Lead Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Hayes, London
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum HCAS inclusive
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Contributing to highly specialist assessments and treatment of children and young people with complex and high-risk mental health presentations including outreach work. Supervise and manage the neurodevelopmental team within Hillingdon CAMHS. Ensuring effective clinical care is provided in line with clinical governance and best practice. We are seeking an able and committed Nurse to join our Hillingdon CAMHS Service to provide operational management of all nurses within Hillingdon CAMHS, and along with the other multi-disciplinary professional leads, support the team manager by ensuring team structures and policies are adhered to, as well as supporting the development of new ways of working. Contributing to highly specialist assessments and treatment of children and young people with complex and high-risk mental health presentations including outreach work. Supervise and manage the neurodevelopmental team within Hillingdon CAMHS. Ensuring effective clinical care is provided in line with clinical governance and best practice. Meeting service line performance targets. They will utilise research skills for audit to support policy and service development; and undertake research within the area served by the service and of relevance to young people their families and carers.

Main duties of the job

In line with service needs, the post holder will also provide CAMHS assessment and intervention as well as providing interventions and supporting case formulation and treatment plans in line with best practice and evidence-based interventions. The post holder will provide advice and consultation to the team on nursing interventions with a focus on the most complex children and families. The post holder will provide operational management and clinical supervision to the Hillingdon CAMHS nurses, and where appropriate other staff, and have line management and clinical oversight of all job plans for Hillingdon CAMHS nurses.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest specialist mental health trusts in England, providing a wide range of mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services for a population of 2 million people across nine London Boroughs. We are a University Teaching Trust with a consistent record of financial stability and an annual turnover of over £210 million with a workforce of approximately 3,400 staff.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. 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

Provide comprehensive CAMHS assessments of children and young people. Formulate and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of the child/young persons problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings. Be responsible for implementing a range of interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis. Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans. Provide specialist advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to children and young people formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual children and young people and to provide advice to other professions on risk assessment and risk management. Act as care coordinator/ case manager, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of CAMHS care plans including children and young people, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care. Communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children and young people under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni and multi-disciplinary care.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/diploma in Nursing
  • Professional registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) RMN.
  • Post registration training in a treatment modality to diploma/degree standard as a minimum such as CBT
  • Recent Safeguarding children training
  • Research training
  • CYP IAPT training
  • MSC level training in a relevant specialist field or appropriate experience
  • Relevant management training/ qualification
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working within a CAMHS team
  • Experience of Adhd assessments
  • Experience of running ADHD clinics
  • Experience of managing and supervising others in a clinical and performance management context including appraisals
  • Experience of developing operational protocols and managing duty cover systems
  • Experience of leading and developing multi-partnership collaboration arrangements at a senior level
  • Experience of delivering mental health awareness and bespoke CAMHS training to non CAMHS professionals
  • Experience of delivering training to colleagues
  • Experience of developing bespoke training packages for non CAMHS professionals
Core Competencies Essential
  • Able to confidently and competently undertake generic and emergency CAMHS assessment
  • Understands developmental issues for children and able to adapt interventions accordingly
  • Understands the need for and able to competently assess risk
  • Understands individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
  • Understands the elements of effective engagement and can apply these to working practice
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication
  • Able to foster strong therapeutic alliances
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of CYP IAT
  • Understanding of and commitment to service user involvement, patient led care and choice
  • Understands the need for and has experience of undertaking family and parenting work as part of CAMHS support
  • Understands the importance of assessment that explores and considers individual cultural identity and associated support needs.
  • Experience of providing consultation and liaison support to colleagues, referral agencies and services responsible for the care, support and wellbeing of service users and their families/carers
  • Able to promote self management and recovery by working with service users and their families to understand their condition and identify and reinforce strengths, resources and coping skills
  • Able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, actively engaging in and supporting duty and emergency rotas, peer support, training and skills development
  • Able to build strong partnerships with external agencies and develop effective joint planning and support arrangements
  • Able to confidently and safely plan for and manage change and transition
  • Actively uses supervision and opportunities for development of skills
Specialist Competencies Essential
  • Experience of undertaking specialist assessment at a level appropriate to the job
  • Understanding of need for and ability to form effective working partnerships with internal and external partners
  • Ability to develop and implement clear and robust operational policy and protocol
  • Ability to lead the development and implementation of new structures and process that impact on staff at all levels
  • CBT
  • Nurse Prescriber
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Experience of undertaking assessment of parenting capacity as part of court required parenting assessment
  • Experience of running ADHD clinics
  • Experience of ADHD assessments
Administration and Record Keeping Essential
  • Able to use word and excel to write reports and analyse and present basic data
  • Competent in the use of clinical recording systems.
  • Understands the process for keeping safe, secure and relevant clinical records
  • Understands and is able to use online incident reporting systems
  • Able to use email to support effective communication in line with CNWL policy
  • Able to use Microsoft PowerPoint and other communication methods to support the delivery of high quality, engaging training and presentations
Attitude, Aptitude and Personal Characteristics Essential
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
  • Treats service users with respect and dignity at all times
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working
  • Able to prioritise own workload
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and adapt to change
  • Honesty, enthusiasm and a sense of loyalty
  • Conducts self in a professional, courteous manner at all times and able to maintain professionalism in an often emotionally challenging environment
Other Essential
  • Understands and able to implement and promote the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job
  • Understands and can apply confidentiality and information sharing policy and procedure

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