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CAMHS Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Non-Medical Prescriber

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum inclusive
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) service provides out-patient and consultation services to children experiencing a range of mental health and developmental difficulties.

The service also includes a Single Point of Access team which manages all referrals for children and adolescents in Wandsworth, Merton, and Sutton boroughs where there are concerns about emotional heath/mental health difficulties. The T3 services and the SPA work in close collaboration

SWLSTG CAMHS Tier 3 teams are multidisciplinary team specialising in the provision of high-quality assessments and evidence-based treatments for children, young people and their families presenting to the service with moderate to severe mental health problems and with high-risk profiles.

Applicant Requirements:
  • First level registered nurse, allied health professional or medical practitioner
  • Independent & Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) qualification or Registered General Medical Practitioner.
  • Relevant experience of ADHD treatment and management, with at least 1 year of previous working knowledge in a specialist ADHD service.
  • Ability to work autonomously and effectively manage own case load.
  • Good knowledge of legislation acts and developments relevant to the field of ADHD services provision.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced and qualified CAMHS Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Non-Medical Prescriber to:
  • Provide support to our T3 Consultant Psychiatrists in Wandsworth, Merton, and Sutton CAMHS T3 services, by taking responsibility, under their direction, for medication initiation and review. Providing, as part of treatment titration, ongoing assessment, treatment, and management of patients
  • Provide direct clinical judgement and treatment decisions using highly developed skills and knowledge regarding clinical management of Children with ADHD.
  • Exercise Independent or Supplementary prescribing rights using accepted guidelines and within client's clinical policies and the RPS Prescribing Framework.
  • Ensure that the patient's interests are fully considered within the context of their care, actively participating in ethical, shared decision making within the multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Exercise autonomous professional responsibility for decision making within the parameters and expectations of the Titration Team leads.
  • Undertake risk assessments and review safeguarding needs alongside treatment strategies during ongoing patient care.
  • Utilize up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, national and client's policies and other issues relating to ADHD and patient management.
  • Access regular clinical supervision from an allocated Service Consultant Psychiatrist and within the Titration Team

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our £150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Result Areas

1.1 To lead the provision and delivery of the nurse led ADHD clinic provided by SWLSTGCAMHS, and be a highly specialist practitioner within the assessment, treatment and pharmacological management of CYP with ADHD and co-morbid mental health and/or neuropsychiatric difficulties, assuming responsibility for own caseload.

1.2 To work as an independent and autonomous professional within professional guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, taking full responsibility for own work.

1.3 To provide primary CAMHS assessments, other specialist assessments, using self-report measures, as appropriate, structured observations, clinical interviews, and to interpret and integrate this highly complex data to identify and diagnose the cause of emotional and behavioral problems in C&YP.

1.4 To formulate mental healthcare and crisis treatment plans that are specific to eachC&YP and family, based upon an analysis of complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes contributing to the presentation. To assess safeguarding issues for each case, consulting with other professionals and referring concerns to the appropriate safeguarding team as required.

1.5 To deliver evidence based treatments, monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions drawing on a range of theoretical options.

1.6 To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans in conjunction with the C&YP, parents/carers and other services as appropriate potentially distressing information with CYP, parents, carers and colleagues taking account of sensory and cultural barriers to communication.

1.8 To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry and recording.

1.9 To ensure that all services provided are acceptable and accessible to the diverse communities which make up the catchment area of the service

1.10 To act as care coordinator for a range of cases including high risk and extremely complex, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the client needs, coordinating the work of others involved, and to monitor progress in the course of multidisciplinary interventions.

Professional leadership.

2.1 To provide strategic nursing input at senior level across SWLSTG CAMHS, ensuring effective advice to the Borough manager, Lead Clinician and other management team.

2.2 To provide visible nursing leadership to nurses within the service, offering professional and practical advice and support, ensuring standards of nursing are consistent.

2.3 To ensure systems are in place to provide nursing supervision across SWLSTG CAMHS which supports professional development.

2.4 To support the CAG Head of Nursing with the implementation of the Trust wide Nursing Strategy across the local service.

2.5 To contribute to the workforce development of nurses locally, supporting recruitment activities and ensuring educational opportunities are available both pre and post qualification.

Teaching, training, and supervision.

3.1 To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior clinician according to Trust guidelines.

3.2 To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within the nursing staff and SWLSTG CAMHS.

3.3 To provide professional clinical and research supervision as well as managerial supervision to qualified nursing staff and students for all aspects of their work.

3.4 To provide placements to student nurses as required.

3.5 To provide advice, consultation, training and supervision to staff and parents/carers within CAMHS network across a range of settings including primary care, social services, education, residential units and family homes.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development.

4.1 To identify any aspects of the service which need to be improved and to advise service and professional managers on appropriate changes.

4.2 To assist in the short-listing and interviewing of multidisciplinary staff as required.

4.3 To participate in clinical governance initiatives as agreed by the Trust and CAG clinical governance committee and to act as clinical governance link worker as agreed.

4.4 To deputize for the Borough manager when required and to represent the team at borough and SLAM level when needed.

4.5 To undertake Serious Incident investigations as required by the CAG.

Research and service evaluation.

5.1 To contribute to the development of services for SWLSTG CAMHS through initiating and undertaking service evaluation and audit.

5.2 To undertake computer-based literature reviews and carry out research relevant to the service in general and provide advice and supervision to other staff undertaking these.

Person Specification Training & Qualifications Essential
  • First level nursing qualification (registration RMN or RSCN or HV) / with related CAMHS experience and MSc level qualification or equivalent with evidence of a comprehensive portfolio of post registration
  • Professional development in child and adolescent mental health including evidence of clinical, audit and/or research presentations at local and national CAMHS events and evidence of publication of articles or the production of strategic reports which have advanced CAMHS.
  • All applications will require professional registration with a statutory body e.g. the Nursing Midwifery Council, General Social care council, Health professional's council or applicable psychological or psychotherapies body.
  • Non-medical prescriber with appropriate NMC registration
  • Formal training in supervision.
  • Additional specialist post qualification training such as ADOS; SAVRY; ADI; CAI; Fostering Changes; Parent / Child Game
Experience Essential
  • MSc qualification related to or equivalent with evidence of a comprehensive portfolio including experience of specialist mental health assessment and treatment with children and young people with mental health difficulties, emotional, behavioural and relational problems and their families, including looked after children.
  • Minimum of 12 months experience working as a non-medical prescriber with a CAMHS service.
  • Experience of managing complex and high-risk cases.
  • Experience of consultation to, and clinical supervision of, other staff
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to multidisciplinary groups.
  • Experience of working with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience of developing and carrying out research projects with troubled children and young people.
  • Experience of supervision of other staff.
  • Experience of clinical leadership and providing clinical support for practitioners across disciplines including recruitment, supervision and appraisal.
  • Experience of multi-agency collaboration and integrated working.

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