Duty Clinician - CAMHS Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum including HCAS
Closing date
7 Apr 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Westminster CAMHS is a very warm & friendly team which welcomes new skills and new ideas. It is part of Central & North West London (CNWL) Foundation Mental Health Trust. We are committed to collaborative multi-disciplinary work and there are very good links with partnership agencies in the borough.

This is an exciting opportunity to part of a busy integrated CAMHS service. We are seeking to recruit a full-time permanent Band 6, Duty Clinician- CAMHS Practitioner based at Woodfield Rd, London W9, working as part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team.

We are looking for a suitably qualified and highly motivated individual with a range of assessment skills and significant clinical experience of using evidence-based interventions with children, young people and their carers; as well as experience of working with professionals from other agencies.

The candidate will be able to demonstrate a high degree of autonomous working.

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Main duties of the job

You will be part of a Duty team responsible for the daily duty system, which involves: screening and managing all new referrals; responding to telephone queries and supporting the team where necessary.

The post holder will be responsible for operating within multidisciplinary team, for providing on-going clinical support and assessment of the child or young people with emotional wellbeing needs (both routine and urgent risk) who access CAMHS.

In addition, you may be required to offer face-to-face follow-up appointments to children and young people who have attended A&E.

You will need to evidence the ability to work to high standards, showing good time management and be able to prioritise your work effectively.

About us

Westminster CAMHS is located in Westbourne Park, a few minutes' walk from Westbourne Park Tube and the Harrow Road. The Specialist CAMHS (Tier 3) consists of three sub-teams - Emotional And Behavioural; Enhanced Treatment; and Neuro-developmental. There is also an Early Intervention Service, as well as separately-commissioned Paediatric Liaison, LAC CAMHS, and Under-5's Mental Health teams. As well as the usual range of mental health disorders, the team encompasses a wide range of expertise, including Learning Disability, substance misuse, youth offending work, multi-cultural engagement. The service has a commitment to user participation.

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Job description Job responsibilities

  • Assume responsibility for the daily duty system, particularly ascertaining the level of risk, and agreeing safety plans as and when necessary.
  • To participate on the local duty rota providing a more urgent response to issues when required.
  • Support to parents and young people seeking help between clinic appointments or when in crisis.
  • Provide screening of the CAMHS referrals of children and young people referred to the team.
  • Use individual, group work, family work, advice and supervision according to the needs of children and young people and have a flexible and innovative approach to planning packages of care.
  • Maintain good relationships and clear lines of communication with other professional agencies and departments, providing specialist advice and support where appropriate.
  • Provide comprehensive CAMHS assessments of children and young people referred to the team
  • To ensure that all recording and reporting of client contact is timely, accurate, up to date and of good quality and within CAMHS & professional standards of record keeping. To collect & collate information about individual clinical activity on SystmOne.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • All applicants will require a professional training and relevant CAMHS experience in combination with professional registration with one of the following statutory bodies: the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), Health Professional's Council (HPC), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Further post qualifying training and education in working with children and adolescents with mental health problems.
  • CYP-IAPT Therapy Training
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Training in Clinical supervision
  • Research
Previous Experience Essential
  • Assessed supervised clinical experience working with children and adolescents with mental health problems/needs or clear evidence of transferable skills
  • Working in collaboration with supervisor, service user, carers and MDT in assessing needs, planning and implementing care
  • Taking responsibility for care delivery in a specific area and maintaining a safe therapeutic environment
  • A good understanding and some experience of the following: Group, individual and family work, multidisciplinary work, clinical governance and audit and the process of clinical supervision in CAMHS
  • Experience of teaching, training and / or supervision.
  • Relevant research and its application to assessment, treatment and case management of CAMH disorders.
  • Research informed and evidence based methods of assessment, treatment and case management.
  • Proven ability to work within a changing environment
  • Working with families in a multicultural environment
  • Working with Looked After Children and foster carers
  • Experience in carrying out specialist child and adolescent mental health assessments and treatments
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge and skills in assessment intervention
  • A good working knowledge of mental health disorders in children and adolescents
  • A good working knowledge of difficulties common to Looked After Children e.g. attachment difficulties
  • A good working knowledge of The Children Act 1989, 2004 and The Mental Health Act 1983, Human Rights Act 1998 and Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Knowledge of CAMHS legislation
  • Knowledge and experience of research methodology

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