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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fulbourn, Cambridge
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Clinical Nurse Specialist to join our team at the Darwin Centre. The Darwin Centre is a General Adolescent Unit providing care and treatment to young people between the ages of 12-18yo with different diagnoses. We are looking for highly motivated staff who wish to progress in their career and develop highly specialised skills necessary to support the young people under our care.

We are looking for a Clinical Nurse Specialist who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of our service group, shows initiative, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, is a team player and is able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and those who use our service.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a clinical leader who ensures that the highest standards of evidenced based nursing care are provided. The post holder will provide inspirational specialist nursing leadership within the team, including specialist assessments and nursing interventions to service users.

This post is central to the delivery of clinically based support, education, training and development of the nursing team. Working with the Ward Manager, the CNS will develop and embed evidence based clinical nursing practice within the team through implementation and facilitation of clinically based education, training and skills development for nurses.

The CNS is a clinical specialist in Child and Adolescent mental health and is knowledgeable and skilled in managing groups and teams. The main part of the work will be with adolescent inpatients at The Darwin Centre, with additional expectation to collaborate with other Clinical Nurse Specialists and Ward Managers within Tier 4 and to input across the children's inpatient wards. The CNS will have their own area of clinical skill/interest and will provide direct clinical work within the service.

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.
  • To ensure that a therapeutic milieu is maintained by supporting the nursing team and the therapeutic structure
  • To take a lead role in ensuring that a high standard of multi-disciplinary care planning is in place and to be accountable for the nursing contribution to the process. To ensure that the nursing team provide accurate and high-quality patient records
  • To contribute to staff supervision, both group and individual
  • To support nursing staff to improve their understanding of the client group.
  • To maintain personal and professional development by providing direct clinical work to individuals and their families with appropriate evidence-based intervention e.g. CBT, DBT skills, Trauma Informed care, Systemic Therapy, CAT, providing, Mindfulness and therapeutic group work.
  • To participate in research and audit in the clinical field
  • To encourage and develop user and carer involvement
  • To support the Directorate with the investigation process and learning lessons from serious incidents and complaints
  • To undertake any other duties which may reasonably be required by the Ward Manager.
  • To take a lead on clinical matters and policy development relating to nursing practice.

  • Person Specification



    • Registered Nurse Mental Health
    • Completion of Mentorship Course or intention to complete
    • Evidence of continuous professional development


    • Leadership qualification



    • Experience of working alongside people with complex mental health problems
    • Extensive experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
    • Extensive experience of working within the CPA process
    • Clinical experience of working in inpatient and CAMH environments


    • Experience of leading nursing staff or teams in practice improvement
    • Lived experience of mental health issues
    • Experience of working In Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

    Skills & Abilities


    • Advanced Clinical Skills in: assessment, planning and therapeutic intervention
    • Provision of specialist nursing advice in relation to care delivery
    • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
    • Able to establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters
    • Develop own skills and knowledge and impart information to others to facilitate their development
    • The ability to multi task and mentally adapt to different unpredictable situations
    • Monitor and maintain the health and safety of self and others in the working area


    • Ability to use manual handling techniques

    Knowledge & Understanding


    • Advanced specialist knowledge of Nursing assessment, intervention and practice models relevant to the client group
    • Knowledge of NICE guidance and other National guidance relevant to delivery of care and safe nursing practice
    • Knowledge of Mental Health Act
    • Excellent understanding of the NMC Code and its application in practice

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    Darwin Centre for Young People

    Ida Darwin Hospital

    Fulbourn, Cambridge

    CB21 5EE

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