Clinical Nurse Specialist

West London NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Interested in a career in CAMHS? We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Registered Mental Health Nurse to join Hounslow CAMHS.

The Adolescent Team is part of the Tier 3 Hounslow CAMH Service, which also includes a neurodevelopmental, learning disability team and child and family team. The Service also links to a comprehensive Tier 2 CAMH Service, CAMHS Crisis Prevention/Care Team (ALLIANCE) and a CAMHS Eating Disorder Service. The Adolescent Team is multi-disciplinary, including psychiatry, nursing, family therapy psychology, psychotherapy and social work. The post holder will be part of a growing team of clinicians with a special interest and expertise in working with children, and young people, who are presenting with complex mental health needs.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist will also join a thriving team of supportive, committed and skilled professionals of their relevant discipline who are dedicated to changing the future outcomes for children and young people who present to mental health services.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Nurse Specialist will carry out specialist assessments of children and young people with complex mental health presentations and will document the outcome of these assessments, providing formulation, diagnosis, and recommendations for interventions. In addition, he/she will offer a range of individual, family and group therapeutic interventions, including risk management, appropriate for children and young people attending the Service. They will also have the opportunity to be involved in service development, audit, research and quality improvement projects.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist will form part of the CAMHS Nursing Supervision Structure and will offer supervision and line management as appropriate to members of the nursing team. He/She will also contribute to the delivery of the CAMHS Development Programme and have responsibility for supporting the development of junior staff. The Clinical Nurse Specialist will act as a Supervisor and Practice Assessor for student nurses on specialist placement in CAMHS.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are seeking a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated Clinical Nurse Specialist with relevant post registration training and significant experience working with children and adolescents in a mental health or equivalent setting and is looking to take the next step in their career pathway.

We are looking to appoint a Clinical Nurse Specialist who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people, shows initiative, is a team player and is able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and young people alike. Ability to demonstrate knowledge, competence and an interest in working with young people who present with mental health conditions is essential for role. The Clinical Nurse Specialist will also need to be flexible and have the necessary skills and experience to provide high quality care that is both evidence based and client focussed.

Significant practice experience in relevant first profession and significant experience of working with children and adolescents in a mental health or equivalent settings are essential criteria for this post.

Please see the Job Description and Personal Specification for more information.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Active Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
  • Mentorship/Teaching & assessing qualification
  • Registered on the NMC register, parts RN3, RNMH or RN4
  • Evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice
  • Training in the prevention and management of violence and aggression in children and young people
  • Post registration training in CAMHS
  • Independent Non-Medical Prescriber
Experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience in mental health
  • Extensive experience of assessment and direct work with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • Demonstrable experience working with young people with in a community CAMHS setting
  • Experience of providing consultation and liaison support to colleagues, referral agencies and services responsible for the care, support and wellbeing of service users and their families/carers
  • Experience in assessing and managing high risk behaviours and in developing and implementing risk management plans
  • Experience of management of child protection emergencies
  • Experience of working in a number of ways i.e. assertive outreach, clinic based settings, home, school or other appropriate environments
  • Experience of using therapeutic skills, such as CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Work
  • Experience of management of child protection emergencies
  • Experience of therapeutic work with children and families where abuse or neglect has occurred
  • Experience of audit and/or research
  • Experience of contributing to and implementing new service developments
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the Children's Act 2004, Mental Health Act 1983 & Safeguarding Guidelines
  • A sound working knowledge and application of the NMC Code of Practice
  • Knowledge of the legal issues relating to consent and capacity in children and young people.
  • An awareness and understanding of the issues facing, children, adolescents and their families
  • Knowledge of the various assessment tools used in CAMHS
Skills Essential
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Skills in communicating with children, adolescents and their families or carers
  • The ability to present and communicate complex information
  • Good organisational and prioritising skills
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Flexible approach
  • Good team player
  • Able to manage risk
  • A good understanding of, and ability to use, clinical supervision
  • A high level of self-awareness and capacity to reflect
  • Ability to contain the anxieties of severely unwell young people and their parents.
  • Consultation Skills
  • Computer literate
  • Skills and sensitivity in working with difficult to engage families
  • Ability to deal with challenging behaviour in possibly distressing situations.
  • Car Driver

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