Clinical Nurse Specialist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per Annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Three opportunities have arisen for experienced CAMHS Liaison and Crisis Support Clinical Nurse Specialist (Band 7) with generic CAMHS experience to work within our pathway.

These are three full-time permanent posts and are part of a well-established team where professional development and innovative work is actively encouraged. The post holder will, on a rota basis, provide a 7 day crisis service for young people experiencing mental health problems in the Milton Keynes area. The post will be based within MKUH and the post holder will be expected to maintain the close links with the Hospital.

Milton Keynes (Mk) CAMHS is a very busy & friendly service which welcomes new skills and new ideas. It is part of Central & North West London (CNWL) Foundation Mental Health Trust. We are committed to collaborative multi-disciplinary work and there are very good links with partnership agencies in the borough.

Milton Keynes is a culturally diverse new town and we are keen to provide culturally appropriate services to families. We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Nurse Specialist who has CAMHS experience and is able to integrate quickly into a busy CAMHS team.

Main duties of the job

The post will include professional and practice development and ensuring high quality client centred care is delivered. The post holder will lead by example to maintain high standards of care and practice and to empower colleagues to take on a greater range of clinical tasks to improve client care in the specialist CAMHS service. The post holder will be a highly visible presence in clinical practice and be accessible to clients and their families. They will provide advice and expertise in the management of complex cases.

About us

Were passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. Were always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Job description

Job responsibilities

To effectively triage and accept referrals to the service, liaising with other professionals and providing initial advice as appropriate. Provide comprehensive mental health and risk assessments of children young people and their families/carers referred in crisis.

To manage risk by putting in place care plans, safety & coping plans and other risk interventions in a variety of settings, e.g. A& E, paediatric wards and the community.

Providing brief evidence-based crisis interventions to children, young people and families referred to the service, that aim to prevent the need for admission or facilitate safe early discharge from acute hospitals.

To engage in assertive outreach work with children/young people and their families where appropriate.

To offer and provide a liaison and consultation service to hospital staff and other key agencies working with children, young people and their families/carers including advice to professionals in creating management plans for children and young people presenting with in crisis and/or complex and severe mental health problems.

Close liaison with other agencies

To provide reports as appropriate to external agencies, ensuring that issues around confidentiality are managed

To develop and carry out other nursing roles as required

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Educated to degree level


  • Qualifications/ training in relevant specialist skills e.g. systemic therapies, CBT, DBT, Solution Focused therapy
  • Masters level study in a relevant area



  • Evidence of well developed clinical skills and abilities in CAMHS, including mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions
  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
  • Skilled in providing brief therapeutic interventions and psychoeducation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Specialty CAMHS experience e.g. YOT, Eating Disorders, Adolescent Inpatient ward, work in substance abuse
  • Experience of working with children and young people with learning disability, autism or communication difficulties



  • Experience of risk assessment, care and safety planning.
  • Experience of working with children and young people where there are safeguarding concerns and managing complex safeguarding cases

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. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Eaglestone Health Centre


Milton Keynes


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