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Senior Nurse Practitioner

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

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Nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
As an Senior Nurse/ Mental Health Practitioner, the post holder will provide high standards of evidence based client centred care to children and young people with mental health [CYPMH] problems within the THRIVE Framework for service delivery.

The postholder will be expected to provide interventions, advice, consultancy and supervision to both colleagues and colleagues within external partner agencies in line with THRIVE.

As the post is identified within the CYPMH strategy, it is expected the role will continue to develop in line with national and local initiatives.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

The post holder will embrace the core values of the organisation and adopt the principles of Recovery and THRIVE. These principles will recognise the need to:

Promote safe practices

Value the aims of service users

Work in partnership and offer meaningful choice

Be optimistic about the possibilities of meaningful change

Value social inclusion

Main duties of the job

To hold a caseload of assessments, treatment and consultation work based upon a conceptual framework and employing research based evidence.

To provide direct therapeutic interventions in line with the grading of the post, including assessments, formulation and therapeutic input into children , young people and families referred into the service.

Undertake risk assessments and care plans accordingly, in line with the THRIVE framework

To be responsible for the screening of referrals to children and Young People's services, including urgent referrals

To participate directly in the teams duty rota's.

To deliver care co-ordination, ensuring effective assessment, care planning and risk management processes are maintained. Involve the views of children, their families, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care including organising multi-agency meetings.

To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop the provision of services to young people and their families. To have an effective knowledge base of other modalities so as to engage and work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.

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 communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both multi and uni disciplinary care. To effectively communicate professional opinions, verbally and in writing to other relevant professionals.

Attend Child Protection Case conferences as a representative from children and young peoples mental health services.

Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information to children, young people and families and to other professionals with in young peoples services.

Communicate effectively with children, young people and their carers, when in crisis and in challenging family situations

Organise and facilitate multi-agency meetings and reviews

Elicit highly sensitive information using engagement/ communication skills which are appropriate to the young persons stage of development

Work, as part of an integrated multi professional team, ensuring good communication and working relationships with other professionals

Provide written reports detailing the progress of the mental health intervention.

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
  • Specialist child mental health qualification eg ENB 603 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Other relevant therapeutic qualification eg; Drama therapy, Webster Stratton Parenting, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy
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
  • Knowledge of child protection issues and legislation, The Children Mental Health Act
  • Knowledge of mental health problems relating to children and adolescents
  • Experience of working in a specialist CAMHS Multi-disciplinary Team.
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.
  • I.T Skills
  • Experience of database use
  • Audit/service evaluation

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