Specialist CAMHS Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
City & Hackney CAMHSBand 7 Specialist CAMHS Practitioner (open to Nursing, Clinical/Educational/Counselling Psychology, Child Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, CYP-IAPT CBT Therapy)1.0wte - Permanent
  • Are you a qualified clinician (Nurse, Clinical/Educational/Counselling Psychologist, Child Psychotherapist, Family Therapist, CYP-IAPT CBT Therapist) who is passionate about using your knowledge to make a real difference to the lives of young people in the City of London & Hackney?
  • Do you have experience of delivering psychological assessments/interventions and want to use your skills within an established specialist CAMHS team within a socially, culturally and economically diverse inner London borough?
  • Are you looking to work in creative ways with families and multi-agency systems to engage young people and communities who may traditionally be less well served by services?
  • Do you have strong engagement skills and are interested in working in an outreach capacity and in schools to create whole system change to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

If so, we would be delighted for you to join us in the Behaviour Support and Outreach Team in City and Hackney CAMHS!

Main duties of the job

As part of the Behaviour Support and Outreach pathway, you will work collaboratively with children, young people and their families who present with multiple and complex needs relating to conduct/oppositional behaviours alongside co-existing difficulties, such as emotionally based school refusal, mood disorders, attachment and trauma, and neurodevelopmental conditions.

You will join a warm and experienced, multi-disciplinary team of clinicians - working together with Clinical Psychologists, Systemic Psychotherapists, Nurses, Educational Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Child Psychotherapists and CBT therapists.

Our team provide a variety of comprehensive specialist assessments and evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including individual approaches (e.g. CBT, DBT, EMDR, IPT-A, VIG and psychotherapy), systemic and family work (e.g. Family Therapy clinics, ABFT, parenting and narrative approaches), and group work (e.g. Non Violent Resistance and our outreach Boxing group).

As part of the wider Hackney CAMHS Alliance, we also work closely with our partner agencies (including statutory and voluntary organisations) to provide specialist advice, consultation and multi-agency responses.

As part of the post, you may also provide a school consultation role as a CAMHS Worker in School (CWIS) as part of the Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools (WAMHS) Programme.

About us

As part of our commitment to addressing social inequalities in health, we especially welcome candidates from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and residents of City of London / London Borough of Hackney as we are seeking to ensure our staffing has greater diversity and better represents local communities. As valued members of our services, we have a number of systems within the Trust to support you, including staff peer networks.Service user participation and shared decision making is embedded within our service.

You can see what our service users want from you at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrrgffzyHck

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

It would also be highly desirable for applicants to possess strong engagement skills, the ability to work creatively in relation to behaviour that challenges, manage risk and work effectively with complex multi-agency networks.

To support you, a high standard of clinical supervision will be provided by an experienced clinician from your professional discipline. We will support you to develop specialist assessment and intervention skills and pursue specific areas of interest, including service development projects where appropriate. You will have opportunities for reflective practice, training, continuous professional development and well-being support.

We welcome applicants who enjoy working effectively as part of a team, have competencies in working with families from diverse cultures and ethnicities, and have a commitment to delivering high quality, evidence based practice. Applicants who have experience and appreciation of some of the richness and complexities of working inter-culturally are welcomed.

Job description and person specification attached for more information on this vacancy.

Interview date: Monday 10th April 2023

For further details and informal visits contact: Rebecca Mason, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Team Lead (rebecca.mason4@nhs.net), or Lily Cresswell, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (lily.cresswell2@nhs.net), Behaviour Support and Outreach Pathway, 0203 222 5600

Person Specification Education, Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification in appropriate mental health profession such as Nursing, Clinical/Educational/Counselling Psychology, Child Psychotherapy, Family Therapy.
  • Registration with relevant UK governing body
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the relevant professional registration body
  • Qualifications/ training in specialist skills relevant to the post e.g. systemic therapies, neuropsychology, CBT, evidenced based parent work, evidence based group work etc.
  • Relevant supervision training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of mental health problems, including in a CAMHS setting
  • Experience of care planning
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary way
  • Experience in risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience in the routine use of CAMHS clinical outcomes
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings.
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse Inner city area
  • Prior experience of consulting and joint working with professionals from other services
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold stress of others
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS.
  • Specialist clinical skills within specific therapeutic modalities.
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage own caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries.
  • Skills in the use of Information Technology and electronic patient record systems
  • Knowledge of Systemic work.
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
Knowledge Essential
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of CAMHS theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS including knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007), the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact on care delivery.
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines
  • Knowledge of developments in interagency partnership
  • Awareness of approaches to addressing population physical and mental health including Community psychology
  • Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients
Other Requirements Essential
  • Commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Self- motivated, assertive and flexible
  • Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional and physical demands of specialised therapeutic work with disturbed and distressed children, adolescents and their families/carer networks

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