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Clinical Team Leader

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum HCAS inclusive
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are currently recruiting for an exciting CAMHS Clinical Team Leader (RCN, RMN, RNLD) role based at Collingham Child and Family Centre, a National 7 day inpatient setting working in partnership with Chelsea Hospital Schools, for children aged 5 - 13 years olds.

The role consists of a flexible shift pattern: Early 07:30 - 15:30, Late 12:30 - 20:30, Nights 20:00 - 08:00. This is a 24/7 service.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Main duties of the job

We have included an account from one of our current team, sharing their story WhenI first was introduced to Collingham as a student nurse almost 3 years ago and loved it so much that I kept coming back for bank shifts as a band 3 support worker. I felt part of the family and fully involved and when I qualified as an RMN I became a permanent band 5 staff nurse on the unit. From there I've progressed onto becoming a band 6 Clinical Team Leader. And it hasn't stopped there! I've continued to develop and grow within Collingham and the CNWL CAMHS family and have had opportunities to act up into a band 7 managerial role for a few weeks as I continue my career progression path

The team provides intensive assessment and treatment for children with complex emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties, offering intensive work with families/parents and carers to develop their parenting skills.

Our highly experienced and dedicated multidisciplinary team is committed to offering the highest standards of care to help children and families regain their self-confidence. Adopting a solution focused approach for hard to manage problems and steer a course towards optimism, newly realised potential and a positive future for the child and their family network.

About us

Relocation package-we know it costs money to move - we can help

Protected training time-working in CAMHS is a specialist and demanding area. We know you will need to develop skills and abilities as part of your professional development which is why we have a weekly teaching session, weekly reflective practice and access to training opportunities such as positive behaviour support (PBS), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Leadership development programmes

Protected Supervision- We ensure that all our staff have clinical supervision for a minimum of 1 hour protected time every month

Great career prospects- stay with us and we can develop your career either by gaining experience in Community and Eating Disorders or specialisation into other areas

If you are already interested please call Abigail (Matron) - who will be delighted to talk you through the role, and provide a chance for you to find out a bit more and how you can join us

Job description Job responsibilities

1.To assume responsibility for the management of the Service in the absence of the Unit Manager, and co-ordinate the activities of the unit.2. To assume responsibility for management and supervision of a group of junior staff, Senior Staff Nurses and Childworkers, attached to the caseload of children they will oversee the care of.3. To participate in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care of children and their families as part of the multi-disciplinary team. They will also be expected to devise and implement behavioural programmes for the patients and to ensure that other members of the team are trained in their implementation.4. To care for and supervise children within a 24 hour setting. To organise and run therapeutic groups and activities as appropriate.5. To introduce, plan and supervise appropriate recreational activities for in-patient children.

6. To participate as required in the therapeutic and educational activities of the Unit, using developing personal expertise, and offering clinical nursing support to team members working in the Unit.7. To act as key worker for children in line with current practices and to maintain a small caseload. This will include responsibility for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care8. To ensure accurate and timely verbal and written reporting and that records are maintained in case notes individual nursing care plans. To provide reports to other agencies including Special Educational Services, Out-Patient Teams, Social Services and the Courts as required.

9. To ensure regular supervision sessions with the Senior Staff Nurses. To carry out annual appraisals as required by the service/trust and to help staff to develop their personal development plans.10. To escort day and in-patients as required on outings and visit homes by taxi or public transport.11. To liaise as necessary with other agencies, families etc involved in the care of the children12. To offer practical advice, support and insight to families and carers as appropriate into the management of children. . This might include participation in Family Therapy sessions.13. To have regard at all times for the health and safety of colleagues and children in the Unit's care, and abide by the health and safety policy. This will include the management of challenging behaviour and all nurses willl be trained in the use oftechniques for physical intervention with children14. To participate in the preparation and serving of meals for in-patient children.15. To contribute to nursing care of the highest standard at all times in line with NMC codes of practice and conduct.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • RMN
  • Evidence of active interest in further development
  • Mentor in practice qualification
previous experience Essential
  • Significant years post registration experience at Band 5
  • Ability to lead/working Multi-disciplinary Teams
  • Ability to shift manage unit on a regular basis
  • Deputise in the absence of the Unit Manager.
  • Experience or knowledge of CAMHS
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • Ability to supervise junior staff.
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health problems
  • A comprehensive understanding of the risk assessment process (including deliberate self harm).
  • Able to build constructive relationships using warmth and empathy.
  • Ability to engage challenging and/or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations and used escalation techniques effectively
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both within a team and with external organisations
  • An understanding of Safeguarding
  • Demonstrate awareness of muli-cultural issues in acute settings
  • Experience in working with Information Systems
  • Experience in monitoring untrained staff and students
Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics Essential
  • Calm and mature manner.
  • Able to exercise initiative, flexibility and tact
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintainintenseconcentration,particularlyin unpredictable situations where there will be exposuretohighlydistressedand/ordisturbed patients,often exhibiting challenging behaviours and the risk of physical violence.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism
  • Willingness to engage in Reflective practice
  • Self-motivated with the ability to think laterally to problem solve
  • Willing to engage in and use peer and group supervision.

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