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Clinical Nurse Specialist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The CYP Community Eating Disorder Service is one of three dedicated services formed from the 2014 service transformation model which features dedicated and local services in the directorate. We are an expanding, highly specialist team, combining expertise in CYP eating disorders with specialist mental health provision for young people to a Tier 3 CAMHS level, within the remit of current funding.

The team provides out-patient and consultation services to children and adolescents experiencing an eating disorder and the associated range of mental health and developmental problems. It is a multi-disciplinary, integrated service with appointments-based outpatient treatment as well as additional more intensive interventions

Main duties of the job

We wish to recruit a Specialist Nurse to provide nursing and mental health expertise to the service The post is within a multidisciplinary team working across outpatient, developing day programme, developing paediatric liaison and inpatient, and outreach work in the service, with close links with our inpatient specialist eating disorders unit (Wisteria) on site, Adolescent Assertive Outreach Team (AAOT) on site, outpatient consultant paediatric care provided on site as part of the MDT, and brief inpatient paediatric care at nearby St George's Hospital. The post holder will be joining a skilled, motivated, and innovative multidisciplinary team committed to continual learning and development.

The post holder will contribute specialist nursing knowledge and skills, and substantial therapeutic expertise with young people with eating disorders and their families, as well as teaching, liaison, leadership and management skills.

Suitable applicants will have experience in working with Children and Young people's eating disorders, or Adult Eating disorders as well as working with families

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

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To formulate assessment and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of a child or adolescents complex mental health needs, using frameworks which take account of an analysis of a complex range of information from multiple sources, and uses methods of intervention based upon evidence of effectiveness across the full range of care settings.

  • To manage meetings that routinely involve parents/carers and other professionals, where viewpoints can be different and in conflict.

  • To frequently manage complex and emotionally charged meetings with children and families where clients may be hostile, antagonistic or have high expressed emotion.

  • To manage verbal aggression, be able to recognize risk of physical aggression and be able to diffuse such situations.

  • To be responsible for managing and prioritizing own client workload of children and adolescents with complex and moderate to severe eating disorders, often involving additional problem areas, such as self-harm, depression or family difficulties.

  • To provide appropriate therapy aspart of a multi-disciplinary assessment andtreatment plan.

  • To be responsible for implementing a range of group work interventions focusing on life skills training, motivational and creative activities, systemic, psychological and psychotherapeutic interventions for individual children, carers, families and groups.

  • To make appropriate formulations, that may need to consider risk such as sexual abuse, drawing upon a wide experience and knowledge base, maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses and adjusting and changing treatment options.

  • To be responsible for recording clinical work and communicating, both orally and in writing, in a skilled and constructive manner highly complex or distressing information, for example regarding the experience and effects of anorexia and bulimia on a young persons physical and developmental status.

  • To share assessment and treatment plans, using sensitive and age appropriate language, being mindful that the information may be unwelcome.

  • To be mindful of the needs of children, young people and families from a wide range of racial, cultural, sexual religious and social backgrounds, and to develop with colleagues innovative ways of meeting these needs.

  • To provide specialist therapy advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals who are contributing directly to the assessment, formulation and treatment plan of young people.

  • To work in close liaison with other childrens services including health, social care services, education and the voluntary sector.

  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA (care planning approach) including children, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.

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
  • Supervision training
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience
  • Significant experience of working with eating disorders
  • Significant experience of working with adolescents with mental health difficulties
  • Clinical risk assessment and management of vulnerable client groups
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience of developing services and influencing and managing a change process
  • Experience of Racial Awareness/Diversity Training
  • Conducting service evaluations
  • Working collaboratively with service users and/or carers to develop services
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
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Mental Health Act.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity to minority and ethnic groups
  • Database skills

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