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Clinical Practitioner

Job Reference: 833-AG-CS-325-20

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Little Woodhouse Hall
£31,365 to £37,890 per annum (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

Would you like to be part of a passionate, committed and highly skilled team? Then look no further!

This role is based in the CAMHS Outreach Service (COS), an intensive home-based treatment service for young people presenting with mental health difficulties (e.g. eating disorders, repeated deliberate self-harm and affective disorders), where inpatient admission is a consideration and/or to facilitate early discharge from hospital. Interventions offered are formulation-driven, time-limited and needs-led. The team works with young people and their families who need much more than weekly input from general CAMHS community teams, and can offer as much as 3 visits per day if required.

In addition to acute mental health care, we offer a range of specialised interventions including (but not limited to) multi-disciplinary formulation, dietetic input, DBT- and CBT-informed work, and systemic interventions.

COS is a small team whose members work very closely together. The COS team consists of
. Clinical Team Manager
. Senior Clinical Practitioner
. 4 Clinical Practitioners
. Mental Health Support Worker
. Specialist Trainee Doctor
. Consultant Psychiatrist
. Specialist Dietitian

As a Clinical Practitioner in the team, you will hold a small caseload of young people and offer them and their families intensive, flexible and responsive care, in close partnership with other members of the team. This might include (but, again, is not limited to): risk management, therapeutic intervention, offering support and psychoeducation to parents and/or siblings, supporting young people with disordered eating to manage meals, and extensive liaison with colleagues in the community CAMHS teams, social care, inpatient services and so on.

You will participate in the assessment of new referrals into the team, and will act as the Duty worker on a rota basis, handling new referrals and issues that need immediate attention. You will also be expected to attend and actively participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings including group supervision.

COVID-19-Specific Information
COS is classed as a critical CAMHS service, which means we continue to operate and have staff from non-critical services redeployed to the team as necessary. Our remit is to keep young people out of hospital wherever possible, and this is more important than ever at this time. We are, in the main, carrying out telephone and video conferencing appointments with the families that we work with and not offering face-to-face contact. However if it is felt that a face-to-face appointment is absolutely necessary in order to contain risk, then we can carry out a home visit or use a dedicated room at Little Woodhouse Hall, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines. There are PPE packs available for every clinician, and the most up-to-date guidance regarding maintaining the safety of both staff and patients is shared via regular updates and briefings.

This job would suit a qualified professional (for example social work, nursing, occupational therapy, etc) who is experienced and confident in working with young people experiencing mental health difficulties.

The successful candidate will be personable and have the ability to develop rapports with young people, their families and carers, and a wide variety of colleagues from across health and social care services. They will possess excellent verbal communication skills and be able to negotiate sensitive and complex subjects with both tact and clarity.

We are looking for somebody who works well in a small team and who has a positive, assertive approach to managing conflict and difference. Given that the young people who access our service are in crisis, calmness and the ability to contain anxiety and maintain a measured approach to difficult situations will be extremely useful.

The role involves a great deal of autonomous working, so you will need to be organised, conscientious; and able to manage your own diary.

COS is a formulation-led service, which means that we get together frequently to make sense of why a young person might be presenting in the way that they do, and what might help them in future. We have group supervision every fortnight which supports our thinking. Working in this team therefore requires a high degree of reflectiveness, and an awareness of and willingness to consider the many different factors that might have impacted on the young people we are working with.

Frequently, young people accessing COS have experienced high levels of trauma and abuse. Their life stories can often be distressing to hear, and they need to be responded to with warmth, empathy and hopefulness. All COS team members therefore need to have considerable personal resilience and enough self-knowledge to care for themselves and to access support if they need it. The team is extremely supportive, so being able to make use of this support would be really helpful.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Interviews will be conducted virtually via an online video platform. Shortlisted candidates will be sent an email invitation containing a link to access the interview. If you are unable to access a computer, phone or tablet capable of supporting this, an alternative will be arranged.

For informal enquiries about this exciting role, please contact Cat Chadwick (Team Manager) on, Sarah Williams (Senior Clinical Practitioner) on, or Ed Pepper (Consultant Psychiatrist) on

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If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

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Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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