CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Youth Justice Service

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Are you an experienced CAMHS Mental Health Clinician looking for a new challenge in the Torbay area?
  • Do you have an interest in working with children and young people in the youth justice service?
  • Are you keen to keep young people and their communities in Torbay safe, through collaborative working to help young people recognise and repair harm that is caused by offending?
  • Are you interested in working with young people together with multi-agency colleagues using a Child First approach to create positive outcomes?

We are looking for a Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioners, you will be employed through our Children and Families Devon Directorate, CAMHS service but based within, and a key member of the Torbay Youth Justice team. You will also link with and have support from the small team of wider Devon Youth Justice CAMHS practitioners.

You will use your skills and experience as a mental health practitioner to deliver high quality care, develop and sustain relationships across agencies and work as a core member of the Youth Justice multi-agency and disciplinary team. Using both evidence-based practice and routine outcome measures, you will use a strength-based approach to work collaboratively, in line with CYP-IAPT key principles.

You will be responsible for providing therapeutic intervention that is strengths-focused, evidence-based and tailored to meet the needs of the child/young person and their family/carer.

Main duties of the job

You will be an experienced and qualified CAMHS professional (RMN, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist) with experience working with children and young people with complex needs.

You will have a particular interest to support young people require mental health support within the criminal justice system. You will be able to work alongside colleagues in a multi-disciplinary team and develop strong working relationships across agencies to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, young people and their carers/families. The ability to adapt communication and intervention style to meet individual need is important and you will have knowledge of child development and child protection procedures.

Assessing and managing multiple risks and being able to assess mental health presentations in the community is a core part of this role, responding to both urgent and routine, planned and unplanned need. You will be required to work flexibly across a range of clinical, community and home-based settings to meet the needs of the child/young person. You will be patient and tolerant and able to connect with children and young people who may demonstrate complex social and emotional connections.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about working with children/ young people in the community with the confidence to intervene to meet a range of mental health needs and a desire to work with others to continually improve what we do.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

The post holder will deliver high quality comprehensive mental health services. The role involves managing a defined caseload with a focus on providing expert assessment and evidence-based treatment for children and young people with complex mental health difficulties and their parents/carers. Collaborative working with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies is central to this role.

The post holder will contribute to the multi-disciplinary approach of the team, providing integrated healthcare for children across Children and Family Health Devon. Bringing professional expertise, skills and knowledge to multi-disciplinary team work, the post holder will work with, and offer supervision/consultation/advice to others. With a focus on providing high quality, safe and compassionate care to children/young people the post holder will engage in team and service development including participating in audit, evaluation and review.

Person Specification Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Essential
  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • An understanding of child development
  • Understanding of child protection and the importance of multi-agency work for children and families in the community
  • Understanding of CYP-IAPT principles including the use of evidence based therapies and Routine Outcome Measures
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with children/young people of all ages experiencing a wide range of mental health presentations.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings, sharing own professional knowledge, skills and expertise, whilst valuing the perspective of others.
  • Able to produce well written reports.
  • Key requirements as identified by young people participating in the development of our services:
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and experiences of using these with children, young people and families
  • Knowledge and experience of gaining meaningful feedback from children, young people and families voice and inform meaningful change
  • Experience of working in a person-centred way which shows you can demonstrate values that are important to children, young people and families
  • Knowledge and understanding of what children, young people and families feel is important to them and their lives
  • Able to recognise potential difficulties and participate in finding solutions
  • Ability to assess and develop plans to manage risk and safeguard children.
  • Able to plan creatively to maximise effectiveness of care plans, including complex multiagency care plans
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage own time and that of the teams.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner and in accordance with service need.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills.
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner.
  • A willingness to use and learn IT Systems ,e.g. Electronic Record Keeping and online video platforms used for therapy, professionals meetings or training.
  • Able to participate and present information in a group setting
Qualifications Essential
  • A professional mental health qualification e.g. RMN, Social Work Degree, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT, or equivalent
  • Active registration as with the appropriate professional body e.g. NMC, HCPC
  • Recognised qualification in evidenced based therapeutic, mental health interventions for children/young people and their families/carers
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism
  • Clinical Supervision qualification
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of managing an extensive and complex caseload and working with children/young people presenting with a range of complex mental health presentations.
  • Working within a community CAMHS mental health setting.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Participation in user involvement in services.
  • Experience of delivering model based psychological therapy
  • Mentoring students in line with professional requirements

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