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CAMHS Liaison Nurse

Solent NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Full Time
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The purpose of this role is to assist in the provision of care and treatment for the young people who have presented in acute mental health crisis at QA hospital.

This is 12 month fixed term role to cover secondment.

Flexible shift pattern over 7 days, 9am-10pm Mon-Fri and 9am-5pm weekends and bank holidays

This includes:

- Working as an autonomous and accountable practitioner within an integrated team, supported by the senior practitioners

- Assessing children and young people who are in crisis, formulating risk management plans and making referrals to partner agencies and services

- Providing specialist mental health advice and input within discharge planning meetings

- Offering post-assessment reviews, psycho-social interventions and self-harm minimisation tools, to effectively manage risk and support a young person's safety within the community.

The role involves shift work, over a 7 day period. Covering hours of 9am-10pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm weekends and bank holidays.

Flexible working pattern available on request.

Main duties of the job

  • Undertaking rapid crisis assessments for young people referred through the general hospital and, providing short crisis intervention and signpost to other specialist services as required
  • Contributes to effective discharge planning and referral processes to health care providers and support agencies to meet identified health needs.
  • Based on assessment, to formulate & convey sensitive, complex, & sometimes unwelcome information to clients & other professionals and manage this as constructively as possible.
  • To support senior practitioners completing complex assessments, though the gathering of information, completing referrals and liaising with partner agencies
  • To work alongside senior practitioners, in providing and sign-positing to specialist advice, specifically relating to child and adolescent mental health, to professionals in other agencies/organisations working in the field of child and adolescent mental health
  • Accurately documents assessments of patients/client's health status, diagnosis & response to nursing & other interventions and treatments on the Trust Clinical Records System
  • Identifies when a child may be at risk and will refer to the local multi- agency safeguarding hub when appropriate
  • Practices in accordance with legal, ethical, culturally safe, & professional standards including the Code of practice

About us

Solent East CAMHS is a specialist mental health service that work alongside children aged 0-18 and their families to address their mental health needs and improve their day to day lives. We are based in the vibrant and dynamic city of Portsmouth which is situated on the South coast of England. The service serves a socially and economically diverse population. It benefits from strong working relationships across many agencies and regional areas. Solent East CAMHS pride ourselves in fostering a collaborative approach with our partners and families to children's social, emotional and mental health needs.

The service is made up of a variety of professionals and disciplines which support our holistic approach. These professionals are aligned to several teams within the service that work closely together, and share knowledge and skill to meet the needs of our young people and their families, as well as foster a culture of learning and improvement. We are an innovative CAMHS team that value's and supports staff development and wellbeing.

The CAMHS liaison team provide:
  • Assessment of children and young people who have presented at QA Hospital with mental health concerns such as self-harm, overdose & suicidal ideation
  • Liaise & build positive relationships with hospital staff & wider network services such as social care and schools
  • Co-ordinate safe discharge and follow up plan from QA Hospital

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively across the CAMHS directorate and partnership agencies.
  • To liaise with and where appropriate participate in joint work with other specific teams.
  • Work collaboratively with senior members of the team in decision making and formulation of risk.
  • Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with all internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • To ensure documentation and care plans are comprehensive and of the highest standard in line with Trust policy.
  • To ensure recording of relevant information as consistent with Trust record keeping policy.
  • To record relevant information and communicate areas of risk to appropriate staff consistent with principals of and limitations to confidentiality.
  • To collate and report on clinical information across a specific area(s), on behalf of CAMHS.
  • To provide clinical information as required for input into local and Trust electronic information systems

Knowledge, Education, Training
  • Pro-actively participates in own performance development and review to identify learning needs and take necessary steps in order to reach personal/professional objectives. This may include enrolling in the preceptorship training offered by Solent.
  • Attends educational opportunities relevant to nursing role and scope of practice.
  • Participates in peer review/feedback and actively contributes to the provision of an effective learning environment.
  • Actively participate in the induction of new staff in accordance with Trust policy and when required act as a 'buddy' and resource person within your team.
  • Be personally accountable for actions and omissions in your practice and have the ability to justify decisions taken.
  • Maintains and develops own clinical expertise and knowledge in speciality evidence-based nursing practice and personal portfolio to demonstrate fitness to practice in line with expectations for revalidation.
  • Actively participate in clinical and management supervision.
  • To work within legal, professional and ethical frameworks established by National bodies such as the Department of Health, NMC; Children Act and Mental health Act.
  • To provide information to meet the requirements of the Trust and Department of Health.
  • To participate in the development and promotion of CAMHS across the children's workforce and systems.
  • To keep up to date with appropriate legislation and guidance of relevance in the mental health field and CAMHS.

