Clinical Specialist Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,136 max £1,915
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a child and adolescent mental health multidisciplinary team delivering high quality service provision that promotes and improves the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and their families.

We are seeking an energetic, highly motivated and experienced Clinical Specialist Nurse who has the skills and knowledge in the assessment of children and young people and to deliver expert nursing care, advice and support to children and young people with mental health problems.

You must be an NMC Registered Nurse and possess a sound knowledge of child development and child mental health. You will work alongside our multi-Disciplinary team of Child Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Nurses and Social Workers. You will be responsible for demonstrating excellent clinical outcomes, safe and effective delivery of care to children and young people.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide clinical management of cases in consultation with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Provide accurate, clear and concise communications in all aspects of delivering the service.
  • Establish and maintain effective inter-agency and inter-team communication and liaison systems.
  • Develop, establish and monitor operational policies and protocols which reinforce the nature of collaborative and 'best practice' service provision. Establishing and maintaining quality care standards and procedures which support the aims of HertfordshirePartnership NHS Foundation Trust and the ethos of Liaison work.
  • Monitor caseload ensuring activities are targeted to meet clients/patients, fulfilling the agreed criteria and KPI's.
  • Maintain the requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 (and its updates) and CPA, ensuring that the team members are able to assume Care Co-ordination responsibility.
  • Ensure the continued professional development of team members by being part of annual individual performance reviews.
  • Maintain one's own professional registration and development.
  • Effectively manage all aspects of own time i.e. Duty Rota, time worked and annual leave.
  • Where the post holder is an Approved Mental Health Practitioner to participate in local AMHP rota.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be expected to manage your caseload effectively in order to improve the experience for the child and family, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately within a multiagency context where collaborative working is key.

You will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be flexible and able to use initiative. You will also need to be capable of working independently as well as pat of the wider CAMHS multidisciplinary team and be adaptable to the changing needs of the organisation and be able to work across disciplines.

Person Specification



  • Registered RNMH/RNLD/RMN
  • Degree with experience of post graduate level study or the equivalent experience
  • Further training/qualification in relevant area of practice. Evidence of CPD


  • Teaching



  • Previous experience of managing and supervising junior staff (including those from other clinical backgrounds)
  • Experience in a band 6 nursing role and good level of clinical knowledge appropriate to role
  • Experience of working with children, adolescents, and carers
  • Experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems and knowledge of a range of clinical interventions with children/adolescents and their carers/families
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working, and inter-agency collaboration
  • Ability to provide clinical supervision, appraisal, preceptorship/practice education and staff support methods and teaching and training
  • Knowledge of managing clinical risks and child protection procedures


  • Detailed awareness of appropriate legislation, CQC requirements, Child Protection, Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act including an understanding of standards
  • Ability to run and support a range of interventions
  • Ability to plan, implement and carry out a high standard of nursing care
  • Up to date working knowledge of child and family problems and disorders
  • Experience of working in other care settings
  • Empathetic interviewing, counselling and/or other therapeutic skills



  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with others
  • Effective Time management
  • Demonstrate ability to express self, problem solve, logical thinking, and good verbal presentation skills
  • Ability to assess and report clinical information and provide clear and concise information tailored for different audiences
  • Keeps accurate and complete records and communication consistent with legislation, policies, and procedures


  • Ability to chair meetings effectively



  • Demonstrate good decision-making skills
  • Flexible and responsive approach to care
  • Knowledge and ability to positively manage change including the ability to initiate service developments or be involved in service planning
  • Ability to identify and manage changes to clinical risks and formulate safe and effective planning
  • Ability to produce reports e.g. related to complaints, investigations, SIs, audits etc
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts and to provide a therapeutic environment which contributes to young people's healthy development (including sexual)
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of psychiatric /mental health diagnosis and treatments
  • Knowledge and understanding of the High Risk Pathway
  • Knowledge and ability to positively manage change
  • Strong IT skills

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