Community CAMHS Mental Health Nurse

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per Annum inc HCA
Closing date
24 Dec 2023
This is a fantastic opportunity for a newly qualified or more experienced nurse to join our Newham CAMHS team with this developmental training role. The aim of this post is to help mental health trained nurses who are interested in working in community CAMHS to develop the specialist nursing skills needed to access a career pathway in this speciality. This is a proven model with success in a number of London trusts and supported by the Capital Nurse Programme.

This is principally on-the-job training programme. The post aims to develop specialist expertise consistent with those of core band 7 Care coordinator/CAMHS practitioner. The post is a fixed term 23 month post and at the end of this training period the post holder should then be able to apply for a band 7 nursing post in community CAMHS.

There is an established competency framework for the training/development of the post holder. They will receive regular supervision, there will be a documented and signed-off competency folder for trainees to complete throughout the two-year period.

The post holder will not initially be expected to Care Coordinate cases until they are deemed capable and have met the competencies necessary to progress to act as a more autonomous care co-ordinator in community CAMHS. We anticipate this is likely to happen after 6 months to a year after starting if the competencies are met.

Main duties of the job

The outline and design of the education programme incorporates three key elements:

1. Practice based learning (Three-four blocks of six-month practical rotations, negotiable based on individual service specifications and expectations of the role)2. Intensive supervision and multi-disciplinary team support3. Competency development supported with online resources, training and documented evidence throughout post

Newham CAMHS is a large and vibrant specialist child and adolescent mental health service with a reputation for innovation and flexibility in meeting the complex mental health support needs of Newham's children, young people and families. It is centrally located on one site in Plaistow, Newham, and provides an extensive and growing range of services.

About us

Including multi-disciplinary specialist teams such as the Emotional & Behavioural Teams, Adolescent Mental Health Team, Paediatric Liaison Team, Neurodevelopmental Team, and Mental Health in Schools Team. There is a broad spectrum of disciplines (approximately 50 whole time equivalent clinical staff) and a long tradition of effective multidisciplinary and interagency working. The service undertakes considerable outreach and consultation work and training.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Mental Health or Register Children's Nurse
  • Minimum of 6 month experience working with people with acute mental illness
  • Evidence of on going professional development
  • Post Registration qualification



  • Good understanding and experience of risk assessment and management and can demonstrate the necessary clinical skills and interventions necessary to undertake a risk assessment and management plan.
  • Can accurately document a risk assessment and risk management plan once it is completed.
  • Awareness of Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult requirements. Ability to work flexibly.
  • Knowledge of assessment, formulation of care plans.
  • Can demonstrate some knowledge of the principles that will govern decisions about risk/safety issues.



  • Skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care.
  • Knowledge of the principles, different factors and clinical indicators contributing to self harm and suicidal thinking and behaviour.
  • Knowledge of the principles involved in the prescription of medications.
  • Theoretical knowledge of the reasons why a patient's presentation may be perceived as 'difficult' e.g. understanding the organizational, environmental and cultural context, as well as clinical issues such and physical and/or mental health problems.
  • Can demonstrate in practice the necessary skills to undertake a range of therapeutic interventions in clinical situations e.g. crisis management, risk management, psychiatric emergencies and a range of psychosocial and psychological interventions, including group work.
  • Skills in developing therapeutic collaborative relationships with service users and families/carers. An understanding of service user and carer perspective.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham CAMHS

York House, 411 Barking Road


E13 8AL

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