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Senior CAMHS clinician INTAKE (Band 8a)

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Senior CAMHS clinician
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Part time: 30 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Northern Health Ctr/ 222 Upper St
£45,753 - £51,668 Per Annum Plus HCAs
Salary period
28/02/2021 23:59
Interview date

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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to join the CAMHS intake team which sits within the newly established Islington’s Social and Emotional Mental Health Team. The SEMH service provision was started in Sept 2019 and has been shortlisted for the HSJ (Health Service Journal) Awards. 

Since Sept 2019 Islington CAMHS has been part of a central point of access (CPA) with other providers in Islington: Barnados, Targetted Youth Services, the Brandon Centre and Isledon Well-Being Workers.

The post holder will be part of the CAMHS/SEMH duty and assessment team operating from Islington Children’s Social Care (CSCT), 222 Upper Street.



Main duties of the job

The post

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and skilled senior clinician who has experience of duty, assessment and management.

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.
  • Supervision and Line Management of other member of the Intake team.
  • 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.

Working for our organisation

Working for your organisation (‘About Us’)
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

An energetic, creative, hardworking multidisciplinary team of 90 staff working with parents and their children from 0-18 years of age in community settings including Children’s Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools and Health Centres. We use a stepped care model of service delivery linked to the Thrive framework and are a part of the Children and Young People’s IAPT initiative.

The post holder will work as a Senior Clinician in the CAMHS INTAKE TEAM and support the Intake Team managers in the day to day operational duties and management of the team.

The postholder will have responsibility for a caseload while identifying the most appropriate services for the child/ young person/ family.   Work will involve triaging and assessment of referrals over the telephone and face-to-face assessments of complex cases.

The postholder will be required to supervise and line manage other member of the Intake team as required.




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 and aAbilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to confidently and competently undertake generic and emergency CAMHS assessment
  • Understands the need for and able to competently assess risk
  • 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

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • 3-5 years post qualifying experience of working within a multidisciplinary CAMHS team
  • Supervision and Management

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working
  • Able to prioritise own workload
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Carolyn Edwards
Job title
Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
020 3316 1824
Additional information

Rinat Arnsberg, 

020 3316 1824   



If you have problems applying, contact

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