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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
Fixed-Term Contract - 14 months

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a clinical leader who ensures that the highest standards of evidenced based nursing care are provided. The post holder will provide inspirational specialist nursing leadership within the team, including specialist assessments, psychological therapies and nursing interventions to service users, families and carers

This post is central to the delivery of clinically based therapy, support, education, and training working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will develop and embed evidence based clinical nursing practice within the team.

The CNS is a clinical specialist in adult mental health and is knowledgeable and skilled in working with groups and teams.

Main duties of the job

Developing and improving clinical care form the key elements of this post and you will be required to give expert nursing advice and support to patients, their families/carers, the multidisciplinary team and other healthcare professionals.

Working together with the Matron/Service Manager and Ward Manager, you will develop and provide an in-house education programme, facilitate reflective practice sessions and skill-enhancing workshops for the team. In return for your commitment and enthusiasm, working within the unique Adult eating Disorders Team will give you the opportunity to practice a full range of core mental health nursing skills and also to teach, supervise and support colleagues.

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 ensure that a therapeutic milieu is maintained by supporting the nursing team and the therapeutic structure
  • To take a lead role in ensuring that a high standard of multi-disciplinary care planning is in place and to be accountable for the nursing contribution to the process. To ensure that the nursing team provide accurate and high-quality patient records
  • To maintain personal and professional development by providing direct clinical work to individuals and their families in line with the recovery model
  • To participate in research and audit in the clinical field
  • To encourage and develop user and carer involvement
  • To support the Directorate with the investigation process and learning lessons from serious incidents and complaints
  • To undertake any other duties which may reasonably be required by the Matron
  • To take a lead on clinical matters and policy development relating to nursing practice.
  • To provide professional leadership within the ward environment, working with relevant Team Managers, Matrons and Service Managers for the planning and delivering of nursing practice and wider service delivery.
  • To participate in recruitment and selection process of staff when appropriate.
  • To have good awareness of the Pathway and protocols and Trust policies and protocols within nursing and Nursing Strategy.
  • To develop and participate in the delivery of a clinical supervision structure for team members.
  • To be part of a senior nurses group for on-going support and development.
  • Working with the Ward Manager to ensure nursing staff within the ward are compliant with NMC regulations.
  • To take a lead on audits within the team.
  • The post holder will work collaboratively with all disciplines as part of a multi- disciplinary team to assure a high standard of care for patients/clients and their relatives/carers.
  • Uses knowledge of practice development principles and strategies for the promotion of quality developments and efficient use of resources
  • Provides assurance of nurses clinical practice and strives to attain the highest standards.
  • Promotes and uses evidence-based approaches to improve practice
  • Critically evaluates and applies research findings pertinent to patient care, team management and outcome
  • Participates in promoting quality through development of collaborative and innovative approaches to health care delivery.

  • Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse Mental Health
    • Completion of Mentorship Course or intention to complete
    • Evidence of continuous professional development
    • Qualification in evidence based psychological therapy relevant to eating disorders


    • Leadership qualification



    • Experience of working alongside people with complex eating disorders
    • Extensive experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care pathway
    • Extensive experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
    • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non-statutory teams and agencies
    • Extensive experience of working within the CPA process
    • Extensive understanding of clinical governance
    • Clinical experience of working in inpatient environments


    • Experience of leading nursing staff or teams in practice improvement
    • Lived experience of mental health issues



    • Ability to travel across sites
    • Good working knowledge of IT systems

    Knowledge and Skills


    • Advanced Clinical Skills in the delivery of psychological therapies.
    • Assessment, planning and therapeutic intervention
    • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
    • Excellent ability to develop effective professional relationships with others, (individuals and groups)
    • Able to establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters
    • Strong ability to innovate and implement change
    • Skills in influencing, empowering, developing and shaping the behaviours of others.
    • The ability to multitask and mental adaptation to different unpredictable situations
    • Monitor and maintain the health and safety of self and others in the working area.
    • Knowledge of NICE guidance and other National guidance relevant to delivery of care and safe nursing practice
    • Excellent understanding of the NMC Code and its application in practice


    • Ability to use manual handling techniques

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    S3 Outpatients

    Addenbrookes Hospital


    CB22 0QQ

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