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Mental Health Staff Nurse

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to advertise our Staff Nurse post for our Recovery ward, Oak 4 based in Peterborough at the Edith Cavell site. The Cavell is an accessible site with free parking, a caf on site and a beautiful modern design with new wards.

At CPFT our adult inpatient wards operate an exciting, ambitious model of care, known as the 3-3-3 model, focussed on providing the right care at the right time. The three wards work together to provide the best care and support possible Oak 3 our Acute Assessment Unit, where patients stay up to 3 days, Oak 1, our Treatment ward, where patients stay up to 3 weeks, and Oak 4, our Recovery Unit, where patients stay up to 3 months.

We need a charismatic, energetic, enthusiastic staff nurse to support the provision of evidence-based treatment and work with our multi-disciplinary team to support our service users in their recovery. On our Recovery ward we care for our local population experiencing serious mental illness.

Oak 4 maintains a recovery focus and emphasis on moving towards the community, by providing an environment for individuals to continue to engage with the goals identified throughout their admission to hospital. We work closely with Social Care and provide increased assessment and support around accessing housing and support packages.

Main duties of the job

The ward's bold model requires staff to have a commitment to teamwork, a sense of accountability, and an ability to work well under pressure when required.

If you are successful, we will support you in providing quality evidence-based nursing care for our service users with mental and physical health needs. As a staff nurse you will interact frequently with carers and families providing support and advice where appropriate.

You will be working as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) and will be responsible for supporting and leading on the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care on a rotational shift basis. We will expect you to have a good level of knowledge of local, national policies and legislation which govern current service provision.

We will expect you to identify and contribute to the training needs of junior registered and unregistered staff and ensure that issues of equality, diversity and rights are dealt with in accordance with good practice and legislation.

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 be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the evidence-based care required, including health promotion for a named service user/group ensuring it meets Trust timescales.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act 2007 are observed, adhered to, and implemented.
  • To promote carer and service user involvement within the service and for its provision. To encourage recovery, discovery, and independence, taking into account risk assessment and management.
  • To establish therapeutic relationships with service users, and the implementation of evidence based therapeutic interventions with appropriate boundaries in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Councils professional code of conduct
  • To demonstrate care and compassion in your work
  • To be responsible for the safe custody and administration of medicines in accordance with all medicine policies
  • To respect and value the different therapeutic approaches within the multidisciplinary team but ensure that the agreed philosophy approach is adopted and followed
  • To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and NMC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate.
  • Empower service users by ensuring that they receive the relevant information about their treatment, medication, available services, advocacy services, ward routines and safety procedures.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD)


  • Post graduate qualification relating to ward specialism
  • Mentor qualification / ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Additional qualification for specialism



  • Experience of in-patient services and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Basic level of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs


  • Experience of providing mentorship
  • Experience relating to ward specialism
  • Lived experience of mental health

Skills and Abilites


  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office).
  • Ability to carry out physical interventions
  • Ability to use own initiative, to enable contribution to a multidisciplinary team approach

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Thorough understanding of care planning.
  • Awareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
  • Basic understanding of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act


  • Basic understanding of legislation relating to care including - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the Data Protection Act

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Recovery Ward, Cavell Centre


PE15 8HT

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