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Senior Nurse Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Following a new wave a funding we have new opportunities for people with a passion to work in CAMHS. These newly created roles will give individuals a fantastic chance to be part of an exciting service that is expanding all the time. We work across 4 areas and 2 hospital sites which means there is lots of opportunities to grow and enhance your skills.

This means we complete emergency assessments for young people as well as continuing to support in the community. We are looking for social workers, nurses, mental health nurses, occupational therapist or anyone with a core profession to join our MDT.

Alongside this there are lots of chances to enhance your skills with training on offer in house and externally. We are a crisis CAMHS service that is working in exciting and innovative ways and we would love to have you on board to work with our passionate and compassionate team.

Main duties of the job

To provide high standards of evidence based client centred care.

To provide case management, clinical assessment and interventions to children, young people and their families with complex mental health needs.

The role will include direct and indirect client work as well as consultation and liaison with other professionals around the specialist clinical area of CAMHS. The post-holder will be engaged in all levels of clinical response from urgent assessments to lower priority cases.

The post holder will be expected to work as a member of the CAMHS Multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. #we're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities


To accept referrals of children and their families, allocated by the Specialist Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services multi-disciplinary team process.

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions that are agreed with the child and caregiver in accordance with best practice. Ensure comprehensive risk assessment of children, young people and families and that risk management plans are in place and documented.

To review plans on a regular basis and discuss in clinical supervision any issues that needs addressing.

To liaise with other agencies in terms of information gathering and sharing.

To inform local child protection co-ordinator and senior clinicians of any concerns regarding protection issues.

Use audit/outcome measures to measure change/quality in accordance with Specialist CAMHS procedures.

To organise own caseload and work schedules in agreement with Senior Nurse/Clinician.

To see families/children in the setting most appropriate for effective and efficient care.

Undertake clinical procedures, including the measurement of physical characteristics relevant to their treatment plan e.g. blood pressure, weight etc.

Monitor and record/report effects and side effects of any other prescribed psychotropic medication.

Engage and support service users and carers utilising evidence based psychotherapeutic principles.

Prescribe and deliver evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions.

Act as knowledge resource in specialist area of practice to other team members and other agencies as required.

To ensure co-ordinated service user centred care with a proactive role with other involved professionals.


To be responsible for the supervision and monitoring of caseloads of junior clinicians as and when required.

Participate in the process of clinical supervision.

To observe and maintain agreed policies and procedures as defined by the Trust.

Participate in Multi-disciplinary Team meetings and other service related meetings as appropriate.

To inform the lead clinician for the Multi-disciplinary Team of matters that might affect policy decisions.

To co-operate with senior clinicians in CAMHS in investigating complaints and mishaps.

To participate in in-service training and interagency staff.

To undertake any such duties as may be delegated and appropriate according to level of skill and competency.

Follow policies and protocols with regards to children and family services and share relevant information with other agencies as required by Child Protection procedures.

Supervised for managerial purposes by the Team Manager

Participate in the Trusts research, audit and development projects as required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained), eg RMN, Social Worker, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in the field of child and adolescent mental health
Experience/ Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrable experience at Band 5 level (or equivalent)
  • Work with children and adolescents with mental health problems
  • Community work
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Research methodology/audit cycle
  • Kwledge of child protection issues and legislation, The Children Mental Health Act
  • Knowledge of mental health problems relating to children and adolescents
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Mental health and risk assessments of children, adolescents and their families
  • Ability to apply therapeutic knowledge to clinical practice
  • Ability to travel in the course of performing duties.

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