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Paediatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Job Reference: 188-NM1170-A

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Children’s Hospital
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£37,570 - £43,772 pa pro

Would you like to be part of the paediatric mental health team?

Do you want to work in a busy caring environment?

Then this is the job for you!

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen within Southampton Children’s Hospital as part of our paediatric mental health, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), for a highly motivated, dedicated registered mental health nurse to join our friendly, supportive multidisciplinary team.


Southampton Children’s Hospital is part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), and is one of the largest teaching trusts in the country. Southampton Children’s Hospital is a major centre for specialist paediatric services across the south of England providing acute specialist care to our local population as well as a wider geographical area to include the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands.

The paediatric mental health team work across all specialities supporting children and adolescents experiencing mental health difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma symptoms and dealing with adjustments to acute or chronic medical conditions.

In this role, you will:

  • provide assessment and discharge care planning of young people within the emergency department as a priority.
  • lead and participate in the coordination and support of the SCH self-harm/crisis service rota.
  • provide input for paediatric inpatients experiencing mental health issues including assessment and direct input for the young person and parents; and support for the nursing staff, including making careplans for issues such as behavioural disturbance and eating disorder management.
  • manage an outpatient caseload following referrals from the paediatric team, providing assessment, therapeutic work and support. There will be opportunity to use and develop therapeutic skills such as CBT, DBT, family therapy according to your skills and interests.
  • provide specialist advice, education and support to patients, family/carers and other health professionals

Along with the relevant qualifications, we are looking for you to demonstrate:

  • evidence of on-going professional development
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • specialist clinical skills and experience within the specialist area
  • awareness of evidence based practice
  • good negotiation skills
  • mentorship experience

This post is a Monday to Friday position but flexibility to work during these days is essential and previous experience as a qualified mental health nurse conducting self harm assessments and practicing independently is desirable. Previous experience on paediatric wards would also be helpful but not essential.


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. We've been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission and in the national NHS Staff Survey we ranked seventh in the country for staff engagement and fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care.


Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit please use the contact details below.

Interviews for this role will take place on Friday, 13 September 2019.

Closing date for applications will be Sunday, 1 September 2019.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sam Evans

023 8120 4926

Victor Taylor

07767 494919

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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