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Clinical Team Lead Single Point of Access - CAMHS

Solent NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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CBT therapist, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The position of Clinical Team Lead in the Single Point of Access (SPA) team is a dynamic role. The successful candidate will be a collaborative lead who is passionate about delivering positive outcomes for CYP. They will be knowledgeable about clinical aspects of specialist CAMHs and have experience of delivering interventions within CYP MH services.

Our Solent CAMH Service is a specialist mental health service that works alongside children aged 0-18 and their families to address their mental health needs and improve their day to day lives. The successful candidate will based in the vibrant and dynamic city of Portsmouth. The service serves a socially and economically diverse population. It benefits from strong working relationships across many agencies and regional areas. Solent CAMHS pride ourselves in fostering a collaborative approach with our partners and families to children's social, emotional and mental health needs.

The service is made up of a variety of professionals and disciplines which support our holistic approach. These professionals are aligned to several teams within the service that work closely together and share knowledge and skill to meet the needs of our young people and their families, as well as foster a culture of learning and improvement. We are an innovative CAMHS team that value's and supports staff development and wellbeing, and all share a passion for building resilience in our community and responding to the mental health needs of our service users.

Main duties of the job
The Clinical team lead will be positioned to provide strong clinical leadership for the CAMHS SPA Team, ensuring through evidence evidence-based practice the team continuously contribute to improvement of the quality and shape of responsive services. They hold responsibility for monitoring and ensuring maintenance of standards of care that support safe high quality practice through an episode of care. They promote the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people by developing skills within community-based settings and by providing early intervention. The role has four key themes: Consultation, Liaison, Supervision, Training and Direct Clinical Work. There are three additional leadership roles: Operational Leadership, Financial and Strategic. (for more information please see attached job description).
About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities


The aim of the consultative role is to identify the child's mental health needs and to consider appropriate ways of meeting them in partnership with professionals already working with them. Consultation is offered through a range of initiatives, including telephone and face-to-face advice.


The facilitation of collaboration between agencies to work towards defining the best approach to meet the mental health needs of the child. The liaison role includes networking and being a catalyst for effective multi-agency partnership working.


Multi-agency training should be offered to a range of professionals in order to increase understanding of mental health issues and to consolidate existing knowledge through experimental learning, enabling them to recognise and manage child mental health problems at an early stage.


The Team Lead will be required to provide Case Load Management to members of the CAMHS SPA Team and attend clinical supervision themselves.


Undertake assessment of the level of mental health needs or to support the practitioner in work that they are already undertaking, or to provide education and support to partner agencies (such as social care) and carers about specific management techniques.

Direct intervention with children and families, where mental health needs have not been responsive to methods and interventions undertaken by universal professionals and the level of need is not appropriate for intervention within core extended CAMHS. Direct interventions should be tailored to the child and families identified needs. Direct work should be evidence based and drawn from a range of interventions, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy and systemic interventions.

Key duties and responsibilities.

Operational Leadership

The Team Leader will hold line management responsibilities for staff within the team and complete the appraisal process for these staff members.

The Team Leader will share in preparing and chairing the various CAMHS Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings.

To manage complaints raised by service users/stakeholders

To monitor the performance of staff via case management and clinical supervision sessions. The team leader will have a responsibility to facilitate either case management or clinical supervision sessions with the team


The Team Leader will facilitate learning and training opportunities for staff in the team.

The Team Leader will have the responsibility to effectively manage and sign off the travel claims and monthly expense claims.


The Team Leader will take a lead on issues of service development and meeting the service specific objectives, as agreed with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

The Team Leader will help to implement the wider service objectives/strategy.


To undertake complex mental health assessments of children and their families with a wide variety of mental health needs within a range of settings.

To plan and provide interventions for children and their carers that are evidence based.

To work alongside colleagues from other disciplines, such as social workers, support teachers, educational psychologists and other mental health professionals.

To ensure a multi-professional/agency approach to care is maintained and focused at providing the most appropriate care package for individual children and families most at risk.

To contribute to planning meetings, observations, assessments and reports relating to the post.

To ensure clear written communication with other agencies and referrers as required.

To promote clinical effectiveness using clinical protocols and guidelines.

To take the lead on developing reflective practice within the clinical area.

To attend and participate in the supervision systems, ensuring that supervision received is appropriate to the therapeutic task being undertaken.

To attend monthly CAMHS team lead meetings.

To consult and liaise with other related professionals in Education, Health, Social Services and the voluntary sector, as appropriate, on matters of mutual concern regarding CAMHS clients.

To chair both clinical and non-clinical multidisciplinary team meetings as required.

Electronic Health Record Keeping

Entering client information onto the electronic health record to include:

Entering appointments at least a week in advance within the diary section

Outcoming appointments

Creating contemporaneous progress notes

Completing risk assessments and care plans

Completing relevant reports using the naming convention procedures

Entering a provisional diagnosis where appropriate


To contribute in data collection returns of activity and clinical effectiveness in line with policies and procedures.

To take a lead in audit and outcome projects.

Continuing Professional Development

To ensure knowledge and skills are updated.

To undertake any training needs identified for professional and service development.


To ensure care is delivered in a person-centred manner ensuring the gender, ethnic, cultural and spiritual needs of service users inform practice.

To ensure children, young people and their carers/significant others are included in the planning, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of care.

To maintain registration with professional body and act in accordance with the code of professional conduct.

To act in accordance with legal requirements contained within the Mental Health Act 1983, the Children Act 1989 and other relevant legislation.

To comply with all Solent NHS Trust policies and procedures.

To participate in regular supervision systems and the Individual Performance Review.

To have knowledge of and act in accordance with Portsmouth City Safeguarding Children Boards.

To provide a service in accordance with Clinical Governance principles.

To adhere to the NHS Code of Conduct.

To ensure care is delivered to incorporate health and social care policy

Limits of Authority

May not dismiss or suspend staff under the disciplinary procedures.

May not take annual leave without prior agreement of the manager.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered social worker, nurse or equivalent
  • Post registration, specialist training relevant to speciality e.g master's degree or working towards postgraduate qualification related to CAMHS or specific treatment modality.
  • Certificate or diploma in leadership
  • Practice assessor and supervisor
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable success at managing change, service development and continuous improvement
  • Proven ability in making a significant contribution to the achievement of organisational objectives and key performance indicators
  • Proven ability to work flexibility and to tight deadlines
  • Experience of working in an autonomous role in designing the packages of care for young people presenting with sudden onset chronic and long-standing physical and mental health concerns
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of children, adolescents and their families/carers across the whole range and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Have experience of managing staff within a clinical environment.
  • Experienced in assessing and developing patient care plans
  • Experienced in developing and delivering care and a range of therapeutic interventions to patients.
  • Experience of early developmental trauma, mental health assessments and implementation of care and treatment plans.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision/assessing junior staff and students
  • Evidence of recent CPD
  • Evidence of developing policy, guidelines contributing to management of resources
  • Experience of managing a healthcare SPA service
  • Experience of teaching and or training other professionals.
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Skills
  • Clinically competent at Band 7 level
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, ability to receive and provide complex information which may be sensitive, Contentious, where persuasive negotiation may be required and there could be barriers to understanding
  • Ability to prioritise workload, instruct and direct others; works within clear code of practice
  • Skills in complex trauma and therapeutic treatment options.
  • Problem solving skills

  • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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