We are seeking to recruit a Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist to undertake our Band 7 to Band 8a Training and Progression Pathway.
The post holder will be supported to undertake training and gain experience in:
- Independent Non-Medical Prescribing (if required for the role)
- One or more therapeutic modalities
- Advanced/ Specialist assessment (including physical health care) and the use of standardised assessment tools such ADI-r and ADOS
- Leadership and supervision
- Service Development
- Teaching and training
On successful completion of this training and demonstrating the advanced clinical skills and leadership skills necessary for the post, the post holder will progress to a Band 8a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist role.
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated CAMH Clinical Nurse Specialist who has demonstrable experience working in CAMH Services.
The post located Ealing Specialist CAMHS 1 Armstrong Way, Southall UB2 4SA. The post holder will join the well-established multidisciplinary Neuro-development Team
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
The Clinical Nurse Specialist will provide specialist diagnostic assessments of children, young people and their families with neuro-developmental conditions (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tic disorders) and co-morbid mental health problems. They will formulate and implement plans for the treatment and management of a child or young person's mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing research and evidence-base. They will also undertake risk assessments of children, young people and their families/carers and collaboratively develop, review and evaluate risk management plans. Additionally, the Clinical Nurse Specialist will be responsible for implementing 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.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist will engage with statutory and voluntary agencies to develop networks 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, and that the quality of life and competence of the young people and families involved are enhanced during the course of their work. They will also offer advice and consultation to other professionals across a range of agencies including: primary care, social care, and education.
West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.
Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.
We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.
We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.
We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.
Job description Job responsibilities
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. The Team is committed to providing services that are accessible to everyone, and it prides itself on its creative and innovative ways of delivering high quality evidence based care for children, young people and families referred to the service.
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.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic West London CAMHS has had to develop new and innovative ways of working. 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. All staff are provided with a laptop and mobile phone to support this way of agile working.
We are looking to appoint a CAMHS 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 neuro-developmental conditions is essential for 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.
Post qualifying experience working within multidisciplinary CAMHS settings and evidence professional development relevant to 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 Essential
- 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
- Specialist neurodevelopmental assessment skills e.g. ADOS, ADI-R
- Training in the prevention and management of violence and aggression in children and young people
- Post registration training in CAMHS Independent Non-Medical Prescriber
- Significant post registration experience in mental health
- Extensive experience of assessment and direct work with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
- Demonstrable 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
- Experience of neurodevelopmental assessments
- 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
Other Requirements Essential
- Evidence of continuing professional development as expected by the NMC.
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