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FRS Associate Nurse Consultant

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
A very exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for an Associate Nurse Consultant to join our award winning First Response Service.

The post holder will provide advanced clinical assessment and support to the team providing high quality interventions to patients of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Trust.

The Associate Nurse Consultant will work in partnership with the existing clinical leadership team of psychiatrists and a nurse consultant.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and experienced Registered Nurse with a non-medical prescribing qualification and extensive clinical skills and knowledge of delivering care in front line mental health services.

The ideal candidate needs to be able to deliver high quality, compassionate care to individuals in crisis as well as assisting and liaising with the wider team and partner agencies.

The post holder will also assist in the development, delivery and evaluation of a high quality, effective service to patients in crisis.

As an associate nurse consultant you will be expected to provide clinical leadership and direction in the provision of excellent mental health assessment and treatment.

Main duties of the job

The First Response Service provides 24 hour access to mental health services for people who identify, or have been identified as being in a mental health crisis. It is an all age service.

Support is provided initially over the phone by Psychological Wellbeing Telecoaches, who are trained in the process of mental health triage and who will attempt to de-escalate the individual's crisis over the phone and formulate a safety plan for that individual.

Dependent on the risk and need identified, a face to face assessment can be arranged and carried out by a Mental Health First Responders. The team is overseen each shift by a Clinical Lead. The outcome of the telephone triage or face to face assessment is that the patient will be supported, given advice, referred to appropriate services.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times.

This post is open to nurses with the right attributes to enhance a team. In return we will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a clinical team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with mental health or learning disability needs then we want to hear from you.

About us

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

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Provide professional nursing leadership, strategic direction, expert consultancy on all aspects of clinical nursing practice for the care of individuals of any age presenting to the First Response Service (FRS) across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
  • Demonstrate highly advanced clinical skills in the triage, assessment, treatment and follow-up of adults in mental health crisis and assessment services. This will include overseeing patient care and onward referrals to ensure they are accepted by the appropriate services and providing crisis intervention in the interim.
  • Prescribe and titrate agreed medications and offer medication advice to GPs for patients in a mental heath crisis.
  • Take a lead in developing clinical skills of FRS colleagues.
  • Provide clinical advice on triage, assessment, treatment, risk mitigation and management and care planning.
  • Provide expert nursing / AHP practice, knowledge, training and experience in relation to adult mental health care, ensuring and promoting credibility with relevant stakeholders
  • Provide expert nursing / AHP practice in relation to direct and indirect patient care.
  • Promotion of inter-agency and collaborative working is an essential component of the post.

Person Specification



  • NMC qualification and current registration
  • Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Master level qualification relevant to role or equivalent experience


  • Specific management or leadership training



  • Significant experience of working within community and inpatients mental health settings, and specialist pathways including crisis care
  • Experience of clinical leadership or management
  • Experience of offering high quality clinical supervision
  • Successful delivery of quality improvement initiatives


  • Prescribing practice

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Ability to provide consultation to a wide range of professionals
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation and report writing skills
  • Proven track record of achieving objectives
  • Able to evaluate and implement evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of IT, including Microsoft Office and Power Point
  • Able to work collaboratively within a multi-professional team and wider organisation and external agencies.
  • Flexibility - adapts to ensure achievement of objectives within changing environment
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Innovative thinker with the ability to cut through barriers to change
  • Able to empower other individuals to develop their own abilities and practice

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Ability to work under pressure and within set timescales
  • Ability to engage and motivate staff to deliver challenging targets
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills

Physical Requirements


  • The post holder must be willing to travel to various locations across the Trust as required



  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • There to assist patients, carers, families, referrers and colleagues
  • Works flexibly
  • Motivated, reliable
  • Flexibility to work over seven days per week, to support the delivery of a 24hr service (e.g. 'On Call')
  • Satisfactory Criminal Records Disclosure
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Passionate, compassionate and committed to working with client group and staff group in this service area

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Kingfisher House

Hinchingbrooke business Park


PE29 6FH

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