Quality and Service Improvement
  • Identifies situations of clinical risk and takes appropriate action to ensure a safe environment for patients/clients/families and staff.
  • Contributes to evidence-based nursing practice in speciality areas.
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements, risk management and resource utilisation participating in monitoring and evaluation activities including audit and research activities
  • Provides input into clinical standards/protocols and policies and undertakes clinical audits as required.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of clinical practice contributing to service improvement initiatives.
  • Participates in the implementation of nursing models of care appropriate to patient/client population needs.
  • Contributes to and participates in Solent NHS policy development providing own expertise where relevant and feedback on proposed polices based on relevant experience and expertise where applicable.
  • Participates in case review and debriefing activities as required.
  • Participates in group/unit discussions that review current practice.
  • Contributes to the development of programmes of care/care packages providing specialist advice where relevant.
  • Promote patient and public involvement in activities designed to inform service improvement
  • Actively participate in clinical audit and service improvement activity to improve patient care and patient outcomes (privacy, dignity and duty of candour).
  • Fully adheres to the Solent NHS trust Integrated Clinical and Safeguarding Supervision policy along with Safeguarding Children and adult policies, and information sharing protocols to ensure the health and well-being of children and adults at risk.
  • Familiarity with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act and maintains MCA mandatory training.

Health and Safety, Security and Equality
  • Works in accordance with the relevant Health and Safety Trust policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Contribute to development of service.
  • Attends organisational mandatory training as required by the Trust and relevant to your role.
  • Actively participates in and enables others to carry out risk assessments within the working environment.
  • Ensures self and colleagues are trained and competent to use equipment safely.
  • Ensures incident reporting is expedited promptly and appropriate action plans completed.
  • Identifies potential health, safety and security issues and collaborates with others to promote and maintain an environment that supports infection prevention and control policies and procedures.
  • Supports and promotes a positive approach to diversity and equality of opportunity, to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage in service delivery and employment, and to manage, support or comply through the implementation of the Solent NHS Trust's Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Promotes a culture which respects and values diversity, and support patients, visitors and staff in exercising their rights.
  • Ensures care within areas of practice and adheres to the 5 principles of the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice (2005).
  • Recognises and reports behaviour which undermines equality and diversity in accordance with organisational policies and current legislation.

Limits of Authority
  • May not dismiss or suspend staff under the disciplinary procedures.
  • May not take annual leave without prior agreement of the manager

General Requirements
  • Ensure they and where appropriate their staff:
  • Adhere to trust policies and procedures at all times,
  • Comply with trust standing orders, standing financial instructions, policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Follow any policies and procedures in relation to infection, prevention and control
  • Are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children, and vulnerable adults, and the specific responsibilities placed on individuals who care for such clients/patients
  • Take all reasonable steps to manage and promote a safe and healthy working environment which is free from discrimination,
  • Comply with the trust policy on confidentiality, and the Data Protection Act 2018 as amended, relating to information held manually or on computerised systems,
  • Respect the confidentiality and privacy of clients and staff at all times.
  • Maintain a constant awareness of health, welfare and safety issues affecting colleagues, patients, visitors and themselves, reporting any accidents or fault in line with trust policy.
  • Fully participate in health and safety training
  • Participate in personal training, development, appraisal, and attend all relevant training courses as required
  • Comply with the professional body code of conduct

*This job description seeks to outline the key duties and responsibilities of the post; it is not a definitive document and does not form part of the main statement of Terms and Conditions. The job description will be reviewed during the annual appraisal process.

*The post holder may, with their agreement, which should not reasonably be withheld, be required to undertake other duties as required, which fall within the grading of this post, to meet the needs of this new and developing service.

*Individuals who are required to hold a professional registration in order to practice must continue to be a member of their professional body throughout the lifespan of this job description. Such individuals will be required to notify the Trust immediately if their professional body limits or changes the terms of their registration.

*This job description will be reviewed yearly as part of the annual individual appraisal, to ensure that it reflects the responsibilities of the post. No changes will be made without full consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc Mental Health Nursing or Nursing Dual Registration Childrens, currently registered with NMC
  • Professional Qualification at first degree level or equivalent
  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training at post graduate level
Experience Essential
  • Experienced in developing care plans with young people and their families
  • Experience of specialist mental health assessment and treatment of children and adolescents and their families/carers where appropriate as a full member of a multi disciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatients or inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of children, adolescents and their families/carers across the whole range and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of MDT working

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