CAMHS Highly Specialist Practitioner - Band 8A


Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, enthusiastic clinician with CAMHS experience to join our Children in Care (CIC) Team. The Children in Care Team is part of a broader supportive and dynamic multi-disciplinary team within the CAMHS Vulnerable Children’s Service, and has a focus on providing high quality mental health services to children and young people in Care in Gloucestershire. Children in Care typically experience higher levels of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) which can impact upon their emotional well-being, mental health and relational experiences in complex ways. The CiC team provides high quality, specialist mental health consultation and training to the professional networks and carers supporting CiC as well direct CAMHS intervention and assessment. The team also provide therapeutic consultation to new foster carers to support their understanding of child development and the psychological support needs of children who experience multiple and complex traumas.

The successful applicant will:

  • have a relevant professional Health or Social Care qualification (Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Nurse, OT or Social Worker)
  • have an in-depth understanding of child development and the complex ways that ACEs can impact upon a child/young person’s emotional development and relational expectations of foster carers and adults around them.
  • be able to evidence that they have the knowledge and understanding of psychodynamically informed practice and can work in a trauma informed approach.
  • demonstrate a high level of understanding of the complex statutory systems surrounding children in care and the organisational support challenges that this presents.
  • be able to facilitate a high level of sensitive, collaborative and therapeutic consultation with foster carers and professionals.
  • keep the child/young person’s experiences and voice at the heart of their work.
  • have excellent communication and negotiation skills, and experience in delivering consultation and training interventions.
  • have experience with working with children, young people and families within a mental health setting
  • have some experience in Quality Service Improvement and Redesign (QSIR) projects and service evaluation.
  • have core CAMHS skills (a small element of the job plan includes contributing to core CAMHS wide tasks such as Self Harm follow up assessments).
  • have experience of providing a high level of clinical supervision

In return, we can offer opportunities to develop your specialist clinical skills through training, profession specific support and clinical and developmental supervision and personal coaching initiatives. The service is proud of its strong multidisciplinary ethos within its clinical delivery and has robust clinical supervision, workload management and Continuing Professional Development structures in place.

Hours per week 37.5

For further information please contact: Kelly Skinner at Evergreen House, Cheltenham on 01242 634050 [email protected]

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from Ethnic minorities, LGBTQ and disabled candidates.

Closing date: 05.01.22

Shortlisting date: 06.01.22

Proposed interview date: 19.01.22 (by virtual means if necessary due to covid restrictions)

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust’s view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need, therefore we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy

This post is eligible for the Trust’s Recommend a Friend scheme. If you have been recommended to apply for this role by an employee of the Trust you should include a short statement to this effect in your supporting information, including the name of the person who recommended you. If you are successful with your application the employee who recommended you needs to access the relevant forms to process this from the Trust’s intranet or the HR Recruitment Team

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document ‘Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice’ prior to applying for the role

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal

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