Snr CAMHS Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Senior CAMHS Practitioner to join the CAMHS and Child Psychology Integrated Service. As part of the implementation of Thrive , the CAMHS teams in Central Lancashire (Preston and Chorley South Ribble ) are developing a Single Point of Access to improve children and young people's experience of accessing the right help at the right time . You will work across the Lancashire locality. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, you will provide high quality assessment and triage with children, young people and their parents/carers referred to the Integrated service. We are looking for dynamic and skilled practitioners to help develop this service and improve children and young people's access to help and support. You will contribute to the business aims of the service through joint working, consultation, training, and attending supervision.

You will join a Lancashire wide service of Team Leaders and Clinical Leads who provide specialist input to the six teams across Lancashire. We are committed to lifelong learning, supervision and encourage innovation and development.

Applications are invited from qualified Registered Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists with a minimum of one years' experience, working with children and young people with emotional and mental health needs. You will be will be required to work in various community settings alongside partner providers.

Main duties of the job

To take a leadership role in the delivery of high quality service provision that promotes and improves the mental health and well-being of children and young people, their families and carers.

Within a systemic and holistic framework undertake needs led, evidence based, highly skilled assessments and brief therapeutic interventions to children and young people, their families and carers, who present to the service, including as a result of deliberate self-harm.

To screen referrals, signpost and offer an assessment to make sure children and young people are accessing the right services in a timely manner.

As part of an integrated CAMHS service actively liaise and support robust partnership working arrangements between the CAMHS Team and community partners and other key stakeholders involved with the child across agencies in order that an integrated package of care is developed.

Provide a high level of generic skills and competencies and work towards development of areas of clinical expertise within the field of CAMHS, complimenting other members of the team.To provide clinical leadership and supervision to a skill mixed team, and to facilitate a culture of learning and reflective practice.

To work in collaboration with the (service manager / team leader) to support the clinical governance / public health and NHS modernisation agenda.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Education/ QualificationsoFirst level professional qualification, RMN or equivalent such as CQSW or occupational therapy oInformation technology skills sufficient to the undertaking of the postoAdditional qualifications relevant to this post oENB 603 or equivalent oSpecific evidence based therapeutic training
Knowledge Essential
  • KnowledgeoAn ability to think systemically and holistically oDemonstrable Knowledge and skills in evidence based needs led assessments, of highly complex and co-morbid presentations of children, young people, their families and carers oDemonstrable Knowledge and skills in evidence based therapeutic interventions relevant to the needs of this client group oDemonstrable ability to communicate to clients, their families and professionals sensitive and often difficult to receive information, using various methods including verbal, non-verbal, written and presentation skills o Good knowledge of legislation, acts and developments relevant to the field of child related work.
Experience Essential
  • ExperienceoA minimum of 1 years experience of working within Child Mental Health oDemonstrable knowledge and understanding of Child Mental Health oEvidence of an ability to effectively manage own workload and able to work autonomously oWorking within a team and /or multi-agency arenasExperience of working with young people who deliberately self-harm

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