Senior ED Clinician

Solent NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Southampton CAMHS are looking for an CAMHS clinician to continue with the development and leadership of our Eating Disorders pathway. The candidate will have significant experience of working with children, young people and their families with eating disorders and mental health needs. They will bring to the team experience of service development, leadership and expertise in the field of eating disorders.

As a lead clinician the post holder will need to provide expert professional and clinical leadership across the service. Providing expert consultation and supervision to other clinical members of the team. You will offer specialist assessment and treatment for young people who present with a significant eating disorder. You will provide liaison, consultation and support to other agencies and work closely with our partners in paediatrics and inpatient CAMHS. You will be supported to take on a leadership role to ensure service development and provide leadership cover when required to support the service.

As one of the senior members of the team, you will work alongside senior staff and contribute to the team's development, as we continue to strive to be an accessible, responsive and innovative service with patient care and patient experience at its heart. There will be opportunities to develop your leadership and strategic skills with support from senior colleagues.

Main duties of the job

We welcome applications from a range of registered professional bodies including (but not exclusive to) Nursing, Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist. Applicants will require professional registration with a statutory body: the Nursing Midwifery Council, General Social care council, Health professional's council, BABCP, ACP or UKCP.

There is an expectation that this post holder will be able to offer flexible working hours which may include evening and weekend work.

We welcome applications from candidates who can bring knowledge and skills to help us build on our success; to create a high quality, efficient and effective system to address demand and capacity issues and expertise in areas such as intake, assessment and brief treatment models and groups.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical and Professional -

*To provide expert evidence-based assessment and treatment to children, young people and their families who have complex mental health problems.

*To be responsible for delivering highly specialist nursing intervention in a way that is integrated with the work of other disciplines within the team.

*To provide evidence based individual and group therapy to meet the needs of children, young people and their families who have been accepted into the service.

*To assess and formulate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models in the best interest of the child / young person.

*To be responsible and accountable for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by nursing-based care plans.

*To regularly review and monitor outcome of assessment and effects of treatment in line with goal-based outcomes and the care programme approach.

*To communicate highly sensitive and complex information to children, young people and their families as well as to the professional network supporting them.

*To provide expert and highly specialist advice, guidance and consultation on the mental health needs of children and young people to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

*To attend Core Group meetings and Team Around the Child meetings and other relevant meetings as required.

*To undertake risk assessments and risk management for individual clients and to provide expert advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

*To deliver regular specialist clinical professional supervision to other team members.

*To lead on the development of care pathways and other treatment protocols.

*To contribute to the development and delivery of the learning and development plan. Taking responsibility for the delivery of training relevant to expertise.

*To promote and role model participation with children, young people and families in all aspects of service delivery and development.

*To compliment the work of other members of the multi-disciplinary team by undertaking as co-worker specific therapeutic work with children / families as part of agreed treatment programmes consistent with own skills, knowledge and scope of practice.

*To manage and prioritise own workload, competing demands and clinical commitments with support from line manager as required.

*Take part in regular professional appraisal identifying areas for continuing professional development.

*To operate within the guidance and Code of Ethics of the relevant professional body

*To act in accordance with legal requirements contained within the Mental Health Act 1983, the Children's Act 1994 and other legislation

*To have knowledge of and act in accordance with Southampton City Safeguarding Children's Board.

Communication -

*To communicate effectively through written notes and reports and verbal communication with all relevant personnel involved in the YP's care.

*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 participate in clinical supervision, ensuring supervision received is appropriate to the therapeutic work being undertaken and is in line with guidelines laid down by the regulatory body

*To liaise and joint work with colleagues, other professionals and agencies as required in relation to both clinical work and the wider agenda of working in partnership within a multi-agency framework.

*To participate in team clinical meetings in order to share expertise, promote good practice and the safety of clients.

*To participate in referrals meeting as required. Making clinical decisions as part of this group regarding the appropriateness of new referrals in line with referral criteria. Assessing the level of clinical need for referrals accepted and communicating outcomes to referrers.

Knowledge and training -

*You will need a sound knowledge and experience of the needs of young people and their families who present with a significant eating disorder

*To act as an effective role model for other staff in clinical and professional areas of nursing and other disciplines.

* In conjunction with senior staff, to act as a facilitator and mentor for pre-registration students. .

* To assist in maintaining a suitable learning environment for all staff within the Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, assisting with orientation and education programmes.

*To provide effective teaching to young people and their families specific to their needs in relation to the nature of treatment offered, including general health education and promotion, providing additional information on where they may seek advice or support on a local/national level.

* To co-ordinate and enhance understanding of the service users' journeys through the healthcare system.

*To support and help facilitate colleagues' professional development.

* To facilitate the dissemination of information regarding new or updated clinical practices, guidelines and policies to all staff and ensure their implementation.

*Knowledge of approaches or models of working relevant to CAMHS e.g. behavioural, attachment models

*Knowledge of guidelines/policy informing best practice within mental services for children and families.

*Knowledge of research and models of good practice that inform direct and indirect working

*Knowledge of evidenced treatments when working with young people with an eating disorder.

*Knowledge of the physical health care needs of young people with an eating disorder

*To take responsibility to attend all Trust mandatory sessions and updates e.g. Fire Training, Resuscitation, Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults etc.

Management and Leadership -

*To lead in working with the CAMHS Management Team and other clinicians to ensure the highest quality of nursing care is delivered within the service and this is measurable.

*To maintain up to date and relevant knowledge of national policy to influence service development and delivery as a result.

*To lead in developing specialist treatment protocols related to the mental health presentation of children and young people in accordance with NICE guidelines and best available evidence.

*To lead in taking action to ensure that the service maintains a high quality and strongly motivated team with a common vision for the future and one which is in line with the service and Trusts overall vision.

*To represent the service as required in key Trust and stakeholder meetings.

*To advise on the monitoring of workload and case mix in terms of best practice, and to assist in the capacity mapping for the service.

*To lead on recruitment and retention within the eating disorder pathway and support within the wider team.

*To lead on the provision of professional advice and support to Service Managers and overall Lead Clinician on issues of professional performance and capability.

*To work with other members of the CAMHS management team in the development of a high quality responsive and accessible service for children, families and carers. This may include professionally advising and managing those aspects of the service where nursing and/or organisational issues need addressing.

*To work with relevant higher education authorities to encourage the placement of students in service.

*All staff must follow Trust clinical governance requirements.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Requirement to have a professional registration with a statutory body: the Nursing Midwifery Council, General Social care council, Health professional's council, BABCP, ACP or UKCP
  • Accreditation to master's level or above
  • Highly specialist knowledge and application of nursing assessment and intervention and its application to the mental health problems of children and young people with complex needs.
  • Familiar with and works within Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of CAMHS assessment/intervention with children, young people and families within community CAMHS
  • Experience of advising on the role and its value in clinical practice
  • Experience of undertaking research/audit
  • Experience of evidence-based service development and change management
  • Experience of teaching / training
  • Knowledge and experience in child protection/safeguarding procedures, to recognise abuse and escalate appropriately within statutory timeframes.
  • To hold a clinical caseload of complex physical and mental health needs and act as a core professional within a multi-agency team
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Experience of managing concerns, complaints and serious untoward incidents

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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