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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
The Croft is a ward specialising in the treatment of children and their families we are looking for an experienced nurse with excellent clinical skills and leadership qualities to join our Tier 4 children's services in order to provide robust, creative and compassionate care to our diverse client group.

Situated just outside Cambridge, this specialist unit is one of two commissioned Child and Adolescent Mental Health inpatient wards, providing excellent care to young people and their families. The co-location of these units is unique in the region and thus provides exceptional opportunities for professional development in this specialist area of mental health work, benefiting both the young people and staff within the units.

As a Band 6 Nurse you would be working shifts alongside a team of nursing staff and supported by a multidisciplinary team, You will benefit from an induction, regular supervision and learning and development opportunities. You will be an experienced Nurse who enjoys supporting others and leading by example.

Main duties of the job

The poster holder will assist the Ward Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist in the provision of clinical leadership and to be a clinical role model to the 24-hour inpatient team. Working in conjunction with the Service Manager to set, maintain and audit clinical standards in adherence to local and national priorities. Acting on behalf of and to deputise, as directed by the Clinical Nurse Specialist in their absence and provide quality evidence-based nursing advice, support and care for service users with mental and physical health needs and to their carers within a multidisciplinary setting. The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care within agreed parameters, and have a working knowledge of local, national policies and legislation which govern current service provision.

The post holder will be responsible for identifying and contributing 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. They will ensure that effective communication pathways exist, and that they act within their sphere of responsibility, providing clinical leadership alongside the Ward Manager, Deputy Ward Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

About us

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health and social care organisation dedicated to providing high-quality care with compassion to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting andempowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including people with long term conditions and members of our ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

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)
    • Mentor qualification / ENB 998 or equivalent


    • 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 Mental Capacity Act
    • Experience of supervising staff
    • Experience of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs
    • Experience working with Children, Young People and Families


    • Previous experience of undertaking Continuing Care Assessments
    • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
    • 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 build effective working relationships with staff across a wide range of professional and managerial groups
    • Ability to calmly manage complex and stressful situations, prioritising own work and the work of others
    • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (where appropriate)
    • 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
    • The Trust's 7C's and Respect Enable Values (REV) initiative expectations
    • Knowledge of Trauma informed care
    • Knowledge of AMBIT / Mentalization

    Physical Requirements


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



    • To continue your professional development and participate in annual appraisal and the performance management process
    • Interest in enhancing service user engagement

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    The Croft Child and Family Unit

    Block 21 Ida Darwin

    Fulbourn, Cambridge

    CB21 5EE

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