Senior Mental Health Nurse

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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CAMHS Senior Mental Health Nurse - Band 7

North Bedfordshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

CAMHS AMHT - Adolescent Mental Health Team 37.5 hours per week - permanent

This is a very exciting time to join our recently expanded North Bedfordshire AMH Team

As part of The North Bedfordshire CAMHS we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for a Band 7 Mental Health Nurse to join Adolescent Mental Health Team.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, passionate and creative mental health nurse looking to gain more experience working with young people and families with complex mental health needs and require support in the community and to transition into the Adult Mental Health Service.

Main duties of the job

The AMH Team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of social workers, therapists, nurses, psychologists, and support workers who work closely undertaking a team approach and are able to offer a unique, flexible and where necessary, intensive approach to those who need it and work closely with other professionals.

Our clinically-led service is strongly committed to continuously improving the experience and quality of care we offer our families. The successful post holder will therefore directly contribute to the positive working environment within the team and will be encouraged identify ways in which we might improve the service we are able to deliver.

The Senior Management Team within North Bedfordshire CAMHS is committed to staff development: as well as receiving a robust induction program, regular clinical and management supervision to support this role, 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. We also have a significant number of positions in the trust for clinicians up to band 8D, opening up paths for promotion for those who wish to develop and progress within the service.

About us

These posts are based in Bedford, Bedfordshire, close to the M1 and easily reached by rail and car from North London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Whilst some of the work is based in the clinic, access to a car is essential as some travel will be required to undertake outreach support at home or other CAMHS/ multi-agency sites.

ELFT has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental and health care, innovation and improvement. So this could be a very exciting time for you to come and work for us. Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and person specification please see JD&PS.

For contact details please see below.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (Part 3/8/13 of the UKCC Register)
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Substance mis-use or equivalent (e.g. ENB 603)
Experience Essential
  • At least 18 months of working in CAMHS or equivalent community mental health setting
  • Experience of working in community CAMHS and working with a multi-agency network
  • Experience of managing and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area.
  • Experience of working in or liaising closely with multi agency teams working with adolescents e.g. Youth Services, YOT etc
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people who present with high risk behaviours
  • Experience of using CBT
  • Specialty CAMHS experience (e.g. YOT/Eating Disorders/ Adolescent Inpatient ward/work in substance abuse)
  • Experience of service development
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS, including mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions
  • Proven ability to work with children and young people in distress or through psychiatric emergency
  • Experience of working sensitively with distressing material that may have serious implications to young people and their families.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to work effectively across organisational boundaries and represent a CAMHS identity within a multi- agency setting.
  • Able to manage own time and caseload, prioritising assessments and treatment in non-mental health settings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of potential barriers and resources within a multi-agency setting that affect mental health and are relevant to children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge of the, Mental Health Act and associated legislation including Child Protection Procedures
  • Understanding of best practice in staff supervision and development
  • General awareness of current national guidelines and polices in the field of CAMHS
  • Knowledge of applying research in practice e.g. systemic family work and CBT/group work audit and research
  • Knowledge of outcome measures.
  • Knowledge of the Children Act
Other Essential
  • Proven ability to manage the mental, emotional & physical demands of working with those experiencing mental health problems, especially disturbed & distressed children/adolescents, and their families/carers networks.
  • InterpAble to remain resilient and cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of working with those with acute mental health and behavioural problems, including: odealing with families in breakdown who may be experiencing trauma or abuse; occasional patient complaints; oMental effort: writing reports, managing psychiatric emergencies; oConveying of unwelcome news; ooccasional verbal & physical abuse; ounpredictable clinical scenarios. reting and applying policies
  • Ability to utilise and learn from supervision

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