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CAMHS Crisis Practice Development Lead

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year pa inc
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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The CAMHS Crisis Team support CYP presenting in crisis and requiring emergency mental health support whilst in the acute trusts setting, such as A&E and inpatient wards.

This role is an integrated role between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Crisis Services and the Acute Trust Sites Princess Royal University, (Kings College London NHS Trust), Bromley and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Greenwich). Whilst the post holders base will be Highpoint House, Greenwich; there will be an expectation that much of the day-to-day activity will involve being present in the acute trust sites (A&E and wards) working collaboratively with colleagues across the agencies.

Main duties of the job

As a highly specialised nurse practitioner, the post holder will lead on the improvement of quality of care and experience of children and young people when they present to the acute trust sites in a mental health crisis. This will be achieved through the development, provision, and delivery of structured programmes within both the acute trust and CAMHS workforce. This programme will include, but is not limited to:
  • navigation of learning and resources already available supporting early intervention to avoid crisis in CYP through liaison work with physical health colleagues
  • individual mentoring
  • coaching
  • tuition

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

The successful post holder will provide support through direct clinical work (which models the frameworks of assessment/intervention/care shared through the above) in complex presentations, for example where without support security and restraint.

To lead on the implementation and maintenance of evidenced based interventions within the patients pathway across acute trust sites and CAMHS Crisis.

To work collaboratively with colleagues across the SLP in similar roles to support the development of a Crisis Teaching pathway.

To build relationships with key colleagues across acute trust sites, local authorities and CAMHS which supports the timely mobilisation of community care plans which enable swift discharge from acute trust sites

To be able to work across agencies in a fluid and collaborative manner, ensuring the patients needs remain central to all interactions and activity.

Person Specification Education/Knowledge Essential
  • oNMC registration oExcellent working knowledge of mental health presentations in children oPostgraduate qualification at Masters Level (level 7 (postgraduate diploma or master's degree)) or equivalent experience. oEvidence of continuous professional development oEvidence of experience in therapeutic interventions relevant to specialty, i.e. nurse Prescribing, CBT, DBT, PSI, EFT, NLP and Family Interventions, Group work oKnowledge of a range of NHS, other statutory agencies and voluntary sector providers oDemonstrable use of evidenced based research in clinical work
  • oDoctorate or working towards oNurse Prescribing Course or will work towards oAdvanced Nurse Practitioner qualification or will work towards
Experience Essential
  • oExtensive experience of working within areas relevant to designated team. oExperience of working therapeutically with children and young people oExperience in a nursing leadership role oEvidence of having led service development changes. oExperience of research and development into practice oEvidence of facilitating quality improvement in practice oKnowledge of clinical governance issues oExperience of training and education/ lecturing within higher education field oExperience of working with a wide variety of CAMHS presentations that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse. oExperience of managing and supervising clinicians attending emergency presentations of children in a variety of settings oExperience and understanding of senior management within the health service
  • oExperience of contributing to the development of nursing at a local level oExperience of contributing towards service development at an organisational level
Skills Essential
  • oAbility to work across professional and organisational boundaries internally and externally. oLeadership, vision, strategic thinking and planning with highly developed political skills oWell developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. oAbility to support the organisation to adapt to new ways of working as required through transformation change programmes oAbility to influence senior leaders, in a way that is understandable and usefully informs thinking oExceptional interpersonal skills that support and motivate key stakeholders to work together to ensure integrated strategy planning oAbility to work under pressure, acting as a senior role model and making autonomous decisions that are often complex, involve multi-discipline and multi-agency cooperation, including decisions that are likely to be distressing to individuals and their families. oadaptable, able to manage competing demands, and prioritise and delegate complex decisions / tasks effectively, including among other senior medical and allied healthcare professionals oSkills in providing consultation to a range of disciplines oExperience of working within a multicultural framework oAbility to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting. oAbility to teach and train others. oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate. oSpecialist expertise in safeguarding and the ability to train and supervise others in this domain. oBudget holder for the crisis pathway.
  • oLed a visionary piece of work and evaluated outcomes.

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