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CAMHS Staff Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 a year pa inc
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Lavender Walk is a Tier 4 Adolescent Unit which provides acute inpatient and intensive day treatment for young people (aged 13-18) with a range of with complex mental health needs and risks that cannot be managed in the community. The unit is based at South Kensington Mental Health Centre alongside the established Eating Disorder Inpatient and Outpatient Service.


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Main duties of the job

Lavender Walk opened in November 2018 and continues to be developing as a service. We are in the process of applying to QNIC accreditation and as a team are highly invested in continually assessing and improving the quality of care being provided for our young people. The role of staff nurses is essential in the implementation and monitoring of care.

About us

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

Golden Hello-it's a competitive market out there so we offer our Golden Hello - a sum of £2,500 if you join us

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), Leadership development program, Preceptorship.

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

Job description Job responsibilities

To deliver high standards of CAMHS nursing in partnership with child/young person and their carers.
Key Results
  • The child and family will receive high standards of evidence-based care in a safe and professional environment.
  • Family centred care is promoted by working in partnership with the child and family.
  • Junior staff will be supported in order to develop professional, clinical and communication skills.
  • Professional development will support NMC requirements.
  • Trust Policies and Procedures will be adhered to.

Critical Activities
Nursing Care
  • To take responsibility for and manage the overall care of the unit within a span of duty and act as nurse in charge, delegating as appropriate and ensuring completion of all nursing duties.
  • To be able to recognise escalation in behaviour or shift in ward dynamics and proactively address this with staff or young people.
  • To be able to ensure that all observations are allocated and carried out appropriately and effectively.
  • To be able to identify the need for increased/decreased observations and be able to share concerns/rationale with others.
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate care in relation to the physical, psychological, emotional, social, occupational and spiritual needs of children and young people with mental health problems and their families, in accordance with the nursing process.
  • To demonstrate knowledge and skills in mental health; mental disorder and mental health nursing.
  • To ensure that all Trust and departmental policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.
  • To supervise junior staff and students to ensure the delivery of safe and effective care.
  • To demonstrate a good knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Childrens Act, Mental Capacity Act and any other relevant legal information pertaining to this field of practice.
  • To receive section papers correctly, identifying rectifiable and non-rectifiable mistakes.
  • To promote a progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research and evidence based practice
  • To act as an advocate for the child and family ensuring the provision of appropriate information and support services.
  • To be proficient in maintaining ongoing risk assessment for the CYP as informed by the CYP appearance/history/behaviour/thought content and concerns are raised to wider MDT for case discussion.
  • To lead on decision making including review of observation levels with medical staff.
  • To create individualised care plans lead by the service user and update amend regularly as informed by the young persons recovery and risk assessment.
  • To maintain good personal, environmental and relational security whilst on shift.
  • To use the least restrictive intervention always lead by what is in the best interest of the patient.
  • To show an understanding of positive risk taking.
  • To demonstrate a good knowledge of child development.Clinical
  • To ensure the young people and their families are at the centre of care at all times.
  • Be competent in measuring interpreting, escalating and documenting vital signs.
  • To identify gaps in effective delivery of care and supporting senior nurses to address these.
  • Promote Family Centred Care and ensure the provision of a welcoming, caring, clean and safe environment for the CYP and their families.
  • Ensure that discharge planning is commenced at the point of admission, liaising with the multidisciplinary team, other departments and community services as necessary.
  • To develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide holistic, evidence based nursing care. This includes completion of the Trusts clinical skills competency framework and expanded role responsibilities, following appropriate training.
  • To be competent in the administration of medication including under patient group directives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what control drugs are and how these are safely managed.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of monitoring medication compliance following this being dispensed to CYP.
  • To provide the CYP of psychoeducation about the side effects that may occur from medications and monitor for same.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of safe disposal of medications and the sharps procedures.
  • Attend ward round ensuring all necessary information is presented and discussed.
  • To be familiar with and comply with infection prevention and control policies relevant to their area of work and attend infection control training commensurate to their role.
  • To be aware of the uses, safety precautions and handling of equipment in the department.
  • Assist in the development and review of policies and standards for the safe use and cleaning of equipment and any new equipment introduced to the department.
  • To liaise effectively with all members of the multi-professional team to co-ordinate all aspects of family centred care.
  • To work in partnership with children and their families and other health care professionals.
  • To communicate effectively, verbally, non-verbally and via formal documentation with children, families and the multi-professional team.
  • To ensure that all patient care is documented, and that all relevant documentation is completed accurately and within agreed timescales using Trust approved documentation, in line with NMC, CQC and Trust standards.
  • To develop effective Therapeutic Relationships with the child and their families respecting appropriate boundaries.
  • To communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming any barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events.
  • To complete CRAFT, CPA and tribunal reports.
  • To encourage and facilitate an effective communication network by attendance at staff meetings and accessing all available information sources within the department.
Education and Training
  • To utilise professional development opportunities provided by the Trust in order to achieve roles within the Scope of Professional Practice.
  • To provide mentorship, guidance and supervised practice for junior staff and student nurses, and to instigate learning opportunities for these groups within the CAMHS environment.
  • To identify personal and professional development needs of junior staff.
  • To attend formal and informal update sessions and keep updated in developments in clinical practice.
  • To take responsibility for own personal and professional development.This will include taking an active role in ensuring attendance at supervision sessions, reflective practice and collecting evidence for NMC revalidation.
  • To take full responsibility for maintaining mandatory training requirements.
  • To be competent in the use of all relevant Trust IT systems ensuring that data is entered in an accurate and timely fashion, in accordance with Trust policy and procedure.


  • To act as a positive role model at all times to staff and young people.
  • To be aware of their own professional boundaries and be vigilant of those around them escalating any concerns in a timely manner.
  • To instigate the correct action in the event of critical incidents and complaints, ensuring that the process is communicated appropriately.
  • To participate in support group activities, and the performance management process.
  • To ensure that appropriate support and guidance is accessed via regular clinical supervision, group supervision/support and through line management structure.
  • To participate in identified projects and key initiatives as identified by the Ward Manager or Lead Nurses.
  • To demonstrate a reasonable knowledge of finance/budget management to inform safe staffing levels.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse at degree or diploma level.
  • RNC at degree or diploma level
  • RNLD at degree of diploma level
  • Current NMC Registration
Experience/Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of mental disorder, child development, mental health law and legislation and the nursing process.
  • Good knowledge of the local and national policies and procedures.
  • Basic counselling skills
Interest Essential
  • A genuine interest in working within this specialism
Special Aptitudes/Abilities Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and empathy to the needs of children & young people
  • Ability to effectively communicate with children, young people and their parents
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other professionals, in person and on the phone
  • Ability to understand and work with challenging behaviour
Personal Characteristics: Essential
  • A genuine interest in working within this specialism.
  • A good level of fitness and mobility
  • Shows evidence of common sense, tolerance and empathy
  • Shows a mature, accepting warm attitude
  • Demonstrates professionalism (in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct) and good interpersonal relationships at all times.

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