Senior Clinician - Calderdale Open Minds (CAMHS)

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

The closing date is 01 November 2020

Job overview

We are looking for an experienced, committed, skilled and forward looking practitioner to join Northpoint's innovative Calderdale Open Minds (CAMHS) service.

This is a new post which has been developed to support our team as we continue to work towards service transformation and embrace the principles of Thrive Elaborated.

Northpoint is keen to increase the diversity of our workforce and young people have told us it is important to them that the Open Minds (CAMHS) staff team is representative of the local population in terms of factors such as ethnicity, age, disability, gender, sexuality, and lived experience of accessing services themselves.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work closely with the Open Minds leadership team and will focus on 5 main areas:

1. Case discussion & consultation - supporting practitioners to assess, formulate and treat young people with mental health needs.

2. Partnership working - linking with specialist CAMHS and other key agencies.

3. Clinical pathways & service development - helping the team to integrate new treatment options, including on-line therapy.

4. Clinical supervision - providing CYP IAPT support and supervision to Open Minds (CAMHS) staff.

5. Therapeutic Interventions - holding a caseload of children, young people & families.

About us

Northpoint Wellbeing is a charity which provides a range of services to promote emotional wellbeing. The organisation operates to high professional standards, is an accredited service of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and works to the ethical frameworks of BACP and BABCP.

Since becoming involved in Calderdale CAMHS in 2014, Northpoint have helped to make mental health services more accessible for children, young people and families. We have also reduced waiting times, improved outcomes, and increased the range of support options (including digital treatment).

Staff find Northpoint a supportive and positive organisation to work for, with good supervision, an emphasis on reflective practice, and a commitment to staff development.

The Calderdale team are welcoming, supportive, and keen to deliver positive outcomes for children and families.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Summary of role: This is a new post which has been developed to support the team as we work towards service transformation as outlined in Future in Mind, Thrive Elaborated and local priorities following consultation with young people, children and families.

The postholder will work with the Service Manager and Clinical Lead to provide clinical support to the Northpoint Open Minds staff team. The job will comprise of 5 key areas:

1. Complex cases. The postholder will support the Northpoint team to discuss, triage, assess, formulate and effectively signpost and/or treat more complex cases in line with the Thrive Elaborated quadrants of Getting Advice & Signposting and Getting Help elements of Thrive.. This may involve consultation, guidance, support, supervision, training and advice.

2. Partnership working. The postholder will lead on case discussion with partner agencies including SWYFT Open Minds, and other providers within the Calderdale Open Minds Partnership, to ensure young people and families are matched with services which meet their need and preferences.

3. Clinical pathways & service development. The senior clinician will work alongside the Open Minds leadership team to develop Thrive clinical pathways which enable children, young people and families to access support which is clear, timely and helpful. These will include new aspects of service development such as digital treatment options, evidence-based group work, parent/carer support, and CYP IAPT interventions.

4. Clinical supervision. The postholder will provide clinical supervision to some practitioners in the Open Minds staff team (exact number to be confirmed). The ideal candidate will have relevant supervision experience and training, and will be eligible for and willing to complete a relevant CYP IAPT qualification such as the 12 month CYP IAPT low intensity supervision training (or similar).

5. Clinical Interventions. The senior clinician will hold a small caseload of clinical work. They may also deliver a limited number of assessments, consultations, and direct therapeutic interventions to children & young people. Some of the clinical work may be carried out alongside fellow practitioners in order to model and upskill other team members.

Achieving a healthy work-life balance is important to us. The caseload and balance of duties will be regularly reviewed with the Service Manager.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification relevant to the specialist field
  • Membership/registration/accreditation with a relevant professional body


  • CYP IAPT qualification, such as a CBT diploma
  • Relevant post-qualification training
  • Supervision qualification



  • At least 2 years experience of working therapeutically, clinically and/or consultatively with children and young people with mental health difficulties and their families
  • Experience of assessing/working with complex cases, typically seen in Tier 3 / Specialist CAMHS
  • Experience of multi-agency collaborative working
  • Experience of monitoring performance & outcomes
  • Experience of providing supervision


  • Experience of working in a children & young peoples mental health service (CAMHS or similar)
  • Experience of delivering clinical and/or line management supervision
  • Supervision qualification
  • Experience of delivering training
  • CYP IAPT Supervision qualification and/or eligibility and willingness to attend CYP IAPT supervision training

Skills, knowledge and ability


  • Ability to motivate, guide and support staff to develop
  • Ability to provide culturally sensitive support
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to teach, train and provide clear consultation
  • Ability to think clinically/therapeutically about client need
  • Ability to write concise and informative reports and letters
  • Ability to use and interpret outcome measures to monitor intervention effectiveness.
  • Competent ICT skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload and multi task
  • Flexible to meet service needs
  • Well organised and able to manage time effectively
  • Assertive and confident
  • Approachable, positive and enthusiastic
  • Able to demonstrate clear and inspiring leadership
  • Able to work as part of a team


  • Knowledge of CYP IAPT & the benefits of low intensity work
  • Knowledge of CYP IAPT outcome measures
  • Familiarity with electronic patient management systems such as IAPTus, SystmOne
  • Awareness of relevant initiatives and frameworks, including Thrive Elaborated, Choice & Partnership Approach (CAPA), CYP IAPT and MHSTs
  • Awareness of relevant data monitoring requirements
  • Experience of developing clinical policies/procedures.
  • Ability to mediate successfully/resolve conflict situations

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd


9 Clare Road


West Yorkshire


Employer's website

Date posted

28 September 2020

Pay scheme



£37,290 to £42,880 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time


35 hours a week

Reference number


Job locations

9 Clare Road


West Yorkshire


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