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CAMHS Tri-Borough Practice Development Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience pa inc
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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We are looking for a dynamic and highly motivated CAMHS Practice Development Nurse (PDN) to join our Tri-Borough CAMHS service.

The successful candidate will provide continuing training and developmental support to all grades of nursing across Bromley, Bexley & Greenwich Community CAMHS Services in collaboration with the PDN for Crisis and DBT.

This post holder will help lead on the direction of nursing by facilitating clinical, practice and professional development, education, and robust supervision, in line with local and national initiatives. This is a newly created position, giving the successful candidate the scope to develop and shape the role.

This PDN post directly links to one of OXLEAS 3 strategic priorities Making Oxleas a great place to work by providing our CAMHS nurses opportunities to develop and thrive and to feel supported to give their best every day.

The role also links to one of OXLEAS Nursing strategic priorities Growing Our Nurses by supporting career pathways, skills and competencies. Enhancing workforce recruitment and retention, and promoting staff wellbeing and support.

This role is 0.6 WTE (3 days per week) and is a fixed term for 2 years.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is an expert practitioner and provides continuing teaching and coaching to all grades of CAMHS nursing staff in their delivery of nursing care in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary teams. They will provide direction for the future of CAMHS nursing through practice development, education, and robust supervision, in line with local and national initiatives. They have responsibility for providing this service across Tri-borough CAMHS whilst also working closely with the Crisis Practice Development Nurse. They have responsibilities across all the quality domains, with tasks around patient safety, patient experience and clinical effectiveness.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Support CAMHS staff and nursing teams (across the 3 Boroughs Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich) in continuing clinical and professional development in the workplace.

Provide information and training in CAMHS about how to develop, implement and evaluate standards and programmes of care, and provide advice and support where required.

Ensure effective communication between CAMHS nursing colleagues, multi-professional teams, patients, relatives, and carers, and provide advice and support when appropriate.

Be involved in the development of policies, procedures and standard operating procedures that will affect CAMHS Nurses across Bexley, Bromley, and Greenwich. Ensuring that agreed policies are followed to provide a safe environment for patients, relatives, and staff.

Lead, facilitate and participate in research projects and clinical audit, and implement any changes.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration oExcellent working knowledge of mental health presentations in children oPostgraduate qualification at Masters Level (level 7 (postgraduate diploma or master's degree)) or equivalent experience. oEvidence of continuous professional development oEvidence of experience in therapeutic interventions relevant to specialty, i.e. nurse Prescribing, CBT, DBT, PSI, EFT, NLP and Family Interventions, Group work oKnowledge of a range of NHS, other statutory agencies and voluntary sector providers oDemonstrable use of evidenced based research in clinical work


  • Doctorate or working towards oNurse Prescribing Course or will work towards oAdvanced Nurse Practitioner qualification or will work towards



  • Extensive experience of working within areas relevant to designated team. oExperience of working therapeutically with children and young people oExperience in a nursing leadership role oEvidence of having led service development changes. oExperience of research and development into practice oEvidence of facilitating quality improvement in practice oKnowledge of clinical governance issues oExperience of training and education/ lecturing within higher education field oExperience of working with a wide variety of CAMHS presentations that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse. oExperience of managing and supervising clinicians attending emergency presentations of children in a variety of settings oExperience and understanding of senior management within the health service


  • Experience of contributing to the development of nursing at a local level oExperience of contributing towards service development at an organisational level



  • Ability to work across professional and organisational boundaries internally and externally. oLeadership, vision, strategic thinking and planning with highly developed political skills oWell developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. oAbility to support the organisation to adapt to new ways of working as required through transformation change programmes oAbility to influence senior leaders, in a way that is understandable and usefully informs thinking oExceptional interpersonal skills that support and motivate key stakeholders to work together to ensure integrated strategy planning oAbility to work under pressure, acting as a senior role model and making autonomous decisions that are often complex, involve multi-discipline and multi-agency cooperation, including decisions that are likely to be distressing to individuals and their families. oadaptable, able to manage competing demands, and prioritise and delegate complex decisions / tasks effectively, including among other senior medical and allied healthcare professionals oSkills in providing consultation to a range of disciplines oExperience of working within a multicultural framework oAbility to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting. oAbility to teach and train others. oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate. oSpecialist expertise in safeguarding and the ability to train and supervise others in this domain. oBudget holder for the crisis pathway.


  • Led a visionary piece of work and evaluated outcomes.

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Memorial Hospital

Shooters Hill


SE18 3RG

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