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Lavender Walk - CAMHS Staff Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inc HCAs + additional (R&R Bonus)
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Nurse, Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Lavender Walk is an inpatient unit looking after children and young people aged 13 -18. We want to recruit from different nursing backgrounds, in order to broaden and develop the experience and skill mix available to young people at Lavender Walk.

We are looking for innovative, dynamic Nurses who are interested in developing their careers within a supportive and highly skilled nursing, medical and therapeutic team. Along with developing your core nursing skills, there are opportunities to develop your therapeutic skills in working closely with our skilled psychology, family therapy and occupational therapy team members.

We're passionate about young people's mental health outcomes, and strive to deliver first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care. Here at Lavender Walk you will be supporting young people to build resilience, better coping strategies and healthy relationships.

Set in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Lavender Walk is a Tier 4 Adolescent Unit which aims to provide a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment package, for young people with mental health conditions whose level of need can no longer be met safely in the community. We work collaboratively with the patients, their family and carers, and local voluntary services.

We appreciate that not everyone has provided care for young people, but if you're a Registered Paediatric, Mental Health or Learning Disabilities Nurse, we'd love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Who are we?

The team consists of two consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists, junior doctors, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, family therapists, support workers, a ward manager and matron. We also have a fantastic on-site school with an outstanding team of teachers and visiting tutors for music, art therapy and drama therapy.

What do we do?

We work closely with young people and their families to understand their problems, provide a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, formulation and treatment plan to allow for them to return to their homes safely as quickly as possible. We treat a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses such as psychosis, mania, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. We don't currently treat young people with primary eating disorders or those requiring naso-gastric tubes.

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.

About us

CNWL have a pioneering history improving health outcomes in people's lives, by providing physical and mental health services at GPs, clinics, hospitals, and in the community. To find out more about working in CAMHS please CLICK HERE for one of our CAMHS video.

Staff are heartbeat of our organisation and we offer a �2,000 Joining Bonus, followed by �1,000 paid 12 months later.

For inpatient Nurses we offer a relocation scheme of up to �8,000 to any qualified Nurse in the UK moving to London. We have several providers who support with finding key worker rental properties at 80% Market Rent. You'll have direct liaison with our Professional Nurse Educator to develop your career. You'll receive monthly supervision to support bespoke training, development offers, and our leadership and development programme, see the Staff rewards and wellbeing handbook for more details.

We take flexible working seriously, and will always be open to discussion to meet our workforces competing work life demands.

Our base is in the Chelsea area, next to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Thanks to the heavy NHS influence many local cafes, restaurants and bars give discounts at 10-20% to all NHS staff. As well as Better Gym offering a 50% discount to all staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification

Typical tasks for this role?
  • 1:1 sessions with all the young people on a daily basis
  • Primary Nurse for 1 to 2 young people
  • Co-facilitating groups and activities with MDT colleagues
  • Support young people with daily living skills
  • Ensuring the safe running of the unit and policy and protocols are followed
  • Attending CPA's and professional meetings
  • Medication administration including depots
  • Risk assessments
  • Care planning

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse at degree or diploma level.
  • RNC at degree or diploma level
  • RNLD at degree of diploma level
  • Current NMC Registration


  • Degree level qualification



  • Knowledge of mental disorder, child development, mental health law and legislation and the nursing process.
  • Good knowledge of the local and national policies and procedures.


  • Basic counselling skills
  • Experience of working in a mental health setting post-registration

Special Aptitudes/Abilities


  • Demonstrates an understanding of and empathy to the needs of children & young people
  • Ability to effectively communicate with children, young people and their parents
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other professionals, in person and on the phone


  • Ability to understand and work with challenging behaviour

Personal Characteristics


  • A genuine interest in working within this specialism.
  • A good level of fitness and mobility
  • Shows evidence of common sense, tolerance and empathy
  • Shows a mature, accepting warm attitude
  • Demonstrates professionalism (in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct) and good interpersonal relationships at all times.



  • Available to work shifts, days, nights and weekends, Monday to Sunday across all inpatient units
  • Full time - 37.5 hours per week
  • Agrees to be flexible to move within the trust to cover sister wards if needs present.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Lavender Walk

1 Nightingale Place


SW10 9NG

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