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CAMHS Clinical Service Lead Nurse

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have created an exciting new post and are looking to recruit an experienced registered nurse to act as a Lead for nurses in Lambeth CAMHSwith responsibility for providing professional leadership for all nurses within Lambeth CAMHS. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the effective professional development and provision of supervision to all nursing staff, both clinical and/or professional. The post is split 60% clinical / 40% Lead Nurse responsibilities

Main duties of the job

  • To support the Head of Nursing with the implementation of the Trust wide Nursing Strategy across the local service and contribute to the workforce development of nurses locally, supporting recruitment activities and ensuring educational opportunities are available both pre and post qualification.
  • Coordinate & have oversight of nursing student placements in Lambeth acting as the key link for universities.
  • Take a lead for Tenable & physical health in the borough and contribute to the development of a physical health clinic supported by other health staff.
  • To provide expertise as a Nurse and to offer advice and consultation on clients care to other members of the team.
  • To liaise with medical colleague, partner agencies and adult mental health professionals across a range of settings.
  • To work autonomously within professional practice guidelines and Trust guidelines.
  • Contribute and be an advocate for research and audit.
  • Coordinate and quality check physical health audits, objectives and initiatives as directed by the trust and locally.
  • To triage referrals received by the Lighthouse (Front door / Duty) Team
  • To provide oversight of the assessment clinic

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To act as care co-ordinator for a range of cases including high risk and extremely complex, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the client needs, co-ordinating the work of others involved, and to monitor progress in the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To provide strategic nursing input at senior level across Lambeth CAMHS, ensuring effective advice to the Borough manager, Lead Clinician and other management team and provide visible nursing leadership to nurses within the service.
  • To participate in clinical governance initiatives as agreed by the Trust and clinical governance committee and to act as clinical governance link worker if required.


  • To support the development of a culture that promotes leadership through coaching in accordance with Trust standards and protocols.
  • To line manage and performance manage team leaders/managers in accordance with Trust standards and protocols.
  • To line manage and performance manage team to assist in recruiting, motivating, training, developing and retaining appropriate staff enabling them to have the skills, expertise and discretion to function effectively in their roles.
  • Provide demonstrable assurance that staff have the appropriate skills and competence to deliver high quality care.
  • To ensure the effective operational management of the CAMHS service in providing services which are in accordance with the objectives of the CAMHS / and achievement of key performance targets.
  • To demonstrate clinical competence and role model effective clinical care delivery.
  • To recruit/develop team leaders/managers who meet the organisational standards and measure performance against leadership and management competencies adopted by the Trust.
  • To be a visible leader and be accessible to clinical staff, services users and carers.

Nursing leadership and management
  • To ensure that services are developed and provided that are of the highest standard in terms of accessibility, consistent with SLAMs values.
  • To ensure (in conjunction with the Service Manager, Heads of Professions and Lead Clinicians) that nurses in the borough meet the standards both identified by the trust but also the NMC
  • To provide immediate advice and direction to all members of the Service, and others in relation to complex organisational practice situations as necessary.
  • To work in conjunction with the Service Manager to develop effective quality assurance and performance systems that support performance against CAMHS KPIs and provide staff with feedback on their performance.
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships and new working arrangements with colleagues, children and young people, parents and other key stakeholders.
  • To ensure the effective use of human resources ensuring safe levels of staffing which reflect the necessary and appropriate skill mix.
  • To ensure that all staff are in receipt of regular appraisal and professional development support, liaising with Heads of profession and training departments as appropriate.
  • Provide professional, management and clinical supervision as the borough requires
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships and new working arrangements with colleagues, children and young people, parents and other key stakeholders.
  • To ensure that staff engage in regular meetings, training and team building with the goal of promoting a working environment that is open, honest, supportive and outward looking.
  • To monitor sickness absence, annual leave, training and study leave, taking any appropriate management action as required.
  • To ensure all staff are trained and participate in regular audit.
  • To ensure all staff are pro-active in contributing to team and service training initiatives.
  • To ensure that all staff are trained to understand and make optimum use of electronic systems that facilitate service delivery.

