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CAMHS Home Treatment Mental Health Practitioner - Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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**Previous applicants need not apply**

The permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

CPFT are delighted to offer you the unique opportunity to be part of a Home Treatment Team to support 12-18yr old young people and their families/carers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the merging of the current Intensive Support Team with a new multi-disciplinary team to create one team that offers the highest quality service provision for service users & their families/carers.

We are looking for qualified practitioners who are passionate, dynamic, & skilled professionals & we would support staff who are ready for a new challenge to significantly improve young people's experiences.

We can offer a bespoke introduction and training in Children's and Young People's Mental Health Services that will enhance your knowledge and skills in risk assessments of young people.

Main duties of the job

To offer support to young people and families at a time of crisis, when an admission to hospital may be considered, and with the hope that this could be prevented.

To support the engagement of complex young people with CAMHS services. To supplement the local CAMHS provision to support the above and to support the management of risk within the community for these young people and their families.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • This is a team which will provide a high standard of safe, effective and responsive care to those young people and their families, experiencing crises or needing intensive home treatment as an alternative to hospital admission.
  • You would be working as a member of the Home Treatment Team and have an important role in the team development and interface with other agencies, and teams both in the Trust and out of the Trust.
  • The role will require some flexible working hours, evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Home treatment Age 12-18 yrs.
  • You may be required to in-reach to the T4 units during an admission to help shorten a stay and assist our service users and their families to manage in the community as soon as safe to do so, as part of a plan of discharge.
  • The expectation, although a stand alone service, is to enhance the delivery of care as part of the care planning process jointly with the existing community teams.
  • The service users and their families are the experts regarding their family life and the norm for them, as a service we must respect and value their views. We must enable and help them build resilience.
  • To provide support programmes for young people and their carers, identifying needs and providing therapeutic intervention, utilising the most appropriate method to meet identified needs.
  • Take part in the evaluation of the care to individual service users at review meetings, case conferences, and clinical meetings etc.
  • To undertake assessments and treatment interventions with young people referred to the team and ensure the welfare of the young person is of paramount importance.
  • Assessing needs and implementing the care planned with service users, their families along with other staff members within the Care Programme Approach.
  • To ensure the team provides appropriate home treatment interventions and supports the reduction of admissions to adolescent in-patient beds.
  • To in-reach into the Darwin Centre and Phoenix Centre working closely with the inpatient teams to support timely discharge plans.
  • To manage a caseload, covering the county, so the ability to travel between bases and hot desk is essential.
  • Liaison and service development with other agencies, especially community services targeted for young people in a normalising and recovery focused way.
  • Take active role in initiating and participating in audit for clinical practice and assist with data collection for research/evaluation.
  • To ensure service users and carers views and involvement are included in the development of the service and the care given.
  • Provide & receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines and Trust policy.
  • The post holder will provide clinical supervision to the STR and your own peer group.
  • To train and develop your staff and to carry out at least annually an appraisal, objective setting and personal development planning meeting.
  • To comply with PALS and Complaints policy

  • Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • Mental Health Nurse/Social work qualification or Registered Nurse with CAMHS experience
    • Current NMC/HCPC Registration appropriate to the job role
    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    • Clinical supervision qualification
    • Specific training in either family work or psychological approaches to helping young people
    • Teaching (clinical practice)
    Experience Essential
    • Willingness to engage in work with children, young people and families who require or who are accessing mental health services
    • Experience of working with people presenting in mental health crisis
    • Experience of risk assessment and management
    • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces
    • Working within a multicultural framework
    • Previous experience of working in a CAMHS or other child and adolescent community or inpatient setting which may be relevant to the post
    • Teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical staff
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • Assessing, formulating and working with children and young people (& their families) presenting in heightened state of distress
    • Communicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
    • Clinical risk assessment and contingency planning/ management plans
    • The ability to demonstrate excellent clinical skills relevant to the clinical area
    • A positive approach and energy to working with young people and their families in promoting recovery and resilience
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • IT skills
    • Able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered
    • An understanding of the principles of working with children, young people and their families
    • Knowledge of current research and evidence based practice in clinical work relevant to the job role/services
    • Models of care and treatment relevant to working with children and young people in mental health crisis
    • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training
    • Evidence of continuing professional development. Sound knowledge of Mental Health Act, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act
    • Brief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crisis
    Personal Qualities Essential
    • There to assist patients, carers, families, referrers and colleagues
    • Works flexibly
    • Motivated, reliable and committed to team working
    • Embrace opportunity to work with local community, 3rd sector and other partners
    • Values opinions of others. Innovative and pioneering approach to new ways of working
    Other Essential
    • Able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered.
    • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
    • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude

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