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CAMHS /YOS Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
Band 6
Permanent / Fixed Term - 9 Months
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Mapother House, Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AZ
£33,660 - £43,307 per annum inc
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Southwark Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the largest Mental Health service for children and young people in the country.

We are looking to recruit a permanent and a 9 month fixed term CAMHS Practitioner who will be working between Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Young Offenders Services (YOS) and will be expected to do half and half in terms of the time spent between the teams. You will be providing a range of evidence based interventions for young people and their families with moderate to severe mental health difficulties.

As the CAMHS Practitioner at YOS, you will be positioned within and work closely with the YOS clinical team, which includes the Clinical Team Lead / Forensic Psychologist, Clinical Practitioners / Family Therapists, and Speech and Language Therapists. Your role will include receiving direct referrals from YOS Officers and Case Managers to assess identify and formulate young people’s mental health needs as well as developing care plans/recommendations.

Your assessment will include both direct clinical work with the young people and referring to other appropriate services (voluntary and specialist services) depending on their needs. You will be expected to manage your own case load and feed into the clinical team and wider professional networks such as social care. You may be required to attend professionals meetings and provide information from a CAMHS perspective.

You will be responsible for screening all new young people who are referred to and access YOS by initially scoring evidenced based measures (RCADS and SDQ). Once needs are identified you will then offer face to face screenings/further assessment based on the needs identified from this process. You will use the YOS recording system to update any contact you have had with the young person or the networks supporting them.  

You will provide consultation to YOS Officers and be asked to attend discussions about young people where there is a mental health concern or need raised within the team. You will be required to offer safety planning advice where mental health risks are identified and be required to record and share safety plans to effectively manage risks.  You will support YOS Officers to make appropriate referrals to CAMHS Adolescent team when specialist / multi-disciplinary mental health services are required for further assessment and/or treatment or to manage high levels of risk.

Your contribution to new EHCP applications for young people who access the YOS may be required by providing supporting evidence and a written report. These are often requested when a mental health need has been identified, school placements have failed, alternative / specialist provision is being sought and needs have not been formalised prior to accessing YOS.

Other duties include providing training to the ‘peer navigators’ (young people who have accessed YOS and wish to help other young people). Training is approximately twice a year at present. Training is on general and basic mental health conditions and what the peer advisors can do to support other young people who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.

The CAMHS practitioner at YOS and another member of the clinical team run a weekly ‘wellbeing drop in’ for young people. This was set up provide an informal space for young people to access support that does not involve a direct referral to either CAMHS or another clinical support offered by the team.

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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.

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Clara Masuku or Philippe Mandin on 020 3228 7777

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