Financial Management
  • To have delegated responsibility for the team budget within the service, ensuring that the team works effectively within the allocated financial framework.
  • To ensure the delivery of service within the resources available whilst maintaining the quality of service provision.
  • To identify any potential areas/events/situations that may have an adverse impact on financial expenditure for the service. This will include taking appropriate action to eliminate or minimise any adverse impact and informing the Service Manager at the earliest opportunity.

Performance Management
  • To provide and/or contribute to the production of reports, information and proposals that support effective delivery of care and an integrated approach to work with colleagues at local level or through external agencies.
  • To work with the Service Manager and local senior staff to create and embed a performance culture within the service which continuously reviews service delivery via KPI and targets and drives forward service quality improvements in an innovative and transformative way, optimising technology to do this.
  • To work with the Service Manager and key senior staff to develop robust clinical pathways.
  • To take responsibility, under the direction of the Service Manager, to achieve excellent performance for all relevant performance targets.
  • To provide regular feedback on the progress/activity of the team to the Service Manager and the senior management team.

  • To performance manage the quality of the clinical services, including patient safety, patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and compliance with the clinical pathways and associated protocols.
  • To use and provide information required for the quality measure which will be collected and reported using dash boards to improve the quality of care delivery.
  • To investigate and monitor SUIs, complaints and disciplinary issues and ensure adverse outcomes are reported and action taken. Produce high quality, timely reports and action plans to ensure recommendations are implemented and lessons are learnt.
  • To provide demonstrable assurance that the clinical environment is fit for purpose.
  • To support and promote engagement in Trust wide initiatives for continuous quality improvement.
  • To contribute to the delivery of effective and efficient clinical services by ensuring that staff are engaged in continuous quality improvement initiatives.
  • To be a change agent driving a cycle of continuous quality improvement utilising lean methodology and other relevant techniques as appropriate.

Clinical effectiveness
  • To provide demonstrable assurance that the resources available achieve efficiencies, reduction of waste and improvements in clinical quality.
  • To measure outcomes to demonstrate achievements against care pathway standards.
  • To promote the engagement of carers and families in the care pathway.
  • Responsible for ensuring high levels of operational effectiveness, including throughput, resource utilisation and the attainment of performance targets within service lines.

Service and Team responsibilities
  • Participate as a multi-disciplinary team member in the setting and reviewing of therapeutic aims, objectives, standards and strategies to provide a high standard of care to clients and their families.
  • To ensure that all recording and reporting of client contact is timely, accurate, up to date and of good quality and within CAMHS & professional standards of record keeping. To collect & collate information about individual clinical activity on ePJS.
  • Work with the team and clients to maintain a safe therapeutic environment.
  • Work to assure the quality of care through achieving high operational standards in clinical systems.
  • To maintain and ensure good professional standards and attitudes towards the care and treatment of children, young people and their families.
  • To link with other statutory and voluntary agencies and professionals as well as other CAMHS Teams in terms of referrals and joint work. Maintain good relationships and clear lines of communication within the boundaries of confidentiality, with other professional agencies and departments, providing specialist advice and support where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the effective functioning of the team and service through attendance at relevant meetings, taking responsibilities within the service as appropriate and negotiated with the line manager.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • First level nursing qualification (registration RMN or RSCN or HV) / with related CAMHS experience
  • All applications will require professional registration with a statutory body e.g. the Nursing Midwifery Council, General Social care council, Health professional's council or applicable psychological or psychotherapies body
  • Further post qualifying training and education in working with children and adolescents with mental health problems
  • Doctorate or MSc level qualification associated with child and adolescent mental health or equivalent with a strong portfolio of post-registration clinical professional development
  • Experience working as an independent non-medical prescriber with a CAMHS service and ability to demonstrate continuing professional development in this area
Experience Essential
  • Assessed supervised clinical experience working with children and adolescents with mental health problems/needs or clear evidence of transferable skills.
  • Working in collaboration with supervisor, service user, carers and MDT in ass

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