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Clinical Specialist Nurse

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum Including HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 Clinical Nurse Specialist

Islington Assertive Outreach Team

In partnership with LB of Islington - The Islington Assertive Outreach Team provides care for service users living with severe mental illness with co-morbid drugs and alcohol complications and who are very difficult to engage thus leading to frequent readmissions to hospital.

Assertive Outreach model works flexibly and creatively using team approach to engage service users in ways and places that are acceptable to them. Staff engages more closely while allowing enough room for autonomy for service users

We are looking for motivated, energetic, ambitious registered nurses who are who are ready to take on this new challenge to work in a creative way to engage mental health service users in an assertive outreach team model. If you are that nurse then look no further.

You will work with a small team of highly skilled multi-disciplinary team professionals in a specialised mental health team to support care delivery to a small team caseload of 80-90 and you will hold a maximum of 16 cases.

You will be someone with the right values and behaviours who can help us deliver our Trust priorities:
  • Early and effective intervention -
  • Helping people to live well -
  • Research and innovation -
  • Keeping our service users, carers and staff safe -

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Specialist Nurse you will provide clinical nursing leadership, in particular working alongside a multi-disciplined team of therapy staff, psychiatry and psychology and supported by a clinical manager. You will keywork a small caseload and ensure holistic assessment and care delivery through a variety of activities directly. This will include clinical and social care delivery, working in collaboration with Local Authority colleagues. You will be an expert in medications and be able to administer depot injections both on site and in people's homes. You will produce social circumstances reports for Tribunal and managers hearings for patients on section of mental health act and you will take active role in safeguarding processes.

About us

The partnership betweenBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH)andCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming theNorth London Mental Health Partnership.

Why choose to join the Partnership?
  • We believe that by working together, our two Trusts can achieve more for the residents of North Central London and our patients than we can by working apart.
  • Deliver the best care using the most up-to-date practise in supporting those with mental health illnesses.
  • Transforming and creating a positive environment for our service users, staff and visitors.
  • Creating and working together to become a great place to work for all our staff.
  • We offer flexible working, a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives, NHS Pension and so much more.
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance
  • NHS Discounts in a large variety of retail stores and services.
  • We have excellent internal staff network support groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As clinical nurse specialist in Assertive Outreach Team and South Islington Recovery and Rehabilitation Team, you will perform duties and hold the following responsibilities :
  • Work as part of Multidisciplinary Team in the delivery of holistic care for service users
  • Collaboratively complete Dialogue + assessment and care planning with service users
  • Complete thorough risk assessment and formulation for service users on your caseload
  • Raise safeguarding concerns and act as enquiry officer for your cases and any delegated cases
  • Take on Duty Person/ In-take duty responsibilities as assigned and chair daily stand up meetings
  • Maintain sufficient contacts with service users face to face, telephone and other media, completing diary appointments and outcoming them promptly
  • Make timely and accurate case note entries
  • Undertake care act assessmentsfor all your caseload on Local Authority System (LAS) with support of Local Authority Social workers
  • Undertake safeguarding enquiries and act as a SAM when trained.
  • Manage medications for the whole team alongside other nurses and administer depot injections safely, at the centre and in service users homes while monitoring their compliance, efficacy and side effects. Ensure documentation accurately both on the chart and on Rio.
  • Work within MHA (1983) and MCA (2005) legal frameworks
  • Take lead in infection prevention and control
  • Support student nurses and other students by as supervisor and assessor
  • Supervise junior staff
  • Deputise team manager
  • Take on Lead or Champion Roles for specific task or areas of the service
  • Complete all statutory and mandatory trainings in a timely manner
  • Identify learning needs and discuss with your supervisor/line manager
  • You will be an agile worker able to prioritise and reprioritise to manage demand and flow
  • To be pro active and take initiative to improve service delivery, using quality improvement methodology
  • Use evidence based practice to deliver care (e.g. NICE guidelines, Royal college of psychiatry)

Person Specification



  • Registered Health Professional - Nursing (all registrations)
  • Evidence of further post-registration relevant training /ongoing academic study relevant to area of practice


  • Evidence of Level 2 Safeguarding Adults and Children

Knowledge and Experience


  • Extensive experience of working in a community MH Service
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the Mental Capacity Act legislation, its application and use in practice with people with dementia
  • Demonstrate an understanding of risk together with an ability to evaluate and contain risk with reference to the individual, staff and carers
  • Evidence of participation in service development/Quality Improvement project

Skills and Ability


  • -Qualified and Registered RNMH
  • -Experience working at Band 6 or above -Experience working in an in-patient or community mental health team
  • -Excellent communication skills ,Risk assessment Skills, Writing Social Circumstances Reports, Good understanding of MHAct, MCAct and Care Act ,Good understanding and ability to deliver care for physical health conditions in people with SMI -Compationate and person centred approach to care
  • -Evidence of recent CPD activities -Demonstrate reflectivity as practitioner -Up-to-date mandatory training record


  • -Post- qualification studies -SAM -AMHP, -Experience using Rio and LAS systems -Experience applying for packages of care and attending funding panels, Assessing Nursing or other students ,Quality Improvement skills/knowledge

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


Southwood Smith Centre

11 Southwood Smith Street


N1 0YL

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