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Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner

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The Whittington Hospital has been rated twentieth in the second annual Healthcare 100 awards, which recognises the top employers in healthcare. For further information on the award, please click on 'Top UK employers' link below.




Applications are welcome from people wishing to job share or work flexible patterns. We are committed to equal opportunities.

* The closing date given is a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.
* Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification on their application will be shortlisted for this job.
* Interview arrangements will be communicated via email so please check your email regularly following the closing date
* In submitting an application form, you authorise Whittington Health NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner
Agenda for Change Band 6, full-time, permanent contract

The Islington Adolescent Outreach Team is looking to recruit a full-time, Band 6, Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner.

The Islington Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT) is a highly specialised multi-disciplinary team within Islington Community CAMHS. We work with young people, aged 13-18, who are experiencing a wide range of complex mental health problems; their difficulties are often acute, long-standing and are having a significant impact on their daily lives; they may be at risk of hospital admission and they are likely to struggle to engage with traditional clinic-based services. The AOT work very flexibly and assertively to meet the needs of this high risk client group, using a variety of models and approaches; and working in a wide range of community settings, including young people’s homes, schools, youth services or local cafes, in order to engage, assess, support and treat these challenging young people and their families.

The AOT is a small, multi-disciplinary team including staff whose backgrounds are in nursing, psychiatry and psychology. We work closely together in the planning and implementation of care and treatment. The work is often very intensive and as a reflection of this, caseloads tend to be small. We have strong working relationships our colleagues in the wider Community CAMHS service, across services and agencies in Islington, and in the local hospitals.

As a Band 6 clinician, the post holder will hold full responsibility for, and work autonomously with, their own caseload; they will also join other team members in co-working and assessing cases; and will work in partnership with a wide range of local services, agencies and other professionals. The post-holder will share in the work to the AOT team, and there will be opportunities to be involved in the supervision of junior staff, provision of trainings, user involvement, service developments etc.

Applicants require a minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience within a specialist mental health setting.
You will be required to work flexibly, independently and responsively within a changing environment.

We offer a stimulating and highly supportive working environment.
You must be NMC / HCPC registered.
We encourage applications from all sections of the community and are committed to equal opportunities.

The closing date for applications is: 30th October 2016
The interview dates are provisionally set for: 9th November 2016

The post holder will be employed by Whittington Health CAMHS and will be directly supervised by a CAMHS Clinical Manager. The CAMHS service has approximately 90 FTE staff (including an in-patient adolescent unit). The post will be based at The Northern Health Centre, 580 Holloway Road, Islington, London.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Fay Moore or Liz Cooney  ( Phone number removed ) .

Whittington Health is committed to safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

To comply with the Trust’s Safe Guarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policies, procedures and protocols all individual members of staff (paid or unpaid) have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults This will require you to:

  • Ensure you are familiar with and comply with the London Child Protection Procedures and protocols for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
  • Ensure you are familiar and comply with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Pan London Procedures.
  • Ensure you are familiar and comply with local protocols and systems for information sharing.
  • Know the appropriate contact numbers and required reporting lines.
  • Participate in required training and supervision.
  • Comply with required professional boundaries and codes of conduct

Employment at Whittington Health is offered subject to successfull completion of a 6 month probabtionary period for all staff with the exception of GMC Registered Doctors

***Please note that during the recruitment process your Identity Documentation (i.e. passport, driving licence, visa, etc.) will be scanned using a device which recognises UV, Infrared and Machine Readable Zone security features of the documents provided***

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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