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Specialist CAMHS Practitioner

Band 7

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Band 7
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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Bexley CAMHS, Erith Hospital,
£45,024 - £50,806 pa inc
Salary period
04/10/2021 23:59



Specialist CAMHS Practitioner, Band 7


Full Time and Part Time hours available 

Bexley Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Vacancies which can be PT (0.5 wte) or combined to be full time posts

A very exciting opportunity has arisen to join Bexley CAMHS at a time of change. We are initiating a whole service improvement to the patient journey, enabling children and families to access help earlier and enabling staff to have job plans better tailored to their expertise and development.

Applications are welcome from both qualified clinical or counselling psychologists, family therapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist, nurse, occupational therapist and social workers. We welcome applications from those wishing to combine aspects of these posts as the service configuration in Bexley CAMHS allows us to design flexible job plans to meet both the clinical needs of the population and the developmental needs of staff.

The post holder will offer assessment, formulation and evidence-based psychological intervention for children and young people (CYP) with LDND and co-morbid mental health difficulties accessing CAMHS. The successful applicant will have post-graduate training in evidence-based psychological therapy and experience of working with children and young people in a mental health setting. They will be required to utilise specialist therapy skills to deliver both individual and group interventions, adapted flexibly and creatively for CYP with ADHD, ASD and LD as required. The role also involves providing consultation, support and training to colleagues within and external to the service. This post offers great potential for the candidate to pursue specialist interests and develop skills, including opportunities for trainings relevant to the field and to contribute to further development of evidence-based pathways for CYP with LDND in CAMHS.


Please state in your application which post(s) you are applying for

The current opportunities are as follows:

Generic Assessment and treatment pathway (1 X 0.5wte, permanent)

We seek to appoint one part time band 7 practitioner to work within the multidisciplinary team providing assessment and treatment to children and families with a wide range of mental health problems (from mild to severe). You would work in a large friendly MDT alongside other clinical discipline at bands 7, 8a and 8b. Innovative service developments are encouraged, and we are keen to enable clinicians to develop job plans that offer opportunities for development of skills and interests. The current service improvement means all staff will be able to have job plans which include clear expectations for numbers of clinical contacts, types of work (e.g. assessment, core intervention and ongoing specialist therapy) and caseload size.

Learning Disability/Neurodevelopmental (LDND) Pathway ( 1.0 wte, permanent)

We are also seeking to appoint a qualified Clinical Psychologist within the Learning Disability/Neurodevelopmental Team of Bexley CAMHS working with children and young people with both -learning disabilities and/or neuro developmental disorders and mental health difficulties, as well as with their families. The post holder will work within the LDND multi-disciplinary team in Specialist CAMHS based at Acorns purpose-built child-development centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup alongside teams providing Paediatrics, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, etc. They will provide triage, assessments and time-limited evidence-based interventions, including CBT. Innovative service developments are encouraged and there is opportunity for facilitating groups for young people and for parents, and for offering consultation and training to professional colleagues working with the client group in partner agencies, in particular schools.

Bexley CAMHS is a friendly, busy and thriving CYP IAPT service, regarded as an accessible and effective service. Staff that work in Bexley CAMHS describe a warm and caring environment across the whole service. We are an equal opportunities employer. Our workforce is currently underrepresented by BAME communities and we would welcome applications from these communities to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities that we work with. We are based in a newly refurbished, purposely designed building at Park Crescent (Erith Hospital Site), Park Crescent, Erith DA8 3EE. The site is easily accessible from Kent, SE and East London, as well as parts of Essex and Surrey. There is parking on site and nearby streets. There are also excellent public transport links including a direct train to Erith from London Bridge in under 40 mins.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, learning disabilities and community services to the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. The Trust and CAMHS have recently been rated as Good by the CQC and has a culture of supporting staff, whilst providing excellent services within a robust clinical governance framework. There are excellent CPD opportunities, including a programme specifically for newly qualified therapists, Nurse, OT and social workers which is protected within job plans for the first 2 years in post.

Oxleas NHS Trust operates a Probationary Period, further details are available on request.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Shamara Bailey, Operational manager: