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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/12/2020.

Specialist CAMHS Practitioner: Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Job Reference: 449-CSP362

Solent NHS Trust
Child & Adolescent Mental Health
£38,890 - £44,503 p.a.

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent full time, Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Community Practitioner: Cognitive Behavior Therapist (CBT) post to join our CAMHS Extended Team, within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service based within Falcon House, St James' Hospital, Portsmouth.

We are looking for a dedicated and pro-active professional who would be able to quickly pick up a full-time caseload, as allocated by the Extended Team, Team Lead and who would share both our Solent NHS Trust values and Portsmouth CAMHS team ethos. If you enjoy working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team, have excellent communication skills, hold the relevant qualifications/skills, are passionate about working with young people and about making a positive difference to young people’s mental health and their families’ lives, we would be delighted to hear from you.

This is an exciting time to join a dynamic and innovative CAMHS service, whilst working with the Portsmouth Extended CAMHS team. The team is a forward thinking, specialist Multi-Disciplinary Team, working hard to deliver clinical care pathways, using evidence-based practice, to ensure timely and effective interventions are offered to children, young people and their families that maximise mental health and maintain children and young people within their home and educational environment.

You will be required to work independently, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with regards to a wide presentation of mental health needs, e.g. Eating Disorder, Neurodevelopmental, Anxiety, and Low Mood. Therefore, it is key that you have existing experience of clinically assessing and working therapeutically with child and young people or adults who present with complex mental health needs. Your caseload will be a mix of specialist CBT and non-CBT cases. The successful candidates will be offered regular 1:1 line management as well as individual, team and therapeutic models clinical supervision. Whilst also having an opportunity to join clinical case discussion meetings, peer supervision groups and regular academic learning events.

In addition, we now have a CAMHS Academy competency framework that will support practitioners to develop within a children's mental health service and will therefore support those who may have passion and transferable skills but limited experience of working with children.

For further information please contact Anna Boorer Extended Team, Team Lead on 0300 123 6632

Portsmouth is located within the county of Hampshire which is a beautiful county with excellent transport network linking with the neighbouring counties of Surrey, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Sussex. It is the third largest shire county in the UK and the largest county in South East England. It has many tourist attractions such as the historical Cathedral City of Winchester, National Parks in the New Forest and the South Downs and two of the largest ports (Southampton and Portsmouth) in England, to name a few.



Please note that should this post attract sufficient interest, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage.If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted within 2-3 weeks; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.

Note about shortlisting/interviews:

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated restrictions in place, we are currently unable to schedule interviews as we normally would. Therefore interviews will be held virtually until further notice. Please be assured that we will be in touch with details of the arrangements. We will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum but shortlisting may take longer than usual, dependant on staff availability.Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff) - pro rata for part time
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers
  • Opportunity to purchase a public transport annual season ticket - 11 month repayment period

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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