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Clinical Nurse Specialist / Non Medical Prescriber

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year gross per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
8 Jul 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The way that Crisis Support nationally is changing; at NSFT we have recently benefitted from investment in the CRHT team and the wider crisis pathway.

The service is not only being invested in financially, with a fresh approach to ideas and service delivery being supported by the Trust, we are confident that the new partnerships and initiatives that are being developed will enhance the crisis response received by our service users.

This role is to work across the crisis support pathway based predominantly at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich. We can offer successful applicants the opportunity to work with our third sector partners that will be providing crisis support, ED diversion and housing. This role is open at both Band 6 on the prescribingcourseand Band 7 level.

Main duties of the job

The CRHT team are very proactive and highly skilled at managing risk and supporting service users in South, North and Central Norfolk who present in crisis and persons needing intensive support to avoid hospital admission. The team is the 'front-door' to acute services, they provide triage, assessment, intensive support and admission avoidance hand in hand with support of families and 3rd party providers. The staffing teams also works with service users already in hospital to ensure that they can be supported at home at the earliest opportunity to support their recovery.

The team is well supported by our clinical psychologist and assistant psychologist who provide weekly complex case forums, skills groups and 1:1 supervision where required.

Applications are welcome from people interested in full and part time hours either Band 6 or 7 subject to job evaluation and completion of training for nurse prescribing.

We will support you and invest in you- don't miss this exciting opportunity!

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other and are looking forward to welcoming you!


Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Job description
Job responsibilities
Who are we looking for?
We offer a comprehensive induction programme that includes time in all other clinical areas/teams that we interface with. We believe that staff, who feel valued by their employers and are truly engaged, and able to provide better outcomes for our service users.

We are looking for dynamic registered nurses with a non-medical prescribing qualification. We want applicants who are keen to be part of the development of project Adder locally and can support transformation and improvement in the area of care

We value creativity, innovation and passion towards providing excellent patient care; someone with a level head who is aware of and able to cope with the pressure and unpredictability of acute crisis care.

However most importantly and in keeping with our trust values of vales of Positively, Respectfully and Together, we are looking for someone who has exceptional people skills as this role requires you to work with a difficult to engage service user group.

If you want to make a difference in peoples lives and change it for the better, we want you to be part of our fantastic team! Further details available on request.

What can we offer in return?

This post offers an opportunity to work closely with partner agencies in developing the Adder project.


Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification
  • RMN or equivalent professional qualification
  • Non Medical Prescriber

  • Study experience at masters level

  • Extensive experience in mental health care and dual diagnosis
  • Evidence of supervision and mentorship of others

  • Experience of implementing evidence-based practice and/or service improvement

Skills / Knowledge
  • Ability to communicate confidently and widely
  • Able to demonstrate sound clinical expertise and knowledge of mental health disorders and their treatments.

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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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