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Nurse - Eating Disorders

West London NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa incl of HCAS
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the Triborough 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 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 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 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

Ealing CAMHS is a borough-located service, and operates as part of a wider three-borough CAMHS service, including Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham, within West London NHS Trust. The Ealing CAMHS Team is strongly aligned with the core values of the Trust togetherness, responsibility, excellence, and caring.

West London CAMHS is committed to supporting the development and progression of its staff. In addition to receiving regular supervision, all staff have access to training and development opportunities in line with their agreed development needs. Staff are also encouraged to be involved in quality improvement projects, audit and research, as well as to take a lead for areas of special interest, such as safeguarding, transitions, SEND.

Our staff are currently providing a blend of face to face clinical contact as well as clinical contact via virtual platforms, resulting in a combination of onsite and remote working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are seeking a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated CAMH 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 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 or Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Active Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
  • Mentorship/Teaching & assessing qualification


  • First or higher degree in appropriate subject area
  • Post registration training in CAMHS
  • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice

Other Requirements


  • Evidence of continuing professional development as expected by the NMC.



  • Significant post registration experience in mental health
  • Demonstrable experience of assessment and direct work with children and adolescents with eating disorders in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • Experience working with young people with in a community CAMHS setting
  • 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
  • Experience in assessing and managing high risk behaviours and in developing and implementing risk management plans
  • Experience of management of child protection emergencies
  • Experience of working in a number of ways i.e. assertive outreach, clinic based settings, home, school or other appropriate environments
  • Experience of using therapeutic skills, such as CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Work


  • oExperience of management of child protection emergencies
  • oExperience of therapeutic work with children and families where abuse or neglect has occurred
  • oExperience of audit and/or research Experience of contributing to and implementing new service developments



  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the Children's Act 2004, Mental Health Act 1983 & Safeguarding Guidelines
  • A sound working knowledge and application of the NMC Code of Practice
  • Knowledge of the legal issues relating to consent and capacity in children and young people.
  • An awareness and understanding of the issues facing, children, adolescents and their families
  • Knowledge of the various assessment tools used in CAMHS



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Skills in communicating with children, adolescents and their families or carers
  • The ability to present and communicate complex information
  • Good organisational and prioritising skills
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Flexible approach
  • Good team player /Able to manage risk
  • A good understanding of, and ability to use, clinical supervision
  • A high level of self-awareness and capacity to reflect
  • Ability to contain the anxieties of severely unwell young people and their parents.
  • Consultation Skills / Computer literate


  • Skills and sensitivity in working with difficult to engage families
  • Ability to deal with challenging behaviour in possibly distressing situations
  • Car Driver

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Eating Disorder - CAMHS Tri Borough




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