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Clinical Nurse Specialist in Later Life Psychiatry

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

A fantastic opportunity has arisen in the Liaison Psychiatry Service, Later Life Team, working with older adults.

Do you have experience as a Band 6 working in older adults's mental health care? Or are you a keen Band 5 who would like to develop into this speciality? Are you proficient in assessment and a quick thinking problem solver? Then come and join our highly skilled mental health team.

This is a very exciting opportunity for someone who has an interest in older adult's psychiatry and wants to explore the speciality, or someone who already has extensive older adults mental health experience and wants to expand their skills. This post will allow you to improve your biopsychosocial assessment skills and develop extensive care planning, provision and multidisciplinary team working. Later life psychiatry experience is desirable, however, candidates who have a keen interest in this area will also be considered. You will get to work with a team of highly skilled Clinical Nurse Specialists and Doctors who will help you to develop your skills working with older adults with multiple physical and mental health comorbidities.

Full training will be provided.

Main duties of the job

  • Take part in daily MDT for the triage and allocation of new refrrals to the service.
  • Undertake specialist psychosocial assessments, reviews and advice giving regarding ongoing management of Later Life patients
  • Deliver a range of psychosocial interventions to individual patients and their families as appropriate.
  • Assisting and support general hospital colleagues in making decisions about treatment and care in complex situations.
  • To be able to take charge and Lead a shift, utilising delegation and communication skills to ensure patient safety is maintained at all times.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more a detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health), with current registration
  • Diploma in Professional Studies (nursing) or equivalent
  • Evidence of professional updating


  • Evidence of further development in older persons mental health
  • Teaching and assessing qualification or equivalent experience

Knowledge and Experience


  • Registered mental health, with an interest in older persons mental health
  • Sound knowledge of the various approaches to mental health assessment
  • Knowledge of key areas of liaison psychiatry practice, including the psychological effects of physical illness
  • Knowledge of the clinical and demographic risk factors associated with self-harm and suicide
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Mental Health Act and their use in the general hospital


  • Post registration experience in Later Life (minimum 3 years for B6 in older persons mental health)
  • Experience as preceptor / mentor

Skills and Abilities


  • Effective verbal & written communication skills
  • Evidence of effective organisational and time management skills
  • Skills in assessing, planning implementing and evaluating mental health nursing interventions
  • Ability to interact therapeutically with distressed and/or disturbed individuals and/or those in crisis
  • Knowledge of the teaching process, skills in teaching to a range of levels of staff
  • Skills in interacting effectively with colleagues from a range of specialties and departments
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Ability to cope with emotional issues presented in the course of work, and to support others

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