CAMHS Clinical Nurse Specialist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year pro rata per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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South West London and St George's Trust is the main provider of integrated mental health and social care services in south west London. Our child and adolescent mental health service provide out-patient and consultation services to children experiencing a range of mental health and developmental difficulties

The Kingston and Richmond CAMHS SPA service processes and manages all referrals for children and adolescents in Richmond and Kingston boroughs where there are concerns about emotional heath/mental health difficulties.

The CAMHS SPA provides triage and Mental Health Assessments for children, adolescents and their families experiencing a range of Mental Health, Neurodevelopmental and emotional health difficulties. The CAMHS SPA is integrated within Richmond and Kingston Children's Services and works closely with Children's social care, including working within the Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) and our Tier 2 Emotional Health Service, provided through Achieving For Children. We also liaise closely with our GP, School and Health referrers, as well as local charitable and counselling support services to help signpost families to the most appropriate level of support.

Main duties of the job

An opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Nurse specialist to join the Kingston and Richmond CAMHS Single Point of Access service. We are looking for a committed CAMHS Clinical Nurse Specialist who is passionate about working with children and young people with complex presentations, and who is also interested wider service development initiatives.

The Candidate should have the following:
  • experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings
  • experience of work within a multi-disciplinary team and with multi-agency professionals
  • the ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community
  • the ability to adapt to the fast-paced nature of SPA work, with good IT and computer recording skills to navigate between the various IT systems within CAMHS and the local authority.
  • knowledge and skills in risk assessment, management and safeguarding
  • be able to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions

This role is open to qualified Nurses with the following:
  • Qualification as Registered Mental Health Nurse registered with the NMC
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings
  • Experience of work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community
  • The ability to efficiently work within a high-paced environment
  • Knowledge and skills in risk management and safeguarding
  • The ability to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist assessments of young children and their parents/carers referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews in line with CYP IAPT methodology.

  • 2 To formulate and implement plans for evidence-based interventions, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, to improve the parent/child relationship.

  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions employed individually and in synthesis, maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses, adjusting and refining formulations or understandings, drawing upon different explanatory models and employing methods of intervention that are based upon evidence of efficacy.

  • To 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 and the family.

  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans

  • To provide specialist mental health advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the care of the young child and their parents/carers

  • To contribute to and/or use evidence-based, integrated working tools and processes, to ensure young children and their parents/carers receive holistic and co-ordinated services in response to their mental health needs.

  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for young children and their parents/carers.

  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of young children and their parents/carers who are under their care.

  • To monitor progress during the course of interventions, ensuring that all interventions are fully assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated in conjunction with CYP IAPT minimum dataset standards.

  • To maintain accurate and accessible health care records according to Trust policy and Information Governance requirements.

  • To demonstrate high level communication skills, both written and verbal, within all agencies.

  • Person Specification Training & Qualification Essential
    • First degree in mental health nursing
    • Professional registration with NMC
    • Evidence of relevant professional development
    • Further post registration training in child and adolescent mental health
    • An appropriate professional qualification to supervise students in training. (e.g. ENB 998 or Practice Teacher Award)
    • A postgraduate qualification in a therapeutic modality relevant to child mental health.
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • Knowledge of current child mental health guidance and legislation
    • Ability to co-ordinate and deliver a day programme
    • Ability to plan and develop local policy and procedure
    • Ability to manage and develop a clinical team
    • Ability to investigate and provide information to and remedial action from SUI reviews
    • Ability to manage unpredictable workloads and frequent demands on concentration and attention
    • Database skills
    Experience Essential
    • Significant post qualification experience
    • Significant experience of working with self-harm
    • Significant experience of working with adolescents with mental health difficulties
    • Clinical risk assessment and management of vulnerable client groups
    • Experience of developing services and influencing and managing a change process
    • Working in a multi-disciplinary team
    • Experience of Racial Awareness/Diversity Training
    • Working collaboratively with service users and/or carers to develop services
    • Work in a range of settings e.g. inpatient, community, residential

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