Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Specialist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Southwark, London
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum incl. of HCAS
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7- Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Specialist

Two new posts (one full-time and another part-time) across CAMHS and Adult Mental Health. A central element to this role is the effectively management of the transition for young people into adult services where this is deemed necessary and to work flexibly to promote seamless transitions.It also involves some short-term clinical work with young people who present with complex mental health problems and have presented to A&E in crisis, and/or involvement is needed to prevent a mental health crisis. Applicants who are looking for developmental role from B6 to B7 will also be considered.

Career and development pathwaysWe have regular departmental teaching sessions across all CAMHS and adult Mental Health about specific clinical presentations. We have a commitment to anti-racist work and offer opportunities to build capacity as specialists to address systemic racism. We have our team skill sharing sessions where we present clinical frameworks and skills to each other. There are various opportunities to develop wider experience and work in different teams.

Main duties of the job

This post is strategic requiring working across CAMHS and Adult mental health teams to co-develop and deliver transitions pathway.

To participate as a multi-disciplinary team member in the assessment, care coordination, short term treatment of young people and young adults aged between 17 and 25 who have been referred to CAMHS or to the Adult Mental Health Teams

Ensure that excellent recording and reporting of client contact

Work with the teams and clients to maintain a safe therapeutic environment. Work to assure the quality of care through achieving evidence based clinical systems

To maintain and ensure good professional standards and attitudes towards the care and treatment of young people and their families

About us

About Southwark CAMHS and Adult Mental Health,We are a team of dedicated specialists with a wide range of skills and special interests. This new post will enable closer working of CAMHS and Adult Mental Health services to develop transitions pathway of Adolescents into Adult services. We are committed to being inclusive and anti-racist practice. We are based at Mapother House, De Crespigny Park, which is off Denmark Hill (less than 5 minutes from the train -station, zone 2). It is within walking distance from the beautiful green spaces of Ruskin Park and the vibrant high-street, that offers great shopping opportunities and with a wide range restaurant.

Trust offers benefits related to:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave
  • Work life balance
  • Career development
  • Car lease
  • Accommodation
  • NHS discounts
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

Are you an experienced CAMHS specialist who is passionate about working to enable positive outcomes for YP in transition from CAMHS to Adult Mental Health Services?

We are seeking a confident clinician with a good knowledge of adolescent mental health problems, adult mental health, care coordination, risk assessment and risk management and proven ability to engage and work with families in the clinic and community settings. This post requires working across SLaM mental health services, strategic planning, and leadership role.

Please read attached job description and person specification for details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • First level nursing qualification/registration RMN or RSCN or HV or Doctorate level qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or First level qualification in OT, social work, or equivalent or
  • First level qualification in art, drama or music therapy with related experience in the psychological aspects of caring for children and adolescent with mental health problems/needs, developmental/ learning disability problems.
  • All applicants will require a professional training and relevant Clinical experience including CAMHS ( or clear evidence of transferable skills) in combination with professional registration with one of the following statutory bodies: the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) , Health Professional's Council (HPC/ HCPC), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), social work England or The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Training in clinical supervision such as ENB 998 or mentorship and or equivalent experience and training.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team (A)
  • Experience of supervision , training and leadership roles
  • Working knowledge of MHA, MCA and safeguarding children legislation. (A/I)
  • Prompt and accurate recording on to electronic notes system (A/I)
  • Experience of working with Adolescents and with young adults.
Knowledge / Skills Essential
  • Excellent assessment, treatment and documentation skills. (A/I)
  • Good verbal communication, written and report writing skills (A /I)
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to information sharing and confidentiality (I)
  • Understanding of and ability to maintain a safe therapeutic environment. (A/I)
  • Ability to work in partnership with service users and carers in the planning and delivery of care (A/I)
  • Ability to provide care that is sensitive to the needs of minority ethnic groups (A/I)
  • Ability to maintain effective professional relationships with all team members (A/I)
  • To be able to reflect and learn from experiences (I)
  • Ability to work therapeutically with the client group, using a range of therapeutic interventions (A/I)
  • Ability to work under pressure and effective time management skills (A/I)
  • Ability to be reflective in therapeutic practice and adapt practice from this reflection. (A/I)
  • Familiarity with therapeutic approaches commonly used in CAMHS and Adult Mental Health Services eg CBT, Family Therapy

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