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Clinical Nurse Specialist

West London NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa including 20% HCAS
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the Adolescent Team in Hammersmith and Fulham (H& F) CAMHS, 48 Glenthorne Road W6 0LS.

The Adolescent Team is part of the Specialist H& F CAMH Service, which also includes a neurodevelopmental team, learning disability team and child and family team. The Service also links to a comprehensive Community CAMH Service, CAMHS Crisis Prevention/Care Team (ALLIANCE) and a CAMHS Eating Disorder Service. 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.

Training in Advanced Assessment and Non-Medical Prescribing will be offered to the successful applicant

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Nurse Specialist will work as an autonomous clinician and carry out specialist CAMHS assessments of children, young people and their families with significant and complex problems and document the outcome of these assessments, providing formulation, diagnosis, and recommendations for interventions. In addition, they will offer a range of individual, family and group therapeutic interventions, including risk management, appropriate for children and young people attending the Service.

In addition, the post holder will form part of the CAMHS Nursing Supervision Structure and will offer supervision and line management to CAMH Nurses. They will also have the opportunity to be involved in service development, audit, research and quality improvement projects.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

CAMHS is a fast growing, friendly and proactive service. We offer staff benefits which are outlined in the candidate pack and a great level of job satisfaction.

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required and the link below will also provide useful information.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services staff share their stories of working for the NHS. (

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Active Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Mentorship/Teaching & assessing qualification


  • Training in the prevention and management of violence and aggression in children and young people
  • Post registration training in CAMHS
  • Independent Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
  • Specialist assessment skills e.g. ADOS, ADI-R



  • Significant post registration experience in mental health
  • Demonstrable experience of assessment and direct work with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties
  • Experience working with young people with in a community 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


  • Experience of preparing comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessment reports
  • Experience of working with children and young people with ASD, ADHD and tic disorders
  • Working knowledge of psychological therapy CBT and DBT techniques



  • 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

Other Requirements


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

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Bridge House Centre for Health

1 Broughton Road



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