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CAMHS Clinical Social Worker with Recruitment Incentive

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,136 max £1,915
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in as a Clinical Social Worker delivering a high quality service provision that promotes and improves the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and their families.

We are seeking an energetic, highly motivated and experienced social worker who has skills and knowledge in the assessment and treatment of children and young people; to deliver care, advice and support to children and young people with mental health problems.

You must be a SWE registered social worker who has completed their ASYE year and possess experience of working directly with service users. You will be responsible for demonstrating excellent clinical outcomes and safe and effective delivery of care to children and young people.

Main duties of the job

  • All social workers must be registered with the Social Work England
  • To work within a multi-disciplinary team, and to provide a specialist social work service, requiring a high level of professional skill, to children and adolescents who present with mental health difficulties and are known to Children's Services
  • The post holder will be responsible for assessing, formulating and providing treatment plans for children adolescents and their carers within the multi-disciplinary team framework
  • All staff should comply with the Trust's Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings.

We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To be a champion of social care with a comprehensive understanding of legislation and statutory guidance.
  • To manage a defined caseload of complex cases requiring a high level of skill, providing assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents and their families, utilising a range of therapeutic approaches within the post-holders knowledge and competence.
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment plans for all clients on the caseload using an evidence-based approach.
  • To advocate the rights of young persons, carers and families as detailed in current legislation.
  • To actively participate in direct clinical initiatives offered to those services provided by the Childrens Services to children and families both within the community and residential care.
  • To provide assessments of the mental health needs of Looked After Children and children on the edge of care, and to formulate treatment plans, taking into account their current and past care context.
  • To offer consultations to the professional network around the child, such as social workers, foster carers and care staff and to be able to offer specialist advice about the mental health needs of Children Looked After.
  • To undertake regular risk assessments in particular in matters relating to safeguarding children and to provide expert advice to other team members in this regard.
  • To also undertake risk assessments pertaining to child and adolescent mental health including assessments of young people who have deliberately self-harmed, and to supervise clinical social workers in this regard.
  • To communicate complex and sensitive information to referrers and other involved professionals, both verbally and in writing.
  • To provide consultation, advice and training to professionals working within the community.
  • To provide and seek consultation to/from professionals within the multi-disciplinary CAMHS team.
  • To contribute to the development of CAMHS through professional meetings.
  • Prepare and present reports for a variety of meetings.
  • To contribute towards training activities within Childrens Services, Health and Voluntary sector agencies in matters relating to Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health.
  • To maintain knowledge of available resources, and of the roles of other agencies and to liaise on behalf of service users.
  • To maintain excellent up to date knowledge of relevant legislation and Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • To maintain highly developed, up to date clinical and theoretical knowledge pertaining to child and adolescent mental health.
  • To maintain knowledge of available resources, and of the roles of other agencies and to liaise on behalf of service users.
  • To participate in regular supervision.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary working and, as part of that, to be an excellent advocate for social care.
  • To adhere to Trust policies and procedures.
  • To carry out any other duties identified by your line manage

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Social Work degree or recognised earlier equivalent qualification to practice such as CQSW, Dip S.W
  • Registration with Social Work England
  • Relevant PQ training for Social Workers
  • Further training/qualification in relevant area of practice. E.g. Family Therapy, Child Psychotherapy; CBT, Group Therapy; Counselling; Play Therapy
  • Master's degree level or equivalent
Experience Essential
  • Post qualified experience all of which must be either in the field of child and family social work or related child care setting or in Mental Health Social Work with some experience of work with children who are Looked After
  • Substantial knowledge of Child & Adolescent development
  • Knowledge of current legislation and guidance relevant to the post
  • Knowledge of social care needs of children, adolescents and families
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children policy, practice and procedures and experience of having implemented these procedures
  • Good knowledge of the roles and functions of other agencies working with children and adolescents particularly within the CLA system
  • High level of ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and to contribute to the team's learning and development
  • Ability to contribute to inter-agency working including offering consultations to the wider professional network
  • Experience of partnership working with service users and their families, demonstrating dignity and respect particularly in very challenging situations
  • Experience of teaching, training and clinical supervision
  • Substantial knowledge of Child and Adolescent mental health
  • Good knowledge of the principles and values of CYP/IAPT and a commitment to this model of working

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