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Child Mental Health Practitioner - CAMHS

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
child mental health
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (1.00 WTE)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Islington CAMHS, Whittington Health
£32,306 - £39,027 Per Annum Excluding HCAs
Salary period
31/10/2021 23:59
Interview date

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Job overview

Islington Community CAMHS is a large, energetic & creative service, working with CYP 0-18 yrs. We use a stepped care model of service delivery linked to the Thrive framework, are part of the CYP IAPT initiative, a CWP site, & are a training site for the school-based Mental Health Support Teams programme. We are looking for a skilled practitioner to join our Neurodevelopmental Pathway (NDP). This is a diverse borough, densely populated with a resident child population of 40,000, extremes of affluence and poverty & a broad ethnic mix. We offer flexibility with working hours given the recent need to adapt to a mix of remote and on site & are looking to maintain the best of these working practices. We welcome applicants who reflect Islington's diverse ethnic/cultural mix.

Main duties of the job

The NDP consists of 7 different disciplines. We are a friendly supportive and holistic team integrated into a large CAMHS with professionals from a wide range of mental health and child health disciplines. It is a team with a good reputation for co-working, innovation and multi-disciplinary working. The applicants should be able to work with their multi agency and multi-disciplinary colleagues in a flexible and organised way. We are looking for a practitioner to support both assessment and intervention with CYP who have ADHD and potentially other overlapping conditions such as Autism spectrum, learning disability and tic disorders.

The successful applicants will be passionate about accessible service provision and improving health and wellbeing for very vulnerable families. Experience of Neurodevelopmental difference is essential. 

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.  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 provide specialist generic and discipline specific assessments and treatments for neurodevelopmental conditions.
  • To develop a specialist role in the assessment and management of children with ADHD and act as a contact point for professionals in the management of young people with ADHD. This may include liaising with other agencies and the voluntary sector, providing consultation, information and support regarding ADHD
  • To support the assessment of children and young people referred to the service to establish suitability for pharmacological interventions. If medications are commenced, the post holder will ensure regular follow ups to monitor response to medication, and support liaison as required by the prescribing doctor.To manage clinics effectively and work together and support colleagues in providing a flexible and effective service within the setting.
  • To formulate and devise treatment plans for children and young people and to provide interventions using a range of generic and discipline specific models appropriate to the service area.
  • To play a key role in the education and support of young people with ADHD, their carers and other professionals. This could mean offering resources, individual support or group psychoeducational interventions.
  • To provide specialist mental health advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals/ agencies to assist in formulation, diagnosis and treatment.
  • To contribute to and undertake multidisciplinary assessments and treatment within a clinic based setting., and effectively monitor responses to intervention
  • To provide reports and communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation, treatment plans and needs of children and young people.
  • To case manage a small number of cases attending for medical management where multi agency networks are involved and the family would benefit from a named clinician from camhs

Person specification

education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree level education
Desirable criteria
  • CAMHS practitioner training /training relevant to CAMHS and/or mental health, treatments/therapies

Skills and abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of child & adolescent mental health and development
  • Ability to confidently and competently undertake generic and neurodevelopmental mental health assessments
  • Able to formulate and devise treatment plans for children and young people presenting with neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD
  • Ability to competently assess risk and develop risk management plans

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience working within a mental health setting,
  • Experience of working in a CAMHS setting
  • Knowledge of the relevant clinical research literature and ability to apply it to the field of child and adolescent mental health
  • Knowledge of evidence-based care and clinical effectiveness in mental health treatments
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area.
  • Experience of working as a keyworker/case manager, and holding a caseload of patients

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Enthusiastic and motivated
  • Respectful and inclusive attitude towards young people with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities and overlapping conditions
  • Ability to form good working relationships with families from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Ability to form good working relationships and work flexibly with colleagues in team settings.
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Applicant requirements

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Vicky Matthews
Job title
Team lead, NDP
Email address
Telephone number
0203316 1824

If you have problems applying, contact

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