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Children and Family Senior Mental Health Nurse £3k Welcome bonus

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year gross per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Is your passion working creatively with children and families? Looking for a role with flexible working opportunities? Want to be part of a team that has a positive impact for many young people's first experience with Mental Health Services?

We are excited to offer an opportunity to join our Under 18's Crisis Service as a Senior Mental Health Nurse supporting young people and their families across Norfolk and Waveney, on a permanent contract.

This is a Band 6 peripatetic role. We have bases in East, Central and West Norfolk. We would be willing to accept applicants for a secondment across Norfolk and Waveney.

The CAIST (Crisis, Assessment and Intensive Support Team) service is a vibrant and dynamic service that has 3 teams based across Norfolk & Waveney and currently offers an 08.00 to 20.00 service 7 days a week.

We work with the wider Children Families Young People (CFYP) Core teams in Norfolk and Waveney, to provide specialist evidence based mental health interventions, for children/ young people under 18 in crisis. As a CAIST practitioner you will work with parents, children and partner agencies in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.

As part of this team, responsibilities would include taking part in a duty rota to assess the mental state and risk, of children and young people at the local acute hospital or other safe community-based locations. Working within CAIST is varied and diverse and no two days are ever the same.

This post offers a 3k welcome bonus!
Main duties of the job

The team offers community based intensive support to children/ young people and their families. CAIST aim to establish trusting therapeutic relationships, to reduce risks when children/ young people may be experiencing high levels of distress. We work to help children and young people to avoid Tier 4 hospital admission, and when required, to expedite safe and effective discharge.

Whilst experience in working with children and young people would make you perfectly suited to this role, we are really open to welcoming people from clinical backgrounds who have experience in other areas of mental health. We understand that you will be able to bring with you a wealth of skills and experience to the team and would welcome ways of thinking.

We are looking for people to join us with enthusiasm, optimism, fresh ideas and energy. We will expect you to want to work clinically but be equally as comfortable being part of strategic decision making.

We are looking for a dedicated mental health professional with either Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy qualification. We would love to hear from you if you have experience in working with people who suffer with mental health difficulties and you have at least 12 months post qualification experience in a mental health setting or similar.

If you would like to know more about the role click the job description, then click APPLY to start your candidate experience today!

About us

We want you in our team if you share our values and core beliefs. If you want to work in an environment of mutual respect, transparency, integrity and collaborative working we are the team for you.

We are an improving Trust, with ambitious aspirations and pushing ahead with exciting transformation work. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Up to 307 hours holiday entitlement (subject to length of service)
  • FREE physio service
  • FREE Yoga and Pilate
  • Cycle scheme tax-free bikes and accessories
  • Support with revalidation
  • Post graduate training opportunities
  • We will pay for your initial DBS check (excluding the annual update service charge of £13)

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.
YOUR APPLICATIONIt is important that you complete a formal application form as CV's alone will not be accepted.

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For further details regarding this role, please see the attached job description and person specification

Job description
Job responsibilities
Person specification
Essential criteria
  • Nursing degree or equivalent, Dip OT, Clinical Psychology, Social Work degree or equivalent
  • Mentorship qualification or ENB 998. Willingness to train to become a sign off mentor
  • OR higher degree or post graduate certificate in area of clinical/ therapeutic practice (modality of psychological therapy)

Desirable criteria
  • Good to great management course, or equivalent

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience
  • Demonstrate effective risk assessment and risk management experience
  • Experience in delivery of clinical interventions
  • Experience in working in team delivering person centred treatment packages

Desirable criteria
  • Experience in delivering group-based interventions
  • Experience in supporting service development

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Competent assessment skills
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills
  • Care planning skills
  • Risk assessment knowledge and skills
  • Competent and effective treatment skills

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects
  • Knowledge of psychological interventions
  • An understanding of the policies and guidelines both local and national

Desirable criteria
  • Developing knowledge of local wider systems and networks
  • Knowledge of health promotion

Essential criteria
  • Able to travel independently

Person Specification
  • Nursing degree or equivalent, Dip OT, Clinical Psychology or equivalent
  • Higher degree or post graduate certificate in area of clinical / therapeutic practice

  • Good to great management course, or equivalent

  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience
  • Experience in working in team delivering person centred treatment packages

  • Experience in supporting service development

  • Risk assessment knowledge and skills
  • Able to effectively prioritise own work load

  • Prevention and Management of Suicide training

  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects
  • An understanding of the policies and guidelines both local and national e.g. National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines (Government initiative)

  • Developing knowledge of local wider systems and networks

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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