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Senior Clinical Nurse

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fulbourn, Cambridge
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Senior Clinical Nurse who is enthusiastic, hard working 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.

Our extensive Multidisciplinary team comprises of Occupational Therapy, Social work, Psychiatrist Consultant, Family Therapy, a Psychology team and Nursing team. There will also be exciting opportunity to work with external agencies and CPFT CAMH Home Treatment and Crisis Teams to provide collaborative treatment and care plans and to ensure smooth transition of care when leaving hospital.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work alongside these professionals to provide wholistic care to the Young People and Families within our service.

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. You will be required to work alongside the Clinical Nurse specialist, Ward Manager and other senior nurses to act as a clinical and professional role model within the team. The Senior Clinical Nurse is aligned with the Darwin Centre Clinical Nurse Specialist and will support in continuing professional development on the ward, managing complex cases and service improvement.

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.

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 supervising the role of the named nurses in relation to care planning within the clinical area.
  • To work alongside the Clinical Nurse Specialist on complex cases
  • To work alongside the Clinical Nurse Specialist on service improvement
  • 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 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.
  • To ensure the post holder understands and meets their professional role and responsibilities under the Care Programme Approach.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act 2007 are observed, adhered to and implemented.
  • To be responsible for the promotion of 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 be responsible for establishing 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 ensure the provision of social/therapeutic activities for service users.

  • 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
    • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


    • Post graduate qualification related to ward specialism
    • Additional qualification for specialism



    • Experience of inpatient services and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
    • Experience of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs
    • Experience working with Children, Young People and Families


    • Experience relating to ward specialism
    • Experience with Service improvement

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Effective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office).
    • Ability to work as part of a team, as a role model, empowering and motivating other team members
    • Ability to use own initiative, to enable contribution to a multi-disciplinary team approach
    • Ability to calmly manage complex and stressful situations, prioritising own work and the work of others
    • Awareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
    • Understanding of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the Data Protection Act


    • Ability to present complex information to various audiences
    • Knowledge of Trauma informed care

    Physical Requirements


    • Physically able to undertake a demanding role safely, as and when required
    • The ability to undertake physical intervention training

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    Darwin Centre for Young People

    Block 19, Ida Darwin

    Fulbourn, Cambridge

    CB21 5EE

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