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CAMHS Manager - PRU team

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum (pro rata) inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
17 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Following the promotion of the current post holder, we are pleased to advertise our CAMHS in New River College (NRC) / Pupil Referral Unit Management Role. We are seeking a committed, knowledgeable and passionate professional to manage and lead our small multi-disciplinary team.

Our CAMHS in NRC is a small and embedded team, working closely across NRC - including a Primary, Secondary and Medical Alternative Provision. We are particularly keen to receive applicants who are experienced in trauma informed practices, and have personal or professional experience of working within a diverse population.

We are specifically keen to receive applications from clinicians from a minority ethnic background, as this is a current under-representation within Islington CAMHS, which we are keen to address.

Main duties of the job

  • To operationally manage the CAMHS in NRC clinicians and provide clinical and leadership support to all aspects of the clinical offer delivered by the team
  • To line manage staff members within the team.
  • To offer consultation and opportunities for reflective conversations with NRC's senior leadership team
  • To facilitate monthly review meetings across each NRC site along with NRC's leadership team
  • To represent Islington CAMHS at the boroughs monthly Securing Education Board meetings where referrals to NRC are discussed
  • To offer strategic consultation to NRC on areas relating to child and adolescent mental health, as well as trauma informed practice
  • To offer consultation about alternative provisions and exclusions to the wider CAMHS service and professional network

  • About us

    CAMHS in PRU team

    The main aim of the team is to provide a child and adolescent mental health service to NRC, over and above the central CAMHS provision to Islington families, in order to improve access to psychological thinking for these families and for the professionals that support them.

    The team is embedded across the NRC sites, and offers both direct and indirect CAMHS input, including consultation and support to NRC staff and wider professional network.

    Families whose children are referred to NRC often have had previous contact with services and may have disengaged or never engaged before and may have a complex relationship to help. Additional efforts need to be made to reduce barriers to accessing mental health provision for these

    The cohort of children at NRC require a flexible and assertive response from CAMHS. Unlike more traditional CAMHS teams, the PRU team need to make many adaptations and spend time engaging the children. This work is not as easily captured in traditional reporting methods, but is essential for ensuring the children and families are being reached by mental health provision.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Key skills and attributes required for this role
    • Extensive experience of working within teams that provide a CAMHS service to children and young people with significant and complex social, emotional, behavioural difficulties
    • Leadership and service development experience
    • Strong systemic consultation skills and experience of delivering consultation to education and local authority settings
    • Skilled multi-agency working with complex professional networks
    • Experience delivering supervision to qualified staff members

    We would particularly welcome applicants that reflect the diverse cultural background of the Islington population that the PRU team serves

    Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • Post-graduate level training in clinical psychology, Family Therapy, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Nursing or other relevant discipline and registered with the relevant professional/regulatory body.



    • Extensive experience of working within teams that provide a CAMHS service to children and young people with significant and complex social, emotional, behavioural difficulties
    • CAMHS Leadership and service development experience
    • Experience of providing CAMH services in education settings.
    • Experience of work with parents/ carers and families
    • Experience of teaching, training and supervision.
    • Experience of the application of child mental health theory and practice in different cultural contexts



    • High level of skills in the use of methods of mental health assessment, intervention and management for highly complex cyp.
    • Skilled in multi-agency working with complex professional networks
    • Understanding of the role of and interface between, education, health and social care and the independent and voluntary sectors in children's services and CAMHS and the ability to provide strong and effective leadership in this area.
    • Skills in prioritising and balancing competing demands, managing stress, meeting deadlines and targets, and being appropriately accountable.
    • Proficiency in the use and understanding of IT and Information Management
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public and professional settings
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
    • An ability to adhere to quality assurance standards, including performance indicators, supervision and appraisal, and auditing.
    • Understanding of the safeguarding process and child protection procedures, clinical governance arrangements and the ability to make decisions in these areas.

    Personal Qualities


    • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multi- agency setting.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


    Northern Health Centre / New River College

    580 Holloway Road


    N7 6LB

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