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Practice Development Nurse

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is a Community and Mental Health Trust whose services include mental health and substance misuse services to the residents of Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust also provides low and medium secure care and forensic services.

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is a great place to work and has a sound future as a leading provider of excellent mental health and substance misuse services. The Trust invests in its staff and seeks to provide them with opportunities for training and personal development.

Practice Development Nurse - Band 7 - 37.5 hours per week (5 days) SECONDMENT


Secure Mental Health Care for Lancashire and South Cumbria is provided at Guild Lodge, Whittingham. The service has steadily expanded from it's inception in 1999 and currently has a range of inpatient and community services including 164 beds.

Guild Lodge consists of 3 main service lines (15 wards), which include:
  • Men's service
  • Women's service
  • Acquired Brain Injury Service

All posts are subject to the nationally agreed Agenda for Change terms and conditions.

Main duties of the job

Caring for adults within Medium and Low Security, and Step Down environments

Each of the services has their own model of care and provides bespoke training in addition to the comprehensive Trust Induction.

Applications are invited from experienced qualified nurses with leadership qualities

The post is to support clinicians and managers in developing quality mental health services that reflect contemporary practice and complement the aspirations of national guidance and local health improvement programmes, whilst meeting the Trusts Clinical Governance agenda.

To lead and support practice development initiatives prioritised in inpatient services as required to facilitate the delivery of evidence based high quality care.

To develop systems of benchmarking, audit and evaluation in order to measure and monitor standards of practice as part of the inpatient clinical governance team.

Guild Lodge hospital site is situated in beautiful rural area, yet close to motorway links from all directions of travel.

The hospital site offers:
  • Free staff parking
  • Onsite restaurant facilitie

Our staff receive:
  • Preceptorship and support for those new to the services
  • Access to salary sacrifice schemes for cars, electronics etc.
  • Excellent support and Wellbeing services
  • Superb external training and development opportunities
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills across differing care environment

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

All applicants must have an interest and skills in psychological approaches to working with clients and have a commitment to working collaboratively with clients who may present challenges for engagement.

Please note: This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Clearance

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Master's Degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • Considerable evidence of continuing professional development



  • Experience of project management
  • Experience of undertaking audit, research and quality improvement
  • An ability to teach in clinical and classroom settings

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Guild Lodge



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