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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/09/2021.

Team Lead, CAMHS Rapid Response

Job Reference: J11-A-21-35158

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Long Term Placement (Ref52)
Wokingham Community Hospital
Band 8a

Job Title and Grade: Team Lead - CAMHS Rapid Response

Service Base: Wokingham Community Hospital

Length of Placement: Starting ASAP on an ongoing basis

Shifts/Hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00

Band 8a Rate -

Day Rate - £27.75 per hour

An exciting opportunity has become available in the CAMHS Rapid Response Team. This is a Berkshire wide service with a function of providing urgent assessment and short-term interventions to young people (under 18 years) presenting in a mental health crisis. The service responds to young people who present to two acute hospital sites (Royal Berkshire Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital) as well as responding to young people who present in the community. The service operates from 8am-10pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm at weekends.

As part of providing an urgent response to young people in crisis, the service aims to avoid/reduce Tier 4 admissions, delayed discharges and reduce frequent A&E attendance. The service provides comprehensive mental health assessments and clinical formulation to identify the young person’s needs as well as providing brief stabilising interventions including multi-agency consultation/liaison, as many young people present in crisis due to systemic issues such as family relational issues or school difficulties.

The post holder will lead a team of Clinicians from a range of disciplines as well as support staff (Family Support Workers and Assistant Psychologist), ensuring high quality crisis care is delivered to young people and their families. The post holder will also provide teaching/training to partner agencies alongside Clinicians.

This is both an internal operational role as well as an outward facing role and the post holder will exert necessary influence at operational levels and will support strategic development of services as required. The post holder will work collaboratively with the other CYPF service leads, the professional leads as well as colleagues within the local authorities to deliver services in line with the regulatory frameworks of CQC and Ofsted.

The post holder will deliver services that are responsive to local and national directives and need, promoting a learning culture that leads to improved service delivery and ongoing evaluation. The post holder will be responsible for the implementation of services to meet the commissioned service specifications and the key performance indicators.

There will be close collaboration on case management with community colleagues and Local Authority agencies.


Service Delivery

1. To operationally manage and lead the Rapid Response Team with the accountability of ensuring delivery of high quality, effective and integrated intervention that safeguard children and promote their development and welfare, so that children, young people and their families are offered quality and timely assessment, intervention and support as commissioned.

2. The post holder will have responsibility for the delivery of efficient, effective and safe clinical and operational practice and activity across the designated area. Ensuring optimal use, deployment and supervision of physical and financial resources across CAMHS Rapid response 7 days per week covering Saturdays and bank holidays.

3. Responsible for maximising the extent to which services are delivered directly to children, young people and families

4. Working with other service leads and professional leads research, identify, model and implement evidenced based, informed and outstanding practice to ensure the effective and safe delivery of services to deliver high quality service user experiences and outcomes.

5. Take an active rote in strategic planning and the development of the services and policies across the organisation including the contribution of children / young people and their parents / carers

6. Responsible for developing and maintaining excellent working relationships and communication links with internal and external stakeholders including commissioners, acute hospitals and patients / carers to ensure interfaces with other services are effective and seamless and that the service makes a positive impact for families.

7. Guided by professional registering bodies and the policies and procedures of the organisation, responsible for establishing how these are interpreted to ensure the service performs within the expected parameters to meet all performance indicators.

8. Manages difficult situations to achieve resolution across a range of situations including dealing with complaints and incidents to avoid escalation whenever possible.

As an equal opportunities organisation, NHSP is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective bank members and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership. We believe there is a strong case for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply.

Please note that you will be contacted via e-mail throughout the recruitment process, so please check your e-mails regularly.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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