Are you a motivated, forward thinking Nurse who is looking to use and develop their skills in an ever growing and evolving team? PALMS are seeking to appoint a Band 6 Nurse who can work flexibly and is committed to supporting CYP and their families across Hertfordshire and the full PALMS' team. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a values led service and develop your own professional interests, with access to training to enhance clinical skills, regular supervision and support.
PALMS is evolving and we want to welcome additional Mental Health and Learning disability Nurses to be part of our vibrant and multi-disciplinary team who include Clinical Psychologists, Positive Behaviour Analysts, Systemic Therapists, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists and Outreach Workers.
We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.Main duties of the job
- To support in making a difference to children, young people and their families by working in partnership and to support them in achieving positive outcomes.
- To work closely with PALMS MDT supporting the running of review clinics which could include physical health interventions, medication management support and nurse prescribing, all within clear guidance and protocols. Adhering to STOMP/STAMP and other national guidance.
- To provide assessments and care planning of children/young people referred to PALMS.
- Promote the mental and emotional health of children, young people and families in the community through clinical interventions in the care pathway and through MDT working.
- Supervision and line management responsibilities of PALMS colleagues and support of the Band 5 and 6 Learning Disability/Mental Health Nurses and Band 4 Nurse assistants.
- To help set-up and develop nurse-led review clinics demonstrating the ability to work as an autonomous specialist practitioner in relation to the specialist area which will include the reading and recording of the clinical observations of each child and the ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of treatment packages.
- To lead on the nursing agenda in PALMS, the running of the Nursing forum and nursing clinical governance.
PALMS works across Hertfordshire providing a specialist multi-disciplinary approach. PALMS is a CAMHS commissioned service which offers individually tailored support for children and young people (CYP), aged 0-18 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping families to manage challenging behaviour, toileting, feeding and sleeping concerns which have not benefited from community interventions and/or to support mental health needs which cannot be met with reasonable adjustment by other CAMHS services. Additionally, PALMS also supports problematic sexualised behaviours. Interventions include workshops, groups, individual therapy, parent as therapist sessions, and a family clinic. PALMS aims to keep children and young people with their families thereby improving outcomes for all family members. PALMS predominantly applies narrative, systemic, positive behavior, and bio-psycho social models adhering to the STOMP / STAMP and Transforming Care Agendas.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
- The ideal candidate will be: Passionate about and have a desire to contribute to change in a vibrant NHS team Dedicated to supporting CYP with autism and/or learning disability and their families. Collaborative in their approach to work with families, networks, and others services Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere. Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
PALMS principally deliver a flexible service according to need and personalcircumstances, in a planned way. For example, for a full-time worker this equates to flexibly working 37.5 across the working week. PALMS are open to flexible working and therefore part time / job share would be considered, working a minimum of 0.6 WTE.
The post is permanent and will cover Hertfordshire with principle base in Sandridge Gate Business Centre, St Albans. We have continued to support CYP and their families through the COVID19 pandemic embracing virtual working whilst continuing to offer face to face work where clinically appropriate. Virtual working offers flexibility to both team members and families and is now embedded in the PALMS team.
The PALMS team is friendly, cohesive and proactive. We value feedback and empower all team members to contribute to the continuous development of the service and welcome innovation and change.
We can offer you: Regular clinical and professional supervision Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development. This includes specific support with regards to fulfilling the PALMS role. Recent examples include the team undertaking training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), sleep assessment and intervention, and systemic and family practice. Regular opportunities to meet as a team including peer reflection and Intervision. Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and learn from other evidence based frameworks and approaches. Opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management to other members of the PALMS team as appropriate. Opportunities to connect with local and national networks Involvement in providing training.
A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
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We are able to offer a recruitment and retention premia to qualified clinical team members in PALMS. This includes receiving a �1,000 payment (pro-rota based on WTE) once passing probation. Following this, two additional �1,000 (pro-rata) payments will be made after 6 months and then again at one year.
Interviews will be run either in person at one of our bases or using Microsoft Teams, full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates.Person SpecificationQualifications & TrainingEssential
- Registered Nurse (RCN/RNLD/RNMH) with experience in Children's, Learning Disabilities and/or Mental Health Nursing.
- Further training in relevant areas of Autism, Learning Disability and/or mental health
- Specialist Practice Community Qualification
- Nurse Prescriber Qualification
- A qualification and/or training in clinical supervision/Leadership
- Experience of working clinically in a mental health and/or learning disability setting assessing, containing, and managing complex cases in a multi-disciplinary setting.
- Experience of working with people who have a learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorder
- Able to identify, assess and offer evidence-based interventions for mental health and/or challenging behaviour.
- Experience of developing and delivering training and/or groups.
- Experience of dealing with Safeguarding Incidents
- Experience of multi-disciplinary working
- Experience of providing clinical supervision and Line Management
- Ability to lead professionally and managerial
- Up to date knowledge of policies and procedures and clinical issues relating to specific client group
Knowledge & SkillsEssential
- Experience of working in the community.
- Experience of working in a family cantered approach
- An awareness and appreciation of Positive Behavioural Support.
- Knowledge of current developments specific to the PALMS remit and Nursing
- Knowledge of different ways of working with CYP with a LD and/ or ASD.
- An understanding of the impact of Learning Disability, Autism and mental health difficulties and challenging behaviour on family life
- An ability to make autonomous clinical judgement involving highly complex facts and situations
- High level of communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate effectively complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a range of audiences.
- An ability and commitment to work as a member of a team and effectively communicate with the team
- Practical computing skills including the use of databases and spreadsheets.
- An interest in, and commitment to, working with children who have a learning disability and/or an autistic spectrum disorder and/or mental health difficulties
- Values that match positive behaviour practices
- Positive interpersonal skills
- Ability to work with children & young people whose behaviour is personally challenging.
- Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships
- An ability to work effectively in a range of direct care settings with families, carers, and staff.
- Good organisational skills and an ability to manage own workload
- Ability to work independently, reliably, and consistently
- Ability and willingness to work flexibly including evenings and weekends.
- Capable of using initiative and maintaining professional boundaries
- Ability to concentrate for prolonged periods
- Ability to use supervision appropriately and effectively
- Ability to recognise the emotional consequences of working with children with distressing and life changing disorders and seek support if needed
- Ability to recognise signs of stress and to seek appropriate support.
- Ability to work as part of a 'virtual team'
- Ability to think clearly and express self.
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Willingness to uphold the Trust's values
- Eligible to live and work in the UK
- If applicable to the role - hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
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