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Highly Specialist ADHD Nurse Practitioner/CAMHS Nurse Prescriber

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum incl. HCAs
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Highly Specialist ADHD Nurse Practitioner/CAMHS nurse prescriber

Southwark CAMHS are seeking to recruit a CAMHS nurse prescriber with excellent clinical skills and a strong interest in working with neurodiverse children and their families. This is a permanent full-time post, based within the Southwark CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Service.

The post holder will manage a caseload of young people with complex mental health needs and co-morbid ADHD and other neuropsychiatric difficulties. The post holder will be expected to contribute to specialist assessments and treatment plans for these young people.

Alongside this, they will lead a specialist service for young people with mental health difficulties and co-morbid ADHD. This involves co-ordinating the nurse led medication review clinics within the service and includes undertaking non-medical prescribing.

The post holder will be expected to use their expertise to offer advice and consultation to other members of the team as well as offering training in assessments and interventions to the wider Southwark CAMHS service, and other professional networks.

Main duties of the job

Clinically, the post holder will lead a highly specialist service for children and young people with ADHD and co-morbid mental health difficulties, contributing to specialist assessment & management and leading on coordinating the Nurse-led medication review clinics within the service, including independent non-medical prescribing.

To manage a caseload, providing the analysis of complex information to determine the planning and management of assessment and treatment to C&YP with ADHD and co-morbid mental health and neuropsychiatric difficulties.

To provide expertise in this highly specialist clinical area and to offer adviceand consultation on clients care to other members of the team, in relation to the area of expertise.

To offer training in assessment and interventions for CYP with ADHD toCAMHS and other professional networks.

To liaise with medical colleague, partner agencies and adult mental healthprofessionals across a range of settings.

To work autonomously within professional practice guidelines and Trustguidelines.

To contribute to policy and service development, undertake research, service evaluation and audit for own team/service and to contribute to the training of the clinical team and others.

About us

The Neurodevelopmental Service is a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatry/ neuropsychiatry, clinical psychology, family therapy, nursing and occupational therapy. We provide assessments and evidence-based therapies to children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders (moderate to profound intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders). The service works in clinical partnership with child health, special needs schools and education, children's social services, and adult learning disability services, and so there are extensive opportunities to build links and structures for effective co-working with these agencies. The service provides a range of interventions including: innovative group parenting interventions for parents of children with ASD and ADHD (developed and delivered in collaboration with the internationally renowned Centre for Parent and Child Support), group interventions for children and young people addressing anxiety and emotional dysregulation, Positive Behaviour Supports (with expert external supervision), adapted CBT for mood and anxiety disorders, systemic therapy (including a regular systemic therapy clinic) and pharmacological intervention. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in the delivery of these interventions through training, and group and individual supervision.

Job description Job responsibilities

To lead the provision and delivery of the nurse led ADHD clinic provided by Southwark CAMHS, 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.

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.

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 behavioural problems in C&YP.

To formulate mental healthcare and crisis treatment plans that are specific to each C&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.

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

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.

To communicate skilfully, tactfully and sensitively highly complex, sensitive and potentially distressing information with CYP, parents, carers and colleagues taking account of sensory and cultural barriers to communication.

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

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

To act as care co-ordinator for a range of cases including high risk and extremely complex, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the client needs, co-ordinating the work of others involved, and to monitor progress in the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.

Please see attached job description and person specification for details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • First level nursing qualification (registration RMN or RSCN or HV) / with related CAMHS experienceand 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.
  • Non-medical prescriber with appropriate NMC registration
  • 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.
  • Additional, recognised therapeutic qualification
  • Formal training in supervision
Experience Essential
  • Graduate 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.
  • 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.
  • Significant experience working as an independent non-medical prescriber with a CAMHS service and ability to demonstrate continuing professional development in this area.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Has completed a minimum of two years post qualification CPD to develop clinical and/or research skills relevant to specialist area as agreed in the Personal Development Plan.
  • Ability to supervise qualified clinical staff having completed relevant training.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive information to children, young people, families and colleagues.
  • Well developed consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team and/or other professional groups.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems involving a child's or young person's mental health issues, family relationships or future placement, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Ability to work independently as an autonomous practitioner with appropriate level of clinical and managerial supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and/or challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
Knowledge / Skills Essential
  • Post graduate level knowledge of CAMH research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment of behaviour and emotional disorders and difficulties, relationship difficulties, attachment disorders and difficulties, and clinical psychometrics.
  • Highly specialist knowledge of childhood disorders including emotional and behavioural disorders, relationship difficulties and attachment disorders and theories of child development.
  • Practitioner level knowledge of at least one model of psychological therapy and knowledge of the theoretical and evidence base for them.
  • Awareness of racial and diversity issues and their impact on service access, through attendance of relevant training.
  • Knowledge of legislation and national policy in relation to Looked After Children and mental health issues, including the Children Act, safeguarding children and the Mental Health Act.
Other, specify: Essential
  • Commitment to continuing professional development, to partnership working and to reflexive clinical practice.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and/or challenging behaviour with Looked After children, their families and carers.
  • Well developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.

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