CAMHS Inpatient Liaison Lead

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum/pro rata
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The In-Patient Liaison Lead is a tertiary role across Buckinghamshire primarily to case manage young people with the most complex needs requiring multi agency support. The role also includes oversight of out of area inpatients.

The In-Patient Liaison Lead would sit within the Crisis element of the OSCA (Outreach Service for Children and Adolescent) team. OSCA is a specialised element of an integrated service model of care in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) which also includes the specialised CAMHS pathways, Child and Adolescent Forensic team (CAF), Adoption services, Addiction Services, Youth Offending service (YOS) and inpatient and day services.

The post holder will provide expert clinical care, leadership, support and consultancy across the county's CAMHS teams.

The successful applicant will also be required to participate in the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire out of hours on- call rota and will be expected to work evenings and weekends as per team rota.

The post holder will also be required to work within the teams Crisis rota, to support the facilitation of the service in-hours (8-8pm) as required for the needs of said population.

Main duties of the job

Service aims include:
  • Reducing children and young people's vulnerability to mental health crisis
  • Maximising children and young people's resilience
  • Enabling children and young people with high levels of mental health need to be supported in their own homes or placements
  • Offering choice to children, young people and their families and carers
  • Avoiding inpatient admissions
  • Reducing inpatient days (including within acute settings)
  • Management of young people who present in a Crisis via Section 136 of the Mental Health Act (MHA)
  • Avoiding placement breakdown
  • Offering advice, support and supervision to systems supporting young people, such as addiction, adoption and youth offending services

About us

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Expert Clinical Practice
  • Provide expert care to patients on their caseload. Providing skilled assessment, treatment, supervision and consultation within CAMHS
  • The post holder will have Clinical Care Coordinator responsibility for an agreed case load of Crisis patients, undertaking CPA, including crisis and risk management
  • Develop risk management plans, regularly review risk plans, identifying opportunities for positive risk taking in conjunction with the client, community team and clients carers/ relatives/ significant others
  • Provide expertise and specialist advice, supervision, guidance and consultation to other professionals delivering complex interventions and to contribute directly to young peoples assessment and treatment
  • Exercise a high degree of personal professional autonomy
  • Make critical judgements of the highest order to satisfy the expectations and

demands of the job
  • Make decisions where precedents do not exist, where appropriate without recourse to others, and to advise and support colleagues where standard protocols do not apply
  • Draw on advanced knowledge and exercise professional skills of the highest order, some of which are likely to be highly specialist, acquired only after lengthy training, supervision and practice
  • Make and receive referrals
  • Complete advanced history taking, and physical examinations as required with patient group
  • Regularly undertake clinical supervision
  • Work flexibility across a 7-day working week as required.

Professional Leadership and Consultancy
  • Support and inspire colleagues around field
  • Set and improve standards and quality in expert field, with other disciplines, the wider organisation and across organisational boundaries
  • Develop professional practice of self and others, in expert field
  • Provide expert advice, support and guidance to others around expertise in response to requests from individuals, teams and for purposes of strategic plannin

Education, training and development
  • Contribute to the education, training and development of other clinical staff and partner agencies
  • Help to identify and respond to learning needs at individual, team and organisational levels, focusing on experienced colleagues, particularly those who need to develop advanced knowledge and skills in this field
  • Take a key role in helping to integrate theory and practic

Service development
  • Work at the forefront of practice innovation - drawing on professional knowledge and expertise to determine how to deal with ambiguous, unique, or novel problems, and create precedents
  • Generate, monitor and evaluate practice protocols
  • Appreciation of national and international standards in the specialty
  • Take an active part of national professional networks in this field
  • Contribute to evaluation of local services against benchmarks characteristic of the best in this field

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Qualification and registration in Social Work, Mental Health Nursing or Occupational Therapy.
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge and experience of risk assessment and management in different settings
  • Teaching/mentoring qualification.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have complex mental illness and their families and carers or experience of working within Child maltreatment and abuse and parenting services
  • Experience of working within a Child & Adolescent inpatient setting

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