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Senior CAMHS Clinician - Intake and Therapies teams

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Clinical Psychology, Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, CAMHS nurse
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Permanent: Part time, Job share
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
  • Flexible working
  • Home or remote working
  • Compressed hours
37.5 hours per week (2.4 WTE)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Northern Health Centre
£47,126 - £53,219 pro rata per annum excl HCAS
Salary period
21/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity for experienced CAMHS clinicians to work across the CAMHS Intake team and the Central CAMHS Therapies Team. The successful candidates will offer duty, triage and assessment work at Intake as well as core and discipline-specific therapeutic interventions within CAMHS.

Islington’s Central Point of Access (CPA) and SEMH service provision was launched in Sept 2019.  It is a partnership between CAMHS, Barnardo’s Counselling, Targeted Youth Services, the Brandon Centre and Isledon Well-Being Workers.  The CPA operates from Islington Children’s Social Care (CSCT), 222 Upper Street and the SEMH team works closely with Social Care and Early Help providers.

We are very proud to have been ‘Highly Commended’ by the HSJ (Health Service Journal) Awards 2020.

You will join an innovative, enthusiastic and supportive team which is highly respected in the Borough with strong working relationships with partner agencies.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and skilled senior clinicians who have experience of duty, triage, assessment and delivering clinical interventions to children, young people, families and carers with high levels of mental health complexity.  

The role will include:

  • Duty/ risk screening of CAMHS and SEMH referrals.
  • Responsibility for a caseload (triage and assessment) over the telephone and face-to-face assessments of complex cases.
  • Providing a responsive service offering advice and consultation to families, professionals and referrers about SEMH difficulties and services.
  • Supervision and Line Management of other members of the teams.
  • Supporting the Intake Team managers in the day-to-day operational duties and management of the team and contributing to ongoing service development of the SEMH pathway.
  • Clinical intervention in the CAMHS Therapies Team.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To ensure the effective operational management of the CAMHS service in providing services which are in accordance with the objectives of the CAMHS / Children and Young Peoples Integrated Care Service Unit (CYP ICSU)

To ensure that services are developed and provided by the service that are of the highest standard in terms of fair access, equality of opportunity and that uphold anti discriminatory practice

To provide professional and clinical supervision of CAMHS Clinicians as required by the Team Managers

To provide line management for Band 4/5/6/7 clinicians as required

To ensure (in conjunction with the SMT, Professional Leads and Clinicians) that practice within the team meets relevant standards, is appropriate, timely, safe and follows agreed professional practice

To support the management of referrals into the service, ensuring that work which is accepted in to the service meets with the eligibility criteria and that other referrals are re-directed to other appropriate agencies

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree level training a relevant clinical discipline
  • HPC or other relevant professional registration
Desirable criteria
  • Additional training/qualifications in relevant CAMHS assessment and treatment approaches

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to confidently and competently undertake generic and crisis CAMHS assessment, including risk assessment
  • Understands developmental and neurodevelopmental issues for children and able to adapt assessment and interventions accordingly
  • Understands individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
  • Understands the elements of effective engagement and can apply these to a high level to working practice with colleagues and clients
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication
  • Able to foster strong therapeutic alliances
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of CYP IAPT including the use of routine outcome measures
  • Understanding of and commitment to service user involvement, patient led care and choice
  • Understands the importance of assessment that explores and considers individual cultural identity and associated support needs.
  • Experience of providing consultation and liaison support to colleagues, referral agencies and services responsible for the care, support and wellbeing of service users and their families/carers
  • Able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team, actively engaging in and supporting peer support, training and skills development
  • Able to build strong partnerships with external agencies and develop effective joint planning and support arrangements
  • Actively uses supervision and opportunities for development of skills
  • Ability to form strong alliances and working relationships with social care, education, criminal justice and voluntary and community sector support services
  • Able to use Word and Excel to write reports and analyse and present basic data
  • Competent in the use of clinical recording systems such as RiO
  • Understands the process for keeping safe, secure and relevant clinical records
  • Able to use email to support effective communication in line with Trust policy
  • Skilled in discipline specific interventions

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • 3-5 years post qualifying experience of working within a multidisciplinary CAMHS team
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of delivering supervision

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Treats service users with respect and dignity at all times
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working
  • Able to prioritise own workload
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and adapt to change
  • Honesty, enthusiasm and a sense of loyalty
  • Conducts self in a professional, courteous manner at all times and able to maintain professionalism in an often emotionally challenging and pressured environment
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Anna Picciotto
Job title
Deputy AD CAMHS & Mental Health,
Email address
Telephone number
020 3316 1824
Additional information

Stephanie Campos, Intake Team Manager, stephaniecampos@nhs.net,  020 3316 1824

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241