Neurodevelopmental Specialist Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,902 to £47,684 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you passionate about supporting the lives of young people with suspected neurodevelopmental characteristics? Would you like to be part of a busy and exciting new service specifically in the pathway for ADHD and Autism assessment? If so, please read on.

We are looking for an clinician with experience in this field to support the referral and assessment pathway for young people with suspected ADHD and Autism. There will be opportunities to enhance your current skill base to complete these diagnostic assessments; and if not already trained, there will be opportunities to train as a nurse prescriber to support young people diagnosed with ADHD requiring medication support. The post holder will also use their clinical skill to ensure young people are placed on a diagnostic pathway correctly and at the right time.

Main duties of the job

This will include screening referrals coming into the service and the management of screening tools and exploration of a young person's developmental history.

The post holder will have great communication with others including schools, parents and young people to understand the needs of the young person involved.

It is imperative that you will have organisational skills to coordinate the referral, pulling a variety of information together to formulate the most appropriate next step.

Time will also be given for you to enhance your clinical skills and be able to conduct diagnostic assessments or supporting the management of medication as a trained/ trainee nurse prescriber.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities


Job Title:Specialist Nurse

Payband/Grade:AfC Band 7

Directorate:CYP Neurodevelopmental Service


This job improves lives by supporting children, young people and families who require emotional health and wellbeing support, in line with the values of the Trust and ITHRIVE framework.

This position is within the Neurodevelopmental Service of the new alliance, implementing the ITHRIVE framework that gives children, young people, and families a central voice in decisions about their care.

Job Overview - The post holder will predominantly be responsible for supporting young people and families who access the neurodevelopmental service. This role will involve managing duty telephone calls and referrals into the service as well as supporting in the diagnostic process of young people presenting with neurodevelopmental needs and providing clinical assessment for young people prescribed medication for the management of ADHD symptoms.

NHS Competency

Communication: Level 4

Personal and People Development: Level 4

Health, Safety and Security: Level 3

Service Improvement: Level 3

Quality: Level 4

Equality and Diversity: Level 4

IT Skills: Level 3

Personal Competencies

Interpersonal Sensitivity: Level 4

Courage: Level 4

Teamwork: Level 4


Treat People Well

Create Respectful Places

Involve not Ignore

Open, Inclusive and Accountable

Statutory Requirements

NMC Registered

Qualifications required

Registered nurse degree level

Post graduate diploma level specialist training in relevant field

Experience required

Previous experience of working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental, behavioural, and/or emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.

This role would be suitable for someone who is passionate about improving the lives of children, young people and their families by providing respectful, high quality, and person-centred care.

Key Responsibilities


· To provide support and advice to young people with neurodevelopmental needs and their families/carers.

· To provide support, advice and information to schools, GP’s, children’s services and all others involved in the young persons care.

· To screen and manage referrals as they are received into the service

· To manage communications received from GP’s, school staff and other professionals involved with the young person.

· To monitor physical health observations of young people and act as appropriate with the information received.

· To keep accurate records

· To be responsible for ensuring that referrals and discharges are made in accordance with all the Trust's relevant policy and procedures and the principles of good practice.

· To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner information concerning assessment, formulation and treatment plans. To ensure consultation, assessment and treatment interventions are provided in collaboration with children, adolescents and their families.

· To effectively communicate professional opinion, verbally and in writing to families, other professionals, statutory and voluntary agencies. To be responsible for attending meetings relating to young people and multi-agency reviews where appropriate.

· To work in partnership with other lead Agencies, to ensure that Safeguarding

Children/Child Protection issues are addressed effectively and within all local procedures.

· To assess young people with neurodevelopmental needs and formulate appropriate care plans and risk assessment to meet their needs.


· To contribute to the development, implementation and interpretation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

· To offer placements for nursing students and apprenticeships are offered within the clinical speciality as appropriate

· To actively contribute to the development and implementation of the service

· To provide leadership of staff within specialty, this may include imparting highly contentious or controversial information to staff and managing the situation appropriately

· To respond to urgent referrals and unpredictable work patterns.

· To manage potentially stressful, upsetting or emotionally demanding situations in an empathetic manner, with an awareness of impact of own interaction

· To maintain accurate and timely statistical information as required by senior staff and managers.

· To ensure that all accidents, incidents, near misses and complaints are appropriately managed and reported to MDT managers

· To monitor, review and evaluate service provision, using this information to develop service plans, taking into account needs of the specialty within the whole system, across the alliance and in line with the I THRIVE framework

· To support and work in partnership with the MDT managers for the recruitment and selection of staff within the specialty

· To be part of the wider MDT leadership team within the locality/sector/division, providing support within the service e.g. caseload reviews, MDT discussions, assessment feedback meetings.

· Be a helpful support to schools working together with other professionals and families towards streamlined and consistent care


· To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

· To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation. To carry out professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other relevant legislation.

· To engage in your own CPD to ensure that you have the leadership and clinical skills and knowledge to deliver high quality assessments and interventions.

· To document assessments, interventions, evaluations and progress notes in a clear, timely and professional manner, in line with Trust policy.

· To actively engage in your own supervision and appraisal.

· To ensure confidentially in line with the Trust’s policies and procedures

To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • - Registered Nurse/ Social Worker/ OT/ Speech and Language Therapist/ Psychologist
  • - Post graduate diploma level specialist training in relevant field
  • - Qualified Nurse Prescriber
  • - ADOS Trained
Experience Essential
  • - Previous experience of working with people with neurodevelopmental, behavioural, and/or emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.
  • - Experience liaising with a variety of agencies and managing lots of information
  • - Mentoring students/ supervising junior staff
  • - Experience of working with children/young people and families
  • - Experience of being part of neurodevelopmental diagnostic assessments
  • - Experience of using screening tools for ADHD and Autism with the ability to score
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Good Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good report writing skills

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