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CAMHS Clinical Charge Nurse - *�3000 Recruitment/Retention Payment(RL)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
30 Sep 2024

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Nurse, Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Eligible for a Recruitment/Retention payment of �3,000 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 2 instalments over a 24 month period. Terms and conditions apply to the scheme, in relation to repayment should you leave within a 24 month period.

Is working within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) the first step in your career? Are you looking to work in a team that allows you to feel empowered and proud to be a Nurse? To work in an environment that will allow you to develop and flourish as a practitioner? Then the South London and Maudsley CAMHS Inpatient Units might just be what you're looking for.

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, across our Adolescent Inpatient Units, general and PICU. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.

Providing quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We're looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients and colleagues. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at SLaM.

Main duties of the job

Existing CAMHS experience is not essential as you will have the opportunity to learn new specialist skills through our excellent learning and development opportunities which will include leadership and managerial skills alongside clinical interventions. It is important to show through your application and interview, what transferable skills and experience you have.

In addition to this we welcome skilled practitioners who would like the opportunity to develop their CAMHS specific skills. These clinicians may come from a variety of professional backgrounds including adult mental health, learning disability and paediatric settings.

As well as our inhouse development programme, we also have our CAMHS Nursing Academy which is a training and development program which is based on the four pillars of advanced nursing practice.

We have vacancies across our adolescent units
  • Snowsfields Adolescent Unit, Maudsley Hospital
  • Bethlem Adolescent Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital
  • CAMHS Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Bethlem Royal Hospital

Bethlem Adolescent Unit and CAMHS PICU based at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and Snowsfields Adolescent Unit based at the Maudsley Hospital. PICU cares for some of the most unwell and vulnerable young people requiring secure mental health services in a compassionate, safe and timely manner.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

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, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • 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
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working with young people is both challenging and demanding but also incredibly fun and rewarding. Working in CAMHS is an opportunity to work with young people at the start of their mental health journey to help them build a positive outlook for their future.

As a clinical charge nurse you will take a role in planning clinical care, being part of the nursing team to employ your pre-existing clinical skills to help provide a therapeutic and safe environment. You will be an individual who would like to develop skills in an acute mental health setting and possess a calm and contained demeanor. You will develop confidence in assessing risk on a formal and informal basis and be able to balance this effectively with acting in the least restrictive way, fostering a safe yet therapeutic service. You will have a solid working knowledge of relevant legal frameworks i.e. MHA (1983), Capacity Act (2005) and the Children Act (1989).

You must be a qualified RMN, LD with the desire to work in an in-patient mental health setting. It is essential to have an understanding of the challenges that face nurses caring for young people with mental health difficulties today and be able to demonstrate resilience and empathy. Most important to us is that you have a commitment and passion to want to listen and support young people in a variety of creative ways.

You will have the opportunity to continue enhancing your existing skills and become a specialist in CAMHS through our excellent learning and development opportunities which will include both leadership and managerial skills but also clinical interventions.

We are interested in recruiting nurses who are keen to work within CAMHS services and are not solely looking for candidates with prior CAMHs experience but who possess sound clinical skills and who demonstrate an interest of developing their career within CAMHS.

We actively encourage professional development and support our staff to take on additional training and academic qualification. Depending of relevance to the service there is the possibility of training or education being paid or by the organization.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification


  • Master's degree

Experience and Knowledge


  • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
  • Experience as a preceptor /mentor


  • Experience of engaging /supporting clinical research projects
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff

Skills and Attributes


  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
  • Teaching ability
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics promotes equality and diversity
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations


  • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework

Other Requirements


  • Empathy for service users including individuals who have experienced mental health problems
  • Able to work a flexible 24hr working pattern inluding night shifts and weekends

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Bethlem Royal Hospital

Monks Orchard Road



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