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Band 5 Mental Health Nurse

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 mental health nurse to develop their nursing and therapeutic skills and knowledge within a supportive, dynamic environment and an award winning team.

The North Bedfordshire CAMHS Crisis Home Treatment Team are a newly developed multi-disciplinary team, who work with partnership agencies to provide a high quality service to children and their families presenting in mental health crisis. The team provides rapid assessment and short term evidence-based crisis and when necessary intensive home treatment support for children and young people aged up to 18. We are looking for an enthusiastic mental health nurse to join our friendly and professional team. We are happy to accept applications from newly qualified nurses as will be offering a robust preceptorship programme and induction period.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be required to support senior mental health practitioners to undertake assessments of children, young people and families presenting in mental health crisis and who may require brief crisis intervention or intensive home treatment support to reduce risk and or provide an alternative to inpatient admission. Under supervision and guidance you will be supported to provide therapeutic nursing and crisis/ home treatment intervention for young people open to our service

About us

Our clinically-led service is strongly committed to continuously improving the experience and quality of care we offer our families. The successful candidate will receive a robust induction program, regular clinical and management supervision to support this role. Successful candidates will be supported to acquire the necessary skills and experience to enable them to continue their professional development and progression in their nursing career. We have recently successfully supported a newly qualified mental health nurse through their preceptorship programme and who now works as a Band 6 mental health nurse within the team.

The Senior Management Team within Beds CAMHS is committed to staff development: there are regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses and to get involved in quality improvement initiatives and new developments in the service, some associated with a higher banding during the time of the project. We also have a significant number of positions in the trust for clinicians up to band 8D, opening up paths for promotion for ambitious members of staff.

This post is based in Bedford, Bedfordshire, close to the M1 and easily reached by rail and car from North London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The clinic also has the added benefit of free parking and all clinicians are supported by very dedicated and efficient administrative staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

If you would like more information about this opportunity, or to arrange an informal visit please contact Matt Sparks, Clinical Team Lead or Lisa Collings, Professional Lead on 01234 893337

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (Part 3/8/13 of the UKCC Register)
  • Mentorship or equivalent teaching qualification/experience
  • CBT or DBT training
  • Master's Degree or working towards postgraduate qualification in related CAMHS or specific treatment modality.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and polices in the field of CAMHS
  • Experience of working with people who present in crisis or with high risk behaviours
  • Experience of supporting and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of supporting service development
  • Knowledge of audit and research
  • Knowledge and application of outcome measures.
Skills Essential
  • Strong ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Well-developed assessment skills in mental health
  • Able to manage own time, caseload and workload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Proven ability to work with people in distress or through psychiatric emergency
  • Ability to provide tailored psychosocial/ cognitive therapeutic intervention to people with mental health problems
  • Evidence of well developed risk assessment and management skills (in line with newly qualified status
  • Able to assess, hypothesize and prescribe nursing interventions
  • Experience of working sensitively with distressing material that may have serious implications to young people/adults and their families.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold stress of others

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