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Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist

West London NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to on-going investment and a structure review and subsequent expansion of the West London CAMHS Nursing we are seeking to recruit to a number of Band 8a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) posts within West London NHS Trust CAMHS.

The successful applicant for this vacant position will join the Multi-Disciplinary Neurodevelopmental Team at Ealing CAMHS which is based at 1 Armstrong Way, Southall UB2 4SA.

Main duties of the job

The Senior CNS will work as an autonomous clinician to provide highly 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 comprehensive risk assessments of children, young people and their families/carers and collaboratively develop, review and evaluate risk management plans. Additionally, the Senior CNS 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 Senior CNS 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 specialist advice & consultation to other professionals across a range of agencies including: primary care, social care, & education

About us

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 seeking a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated CAMH Clinical Nurse Specialist who has extensive experience working in CAMH Services and is looking to take the next step in their career pathway.

We are looking to appoint a CAMHS Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people, shows initiative, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, 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 complex mental health needs is essential for the role. The Senior 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. Additionally, he/she will need to demonstrate supervision and leadership skills.

Extensive post qualifying experience working within multidisciplinary CAMHS settings and evidence of accredited courses in 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 & Training Essential
  • Degree/diploma in Nursing
  • Professional registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) RMN
  • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
  • MSC level training in a relevant specialist field or appropriate experience
  • Training in supervision
  • Relevant post graduate qualification in Mental Health related field
  • Qualifications/ training in specialist skills e.g. systemic therapies, CBT, Family Intervention. Evidence based group work e.g. DBT
  • Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification
Experience Essential
  • Extensive post qualifying experience of working within a multidisciplinary CAMHS at Band 7 or above.
  • Experience of working in a number of ways i.e. assertive outreach, clinic based settings, home, school or other appropriate environments
  • Experience of assessing risk and formulating safe and effective risk management plans
  • Experience of multidisciplinary and multiagency working
  • Experience of providing consultation/teaching/ training
  • Experience of managing and supervising others in a clinical and performance management context including appraisals
  • Experience of developing operational protocols
  • Experience of teaching other professionals
  • Experience of management of child protection emergencies
  • Experience of leading on developing, delivering and evaluating evidence based clinical care packages
  • Experience of audit and/or research
  • Experience of contributing to and implementing new service developments
Administration and Record Keeping Essential
  • Competent in the use of clinical recording systems such as RIO, JADE and COMMIT Understands the process for keeping safe, secure and relevant clinical records Understands and is able to use online incident reporting systems.
  • Able to use email to support effective communication in line with WLT policy Able to use Microsoft PowerPoint and other communication methods to support the delivery of high quality, engaging training and presentations
Specialist Competencies Essential
  • Experience of undertaking specialist assessment at a level appropriate to the job
  • Understanding of need for and ability to form effective working partnerships with internal and external partners
  • Ability to develop and implement clear and robust operational policy and protocol
  • Ability to lead the development and implementation of new structures and process that impact on staff at all levels
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy

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