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CAMHS Clinical Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
38 Masons Hill
£37,152 to £43,994 a year pa inc
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The CAMHS Clinical Nurse is responsible for supporting Bromley Specialist CAMHS in implementing Directorate and Trust initiatives at service level and for playing a key role in monitoring and evaluating the quality of care delivered locally.

The post holder must be a good team worker and be able to lead in areas of clinical practice and development and will be responsible for working independently and managing a caseload of clients, ensuring safe and effective clinical practices.

The post holder will work within the multi-disciplinary team working with children and young people with complex mental health presentations. They will also have the opportunity to develop and contribute to supporting young people with their physical health needs in the Generic Team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of the multi-disciplinary Service to provide clinic and community-based care for children and young people through the provision of therapeutic intervention depending on assessed clinical needs, crisis intervention, group-based interventions and work with the caring networks.

As a nurse within the Service the post holder will provide specialist health service to ensure both the physical and psychological well-being of the service users are maintained, looking to identify in consultation with the Team Manager, Team and Consultant Nurse the best way to deliver this care.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To care co-ordinate and manage a defined caseload of children, young people and their families and carers.
  • To co-ordinate and deliver individualised care packages / programmes for children, young people and their families and evaluate these programmes, ensuring high standards of practice in accordance with national guidelines and trust policy.
  • To develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with children, young people and their families/carers.
  • To liaise with the child or young persons professional network, keeping them informed of developments, changes in risk status and promoting multi agency collaboration. Liaison with Childrens Specialist Services, Educational services, independent sector mental health providers, counsellors and any other professional related to the child care.
  • To involve the young person, and where appropriate, their families/carers in delivering programmes of care.
  • To be able to assess and manage high-risk clients in a variety of settings, conducting risk assessments and formulating safety plans.
  • To take part in the emergency duty rota, conducting a holistic nursing assessment and developing risk management plans in collaboration with clients who present to A+E or other settings in psychiatric emergency.
  • To effectively and appropriately communicate these risks often under difficult, highly charged and emotional circumstances to medical staff, other professionals and families involved in the care of the client.
  • To act as an autonomous practitioner with an understanding of own limitations and recognition of when to seek support.
  • To play an active role in promoting mental health and well-being in young people and their families/carers.
  • To take responsibility for the organisation and facilitation of multi-agency meetings e.g. CPA Meetings, professional meetings, Clinical team discussions.
  • To have analytical and judgement skills to consider the wider implications of decisions made in regards to clients care, taking into account the child or young persons developmental stage.
  • To be able to demonstrate the ability to make appropriate decisions under pressure taking into consideration the risks to clients, self and others and to be able to assess the often complex situations of these clients and their families within the context of their social environment. Understanding risk and resilience as well as protective factors.
  • To demonstrate the ability to make appropriate decisions with regard to the confidentiality of clients and their families taking into considerations the risks to clients, self and the wider public
  • To offer joint work and specialist advice in relation to nursing practice within the service and to outside agencies.
  • To provide training and consultations in specialist areas to other professionals within the trust and to outside agencies, e.g. Social Care, voluntary sector.
  • To participate in individual and group supervision with colleagues in the specialist areas.
  • To maintain clinical records in accordance with the NMC standards for record keeping and adhere to the NMC Code. As well as Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust policy and procedures on Information Governance
  • To be aware of the statutory requirements of both the Children Act and Mental Health Act and use these to inform good nursing practice.
  • To ensure that own practice remains within legal, ethical and professional parameters and is open to scrutiny from relevant professionals.
  • To possess IT skills in order to effectively communicate in writing with colleagues, other professionals and families in accordance with trust policies e.g. writing of comprehensive report.
  • To deliver evidence-based interventions and undertake routine outcome measures to monitor the quality of care provided, in keeping with the national CYPIAPT framework.
  • To participate in the provision of training and information for other professionals as appropriate in order to promote effective practice in the specialist area
  • To liaise with other colleagues in CAMHS and participate in different clinical groups in order to share best practice and discuss current and future professional and clinical developments e.g. clinical forums.
  • To work in close collaboration with the team manager, Consultant Nurse and other CAMHS nurses to consider how health clinics could be introduced and developed in adherence with good nursing practice guidelines. E.g. wound care, physical health monitoring, and monitoring medication side effects.
  • To liaise closely with the head of profession to promote good, effective and safe practice within the CAMHS nursing establishment and participate in the development and promotion of the nursing role within CAMHS

Person Specification Person Specification Essential
  • NMC Registered
  • Two years post qualifying experience
  • Experience of working in CAMHS

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