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Specialised CAMHS Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist

NHS AfC: Band 7

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NHS AfC: Band 7
37.5 hours per week
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£39,866 - £49,704 per annum inc HCAS
24/02/2019 23:59
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The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.


 Specialist CAMHS Practitioner/ Clinical Nurse Specialist

Gloucester House, Tavistock Children's Day Unit


Grade:   AFC band 7                   

HOURS:  37.5 hours per week - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week – 4 week unpaid leave contract.


  • Are you are you a compassionate, dynamic and innovative clinician interested in working in an integrated multi-disciplinary team?
  • Are you passionate about working with children and young people with complex social, emotional and mental health needs?
  • Do you have a commitment to reflective practice in yourself, others and teams?
  • Do you want to be part of a creative, resilient and unique team?



We are a specialist school, which provides education and therapeutic services for up to 21 children aged 5-14 years who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH). Many of the children who attend are from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and some have experienced severe deprivation or trauma/abuse in their early lives.

Gloucester House provides a unique package for children which combines clinical and educational components. There is an emphasis on whole team multidisciplinary work including identifying which of a range of approaches is best suited to the needs of each child and their family.

The team is comprised of a multidisciplinary CAMHS team and specialist teachers and education staff. The service is lead by a headteacher and clinically lead by nursing.

Gloucester House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Deferral and Barring Service.



This is a thriving and growing Directorate that encompasses services for children and young people (0-25) their families, and carers, that spans other Directorates within the Trust. The CYAF Directorate is the largest of these. The clinical services of the Directorate are undertaken by child psychiatrists, child psychotherapists, clinical and educational psychologists, social workers, systemic psychotherapists, nurses and by those training in these disciplines. The Directorate has three specialist units, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court, the Gloucester House Day Unit and the Gender Identity Development Service. The CAYF Directorate provides multi-disciplinary clinical services for a substantial catchment area in addition to offering more specialised services for referrals for a larger area. Recent clinical developments include taking on a substance misuse service for young people in Barnet. The Directorate is actively engaged in participation in preventative and consultative and outreach work in the community and is developing projects with a wide range of colleagues working in fields related to child and family mental health in all tiers.


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has a national brief for training in the mental health professions and is a national centre for psychoanalytic and systemic training. The Trust is committed to developing new training initiatives to meet the needs of the modern NHS, to being responsive to the National Service framework for children and to the modernisation of CAMHS. It is committed to the expansion of training opportunities for professionals from minority ethnic communities. 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

There will be a visit for shortlisted candidates on:

Date: Thursday 14th Feb (if you want to visit before applying)

or for shortlisted candidates Thursday 28th Feb.

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00PM

If you would like to visit before applying please contact the school office.

School Office: 0207-794-3353

 For further information please contact Gloucester House School Office on the details below:

Gloucester House, Tavistock Children’s Day Unit

33 Daleham Gardens,




Contact Number: 0208-938-2063

Office hours: Monday – Friday between 9.00am and 4.30pm