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Clinical Nurse Specialist / Senior Specialist Practitioner

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Mental Health division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust comprises of three directorates Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Older People and Specialist Services. More than 2,800 dedicated staff provide vital and integral healthcare services for our patients in a variety of settings, ranging from community through to acute wards, covering a vast geographical area.

We're investing heavily in our staff, facilities and patient care. As we move into this new chapter, we need a strong, motivated and compassionate workforce to reflect our core values of Honesty, Compassion, Trust, Respect and Teamwork. There has never been a better time to join our growing team.

We have exciting opportunities across different specialities and services, with an emphasis on career development and progression. We want to help our staff reach their full potential, and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed.

Main duties of the job

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service offers treatment for children and young people up to the age of 18 for mild to severe emotional and mental health needs. There are four multi-disciplinary Community Teams supporting Nottinghamshire along with specialist teams such as Eating Disorders, Head 2 Head, CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment, CAMHS Neuro, Children Looked After & Adoption, Primary Mental Health, Perinatal services and East Midlands Community Forensic Child & Adolescent Health Service (FCAMHS).

Our core purpose is to work with children and young people and their families/carers, who may be experiencing emotional and mental health disorders that have a significant impact on the child's development and cause distress to the child and/or their carers. We aim to improve the mental health of all children and young people with the provision of a timely, integrated, high quality, effective, multi-disciplinary county wide service.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and innovative individual to work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist/ Senior Specialist Practitioner in the Community CAMHS South team.

This team supports young people and families presenting with mild- severe mental health difficulties within Rushcliffe, Gedling, Broxtowe and the City of Nottingham.

This role will involve the assessment, care co-ordination and treatment of the most severe and complex young people on the Community CAMHS caseload.

The post holder will promote and develop clinical excellence within the Community CAMHS team to enhance the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people within Nottinghamshire through sound evidence-based approaches.

This role will support the delivery of high quality and safe patient-centred care, by working as a senior member of the team, both supporting with and actively working with the most complex cases on the team caseload.

It would be advantageous for applicants to have had further professional training in an evidence based DBT programme such as British Isles.

You will be required to work closely with the Clinical and Operational Leads for the team to ensure quality and excellence in service provision.

A key element of the role will be to support the development and sustaining of a positive working culture within the team and the broader service to support clinicians in feeling valued, listened to, supported and provided with clinical learning opportunities.

There will be an expectation for you to carry out audits as required in order to evaluate quality of care provision and to formulate improvement plans as needed.

A working knowledge of risk assessment, safeguarding procedures, experience of working with the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act is essential. Experience of working with young people experiencing mental health difficulties is essential.

Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and good IT skills.

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification



  • Ability to work autonomously whilst being able to work as an integral part of the MDT.
  • Ability to utilise electronic data recording systems.
  • To be able to prioritise work load.
  • To maintain accurate case records in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust policies and procedures.
  • Advanced skills in communicating highly complex and sensitive information to young people and their families/carers.
  • The ability to communicate highly complex clinical issues to large groups of professionals.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with young people and their families, clinical peers and other professionals.
  • Ability to recognise and act upon issues relating to equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.



  • Understanding and working knowledge of the CAMHS system.
  • Understanding of attachment and early developmental issues Knowledge and experience of the provision of mental health assessment for young people.
  • Working knowledge and experience of the provision of therapeutic approaches and interventions with children, young people and their families.
  • Knowledge of other agencies systems e.g. AMH, Social Care
  • Working knowledge and experience of relevant legislation regarding young people.
  • Extensive knowledge of complex mental health difficulties that affect children, young people and the impact on their families/carers.
  • Working knowledge and experience of safeguarding policies and procedures.


  • Knowledge of the key strategies and policies affecting child and adolescent mental health services including Standard 9 of the National Service Framework, Every Child Matters, National CAMHS Review
  • More recently the crisis care concordat and 'our future in mind'
  • Knowledge of how these are located into a wider strategic picture of child health and well-being.



  • Extensive experience of working therapeutically at Band 6 (or equivalent/ above) with children and young people and families within a CAMHS setting using a range of clinical interventions appropriate to the needs of users of the service which are evidence based.
  • Extensive experience of working with young people and their families who have experienced a range of mental health problems (Including psychotic illness, eating disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders)
  • Care co-ordinating care plans.
  • Extensive experience of risk assessment and risk management. To demonstrate ability to carry out highly competent clinical assessments including mental state assessments and risk assessments and develop a formulation of their problems.
  • An ability to apply a crisis management approach to complex clinical situations.
  • Extensive experience of multi agency working including education, health and social care.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision in relation to complex cases to junior staff and peers.
  • Delivering consultation within CAMHS and other agencies.
  • Experience of audit, research and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrates experience of providing care that is sensitive to the needs of minority groups.
  • An ability to manage and contain the anxiety of other professionals.
  • Extensive experience of involvement: communicating with service users/carers to reflect on and develop services.
  • Demonstration of leadership skills within CAMHS.


  • Working within the Tier system of CAMHS



  • To have undertaken statutory child safeguarding training or be willing to prior to commencement of the post.
  • Further training/qualification in psychological therapies e.g. family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, group work


  • Sign-off mentor training CPA and/or EHAF training
  • Further or non-statutory child safeguarding children training
  • Further or non-statutory vulnerable adults safeguarding training



  • Appropriate professional registered qualification e.g. RMN, Social Worker or equivalent qualification and membership of a registered statutory body e.g. NMC.
  • Post basic qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or relevant experience to master's level or equivalent
  • Qualification in teaching/supervision and mentoring of students

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to move across acute hospital's and trust and community site

Contractual Requirements


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