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Specialist Mental Health Nurse - New Hire Bonus

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The permanent posts are eligible for a �3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of �1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �2000 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

We are looking for a Specialist Mental Health Nurse at Clare Lodge to hold a specialist clinical caseload as part of in-reach health services

Clare Lodge is the only all girls Secure Welfare unit in the country and as such the Health Team provides national coverage. To take away the liberty of a child for their own safety is a significant welfare issue so young people are only admitted because of high-risk behaviours that have persisted over time despite exhausting other community resource available to engage and support them.

Due to the complexity resulting from disrupted attachments and multiple complex traumas, young people received into secure care are known to have multiple unmet physical & mental health needs as well as difficulty forming relationships. Some of the complex needs may include ASD, ADHD & Learning Disabilities.

We recognise the highly specialist nature of the role and have a protected budget for specialist training and development alongside high quality and regular supervision. We would seek to offer the right candidate Family & Systemic Psychotherapy training should this be available upon taking up this post.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Mental Health Nurse will provide trauma informed risk assessments, standardised and specialist mental health assessment, intervention and safety planning for young people living at Clare Lodge.

The post holder will be confident in delivering group work and be able to assertively engage with young people on an individual basis who may have experienced disrupted engagement with health services in the community.

This job will involve considerable amounts of multiagency working with the wider professional network around the young person. It is expected that the post-holder can complete reports to a high standard as well as good quality referrals to external agencies to facilitate a safe transition for the young person into the community or alternative identified setting.

The Specialist Mental Health Nurse will be a Named Health Professional, in line with the Healthcare Standards for Children in Secure Care and will act as a complex care coordinator for the young person. The Specialist Mental Health Nurse will represent the young person's views, develop, and lead on individual care planning.

Service operates 8am-9.30pm Mon- Friday, staff complete either an early (8am-4pm) or late shift (1.30pm-9.30pm) with an occasional Saturday 1-5pm shift.

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 provide trauma Informed mental health assessment and, where appropriate, treatment to young people within a psychology led in reach health team daily.
  • Liaise and work with consultant psychiatrist and wider team to assess, monitor and treat identified mental health difficulties.
  • Assertively engage young people through direct work on a weekly basis as part of the Named Health Professional Role, this will include complex care-coordination with multiagency partners with colleagues.
  • Actively contribute and engage with the transition process with the young person and completing high quality referrals to national health and community resources to ensure that the young person receives consistent and uninterrupted health care.
  • Where identified as appropriate and within an agreed framework, commit to offering follow up and outreach work to the young person once they have left Clare Lodge
  • Deliver mental health interventions and support within the Attachment, Regulation and Competencies Trauma Informed Model.
  • Provide comprehensive mental health and diagnostic assessments demonstrating the appropriate use, interpretation, and integration of data from a variety of sources including, self- report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi- structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care,
  • Deliver a range of evidence-based trauma informed interventions appropriate to the young persons formulation.
  • Act as Named Health Professional in line with National Health Care Standards for Young People in Secure Care.
  • Support with standardised and specialist neuro-disability assessments for children in secure care including information gathering from health agencies who have previously worked with young person.
  • To provide practical and emotional support to encourage parents and residential staff to take a proactive approach to the mental and emotional health needs of the young person.
  • To provide practical and emotional support to encourage young people to take a proactive approach to their own health care.
  • To work in partnership with parents and residential staff within the individual psychological formulation for the young person
  • To lead on sharing holistic health needs of the young person to professional meetings centred around the young person.
  • To develop on comprehensive trauma informed health care plans developed in partnership with the young person which will include mental health, physical health and emotional wellbeing.
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive clinical records and notes and complete reports to a high standard.
  • Direct work with the young person to promote independence, develop life skills, and support safe transition from Clare Lodge.
  • Identifying and referring to appropriate health services as part of the young persons transition from Clare Lodge into a community setting.
  • Offer a range of group work with support from the MDT.
  • Contribute to clinical risk assessments regarding a young persons physical and mental health.
  • Keep accurate and comprehensive records and reports contemporaneously in accordance with the NMC.
  • Ensure that Child Protection and safeguarding policy and practice remains embedded within the service and that issues are addressed and LSCB guidelines adhered to,
  • To deliver and develop specialized training regarding adolescent mental health to other professionals within the wider network as appropriate.

Additional contact information

Dr Sophie Mulvana - Clinical Lead for Health and Wellbeing

We would be happy for candidates to contact us so they could come and learn more about the service through a visit.

For further information please find us within specialist services

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Current NMC Registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Clinical supervision qualification
  • Specific training in either family work or psychological approaches to helping young people



  • Experience of working with vulnerable children and their families
  • Significant experience working at band 6 level or equivalent in a mental health service and or liaising and working with other professionals
  • Experience of working with young people with complex health needs
  • Working knowledge of Safeguarding Children Procedures
  • Relevant experience of working with vulnerable children and young people
  • Experience and underpinning knowledge of child and adolescent mental health in the context of trauma and related difficulties including substance misuse and self-injurious behaviour
  • Experience of working within an MDT
  • Experience of consulting and liaising with other healthcare/social care professionals


  • Previous experience of working in a CAMHS or other child and adolescent community or inpatient/secure setting which may be relevant to the post
  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical staff
  • Experience of safely managing minor illness and injury within an agreed treatment plan

Knowledge & Skills


  • Experience of delivering group work
  • Receptive to and able to use clinical supervision appropriately
  • Assessing, formulating, and working with children and young people (& their families and professional network)
  • Delivering psychological interventions/strategies for managing crisis. presenting in heightened state of distress
  • Communicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Clinical risk assessment and contingency planning/ management plans
  • The ability to demonstrate excellent clinical skills relevant to the clinical area
  • A positive approach and energy to working with young people and their families in promoting recovery and resilience
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision. IT skills.


  • Knowledge of the Attachment Regulation Competencies Model/Trauma Informed Practice

Personal Qualities


  • Motivated, reliable, and committed to team working
  • Flexible approach to engage young people
  • Able to integrate and work within a team
  • Resilient when working in high stress environments
  • Ability and confidence to build and maintain relationships and credibility with a wide variety of professionals and other stakeholders

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Clare Lodge Secure Children's Home

8 Lincoln Road



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