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Senior Clinical Nurse

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post qualifies for a short term recruitment retention premia (RRP) of �1,401 per annum pro rata. The short term RRP is payable every month for the next 12 months

We are excited to advertise the Senior Clinical Nurse position for our 16-bed mixed Adult Inpatient Assessment Unit (Mulberry 1) on our Fulbourn site.

Our Assessment Unit is part of our innovative and ambitious model of care, known as the 3-3-3 model. Our three wards work collaboratively to enable patients to access the right care at the right time. We have Assessment Unit, where patients stay up to 3 days, our Treatment ward (Mulberry 2), where patients stay up to 3 weeks and our Recovery Unit (Mulberry 3), where patients stay up to 3 months.

Our Mulberry 1 ward provides care for our local population experiencing serious mental illness. We need a strong leader to revolutionise the provision of care on our Assessment Ward. This will involve closely liaising with our multidisciplinary team members and our system partners to ensure the provision of efficient and co-ordinated care.

As a Trust we actively support and encourage innovation and transformation, so you will have a unique opportunity to shape the day-to-day operation and provision of care on our Assessment Ward.

Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us on our journey.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Clinical Nurse, clear communication and relationship building are key skills. We will need you to build relationships with our community and partner services to support patients in their move back to the community, work with our Consultant Psychiatrist to establish new ways of working, support your colleagues on Mulberry 2 & 3 to introduce innovation and most importantly, to lead and develop your new team. We will need you to have leadership skills as you will be leading the team on Mulberry 1 and supporting junior staff. Part of this role is working closely with the Clinical nurse specialist to drive change and work with the team on changing initiatives.

Finally, you will be responsible for the provision of high-quality care on the ward. We will look to you to ensure the correct support is provided for patients and their families/carers, the ward is running safely and smoothly, research and innovation is encouraged and supported, and the ward is governed appropriately.

About us

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

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

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

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To work in partnership with the consultant and wider multidisciplinary teams to ensure that expert leadership is demonstrated which meets the holistic health needs of adults within an acute mental health division.
  • To provide high visibility leadership, driving forward team developments by demonstrating an exemplar of expert practice, thereby energising and motivating staff to continually deliver person centred of the highest quality.
  • To ensure that the voice of patients and their families/ carers is listened to and suggestions for changes to practice are respected and where necessary, escalated to senior decision makers within the organisation. Thereby embedding a 'you said, we did', ethos within the team.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or other specialism relating to post such as Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD)
  • NMC registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Mentor qualification / ENB 998 or equivalent


  • Post graduate qualification related to ward specialism
  • Additional qualification for specialism



  • Experience of inpatient services and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Basic training in the Mental Capacity Act
  • Experience of providing mentorship
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs


  • Previous experience of undertaking group work
  • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
  • Experience relating to ward specialism
  • Lived experience of mental health

Skills & Abilities


  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office)
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as a role model, empowering and motivating other team members
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with staff across a wide range of professional and managerial groups
  • Able to offer in-service training to junior colleagues
  • Enthusiastic and has the ability to participate in full rotational shifts
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Shows appropriate professional and personal boundaries
  • Ability to carry out physical interventions
  • Ability to use own initiative, to enable contribution to a multi-disciplinary team approach
  • Ability to advocate for the service users and colleagues that your supporting
  • Ability to calmly manage complex and stressful situations, prioritising own work and the work of others
  • Good assertiveness skills
  • Decision making, delegation and problem solving skills


  • Ability to present complex information to various audiences

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (where appropriate)
  • Knowledge of physical healthcare needs
  • Commitment to and understanding of evidence based practice
  • Awareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
  • Understanding of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the Data Protection Act
  • Knowledge of NICE guidance
  • Understanding of needs of service users


  • The Trust's 7C's and Respect Enable Values (REV) initiative expectations

Physical Requirements


  • Physically able to undertake a demanding role safely, as and when required



  • Willingness to follow instruction but also able to question and challenge
  • To continue your professional development and participate in annual appraisal and the performance management process
  • Interest in enhancing service user engagement
  • Demonstrates an interest in working with this age group

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Fulbourn Hospital

Cambridge Road


CB21 5EF

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