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Clinical Nurse Specialist

West London NHS Trust
Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F)
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 8a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the Neuro-Developmental and Learning Disabilities Team, Hammersmith & Fulham (H& F) CAMHS which is based at 48 Glenthorne Rd, London W6 0LS.

The Neuro-Developmental and Learning Disabilities Team is part of the Tier 3 H& F CAMH Service, which also includes an adolescent team, learning disability team and child and family team. The Service also links to a comprehensive Community CAMH Service, CAMHS Crisis Prevention/Care Team (ALLIANCE) and a CAMHS Eating Disorder Service. The post holder will be part of a growing team of clinicians with a special interest and expertise in working with children, and young people, who are presenting with complex mental health needs.

The Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist will also join a thriving team of supportive, committed and skilled nurses who are dedicated to changing the future outcomes for children and young people who present to mental health services.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist you will work as an autonomous clinician to provide advanced mental health assessment and specialist intervention for children, young people and families referred to the Service. You will also contribute to the leadership and development of the CAMHS Nursing Team and you will have the opportunity to be involved in service development, audit, research and quality improvement projects.

The Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist will carry out highly specialist diagnostic assessments of children and young people with neuro-developmental conditions (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tic disorders) and co-morbid mental health problems. They will offer a range of individual, family and group therapeutic interventions, including risk management, appropriate for children and young people attending the Service.

Non-Medical Prescribing responsibilities are also part of this role and training as an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber will be supported, as well as training in standardised assessment tools such ADI-r and ADOS.

About us

H& F CAMHS is a borough-located service, and operates as part of a wider three-borough CAMHS service, including Hounslow and Ealing, within West London NHS Trust. The H& F CAMHS Team is strongly aligned with the core values of the Trust togetherness, responsibility, excellence, and caring.

West London CAMHS is committed to supporting the development and progression of its staff. In addition to receiving regular supervision, all staff have access to training and development opportunities in line with their agreed development needs. Staff are also encouraged to be involved in quality improvement projects, audit and research, as well as to take a lead for areas of special interest, such as safeguarding, transitions, SEND.

Our staff are currently providing a blend of face to face clinical contact as well as clinical contact via virtual platforms, resulting in a combination of onsite and remote working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are seeking a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated CAMH Clinical Nurse Specialist who has extensive experience working in CAMH Services and is looking to take the next step in their career pathway.

We are looking to appoint a CAMHS Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people, shows initiative, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, is a team player and is able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and young people alike. Ability to demonstrate knowledge, competence and an interest in working with children who present with complex mental health needs is essential for the role. The Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist will also need to be flexible and have the necessary skills and experience to provide high quality care that is both evidence based and client focussed. Additionally, he/she will need to demonstrate supervision and leadership skills.

Demonstrable post qualifying experience working within multidisciplinary CAMHS settings and evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice are essential criteria for this post.

Please see the Job Description and Personal Specification for more information.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree/diploma in Nursing
  • Professional registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) RMN.
  • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
  • MSC level training in a relevant specialist field or appropriate experience
  • Mentorship/ teaching and assessing qualification


  • Relevant management training/ qualification
  • Research training
  • CYP IAPT training
  • Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification



  • Demonstrable post qualifying experience of working within a multidisciplinary CAMHS.
  • Demonstrable experience working with children and young people with Neuro-developmental disorders
  • Experience of working in a number of ways i.e. assertive outreach, clinic based settings, home, school or other appropriate environments
  • Experience of assessing risk and formulating safe and effective risk management plans
  • Experience of managing and supervising others in a clinical and performance management context including appraisals
  • Experience of developing operational protocols
  • Experience of teaching other professionals
  • Experience of delivering mental health awareness and bespoke CAMHS training to non CAMHS professionals
  • Experience of delivering training to colleagues
  • Experience of management of child protection emergencies


  • Experience of audit and/or research
  • Experience of contributing to and implementing new service developments

Core Competencies


  • Able to confidently and competently undertake generic and emergency CAMHS assessments
  • Able to confidently and competently undertake specialist assessments relevant to area of practice
  • Understands developmental issues for children and able to adapt interventions accordingly
  • Understands the need for and able to competently assess risk
  • Understands individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
  • Understands the elements of effective engagement and can apply these to working practice
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication
  • Able to foster strong therapeutic alliances Understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of evidence based interventions
  • Understanding of and commitment to service user involvement, patient led care and choice
  • Understands the need for and has experience of undertaking family and parenting work as part of CAMHS support
  • Understands the importance of assessment that explores and considers individual cultural identity and associated support needs.
  • Experience of providing consultation and liaison support to colleagues, referral agencies and services responsible for the care, support and wellbeing of service users and their families/carers
  • Able to promote self-management and recovery by working with service users and their families to understand their condition and identify and reinforce strengths, resources and coping skills
  • Able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, actively engaging in and supporting duty and emergency rotas, peer support, training and skills development Able to build strong partnerships with external agencies and develop
  • Able to confidently and safely plan for and manage change and transition
  • Actively uses supervision and opportunities for development of skills

Specialist Competencies


  • Experience of undertaking specialist assessment at a level appropriate to the job Specialist assessment and treatment of specific groups (e.g. Neuro-development disorders)
  • Understanding of need for and ability to form effective working partnerships with internal and external partners
  • Ability to develop and implement clear and robust operational policy and protocol
  • Ability to lead the development and implementation of new structures and process that impact on staff at all levels


  • CBT / DBT / Family Therapy / Group Therapy

Administration and Record Keeping


  • Competent in the use of clinical recording systems such as RIO, JADE and COMMIT Understands the process for keeping safe, secure and relevant clinical records Understands and is able to use online incident reporting systems.
  • Able to use email to support effective communication in line with WLMHT policy Able to use Microsoft PowerPoint and other communication methods to support the delivery of high quality, engaging training and presentations

Attitude, Aptitude and Personal Characteristics


  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
  • Treats service users with respect and dignity at all times
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working
  • Able to prioritise own workload
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and adapt to change
  • Honesty, enthusiasm and a sense of loyalty
  • Conducts self in a professional, courteous manner at all times and able to maintain professionalism in an often

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.
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