Senior CAMHS Practitioners, Band 7 – Mental Health Support Team

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Senior CAMHS Practitioners, Band 7 - Mental Health Support Team

Wave 5, 1 x FTE post (Clinical/Counselling/Educational Psychologist), Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker, Arts Psychotherapist, Child Psychotherapist, Community Mental Health Nurse)

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of our thriving Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in Luton, an innovative and forward-looking pathway that is growing substantially across the county. In Luton this pathway includes our existing and established CAMH Schools Liaison Team, our Wave 2 and 5 trailblazing MHSTs, and a third MHST coming on board in September 2023.

Mental Health Support Teams are part of an exciting trailblazer project funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community in response to the government's Green Paper for Young People's Mental Health.

You will be joining the Wave 5 MHST as a senior CAMHS practitioner. Your team will be focusing on reducing health inequalities in communities in Luton, by improving their resilience, using a co-productive and relational approach to mental health. Working alongside community partners and other stakeholders, including citizen stakeholders, the two MHSTs and the CSLT in Luton are fully integrated with their locality specialist community CAMHS in a stepped model of care, and the educational settings they work with.

Main duties of the job

The main focus of this role is to support the Team Operational Lead in managing and supervising more junior members of the MHS Team whilst working alongside the colleagues to develop and implement a wide range of interventions and projects with local schools and provisions. It will support team colleagues and directly providing comprehensive assessment, risk management and brief interventions for children and young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties, and their families. It is also an opportunity to work with school staff and school cultures, and the wider communities, in developing environments that are more conducive to supporting sustainably better emotional health and wellbeing and resilience.

About us

Luton specialist CAMH services offers a comprehensive and seamless stepped model of support for all communities in Luton, following the Thrive model. As a first step, CAMH Access Services offer (Giving Advice and Early Getting Help) services through all schools in Luton, with the Primary Care Access Service (or, PCAS) offering services through all GP practices.

We also have a clinician embedded within Early Help Services, all forming a strong early intervention and community-based service in communities. As a second step, we have our multi-disciplinary teams offering Later Getting Help and Risk Management support, and as a third step we are in the process of developing both a local Inpatient Unit for young people, alongside an Intensive Home Treatment Team, the last two of which are an exciting new development.

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. You will be supported directly by senior colleagues and we will develop the service together.

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and personal specification please see attached.

For contact details please see below.

Proposed interview dates: W/c 13 February 2023.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • A qualification in Child Psychotherapy, Clinical/ Counselling/Educational Psychology, Systemic Family Psychotherapy, Arts Psychotherapy, Social Work or Child Mental Health Nursing & Registration
  • (Please do not apply for this role if you do not have one of the qualifications listed above)
  • The candidate to have at least two year's post qualification experience OR a Doctorate or equivalent level of qualification.
  • Understanding of current NHS/Social Care policies/practices relating to Mental Health and Services and understands the Child Protection Policy.
  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification.
  • Specific therapeutic modality training and qualification e.g. CBT, DBT, IPT And accreditation with BABCP etc.
  • IAPT supervisor's course
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Experience of care planning
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary way
  • Delivery of parenting programmes - Webster-Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc. Previous experience working with schools in mental health capacity.
  • Supervision of clinicians delivering parenting and manualised CBT interventions
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner-city area
  • Experience in crisis work
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of well developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Specialist clinical skills within in specific therapeutic modalities
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
Knowledge Essential
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS
  • Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
  • In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact of care delivery
  • Knowledge of development in inter agency partnership

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