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CAMHS Nurse / Practitioner

Solent NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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By joining our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) as a Mental Health Practitioner, you will be a part of a supportive and innovative service in Southampton which supports in the delivery of high-quality children's mental health services.

We are looking for a Nurse or Allied Health Professional with post qualifying experience working in mental health. You will have the right attitude, skills and knowledge and share our passion to deliver the best quality care experience for children and their families.

The post holder will have duties related to the clinical delivery of care to children, young people and their families accessing the CAMHS team and calls for a professional with experience of working with children, young people and their families experiencing mental health and trauma difficulties. Part of the job plan will include participating in generic CAMHS work, including participating in the duty rota and undertaking initial assessments for the service.

The CAMHS team is a strong and supportive team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision. You will be working alongside an established team at an important time in our development. It really is an exciting time to be joining us as we push forward with implementing new ways of working in order to best meet the needs of the population we work with.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for providing a highly skilled and specialist Intervention on both an individual and group basis as appropriate using techniques and knowledge gained through experience, self-development, and evidence-based practice.

The post holder will work autonomously in carrying out therapeutic work based on clear theoretical concepts and the application of related techniques and will be responsible for providing assessment, case management and intervention to children, young people and their families / carers. Alongside the clinical aspect of the role the post holder will be involved in developing and sustaining partnership working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies.

The post holder will be expected to provide line management and clinical supervision to others and to work alongside the CAMHS Leadership Team and other colleagues across the CAMHS West Services

*To offer a mental health perspective to the multi-agency team through assessment, therapeutic work, joint work and participation in team meetings.

*As a member of a multi-disciplinary team to maintain a caseload and provide direct clinical work that demonstrates a high level of specialist skill in treating the clients system, where families have severe, multi-complex and often long-standing difficulties.

*To offer assessments as part of the self-harm rota.

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 support staff within a universal and targeted children's workforce.

*To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for assessments, formulation of systemic treatment, reviews and closing summaries and be accountable for professional actions and policies.

*To participate in the development of a high quality, responsive service for children, young people and their families/carers/friends where appropriate. This may include professionally advising and managing those aspects of the service where psychiatric and/or organizational issues need addressing.

*To share responsibility for and to provide a Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service within Specialist CAMHS.

*To be responsible for delivering specialist child and adolescent psychiatry in a way that is integrated with the work of other disciplines within the team.

*To be responsible where appropriate, to liaise closely and integrate specialist child and adolescent psychiatry with the work of other agencies.

*To provide guidance and consultation to other professionals, contributing directly to individual programmes of care.

*To manage referrals and to assess the needs of the referred child or young person and to develop, implement and evaluate appropriate interventions.

*To contribute a specialist child and adolescent psychiatric perspective in team and management discussions.

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

*To work or sit in constraint positions for substantial periods of time during interviewing and therapy sessions.

*To ensure children, young people and their carers/significant others are included in planning, implementation and evaluation of care.

*To ensure care is delivered in a person-centred manner ensuring the gender, ethnic cultural and spiritual needs of service users inform practice.

*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 Portsmouth City Safeguarding Children's Board.

*To participate in regular supervision systems and the Individual Appraisal Review and Continuing Professional Development.

*To ensure that care is delivered to incorporate health and social care policy.

*To be aware of and up to date with advances in research practice and development of interventions for mental health disorders and emerging mental health in children and young people.

*To participate in the self-harm rota as required.

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

*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.

*To participate in clinical supervision, ensuring supervision received is appropriate to the therapeutic work being undertaken and is in line with guidelines.

*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 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 -

*Undertake clinical work, training and personal development to maintain and develop clinical and leadership skills.

*Work at all times within Professional Code of Practice for your relevant professional body. Responsibility for maintaining professional knowledge and competency in all areas of work to maintain professional qualifications.

*Participate in the appraisal and objective setting process and identify and meet PDP needs.

*Seek and receive regular planned management and clinical supervision.

Management and Leadership -

*To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for evidence-based treatment, reviews and closing summaries and be accountable for professional actions and policies.

*To participate 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 psychiatric and/or organisational issues need addressing.

*To take responsibility for management of systemic resources available to the service, for example maintaining recording equipment /cameras employed in the assessment and treatment of families. This includes the safe use of specialist equipment and materials.

*To advise and participate in appropriate professional recruitment, short listing, interviewing and providing inductions.

*To initiate projects and implement service development.

*Informed consent is obtained where appropriate and documented in accordance with Trust procedures.

*New and replacement equipment is not used until it has been commissioned in accordance with Trust policy.

*Appropriate risk and other assessments are completed and documented in a timely manner in accordance with Trust policy.

*Defective equipment is reported and made safe without delay in accordance with Trust procedures.

*Equipment is maintained in accordance with Trust policy.

*Infection prevention and control procedures are followed.

*All staff follow Trust clinical governance requirements.

*To complete mandatory training as required in Solent NHS Trust.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • R.M.N., RMCN, RNLD or other nurse qualification with LD/CAMHS experience considered. Social Work or Occupational Therapy Qualification.
  • Postgraduate level of study/degree relevant to discipline or equivalent experience
  • Additional training in child and adolescent mental health
Experience Essential
  • Significant or demonstrable experience in mental health to show the breadth/depth of experience required for the role.
  • Community care experience
  • Stress management
  • Knowledge and experience in child protection/safeguarding procedures, to recognise abuse and escalate appropriately within statutory timeframes.
  • To hold a clinical caseload of complex health needs including mental health as a lead professional within a multi-agency team.
  • Experience of direct work with children/young people with mental health issues
  • Working experience with Children and young people

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

Employer details Employer name
Solent NHS Trust
Adelaide Health Centre, Western Community Centre

William Macleod Way



SO16 4XE

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