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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Springbank Ward

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

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**Previous applicants need not apply**

I'm James, the current Springbank Ward Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). I have loved being the CNS for this exceptional ward. Having spent the last 7 years here and I am leaving for a development opportunity in a higher education setting.

Springbank, based on our Fulbourn Hospital site in Cambridge, is a 12-bed inpatient recovery unit for women with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) who are struggling to cope with the demands of life outside the hospital, despite input from community psychiatric services.

I have loved my time on Springbank, the team are exceptional, and the role is integral to maintaining the delivery of high-quality care and treatment on the ward. We are a remarkable ward with income generating capacity, allowing for ample development opportunities for our staff. I have personally undertaken a significant amount of training whilst in post, for example I have completed leadership training, professional nurse advocate training, DBT foundation and emotional regulation training.

If you are interested in working with service users with a BPD diagnosis, have a love of teaching and training and want to retain a clinical facing role then this is the ideal post for you. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us on our journey.

Main duties of the job

Clear communication, an interest in teaching and development, and relationship building are key for this role. As CNS you will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of evidence-based practice are provided. We would expect you to provide inspirational specialist nursing leadership within the team. You will be role modelling high quality patient care, for example we would expect you to be advocating for/demonstrating least restrictive practice and positive risk taking.

In addition to the clinical development work, you will be expected to undertake clinical work 2 days a week as a senior clinician. On these days you will be completing specialist assessments and nursing interventions with service users in addition to supporting the nursing team on shift. You will be expected to continue to strengthen and develop relationships between the nursing team and wider multidisciplinary team to improve patient care.

On Springbank we prioritise staff development and teaching. Every day at 14:00 the staff participate in a teaching/development session including a case discussion session, reflective practice, teaching session. You will be co-ordinated and sometimes leading these sessions.

The Fulbourn site offers free parking, a beautiful setting and easy access.

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 note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To provide a clear focus for clinical leadership and to be responsible for ensuring the provision of a high standard of holistic, patient-centred care
  • To use a range of techniques to ensure, set, and monitor standards of clinical practice, audit, research and teaching to set, monitor, and continually improve standards of care and patient experience.
  • To lead on nursing practice development including the development, and or updating of clinical guidelines, policy and procedure that relates to the practise setting.
  • Demonstrate safe, compassionate, consistent, and appropriate practice and expert nursing advice using up to date knowledge, skills, clinical competence, and evidence, to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate care, communicate findings, influence changes, and promote health and best practice.
  • To teach and act as a facilitator, mentor, and supervisor to other staff. To develop and participate in the delivery of a clinical supervision structure/reflective practice for team members.
  • To support the development and clinical learning infrastructure providing advice and guidance which ensures that all newly qualified nurses receive preceptorship and that those who mentor and support them are well prepared and regularly updated.
  • To take a lead role in ensuring that a high standard of multi-disciplinary care planning is in place and to be accountable for the nursing contribution to the process.
  • To ensure that the nursing team provide accurate and high-quality patient records which comply with Trust and service policy and NMC guidance
  • To be responsible for the safe custody, administration and monitoring of medication in accordance with NMC guidelines and Trust Medicines policy.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification



  • Completion of Mentorship Course or intention to complete.
  • Registered Nurse Mental Health
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Training in DBT or other therapy interventions
  • Leadership Qualification



  • Experience of working alongside people with complex mental health problems
  • Extensive experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated pathway
  • Extensive experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessment and formulation
  • Experience of supervising staff, clinically both individually and in a group setting


  • Experience of leading nursing staff or teams in practice improvement
  • Lived experience of mental health issues

Skills and Abilities


  • Advanced Clinical Skills in: assessment, planning and therapeutic intervention
  • Provision of specialist nursing advice in relation to care delivery
  • Able to establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters.
  • Excellent ability to develop effective professional relationships with others (individuals and groups)

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Advanced specialist knowledge of Nursing assessment, intervention and practice models relevant to the client group
  • Knowledge of NICE guidance and other National guidance relevant to delivery of care and safe nursing practice
  • Knowledge of MH Act

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Springbank Ward, Fulbourn Hospital

Cambridge Road


CB21 5EF

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