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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Mental Health Professional

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Previous applicants need not apply.

Are you in a senior experienced band 6 or 7 role and looking for a change? Do you have a background in acute care providing assessments and enjoy crisis work? Then this role is for you.

We are currently looking for people with excellent assessment and communication skills who perform well under pressure. The role of the Mental Health professional in ED is a fast paced and dynamic role. The team provide 24/7 input into the Emergency Department delivering high calibre assessments, formulations, and care plans for individuals. We provide an invaluable expert opinion into the care of individuals in emergency department.

We are a PLAN accredited service and the core24 team are part of the well-established wider Liaison Psychiatry service at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

We are also seeking to expand the core24 service that we provide, giving quicker access to individuals across the hospital out of hours.

If you are interested, I would ask that please do contact me to discuss the role. We welcome people coming to visit the team to gain a better understanding of the role.

Main duties of the job

As part of the Liaison Psychiatry Service, the post-holder will contribute to the multi-disciplinary clinical assessment and management of patients referred to the service in collaboration with other team members.

Providing and undertaking timely biopsychosocial assessments and risk management plans in accordance with CPFT's Clinical Risk Assessment and Management policy for adults presenting to the Acute Trust with mental health problems.

This role is a permanent, full-time vacancy for an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Nurse Specialist / Mental Health Professional wanting to join the established liaison psychiatry emergency department team.

The liaison psychiatry service is highly regarded nationally and is accredited through the Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN). The service consists of highly skilled psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and occupational therapists.

The service aims to offer exceptional standards of care to all patients attending Cambridge University Hospital experiencing a comorbid mental health issue. As such, an opportunity has arisen to recruit a dynamic CNS / MHP on a permanent contract who will work 10-hour shifts across a 24/7 rota.

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 assist in the delivery of a high-quality Liaison Psychiatry service within Addenbrookes Hospital in keeping with the visions and values of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Providing and undertaking timely biopsychosocial assessments and risk management plans in accordance with CPFTs Clinical Risk Assessment and Management policy for adults presenting to the Emergency Department with mental health problems.
  • Promoting a safe and effective service throughout the Emergency Department this will be through training and giving expert advice and support to nursing and medical teams within the Emergency Department
  • Maintaining a visible, professional presence where patients, carers and staff can turn for assistance, advice and support.
  • As part of the Liaison Psychiatry Service, the post-holder will contribute to the multidisciplinary clinical assessment and management of patients referred to the service in collaboration with other team members.
  • To participate in and promote close links with community mental health teams and other agencies to develop effective care plans.

  • Person Specification



    • Registered Mental Health Nurse or equivalent professional registration
    • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development.
    • Mentor and mentorship training or willingness to complete


    • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
    • Recognised training qualification.



    • Significant post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
    • Community and in-patient experience in mental health services.
    • Considerable experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk.
    • Experience in the planning and delivery of training and practice developments to staff.
    • Experience of effective collaborative working.
    • Evidence of ability to drive for results.
    • Evidence of experience in service evaluation and improvements.
    • Evidence of Interdisciplinary / multi-agency working experience


    • Clinical audits and research.
    • Experience of working in Liaison Psychiatry
    • We welcome people with lived experience of mental health



    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Competent IT skills including word, outlook, excel and power point.
    • Ability to prioritise workload effectively, meeting expected deadlines.
    • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.
    • Advanced interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate and work with a wide range of professionals.
    • Ability to influence others effectively.
    • Ability to work autonomously and effectively under pressure.
    • High level of self awareness, recognising own strength and limitations.
    • Ability to manage change and deal with conflict / stressful situations.
    • Effective negotiation skills.
    • Ability to produce and present clear reports.



    • Advanced understanding of the mental health needs of adults
    • Specialist knowledge of person-centred care and its application.
    • Specialist knowledge of psycho-social interventions and their appropriate use.
    • Specialist knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effect.
    • Up to date knowledge of appropriate assessment scales.
    • Good Knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of care to adults with mental health needs.
    • Awareness of the impact of the health economies on service planning and delivery.
    • Knowledge of the recovery principles and its application to adults.


    • Knowledge of practical application and use of psychological therapies
    • Knowledge of improvement models and applications

    Physical Requirements


    • Ability to foster good interagency working.
    • Ability to represent the team / service / Trust in a professional manner.

    Other requirements


    • 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
    • Ability to travel independently.
    • Ability to work flexibly.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    S2 Liaison Psychiatry

    Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road


    CB2 0QQ

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