CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a skilled and motivated CAMHS Practitioner with the appropriate professional qualification and experience to work in a multi-disciplinary CAMHS Targeted team based in Radlett. This is a countywide post and will involve travelling across the county.

CAMHS Targeted Team is a welcoming, friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team who are committed to providing innovative and high quality care. We offer a variety of specialist interventions including TF-CBT, DDP, Family Therapy clinics, and a nine week programme for carers aimed at improving the understanding and care of children and young people who have experienced trauma and attachment difficulties. Interventions can bewith child or parent/carer or together as well as offering support to various professional networks supporting the child. We offer consultation both formal and informal to our colleagues within social care and education and when required our CAMHS colleagues across the county. We have regular opportunities for team away days and a regular meeting structure for peer support and clinical thinking.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop and build on existing skills and knowledge and will have access to a range of training opportunities to fit with both the needs of the service and personal interests.

If you would like to visit the team to find out more please do contact us to arrange this.

Main duties of the job

As a registered professional from a professional background such as; family therapy, psychology, occupational therapist, social worker, nursing your duties will include the provision of specialist consultation for children who have experienced trauma and adverse childhood experiences. We provide advice, mental health assessment, and work closely with other agencies who support the child. As a senior worker you will offer support, supervision and teaching of staff and/or students.

It is an exciting time to be joining the team as their is lots of transformation in the team with the view that we will specialise in working with children who are looked after or care experienced

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 the Care 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

.The post-holder will be a member of the award winning Community CAMHS Targeted team working with children and young people presenting with complex mental health, emotional and behavioural problems who are either Looked after or on the edge of care and who may have experienced developmental trauma. The post holder will provide a high standard of care to children, adolescents and their families/carers. The team work within the context of CAPA and CYP-IAPT and work closely with a range of colleagues in social care, schools and other partners. We are looking for a CAMHS Practitioner to compliment the skills of the existing team.

In return, the post holder will be supported to develop personally and professionally and there are opportunities for service development.

Person Specification Knowledge, Training and Experience Essential
  • Qualification in one of the following and current full professional registration as relevant to the specific profession: Social Worker or recognised earlier equivalent qualification to practice such as CQSW, Dip S.W / Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology or its equivalent prior to 1996, as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist / Systemic or Family Therapist (Masters/Doctoral level qualification with post-graduate qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession) / RMN, RGN or RSCN / Registration with HCPC / Art therapist with appropriate HCPC registration AND further qualification in another therapeutic intervention / Occupational Therapist / Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (Postgraduate clinical doctorate or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 - including 2 year pre-clinical masters/diploma level training - in psychoanalytic psychotherapy accredited by the ACP) /
  • Further training/qualification in relevant area of practice
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Specialist training in an appropriate area and knowledge of CAPA and CYP-IAPT
Areas Of Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Post qualification experience in a CAMHS team or related area, or several years experience prior to qualification, with experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems and knowledge of a range of clinical interventions with children/adolescents and their carers/families.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working, and inter-agency collaboration
  • Knowledge of child development, child and adolescent mental health and an understanding of a range of theoretical approaches especially in relation to trauma and attachment
  • Ability to provide clinical supervision, appraisal, preceptorship/practice education and staff support methods and teaching and training
  • Knowledge in current developments in mental health or learning disabilities care
  • Abilities to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Good general knowledge of the literature and research concerning mental health interventions with children, particularly the clinical effectiveness of such interventions.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice in relation to children and adolescents
  • Knowledge of child protection procedures
  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc
Communication Skills Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the nhs
  • Keeps accurate and complete records and communication consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Ability to chair meetings effectively
  • Ability to work therapeutically with young people and their families
  • Positive problem solving approach
  • Effective Time management
Analytical Skills Essential
  • Demonstrate good decision making skills
  • Flexible and responsive approach to care
  • Knowledge and ability to positively manage change including the ability to initiate service developments or be involved in service planning
  • Ability to identify and manage changes to clinical risks.
  • Ability to produce reports e.g. related to complaints, investigations, SIs, audits etc
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts and to provide a therapeutic environment which contributes to young peoples healthy development (including sexual)

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