post holder will work in accordance with CYP IAPT principles in their role. This involves the development and delivery of creative training, young person / carer participation work, service development & quality improvement projects.

The service has excellent accommodation and is based very near central Bromley with a 15 minute train journey to London Victoria.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Postgraduate Qualification and professional registration with a UK recognised professional body (including Health Care Proffessions Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, British Psychological Society, Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Association of Child Psychotherapists)
  • Educated to degree level of equivalent level of experience
  • Training and qualifications in research methodology
  • Completion of further post-doctoral post-qualification specialist training including: Management / leadership / supervision qualification or evidence of willingness to undertake further training.
  • Training in specialist ASD assessment (e.g ADOS, DISCO, ADI)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience as a clinician post-qualification working with children, young people and their families.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working
  • Experience of assessing & managing complex safeguarding issues within appropriate professional & legal guidelines
  • Experience of service development, change management and recruitment
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of, diversity, including experience of working within a multi-cultural framework
  • Working knowledge of CPA and Care Coordination case management frameworks
  • Working knowledge of legislation that supports mental health service provision
  • Experience and understanding of mental health risk assessment, formulation and treatment
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of working in a CYP-IAPT service or a qualification in CYP IAPT.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of methods of evidence based clinical assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Post graduate level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised evidence based therapies
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Ability to use CYP IAPT outcome measures and integrate these meaningfully into therapy
  • Formal training in supervision and / or leadership
Other Essential
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to reflect on and work with the particular stresses and challenges associated with working in the specific clinical area
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Personal experience of mental health problems.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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