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Specialist CAMHS Practitioner

Band 7

Main area
Children & Young People (L3)
Band 7
Fixed term: 12 months
Part time - 28.13 hours per week
Job ref
Park Crescent Children and Young People Services
£46,836 - £52,849 pa inc
Salary period
04/06/2023 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a competent and enthusiastic Registered Mental Health Nurse/Advance OT/Social Worker/ Art Therapist to provide a highly specialist service for children and young people in Bexley CAMHS. You will work with children and young people up to 18 years and their families/carers with significant and enduring mental health difficulties.

The post holder will manage a complex caseload within a multi-disciplinary team including; psychiatrists, psychologists, child psychotherapist, nurses, family therapist, social workers in close partnership with partner agencies working with children and young people in Bexley.  The service will be provided flexibly and include outreach work. You will also provide specialist advice and support to professional colleagues both internal and external to the Trust.

The post holder will be a registered clinician with at least 4 years post registration experience within a mental health setting; it would be an advantage if some of this time will have been working with young people.  You will need to have excellent therapeutic skills and be responsive and flexible in your approach to working with children and young people within the CAMH service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will offer assessment, formulation and evidence-based psychological intervention for children and young people (CYP) with  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.

Working for our organisation

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families.  This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We’re Kind
  • We’re
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To provide the CAMHS team with a high quality, evidence based, providing therapeutic interventions for the service to children, their families, carers and professional networks, in keeping with CYP-IAPT principles.
  • To provide specialist assessment and therapy to families with children and  adolescents who are referred to CAMHS.
  • To provide specialist advice and consultation regarding diagnoses and treatment  to CAMHS colleagues, external agencies, working autonomously within professional guidelines and within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to overall service delivery as required. 

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. 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.

Person specification

Qualification or Qualified

Essential criteria
  • Post-graduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare profession (e.g. social work, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, teaching) and demonstrable practice over a minimum of four years.
Desirable criteria
  • Training in teaching


Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 2 years working with children and families in a relevant mental health or social welfare setting.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychotherapeutic care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of self-harm assessment and intervention with both individual child/adolescent and their families
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management

Experience of risk assessment and risk management

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of systemic assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, family systems, groups and organisations, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of systemic theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting
  • Skills in professional consultation; skills for offering consultation to multi-disciplinary colleagues.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Well developed skills to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an age appropriate level (including use of play, drawing and metaphor, stories) complex, highly technical and /or clinically sensitive information to children, adolescents, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS including reports for the Courts
  • Knowledge of child development/ mental health issues
  • Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues and strategic frameworks including The Children Act 1989, and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management
  • Ability to work with a racially and culturally diverse community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working therapeutically in family homes

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerStep into healthVeteran AwareArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

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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Reshad Soobratty
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