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Staff Nurse

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Staff Nurse who is enthusiastic, hardworking and dedicated to working with Young People and Families to join our team at the Darwin Centre.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and clinical skills around Trauma informed care, Children's Safeguarding, intensive treatment options for a wide range of Mental Health disorders, formulating and managing risk and DBT skills. There will be chances to receive teaching sessions from other specialist CAMHS services such as The Croft Children's and Family unit and the Phoenix Eating Disorder unit. The three units work closely together and often team members from each unit spend time across each ward.

Within this dynamic team there are chances to further your career whether it be by learning the role of a Deputy Ward Manager to put you on a pathway to become a Team Leader or a Senior Clinical Nurse.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work alongside an experienced Multidisciplinary team with Young People and their families experiencing a wide range of Mental Health difficulties, to provide 24-hour inpatient care. As part of the team, you will be supporting the Young People and their families with tools to manage their Mental Health difficulties, helping them to develop plans to manage when they are experiencing Crisis and care plans to provide interventions which will make a lasting change across their life.

Our extensive Multidisciplinary team comprises of Occupational Therapy, Social work, Psychiatrist Consultant, Family Therapy, a Psychology team and Nursing team. The successful applicant will work alongside these professionals to provide wholistic care to the Young People and Families within our service. There will also be exciting opportunity to work with external agencies and CPFT's CAMH Home Treatment and Crisis Teams to provide collaborative treatment and care plans and to ensure smooth transition of care when leaving hospital.

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

1. Creating collaborative and comprehensive care plans and risk assessments for the young people

2. Working with young people and families to develop crisis plans and coping strategies to manage and maintain safety

3. Working within an MDT to provide wholistic care to young people and families admitted to the unit

4. To role model for and provide support to junior colleagues

5. To participate in the setting of quality standards, including the monitoring and reviewing in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy. Utilising the data available such as learning from incidences and complaints.

6. To ensure the post holder understands and meets their professional role and responsibilities under the Care Programme Approach.

7. To ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act 2007 are observed, adhered to and implemented.

8. To respect and value the different therapeutic approaches within the multi-disciplinary team but ensure that the agreed philosophy approach is adopted and followed.

9. To demonstrate care and compassion in your work.

10. To ensure that they contribute and work towards the service/organisational aims and objectives.

11. 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.

12. To ensure that they comply with current good practice in informing/updating all members of the multi-disciplinary team, their colleagues, service users and appropriate others of changes involving current nursing care plans, progress, mental state and psychosocial factors in line with best practice.

13. To ensure that they communicate effectively with service users and carers, actively listening to establish an understanding of their needs.

14. To provide written reports as requested

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or other specialism relating to post such as Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD) or Registered Nurse Children's (RNC)
  • NMC Registration


  • Post graduate qualification related to ward specialism



  • Experience working in inpatient services and working as a Multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience managing young people or service users with complex Mental Health needs.
  • Experience using clinical systems for recording service user and carer information


  • Experience relating inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Experience as Nurse in Charge and running a shift

Skills and Abilities


  • To advocate for young people and families
  • Are able to complete and document care plans, Mental state exams and risk assessments.
  • Decision making, delegation and problem-solving skills


  • Effective time management and organisational skills

knowledge and understanding


  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act, Children's Act and Mental Capacity Act.
  • An understanding of Children's safeguarding and responsibilities of the staff nurse in relation to Safeguarding
  • Understanding and knowledge of the NMC code of conduct


  • An understanding of the effect of trauma on adolescent Mental Health

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Darwin Centre for Young People

Ida Darwin, Fulbourn Hospital


CB21 5EE

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