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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/01/2022.

CAMHS Highly Specialist Practitioner - Band 8A

Job Reference: 327-21-978

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Evergreen House
£47,126 to £53,219 per annum

We love what we do and we think you will, too!

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed in October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

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  

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

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a ‘Veteran Aware Trust’, evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right hand side, titled ‘Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance’

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust’s Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

Applicants should note that all appointments to GHCNHSFT are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, GHCNHSFT will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

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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