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Op Courage Clinical Nurse Specialist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about working with Veterans? Would like the opportunity to work within our expanding and evolving Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Services? Does a flexible (virtual/face2face) way of working suit you?

EPUT works in partnership with NSFT, Sta Andrews Healthcare, Walking with the Wounded, The Warrior Programme and MHM to deliver a high quality service for our military and veterans community . The service covers Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire.

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Nurse Specialist with trauma experience to join our existing specialist MDT. We have successfully adopted a flexible approach for the delivery of assessment and treatment and where clinical need dictates, travel will be required to attend face2face appointments in identified clinical space or the patients home.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will provide specialist assessments, formulations and evidence-based clinical interventions following NICE guidance,

You will be involved in consultation and liaison with multidisciplinary mental health staff, third-sector agencies and other, non-professional carers as part of the MDT.

You will provide a high standard of clinical assessments and care formulation within the MDT and will manage a case load of individuals in order to promote recovery and assist in ensuring clients are well supported throughout their journey.

You will supervise junior colleagues in the team and ensure safe, positive practice in an Open Supportive manner.

If you have the experience and a passion to work with Veterans, then this is the role for you

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will support the Regional Lead in providing effective frontline management of the multi-disciplinary community Mental Health team. In agreement with the Regional Lead, the post holder will provide leadership and, in working in partnership with users will ensure access to the full range of specialist assessment and interventions

The Clinical Nurse Specialist will provide within the Op Courage Service East of England service:
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Mastery
  • Excellence (clinical)

Nature of the Service

Op Courage This is a community based post providing initial assessment, ongoing referral and signposting for Military and veterans across a large geographical area who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Primary responsibility for ensuring assessments are completed in line with the services KPIs.

To provide a high standard of clinical care in ones own practice and the teams practice.

To work flexibly across a 7-day-a-week service.

To delegate aspects of the role to other members of the team, whilst maintaining overall responsibility for team delivery, where appropriate.

To ensure the clinical caseload and clinical practice of members of the Veterans Service is of the highest standard of clinical care.

To manage case-load and service delivery in accordance with and in order to contribute towards the attainment of Service/Trust productivity requirements.

To ensure up to date agreed plans of care, risk assessments and reviews are in place.

Work with individuals to assess their mental health, recognise mental illness and identify their related needs and circumstances and enable them to understand, manage and where appropriate change their behaviour.

Person Specification



  • Experience in Trauma informed Care
  • Experience of Case load management
  • Experience of assessment


  • Military knowledge
  • Experience of Military language and culture



  • Experience in Trauma informed Care

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The Lakes Mental Health Unit

Turner Road



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