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CAMHS Mental Health Nurse

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a mental health nurse to develop their therapeutic skills and knowledge within a supportive, dynamic environment and an award-winning team.

The Bedfordshire CAMHS Crisis Home Treatment Team are a newly developed multi-disciplinary team, who work with partnership agencies to provide a high-quality service to children and their families presenting in mental health crisis. The team provides rapid assessment and short-term evidence-based crisis and when necessary intensive home treatment support for children and young people aged up to 18. We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic mental health nurse to join our friendly and professional team. The post-holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy, self-management and drive with the ability to work well in a team and within the multi-agency environment.

Though previous CAMHS experience is desirable, we are very happy to consider applications from candidates able to demonstrate experience in working with younger adults in crisis settings and who exhibit transferable skills, evidencing the ability to engage therapeutically with young people experiencing mental health crisis.

Main duties of the job

Our clinically-led service is strongly committed to continuously improving the experience and quality of care we offer our families. The successful candidate will receive a robust induction program, regular clinical and management supervision to support this role. Successful candidates will be supported to acquire the necessary skills and experience to enable them to continue their professional development and progression in their nursing career

The Senior Management Team within Beds CAMHS is committed to staff development: there are regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses and to get involved in quality improvement initiatives and new developments in the service, some associated with a higher banding during the time of the project. We also have a significant number of positions in the trust for clinicians up to band 8D, opening up paths for promotion for ambitious members of staff. The East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

This post is based in Bedford, Bedfordshire, close to the M1 and easily reached by rail and car from North London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The clinic also has the added benefit of free parking, and all clinicians are supported by very dedicated and efficient administrative staff. Whilst some of the work is based in the clinic, access to a car is essential as some travel will be required to respond to presentations at Bedford General Hospital and to undertake outreach support at home or other CAMHS/ multi-agency sites.

If you would like the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people, are passionate about delivering high quality care and are committed to personal and professional development we are extremely happy to hear from you.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, or to arrange an informal visit please contact Matt Sparks, Clinical Team Lead or Lisa Collings, Professional Lead on 01234 893337

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (Part 3/8/13 of the UKCC Register)
  • Mentorship or equivalent teaching qualification/experience
  • CBT or DBT training
  • Master's Degree or working towards postgraduate qualification in related CAMHS or specific treatment modality.
Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Minimum of 18 months post qualifying experience as a mental health nurse
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area.
  • Experience of working with people who present in crisis or with high risk behaviours
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Knowledge of evidence based mental health crisis intervention
  • Knowledge of audit and research
  • Knowledge and application of outcome measures.
  • Minimum of 1 years experience working in a mental health setting working with adolescents or young people
  • Experience of supporting and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of supporting service development
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area.
  • Experience of working in or liaising closely with multi agency teams working with adolescents or young adults e.g. Youth Services, YOT etc.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people who present with high risk behaviours
  • Experience of using CBT or other evidence based therapeutic interventions
  • Specialty CAMHS experience (e.g. YOT/Eating Disorders/ Adolescent Inpatient ward/ work in substance abuse)
  • Knowledge of potential barriers and resources within a multi-agency setting that affect mental health and are relevant to children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge of Systemic work/ impact on child/adolescent mental health
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and polices in the field of CAMHS
  • Knowledge of the Children Act, Mental Health Act and associated legislation including Child Protection Procedures
  • Understanding of best practice in staff supervision and development
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Strong ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Proven ability to work with people in distress or through psychiatric emergency
  • Evidence of well developed risk assessment and management skills
  • Able to assess, hypothesize and prescribe nursing interventions
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold stress of others
  • The ability and potential to work towards delivering formal/informal CAMHS training/consultation within a multi-agency professional setting. (for example children's social care, youth services, YOT)
  • Able to manage own time and caseload, prioritising assessments and treatment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries.
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Ability and motivation to work towards training/ consulting independently to other professionals working with young people
  • Ability to provide tailored psychosocial/ cognitive therapeutic intervention to people with mental health problems
  • Well-developed assessment skills in mental health
  • Experience of working sensitively with distressing material that may have serious implications to young people/adults and their families.

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