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Specialist Nurse

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Band 7 Learning Disability or Mental Health Nurse to join our Neurodevelopmental Team.

This post is to provide an enhanced service of mental health aftercare to support the return of a young person from an inpatient setting to a specialist home in the local area. The successful applicant will act as care coordinator and provide advice, support and guidance to an independent care provider in the specialist home for a young person with LD, Autism and challenging behaviours. In addition, the post holder will maintain links between the CAMHS team and external agencies and the young person's family.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be supported by the Neurodevelopmental CAMHS Team and our LD Consultant Psychiatrist. The team is a multidisciplinary team and we work with young people with a diagnosed moderate to severe Learning Disability and provide assessment and treatment for Autism and ADHD. The team provides mental health assessments of young people with a neurodevelopmental disorder and also psychological therapies for co-morbid mental health disorders.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team and work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times and to work within the young person's home alongside the care provider for the majority of the commissioned hours.

In return we will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting people with neurodevelopmental disorders and co-morbid mental health issues, then we want to hear from you.

About us

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

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

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

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • The specialist nurse is a clinical specialist in Learning Disability (LD/ID) and/or Mental Health and has an excellent understanding and working knowledge of Child and Adolescent mental health.
  • The role is to provide an enhanced service of mental health support for the young person in the run up to discharge and until the young person is fully transitioned and the enhanced service is no longer deemed necessary by the MDT.
  • The aim of the Enhanced service is to provide an intensive mental health aftercare package to a youngster to ensure their successful transition from hospital to home and to reduce the risk of placement breakdown and/or readmission to hospital due to their mental health and learning disability needs.
  • The main part of this role is to support staff in a young persons specialist home to ensure the young person receives appropriate care to ensure a good standard of emotional health and wellbeing is maintained. To provide support to the care team to help them understand and work with the young person flexibly to meet their needs whilst recognising least restrictive principles.
  • The clinician will undertake a risk assessment of the young persons mental health and provide mental health risk management advice and regularly review the risk assessment relating to any mental health needs.
  • The post holder will be a specialist nurse who ensures that the highest standards of evidenced based nursing care are provided. The post holder will provide inspirational specialist nursing care and support a multi-agency team to provide the best care to the young person.
  • The post holder will act as a care coordinator and maintain links between the CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Service multi-disciplinary team and external agencies and the young persons family.
  • The specialist nurse will work collaboratively with the Neurodevelopmental team and MDT and provide specialist assessments and nursing interventions to the service user as deemed appropriate by the CAMHS multidisciplinary team.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • NMC Registered Nurse in Learning Disability or Mental Health.
  • Completion of Mentorship Course or intention to complete.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Qualification in a therapy i.e. CBT.
  • Training in Positive Behaviour Support
  • Training in managing challenging behaviours
  • Non-medical prescribing course or willingness to complete



  • Experience of working alongside people with complex mental health problems, and neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Experience of supporting youngsters or young adults with LD and/or ASD presenting with significant challenging behaviours
  • Experience of undertaking mental health risk assessments of adolescents or young adults
  • Extensive experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care pathway
  • Extensive experience of working within the CPA process
  • Experience of contributing to safeguarding children processes i.e. making referrals, attendance at child protection conferences.


  • Experience of working In Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Experience of supervising staff, clinically
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Skills & Abilities


  • Advanced Clinical Skills in: assessment, planning and therapeutic intervention
  • Provision of specialist nursing advice in relation to care delivery.
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress and challenging behaviours from clients.
  • Excellent ability to develop effective professional relationships with others, (individuals and groups)
  • Excellent ability to develop good therapeutic relationships.
  • Able to establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters.


  • Physical Skills: Ability to use manual handling techniques
  • Ability to use physical intervention techniques
  • Advanced skills in problem solving IT skills and willingness to embrace and use new technology able to use Word, PowerPoint, clinical systems, email

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 MH Act, Children's Act.
  • Excellent understanding of the NMC Code and its application in practice



  • Willingness to travel to the Tier 4 inpatient hospital site in Hampshire (paid for by the Trust)
  • Working in the young person's placement for the majority of hours with some working out of CAMHS building in Peterborough

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Winchester Place

80 Thorpe Road



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