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Clinical Nurse Specialist -Mental Health Professional *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
22 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The permanent posts are eligible for a �1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of �500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible to receive this bonus. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provides integrated community and mental health, learning disability and social care services of a high standard due to our continued commitment to quality and service improvement. CPFT aims to support people of all ages to achieve the very best they can for their health and wellbeing. To ensure that we achieve this goal we look to recruit candidates of a high calibre who share our passion for delivering excellent care, research and education.

The CPFT liaison psychiatry service is highly regarded nationally and is Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) accredited. The service comprises highly skilled psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and occupational therapists. It aims to offer exceptional standards of care to patients with mental health needs attending the acute hospital.

The Liaison Psychiatry Service for Adults and Older Persons has close links with the broader mental health services provided by CPFT. There are wide-ranging opportunities for training and development both within CPFT and Liaison Psychiatry.

Main duties of the job

As part of the Liaison Psychiatry Service, the post-holder will contribute to the multi-disciplinary clinical assessment and management of patients referred to the service in collaboration with other team members.

The Liaison Psychiatry Older Persons Team based at Cambridge University Hospital (Addenbrookes) are excited to advertise for a Band 7 clinician. This role is a permanent, full-time vacancy for an ambitious, enthusiastic, and motivated Clinical Nurse Specialist / Mental Health Practitioner working Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. We would encourage any applicants or those considering application to get in touch to discuss the role and to see the service.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To assist in the delivery of a high-quality Liaison Psychiatry service within Addenbrookes Hospital in keeping with the visions and values of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Providing and undertaking timely biopsychosocial assessments and risk management plans in accordance with CPFTs Clinical Risk Assessment and Management policy for adults presenting to the Emergency Department with mental health problems.
  • Promoting a safe and effective service throughout the Emergency Department this will be through training and giving expert advice and support to nursing and medical teams within the Emergency Department
  • Maintaining a visible, professional presence where patients, carers and staff can turn for assistance, advice and support.
  • As part of the Liaison Psychiatry Service, the post-holder will contribute to the multidisciplinary clinical assessment and management of patients referred to the service in collaboration with other team members.
  • To participate in and promote close links with community mental health teams and other agencies to develop effective care plans.

  • Person Specification



    • Registered Mental Health Nurse or equivalent professional registration
    • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development.
    • Mentor for Student Nurses (NMC registered professionals only)


    • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
    • Recognised training qualification.



    • Significant years post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
    • Community and in-patient experience in mental health services.
    • Considerable experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk.
    • Experience in the planning and delivery of training and practice developments to staff.
    • Experience of effective collaborative working.
    • Evidence of ability to drive for results.
    • Evidence of experience in service evaluation and improvements.
    • Evidence of Interdisciplinary / multi-agency working experience


    • Clinical audits and research.
    • General Nursing experience with older people.



    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Competent IT skills including word, outlook, excel and power point.
    • Ability to prioritise workload effectively, meeting expected deadlines.
    • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.
    • Advanced interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate and work with a wide range of professionals.
    • Ability to influence others effectively.
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
    • High level of self awareness, recognising own strength and limitations.
    • Ability to manage change and deal with conflict / stressful situations.
    • Effective negotiation skills.
    • Ability to produce and present clear reports.


    • Research/gathering data.



    • Advanced understanding of the mental health needs of older people
    • Specialist knowledge of person-centred care and its application.
    • Specialist knowledge of psycho-social interventions and their appropriate use.
    • Specialist knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effect.
    • Up to date knowledge of appropriate assessment scales.
    • Good Knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of care to adults with mental health needs.
    • Awareness of the impact of the health economies on service planning and delivery.
    • Knowledge of the recovery principles and its application to older people
    • Knowledge of planning and delivering meaningful activities pertinent to an in-patient setting.

    Other requirements


    • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
    • Ability to travel independently.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    S2 Liaison Psychiatry

    Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road


    CB2 0QQ

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