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Clinical Nurse Specialist

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAs
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a committed CAMHS Clinical Nurse Specialist who is passionate about working with children and young people with complex presentations, is seeking to expand their therapeutic skills and is looking for ongoing professional development opportunities within a specialist CAMHS setting.

Kingston CAMHS is an established Tier 3/Getting More Help service that supports children, young people, and their families with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. Our MDT service is made up of disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, family therapy, CBT therapists and child psychotherapy.

The service offer assessments and time limited evidence-based interventions for children and young people presenting with moderate to severe mental health conditions, including formulation and diagnosis where appropriate, as well as recommendations and signposting to our other services provided by partner organisations and services.

We have a range of Child and Adolescent Mental Health services within the Trust including Mental Health in Schools Teams, an Adolescent Outreach Team and 12 bed adolescent inpatient unit (Aquarius ward), learning disabilities and youth offending CAMHS services, and a DBT service as well as Specialist and National services including All Age Eating Disorders day and inpatient services, Deaf CAMHS services in London, Kent and Cambridge including Corner House inpatient Unit based at Springfield Hospital.

Main duties of the job

The role will be to provide a flexible, timely response to young people and their families who require Mental Health assessments, and /or robust risk management. The postholder will have a caseload within the Multi-disciplinary Tier 3 CAMHS Service at Kingston CAMHS T3

The children and young people will be known to Kingston CAMHS or may be referred by GP, Schools, or Social Workers. The role will be embedded in a multi-disciplinary team and facilitates joint working with team consultants and therapists from the tier 3 teams, Children's emergency care team (CEC's), A& E, T3 Duty, waitlist support and case management with young people deemed at risk.

This role is open to qualified Nurses with the following:
  • Qualification as Registered Mental Health Nurse registered with the NMC.
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings
  • Experience of work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community.
  • The ability to efficiently manage a high-risk caseload.
  • Knowledge and skills in risk management and safeguarding
  • The ability to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions.
  • An interest in further professional development opportunities to increase skill set, such as DBT training.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Tolworth Hospital, Surbiton

To create the very best environment to care for our patients, this site's layout will be transformed in 2026 to add a number of wards to the existing three. Tolworth has a canteen and is near shops, the A3, Tolworth station, and is a bus ride from Surbiton station, with fast connections to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist 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 formulate assessment and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of a child or adolescents self-harm 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 be responsible for managing and prioritizingown workload of children and adolescents involving self-harm
  • To provide appropriate therapeutic interventions aspart of a multi-disciplinary assessment andtreatment plan.
  • To co-facilitate 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 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 ensure Trust standards of recording and information governance are maintained.
  • To provide consultation and training in relation to self-harm to a range of colleagues and professional groups as appropriate.

Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • To receive regular supervision
  • To undertake mandatory and statutory training, supervision and annual appraisal as required by Trust policy.
  • To contribute and commit to undertaking an annual Development Review/appraisal.
  • To undertake personal development as identified in the Personal Development Plan (PDP).

  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager(s).
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies, and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health. For this post these specifically include:
  • Current Mental Health Legislation
  • The Childrens Act (1989)
  • Trust, London Borough of and panLondon child protection procedures.
  • Local and national developments in SWLStG CAMHS
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Clinical Governance
  • Local and national developments in line with Every Child Matters
  • Joint working practices between voluntary and statutory sector

  • Person Specification

    Training and Qualifications


    • o First degree in mental health nursing
    • o Professional registration with NMC
    • o Evidence of relevant professional development


    • o Further post registration training in child and adolescent mental health
    • o Supervision training
    • o An appropriate professional qualification to supervise students in training. (e.g. ENB 998 or Practice Teacher Award)
    • o A postgraduate qualification in a therapeutic modality relevant to child mental health.



    • o Significant post qualification experience
    • o Significant experience of working with self-harm
    • o Significant experience of working with adolescents with mental health difficulties
    • o Clinical risk assessment and management of vulnerable client groups
    • o Leadership experience
    • o Experience of developing services and influencing and managing a change process
    • o Working in a multi-disciplinary team
    • o Providing and receiving supervision
    • o Establishing collaborative relationships across professional groups and organisations and managing those relationships with sensitivity and diplomacy


    • o Experience of Racial Awareness/Diversity Training
    • o Conducting service evaluations
    • o Working collaboratively with service users and/or carers to develop services
    • o Work in a range of settings e.g. inpatient, community, residential
    • o Experience of working in a community setting
    • o Coaching skills, qualification.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


    Tolworth Hospital


    KT6 7QU

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