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Senior Nurse Fellow Mental Health & Learning Disabilities

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Are you a forward-thinking mental health or learning disability nurse, wanting to gain further experience and confidence in developing as a nurse professional leader? Are you keen to support nurses, their development, and to further progress the contribution of nursing across CWP? Are you an experienced nurse who is kind, compassionate, assertive and a strong team player? If so, you might be a good fit for this new role.

Main duties of the job

An exciting 18-month nurse professional leadership internship has been developed for mental health and learning disability nursing across Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. You will work with the Director and Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies Mental Health and Learning Disabilities to provide a professional voice for nursing across the Trust and establish a clear vision for the workforce development contribution to the overarching Trust Strategy. You will already be working competently and confidently to the four key pillars of practice, incorporating, education, research, and leadership in your current role. In this new role you will be able to work a day a week in advanced specialist nursing practice, whilst also leading several defined nursing objectives aligned to clinical practice and standards. This internship is intended to invest in the development of mental health and learning disability nurse leaders, and you will be fully supported to develop your own professional leadership development plan for this role and beyond, with the Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.

This advert will close on Monday 3rd June and Interviews will be held at the end of June 2024.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?

Please inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a Silver award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • A professional qualification in nursing (mental health or learning disability)
  • Current registration with the with the nursing & midwifery council (NMC)
  • Demonstrable evidence of robust and extended continuous professional development
  • Post graduate qualification at master's level or equivalent experience
  • Leadership qualification or equivalent experience
  • Qualification or demonstrable equivalent experience in Quality Improvement methodologies (QI)


  • Project or Programme management qualification
  • Doctorate level study
  • Applied clinical research qualification
  • Specialist professional training

Knowledge & Expertise


  • Highly developed expert nursing clinical skills in relevant clinical area
  • Very highly developed knowledge of mental health and learning disability nurses and national drivers supporting nursing services
  • Extensive knowledge of the healthcare system, including national, regional, and local policy drivers for mental health and learning disability nursing services
  • Expertise of service and business planning
  • Highly developed expertise of leading successful organisational change and development
  • Highly developed understanding of place-based care and population health principles
  • Demonstrable expertise of leading complex clinical improvement activities
  • Exceptional verbal and written skills.


  • Research publications



  • Extensive experience at a senior clinical or strategic level in a health or social care setting
  • Extensive experience of working at an advanced level of nursing professional practice
  • Extensive experience of person-centred care
  • Extensive experience of workforce planning
  • Experience of managing operational delivery of services
  • Extensive experience of the development and delivery of nurse education
  • Experience of clinical research and the integration of research with NHS service
  • Experience of working with partnership agencies to bring about effective change
  • Experience of working at a system level within health and social care


  • Experience of delivering nurse education in Higher Education

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Redesmere Countess of Chester Health Park

Liverpool Road



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