CAMHS Charge Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Ever wanted to gain experience in CAMHS services? We are looking for Band 6 Nurses to join our compassionate and friendly in-patient team within our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Chalkhill is looking for a charge nurse to join its motivated and dynamic team. We want you to be a part of our upcoming projects to help continue to strive for more success.

We have an experienced team and work collaboratively with eating disorder services, paediatric wards and our school which we have on-sight, so our young people have access to educational services.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Main duties of the job

If you have not previously worked in CAMHS, don't worry! Many of your skills from other acute settings will be transferable and we will provide training to meet any learning needs identified in your appraisal.

You will be closely supported by our Duty Senior Nurse, Matron, Charge Nurses, to lead the nursing team in maintaining high standards of care, providing evidence based practice, and implementing practice development initiatives.

We understand that looking after our staff's health and well-being leads to safer services and better experiences for our young people, and so actively promote supervision, reflection, training opportunities and team away days.

In your application we would love to know what attributes you would bring to our team and we love to hear about what drives the nurses of today. We are committed to investing in our staff in order to provide you with further training and development to enhance those leadership skills.

About us

Chalkhill Hospital is a modern, 16 bedded unit located in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. We offer a unique and rewarding experience supporting young people to recover at a critical time in their development so they have the best chance to succeed in life.

We are fortunate to be located 20 minutes from Brighton and the seaside, close to the Sussex Downs National Park and just a short train ride away from London. The opportunity to relax outdoors has been invaluable to staff during the pandemic.

We receive consistent feedback from both substantive and temporary staff that we are a really compassionate,friendly and fun team to work with so, come and join us!

We'd love you to join an organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:

70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work

79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team

77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

Job description Job responsibilities

You will work across both our Health Based Place of Safety (for young people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act) and our 16 bedded in-patient ward. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in crisis management and will build excellent working relationships with our partners in the emergency services, crisis and home treatment teams, and community teams. You will be able to network and share practice initiatives with colleagues from our adult acute services who manage other Health Based Place of Safety facilities within the Trust.

To learn more about our service please visit:

Twitter: @ChalkhillH

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification ? Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role.
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualifying experience relevant to the care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with severe mental health problems particularly in their acute phase of illness
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance

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