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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/07/2021.

LAC Senior Mental Health Practitioner (Band 7)

Job Reference: 376-NLCCG-018

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
CCG NL CAMHS Looked after Children
£38,890 to £44,503 pa

An exciting opportunity has arisen with the Specialist Looked after Children’s CAMHS Team in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire for a suitably qualified mental health clinician with post graduate experience working with children and families and ideally with Looked after Children and their care network. Applicants will be registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

We are interested in receiving applications from experienced clinicians including those who have a formal therapy qualification e.g. art therapists, occupational therapists, systemic therapists, play therapists, CBT therapists or from experienced CAMHS practitioners from other professional backgrounds e.g. social workers, mental health nurses who can show evidence of therapeutic training and experience.

The successful candidate would also preferably have training in and experience in using Theraplay and/or Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) (either Levels 1, 2 or 3).

The core role of the post holder

The core aspect of the role is to provide consultation and advice to social workers, foster carers, residential home staff and other colleagues working within Children’s and Young Person’s Services around young people’s emotional well-being. This will include co-ordinating, attending, chairing and facilitating therapeutic network meetings (known locally as Tiered Foster Care Meetings).

The post holder will also provide assessment and formulation and direct therapeutic support to Looked After Children and Adopted Children and their parents/carers.

Part of the role will also be to assist in the delivery of training around attachment, development and trauma to foster carers, residential homes staff and other colleagues working within Children’s and Young Person’s Services.

As part of the team the post holder will also contribute to continuous improvements in service delivery and development.

The post holder will also contribute to the CAMHS out of hours service.


You would be joining a small team consisting of 3 Clinical Psychologists that are providing a dedicated response to Looked after Children. The LAC team is also part of the wider CAMHS team in North Lincolnshire. The Looked After Children’s CAMHS’s team is well regarded by our colleagues in the Local Authority. We have good working relationships with social workers and we pride ourselves locally on our interagency working via our Tiered Foster Care Service Model. We use attachment and trauma informed models of working both with young people and their care network.

The team was established 10 years ago and, on its creation, was regarded as innovative in its service design and delivery. The team were finalists at Health Service Journal awards in 2011 as a consequence of its innovative model. The team prides itself in its commitment and passion to, meeting the psychological needs of Looked after Children and Adopted children in North Lincolnshire and their families through direct work with young people or indirectly through consultation with the Child’s network.

Additional benefits/opportunities

The successful candidate will join the preceptorship scheme for those new into post and/or recently qualified.

We are keen to enable clinicians to develop job plans with the Clinical Lead and to encourage the development of skills and interests. There are research and audit opportunities as well as opportunities to lead on and develop areas of service delivery.

There are opportunities for further training relevant to the role.

Regular supervision is prioritised in the team

Service User Feedback

Young person

“friendly and listened to me”


“very friendly and listened to what my child needed”

“I was listened to and a professional intervention allowed my child to progress”

Social Worker

“Great knowledge of both workers/ of child’s past, theories and strategies”

“very helpful and beneficial for child”

We reserve the right to close down this advert early should there be a high number of applicants.


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Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust is committed to our responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk as outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and Care Act 2014.

We are committed to recruiting candidates who share the commitment to safeguarding, and therefore we apply robust recruitment and selection procedures to ensure that the people selected are right for the job, and that all candidates are appropriately screened prior to appointment and periodically during their employment

DBS disclosures are mandatory before commencement of employment within the Trust. Therefore, if you are in a position that is deemed a regulated adult and/or child care role, you will not be able to start your employment until we have received a satisfactory DBS clearance.

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The Trust is committed to equal opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community in order to maintain a workforce as diverse as the population it serves.

The first 6 months of employment with the Trust will be a probationary period which may be extended by the Trust for a further 6 months.

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