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Bank Senior Clinical Nurse specialist CAMHS

Job Reference: J11-A-21-42227

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Job Ref 637
Band 8

Bank Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist CAMHS Phoenix Hospital at Home Service

Employer: NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers

Location: Wokingham

Job Title:Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist CAMHS Phoenix Hospital at Home Service

Grade: Band 8

Salary:Weekdays: £28.58 Per Hour Saturday £36.74 Per Hour Sunday and Bank Holiday £44.91 Per Hour.

Trust/ Location: Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Work base: Willow House, Wokingham Hospital, Barkham Road, Wokingham, Berkshire

Covering:CAMHS Phoenix team

We are looking to recruit a qualified Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist with experience of assessment and treatment of children/adolescents with a wide range of presentations of varying severity. This would require a minimum of 2 years’ band 7 experience and worked in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. You will play an important role in the provision of a highly specialist service to young people accepted for treatment within the Berkshire CAMHS Tier 4 Out of Hospital Service.

About the Job:

  • The post holder will be responsible for the management and professional leadership of the qualified nursing and clinical support staff in the CAMHS Phoenix team.
  • They will take a specific lead on the development, delivery, and monitoring of services for young people with an eating disorder and or disordered eating, ensuring that there is collaborative working with the Berkshire all-age Eating Disorders Service and that clinical care is delivered in line with the evidence-based clinical care pathways.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of a safe effective service; leading by example to drive up standards of nursing care and nursing practice and empower nurses to take on a greater range of clinical task to improve patient’s care in their clinical area.
  • The post holder will support the nursing team by means of effective leadership, coaching and the development and implementation of a training strategy, to develop their specialist clinical practice and therapeutic skills.
  • The post holder will ensure effective and robust gate keeping mechanisms for TIER 4 admissions, working with TIER 3 services and senior clinical colleagues to ensure alternatives to admission have been fully explored.
  • They will also as deputy for the CAMHS Phoenix Service Manager in their absence and when required.
  • The role will encompass clinical, professional operational and developmental aspects, requiring the post holder to work in close collaboration with their peers and others to use resources in the most effective way, to free up clinical staff to get on with clinical work and ensure optimum care is delivered.

About the service:

Our service, based in Willow House on the Wokingham Community Hospital site, is a hospital at home service that provides evidence based psychiatric, nursing, and therapeutic interventions for young people under the age of 18 presenting with severe and complex mental health difficulties assessed as requiring Tier 4 level care, including where these disorders are co-morbid with neurodevelopmental diagnoses:

  • Serious risk of harm to self; suicidal thoughts and behaviour.
  • Emotional dysregulation and symptoms that would be best described as emerging unstable personality disorder.
  • Eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa.
  • ARFID and disordered eating in the context of emotional dysregulation, trauma, and other mental disorder.
  • Low mood, depressive disorder.
  • Early onset psychosis,
  • Severe OCD, complex PTSD
  • Other psychological disturbance that may adversely affect functioning but falls outside typical diagnostic criteria.

All young people who are accepted to the service will follow a structured programme, in line with relevant NICE guidelines (for example anorexia nervosa, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation). Interventions are delivered by a multi-disciplinary clinical team comprising of: Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Dietitian, Family Therapist, Teaching staff, Support staff including Assistant Psychologists, Clinical Support Staff, Activity Co-ordinator, Administrators and Managerial Support.

The 3 “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:

  1. RMN / Relevant and recognised specialist post registration training / UK Registration
  2. Specialist experience at Band 7 for 2 years as minimum.
  3. A full UK Driving Licence and have use of a car for work purposes

Service operating hours:

Our service operates from 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat, Sun & Bank holiday’s (365 days per year). You will be required to work shifts across these hours.

NHS Professionals (NHSP), owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), works in partnership with hospital trusts to provide a bank of highly skilled temporary workers who want to work flexibly within the NHS.

Working through the NHSP bank means Trusts do not have to rely on expensive agencies. Right now, we have over 130,000 members registered on our bank from various roles, grades, and specialities, saving the NHS over £70 million each year. This money is then reinvested back into the NHS.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our bank members who are not clinically exempt from vaccination to get vaccinated.



As an equal opportunities organisation, NHSP is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective bank members and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership. We believe there is a strong case for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply.

Please note that you will be contacted via e-mail throughout the recruitment process, so please check your e-mails regularly.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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