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Adult Mental Health Specialist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
11 Jul 2024
Following the successful introduction of CYP mental health posts to our ESNEFT complex health team, we are pleased to be able to extend the service we provide through two new adult mental health specialist posts.

You will have the necessary qualifications and experience to provide specialist mental health advice, guidance and intervention for patients receiving care in Colchester hospital.

The role will include facilitation of training and development of pathways and protocols to support effective collaborative working with partners to ensure a safe and high quality experience of care by patients.

Proposed interview date - Friday 26th July

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical leadership and training on the delivery of care for adults (over the age of 18) who have mental health needs. To provide training and support that will improve the experience of these patients and those who are involved in their care.
  • To be responsible for developing care packages and programs of care for adults, including older people who self-harm or have an eating disorder, including the involvement of multi-agency input around the patient and their carer or family's needs
  • To communicate complex and sensitive information and advice to patients and, as appropriate, their families, carers and professionals, including information about diagnosis and prognosis, to find ways of enabling the information to be understood, providing empathy and reassurance

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is thatTime Mattersto everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse or Health or Social Care professional
  • Post registration qualification / training in CYP mental health
  • Formal knowledge of adult and/or older adult mental health acquired through clinical post-graduate education


  • Additional nursing qualification.
  • Degree/ Masters level qualification relevant to CYP
  • Mentorship Qualification
  • Relevant teaching qualification



  • Significant post-registration clinical experience of working with children and young people with mental health needs in different settings
  • Experience of recent involvement in practice/ service development.
  • Experience of working with groups and individuals in a variety of roles and settings
  • Demonstrated experience of working as an autonomous practitioner
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage services
  • Experience of professional supervision of staff
  • Experience of audit/ evaluating clinical practice


  • Experience of undertaking staff performance reviews and planned development of staff
  • Experience of working with patients/ clients to develop practice

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to use a range of therapeutic skills
  • Incorporating and demonstrating competencies including person-centred care, therapeutic skills, sharing knowledge, best practice, and critical reflective practice at enhanced specialist level
  • Understanding practice and promoting person-centred and relationship-centred care
  • Experience of supporting people who are subject to detention under the Mental Health Act
  • Experience and understanding of the use of restrictive interventions and strategies to reduce this


  • Knowledge of research methods and methodologies
  • Understanding of competency frameworks
  • Experience of supporting systematic practice development/ quality improvement

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester General Hospital



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