Job summary

Bexley CAMHS is currently in the process of redesigning its service model to align with the nationally recognised CAMHS Thrive framework. An approach, to help us deliver timely, responsive and needs based mental health interventions for the children and young people in Bexley.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within this framework for two specialist Mental Health Clinicians to join the service to provide individual and group based assessment and treatment within Bexley CAMHS to young people and their families alongside other MDT colleagues.

Main duties of the job

As a registered mental health clinician you will provide children, young people and their families with CAMHS assessments and both group and individual interventions.

The post holder will directly contribute to the positive working environment within the CAMHS multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy and self-management, within the professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.

The post holder will manage a complex caseload, working as care coordinator within a multi-disciplinary team including: psychiatrists, psychologists, child psychotherapists, nurses, family therapist, occupational therapist and support staff, in close partnership with partner agencies working with young people in Bexley.

About us

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 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
  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To work in accordance with CYP IAPT principles and within the THRIVE framework.
  • To provide a specialist assessment of referrals of a significant and complex nature in order to formulate and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of a childs or adolescents mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence. To use routine outcome measures as laid down by the Trust.
  • To assess children, adolescents and their families as part of a risk assessment.
  • To consult to parents/carers (including foster parents) as part of a treatment plan where appropriate.
  • To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop work with families by providing specialist knowledge and skills.
  • To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. This includes abilities to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family forms including single parents, same sex couples and their wider family networks, accommodated children and their network of care, children with learning difficulties, and children who are on the Child Protection Register, and parents with mental health difficulties.
  • Person Specification

    HCPC or NMC registered or equivalent


  • Evidence of membership to professional body
  • Desirable

  • Previous CAMHS experience
  • Specialist training in a subject/skill relevant to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. (0-18 years)
  • Post qualification experience


  • At least 4 years post qualification working with children and families in a relevant mental health or social welfare setting
  • Clinical Experience


  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychotherapeutic care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan