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CAMHS Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum plus HCAs
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Mental health practitioner, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Lewisham Horizon Generic Team are looking to recruit a compassionate and motivated CAMHS Practitioner to join our multi-disciplinary team of like-minded therapists and clinicians. The successful applicant will provide client-centred interventions and assessments to a complex cohort of service users and their families.

The team are a well-established multi-disciplinary service dealing with many different presentations of young people, as well as liaising with their families, schools, social care and the wider networks to ensure their client group receive the best quality care.

Currently the service are focussing on further developing the quality of care planning as well as the pace at which young people are seen and assessed in the service.

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will provide;
  • Assessment and direct interventions with a range of young people with a wide range of varying mental health challenges. This can vary significantly from those with anxiety, depression as well as those young people with Neurodiversity or neurodevelopmental disorders. Some often presenting with high risk
  • Care coordination of cases where the intervention may be undertaken by the post holder or by a colleague
  • Engaging in individual and group interventions
  • Contributing to the thinking of the multi-disciplinary team meeting.

  • As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage.

    About us

    We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you feel valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

    Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
    • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
    • Work life balance,flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
    • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
    • Car lease,our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
    • Accommodation,our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing which is available on selected sites
    • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through Health Service Discounts website.

    Other benefits include:
    • Counselling services
    • Wellbeing events
    • Long service awards
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Season ticket loan
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Staff restaurants

    Job description Job responsibilities

    The successful candidate will be a care coordinator responsible for assessing and treating a range of mental health and significant behavioural difficulties in children and young people whom are referred to the team.

    They will carry out risk assessments with children & young people and their families routinely and work under the supervision of the team manager and senior clinical supervisor to manage these situations effectively. They will alsobe part of the daily duty rota for the service, which involves screening and managing new referrals, telephone queries and supporting the team where necessary.

    If successful you will work with other CAMHS practitioners in the service from all disciplines. You will be a member of a number of internal and external professional networks to ensure that care plans for individual children and services across agencies are co-ordinated efficiently and effectively. This post is a clinical post and the expectation is that 75% of your time is spent in clinical practice.

    Person Specification Qualification and Registration 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 & Care Professional's Council (HPC), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), or British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
    • First level qualification/registration RMN or RSCN or HV , Occupational therapy, Clinical or Counselling Psychology, Social work, Family Therapist or art, play, drama, music therapy or psychotherapy with related CAMHS experience
    • Further post qualifying training and education in working with children and adolescents with mental health problems
    • ENB 998 or mentorship and or equivalent experience and training (Nursing only)
    Experience Essential
    • oAssessed supervised clinical experience working with children and adolescents with mental health problems/needs or clear evidence of transferable skills.
    • oWorking in collaboration with supervisor, service user, carers and MDT in assessing needs, planning and implementing care.
    • oWorking in collaboration with supervisor, service user, carers and MDT in assessing needs, planning and implementing care.
    • oexperience of the following: initial assessments, group, individual and family work, multi-disciplinary work, clinical governance and audit or clear evidence of transferable skills
    Knowledge Essential
    • oMental health disorders in children and adolescents
    • oThe Children Act 1989, 2004 and The Mental Health Act 1983, Human Rights Act 1998 and Mental Capacity Act 2005
    • oAssessment of risk and management of risk factors.
    • oIT and data entry skills to enter clinical information into databases.
    • oGood written and verbal presentation skills

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