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CAMHS / Youth Justice Service (YJS) Mental Health Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Ashton under Lyne
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be a member of the multi-disciplinary CAMHS Service (formally

CAMHS/ Springleigh Child & family Therapy Services) and will be based within the YJS. This post will be focused on early intervention and ensuring that groups of vulnerable children and young people have access to mental health advice and support. The post holder is responsible for providing mental health assessments and brief psychotherapeutic interventions and assisting in navigating local mental health systems for children and young people who are involved with the YJS. The role will also involve providing advice, training and consultation to other members of YJS, parent (s) / carer (s) and other agencies. The post will provide a close link between CAMHS and YJS.

Main duties of the job

  • To ensure high quality mental health assessment of children and young people referred to YJS.
  • To identify the need for assessment through liaison with the Police, Courts, Probation, YJS, CAMHS and other appropriate agencies for young offenders who may also be experiencing mental health issues.
  • To provide access to a range of quality psychotherapeutic interventions in accordance with individual assessed need. This will include the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a variety of therapeutic approaches either alone or as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT).
  • Work as a co-therapist where appropriate with other members of the MDT.
  • To be responsible for and manage a defined complex caseload and undertake case management responsibilities within the caseload.

About us

Tameside and Glossop CAMHS Youth Justice care pathway is commissioned to provide a targeted service for children and young people who are open to the service. It is a consultation assessment and treatment care pathway for children and young people as identified as having mental or emotional health difficulties. The pathway has been developed and informed by principles of Greater Manchester Thrive Framework for system change. this framework is used to set out a collaborative and needs led provision of services for children and young people and their mental health.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To identify and develop strategies to manage risk to the child / young person and others in line with Pennine Care and CAMHS and YJS procedures and protocols.
  • Undertake liaison and joint work with other agencies.
  • To give advice and support to the manager of the Youth Offending Service in terms of the development of services to meet the mental health needs of young offenders.
  • To provide consultation and training on a wide range of children / young peoples emotional health and well-being issues to professionals from a range of services including GPs, Early Help and Primary Care Services, Adult Mental Health Services, Social Care and Education Services.
  • To routinely monitor effectiveness of clinical work by the use of Routine Outcome Measures (ROM) and where outcomes are not improving for children, young people and families to engage in clinical review via peer review meetings and supervision.
  • To be based within the Youth Justice Service and being available to Youth Justice Colleagues for consultation and advice.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualifications relevant to work in child and adolescent mental health e.g. nursing, social work clinical psychology to masters level or equivalent experience. o Specialist post qualification training in psychological therapy with children and families to at least equivalent of a post graduate diploma level o Accreditation with the appropriate accrediting bodies governing the specific modality
  • Additional post graduate qualifications relevant to child mental health, Additional accredited training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children, young people who have been involved with the youth justice system. o Experience of working with children, young people and their families presenting with mental health concerns / problems o Experience of working in a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) setting o Managing a caseload o Experience of providing evidence based psychological therapy to children and young people and their families o Experience of providing clinical supervision and line management to team members Experience of using ROM Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups Experience in developing formulations Significant experience working in a multi-agency context
  • Working in a service where agreed targets are in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
Knowledge Essential
  • Theoretical approach and understanding child and young people's mental health and development Knowledge of relevant legislation and government policy relating to children and young people's mental health Child protection knowledge and practice Specific theoretical knowledge related to therapeutic specialty Understanding of principles and methods of clinical audit research and service evaluation Understanding of current multi-agency landscape including public sector reform
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work in partnership with child, young peoples, parent's / carers, colleagues and other agencies Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing complex and sensitive information to children, young people and families/carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

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