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CAMHS SPA Practitioner

Job Type

Fixed term: 12 months


West Midlands



£35,392 - £42,618 Per annum

Posted Date

12 December 2023

Anglesey House, Rugeley

Closing Date

25 December 2023

The post holder will play an integral role in developing clinical care pathways and quality standards within the CaFSPA, alongside participating in the delivery of the agreed aims and objectives of the service and identify factors which may inhibit these from being achieved. They will assist in the delivery of a high standard of care to service users referred to the service. They will implement agreed systems for the monitoring of effectiveness of care. They will participate in the education and management of junior staff.

Working for our organisation
By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by;

Supporting your career development and progression
Excellent NHS Pension scheme
Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
Options for flexible working
Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, milage paid at business rates
Salary sacrifice bikes up to £2k
Free car parking at all trust sites
Free flu vaccinations every year
Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to £250 (if the criteria is met)
And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
1. Responsible for on providing triage, assessment, risk assessment/ management and formulation of a plan with clinical reasoning for CYP referred to or calling the Integrated Hub

2. Develop and maintain effective communications within the area of work and promote positive working relationships with internal CAMHS teams, individuals, departments and other agencies.

3. Organise and deliver informal, team-based, training to the wider team which focuses on the particular needs of CYP.

4. Responsible for promoting and maintaining a positive and professional image of the service through collaboration, role modeling and openness.

5. Adhere to legislation, policy, procedure and guidance from the Trust and other relevant professional bodies.

6. Maintain compliance with the required range of mandatory and statutory training as well as with the requirements of registration with the appropriate professional body.

7. To provide an active involvement in the assessment processes to ensure effective outcomes for CYP are met.

8. To triage all initial requests,

9. Contribute to, and facilitate the commencement of risk screening and gathering information to determine levels of need and support for CYP in collaboration with other services, agencies

10. To advise on the effects of prescribed medication for known service users and support appropriate information and guidance to service users via external sources, referring on to most appropriate agencies.

11. Ensure that the needs and views of carers, friends and family are considered (where this is deemed appropriate) and wherever possible that this is with the express consent of the service user. Ensure any appropriate carer assessments are carried out or arranged as required and referred to local authorities to offer support

12. Exchange information with other professionals in all clinical pathways and external organisations.

13. Participate in any clinical audit as required.

14. Participate in, and where appropriate deliver, clinical supervision.

15. Participate in managerial supervision.

16. Participate in the PDC process.

17. Undertake an active role in the agreed induction process for new staff

18. Contribute to the annual training plan for the clinical area

19. To coordinate the workload of the team on an as required basis.

20. Take ownership of the training requirements of the post, booking and attending training as required.

21. Contribute to the achievement of the key performance indicators for the Trust.

22. Use and populate the Trust’s IT and other relevant IT systems as required.

Systems and equipment

23. To work in partnership with other service providers to access and provide equipment and opportunities for service users to maximise functioning where possible.

24. Maintain accurate contemporaneous records and other documentation relating to work with service users in accordance MPFT Polices, legal requirement and Professional Code of Conduct.

25. Record statistical data as required, using agreed information technology with the Service.

26. Utilise technology/equipment to record and input relevant and essential information in line with local and national policies/procedures.

27. Utilise the RIO system

Decisions and judgements

28. Undertake specialist clinical assessments of patients with complex and multiplehealth needs to ensure appropriate signposting, treatment support and management.

29. Managing time effectively to ensure the best use of people and resources, informing senior members of the team/pathway when issues impacting on service delivery become apparent.

30. To participate, when required, in recruitment, selection and induction of junior/support staff.

31. The post holder is expected to work independently on a regular basis. There is an expectation that they will receive managerial/caseload and professional (clinical) supervision on a monthly basis.

32. The post holder will be responsible for assessments to meet identified needs working with a range of service users accessing the service. Where identified they will be responsible for the delivery of advice information and recommendations or signposting/engaging other service providers to meet needs where appropriate.

33. Responsible for understanding and meeting own professional responsibilities under Child legislation and safeguarding policies.

Communication and relationships

34. The post holder is expected to work in partnership with a wide range of multi-disciplinary team members within community pathways, mental health inpatient wards, acute hospitals and other care environments.

35. The post holder will be expected to use a range of highly skilled communication skills to communicate with this range of individuals. This will include verbal, written, electronic and adapted communication techniques for individual needs.

36. Communicate sensitive diagnosis and treatment related information with CYPs, utilising highly developed communication skills to overcome barriers to understanding.

37. Establish therapeutic relationships with CYP and families/carers, and implement evidence based therapeutic interventions with appropriate boundaries in accordance with professional code of conduct.

38. The post holder will manage the expectations of the families calling the Hub and will need to be able to empower / educate them where necessary, being sensitive to their individual circumstances and applying appropriate clinical reasoning.

Physical demands of the job

39. The post holder will be expected on a daily basis to implement highly developed physical skills pertinent to the area of specialism, for example computer and keyboard skills, health and safety, de-escalation skills.

Most challenging/difficult parts of the job

40. The nature of the client group is such that the post holder will be required to concentrate when assessing and implementing programmes of care and will need to be able to address interruptions from other service users/staff as necessary.

41. Post holder will be frequently exposed to emotionally distressing clinical information and situations.

42. The post holder should use managerial and clinical supervision to ensure discussion and learning is developed when exposed to stressful and demanding situations.

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