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Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Senior Social worker

Job Type



Social Work



£49,178 - £55,492

Posted Date

27 November 2023


Closing Date

29 November 2023

As a result of significant investment in Bromley CAMHS and to support the Transformation of the service, we have vacancy for Senior Social workers

The post holder will offer assessment, formulation and evidence-based interventions CYP within the LAAC/Generic pathway. The successful applicant will have experience with working with Look after and adopted children, training in evidence-based interventions and experience of working with children and young people in a mental health setting.

The role provides opportunities for crisis intervention, brief and long-term therapeutic work as well consultation within the team and to partner agencies. The team works within an Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) model, a systemic framework providing a team approach for working with the client, the team, the family and professional networks. In addition, the role offers opportunities to supervise more junior staff and take a lead on areas identified as priorities for improving our service. The successful candidate will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development.

Main duties of the job
The post holder will be required to utilise specialist therapy skills to deliver both individual and group interventions, adapted flexibly and creatively for CYP with mental needs. The role also involves providing consultation, support and training to colleagues within and external to the service. This post offers great potential for the candidate to pursue specialist interests and develop skills, including opportunities for trainings relevant to the field and to contribute to further development of evidence-based pathways for CYP within Bromley CAMHS.

Bromley CAMHS is transforming its service, with focus on improving services and the collective wellbeing for our Children, Young People, Families and Staff.

Bromley CAMHS is currently in the process of redesigning its Service Model to align with the Thrive framework, a nationally recognised approach, to help us deliver timely, responsive and needs based mental health interventions for the children and young people in Bromley. Bromley is a place where every child and young person can achieve their full potential. We all recognise and value the importance of promoting good mental health and building resilience in children,& young people.

Working for our organisation
Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

- We’re Kind
- We’re Fair
- We Listen
- We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- To be trained and confident in the use of CYP IAPT principles, evidence-based interventions and routine outcome measures.
- To care co-ordinate and manage a defined caseload of young people presenting with emotional health and wellbeing difficulties in schools and the community
- To co-ordinate and deliver individualised care packages / programmes for young people and evaluate these programmes, ensuring high standards of practice in accordance with national guidelines and trust policy.
- To provide specialist mental health advice, consultation and signposted using an outcome based triage model.
- To recognise responsibility and act according to Trust and national guidelines in safeguarding children and adults.
- To be aware of and take a role in the CYP Directorate participation programme
- Train and mentor students and less experienced members of the discipline.
- To engage therapeutically with clients and their carers in a variety of settings as appropriate to the needs of the client and to be able to assess the risk of working in particular areas.
- To be able to plan and facilitate appropriate therapeutic intervention including group work for the specialist client group and their families and carers
- To be able to assess and manage risk in children and young people and to do this on an on-going basis within the role as care co-ordinator
- To effectively and appropriately communicate risks often under difficult, highly charged and emotional circumstances to medical staff, other professionals and families involved in the care of the client.

Person specification
Essential criteria

Registration with relevant Professional body
At least 2 years post registration experience in a setting where mental health is the primary focus some of which should have been in a CAMHS setting.
Desirable criteria

Experience of working as part of an MDT
Specialist training in a subject/skill relevant to Child & and Adolescent Mental Health (0-18 years) together with CYP IAPT Dip in CBT/SFP/IPT-A

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