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CAMHS Practitioner - Learning Disabilities, Herefordshire

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
Do you have the drive to join an experienced and highly motivated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Learning Disability (LD) team to deliver responsive and effective services?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a CAMHS LD Practitioner to join the Hereford CAMHS Learning Disability Team based in Hereford City at 30 hours (0.8 WTE) a week. CAMHS LD sits within CAMHS alongside our Eating Disorder and Duty teams, as well as our core CAMHS service. No two days will be the same, so flexibility, problem solving skills and a desire to make a difference are all vital for this role.

We are a high quality, high performing NHS trust. You will be part of the exciting changes working within the CAMHS multi-disciplinary team inputting into clinical pathways, developments and delivering therapeutic interventions, with specific focus on meeting the mental health needs of Children and Young People who have a learning disability. The successful candidate will receive training and personal development opportunities enabling them to reach their potential and progress towards their career aspirations.

Main duties of the job

You will care co-ordinate a number of young people on your caseload, taking responsibility for assessments and therapeutic interventions.

You will carry out risk assessments appropriate for children and young people with mental health needs and learning disabilities and monitor and evaluate interventions using outcome measures.

You will have a proven ability to liaise with and work in collaboration with relevant agencies according to the needs of the young person. You will promote and maintain good working relationships and effective communication through liaison with service users, colleagues and other professionals.

You will operate in any appropriate settings including CAMHS bases, schools, families homes, residential homes, CDCs etc. Occasional working within highly emotional environments with families and staff groups will require a high degree of self-awareness and effective communication skills.

You will work flexible hours to ensure the service can operate effectively to meet individual needs.

This post requires completion of all mandatory training including Safety Intervention (subject to Occupational Health Clearance).

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.
  • Hold continuing responsibility and effective management of the learning disability pathway case load in CAMHS, ensuring recovery-focused specialist health interventions are delivered to children and young people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Assist in monitoring the appropriateness of referrals in relation to service access criteria, and monitor/develop the child service offered.
  • Asses the mental health/behavioural needs and deliver therapeutic interventions with young people and their families, using approaches such as functional and developmental assessment, Positive Behaviour Support and family/parenting work.
  • Act as a key worker for an individual caseload.
  • Within their sphere of competence, be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of the children, young people and/or vulnerable adults for whom they are responsible or may come into contact with in.
  • Facilitate/teach effective systems to carers/parents to enable the transfer of skills required to maintain positive management of behaviours.
  • Deliver consultation to other professionals and agencies.
  • Work with individuals and groups to prevent relapse of mental health and behaviours that challenge.
  • Support generic CAMHS staff in learning disability related issues.
  • Promote knowledge of mental health and the prevention of mental health illness with children and young people, members of the public and families.
  • Review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and the staff appraisal system.
  • Promote and maintain good working relationships and effective communication through liaison with patients, their families, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Carry out risk assessments appropriate for children and young people with a learning disability.
  • Monitor and evaluate interventions using outcome measures.
  • Develop, monitor and audit standards of practice to ensure compliance with best practice.
  • Contribute towards preparation and delivery of training for carers and education staff, team members, colleagues in the trust and a variety of other agencies.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN/RN (Child)/RN (LD/SW or OT
  • Relevant professional registration
  • Relevant Post graduate study or be able to demonstrate further skills based training
Experience Essential
  • Experienced gained during pre- registration training either in a mental health or child placement setting
  • Use of therapeutic interventions with children and young people i.e. 1:1, counselling, family therapy and group work
  • Providing consultation
  • Liaising across Tier I-IV CAMH Services
  • 12 month minimum post registration experience in mental health care.
  • Working in inpatient settings
  • Providing care in community settings
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary Team
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post
Knowledge Essential
  • Working knowledge of Health Service
  • Good knowledge of recognised disorders and illnesses in the field of mental health
  • Understand a range of communication styles when working with children and families in distress
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act
  • Hold an interest in a specialist area
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues in CAMH Services
  • Awareness of budgets and responsible use of resources
Skills & Ablities Essential
  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Appropriate and adaptable communication
  • Undertake audit
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Basic IT competency
  • Ability to undertake risk assessments within CAMHS

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