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Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist

West London NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inclusive of 15% HCAS
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 8a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the Tri-borough Eating Disorder Team which is at Ealing CAMHS which is based at 1 Armstrong Way, Southall UB2 4SA.

The CAMHS Eating Disorder Service is part of the Tier 3 West London CAMH Service, which also includes an neuro-developmental team, adolescent team, learning disability team and child and family team. The Service also links to a comprehensive Tier 2 CAMH Service, CAMHS Crisis Prevention/Care Team (ALLIANCE). The post holder will be part of a growing team of clinicians with a special interest and expertise in working with children, and young people, who are presenting with complex mental health needs.

The Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist will also join a thriving team of supportive, committed and skilled nurses who are dedicated to changing the future outcomes for children and young people who present to mental health services.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist you will provide mental health assessment and specialist intervention for children, young people and families referred to the Service. You will also undertake risk assessments of children, young people and their families/carers and collaboratively develop, review and evaluate risk management plans. Additionally, will engage with statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure that the needs of young people with acute, complex, long-standing and/or severe mental health problems are appropriately assessed, contained, and treated.

As a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist you will also have the opportunity to deliver a range of psychotherapeutic interventions for children and young people and their families including running evidence-based therapeutic groups for children, young people and families.

You will also form part of the CAMHS Nursing Supervision Structure and will offer supervision and line management as appropriate to members of the nursing team

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are seeking a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated CAMH Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist who has experience working in CAMH Services and is looking to take the next step in their career pathway.

We are looking to appoint a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people, shows initiative, is a team player and is able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and young people alike. Ability to demonstrate knowledge, competence and an interest in working with children who present with complex mental health needs is essential for the role. The Clinical Nurse Specialist will also need to be flexible and have the necessary skills and experience to provide high quality care that is both evidence based and client focussed.

Demonstrable post qualifying experience working within multidisciplinary CAMHS settings and evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice are essential criteria for this post.

Please see the Job Description and Personal Specification for more information.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree/diploma in Nursing
  • Professional registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) RMN.
  • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
  • MSC level training in a relevant specialist field or appropriate experience
  • Mentorship/ teaching and assessing qualification


  • Relevant management training/ qualification
  • Research training
  • CYP IAPT training
  • Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification



  • Demonstrable post qualifying experience of working within a multidisciplinary CAMHS.
  • Demonstrable experience working with children and young people with Neuro-developmental disorders
  • Experience of working in a number of ways i.e. assertive outreach, clinic based settings, home, school or other appropriate environments
  • Experience of assessing risk and formulating safe and effective risk management plans
  • Experience of managing and supervising others in a clinical and performance management context including appraisals
  • Experience of developing operational protocols
  • Experience of teaching other professionals
  • Experience of delivering mental health awareness and bespoke CAMHS training to non CAMHS professionals
  • Experience of delivering training to colleagues
  • Experience of management of child protection emergencies


  • Experience of audit and/or research
  • Experience of contributing to and implementing new service developments

Core Competencies


  • Able to confidently and competently undertake generic and emergency CAMHS assessments
  • Able to confidently and competently undertake specialist assessments relevant to area of practice
  • 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 evidence based interventions
  • 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
  • Able to confidently and safely plan for and manage change and transition
  • Actively uses supervision and opportunities for development of skills

Specialist Competencies


  • Experience of undertaking specialist assessment at a level appropriate to the job
  • Specialist assessment and treatment of specific groups (e.g. Neuro-development disorders)
  • 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
  • DBT
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy

Administration and Record Keeping


  • Competent in the use of clinical recording systems such as RIO, JADE and COMMIT
  • 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 WLMHT 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


  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


LS CAMHS Tri Borough

Tier 3 : Eating disorder CAMHS (Sure Start)



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