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Senior CAMHS Learning Disability Nurse

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year gross per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Learning Disability Nurse, Mental Health or Paediatric Nurse with CAMHS expertise? We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our highly specialist community team supporting children and young people with learning disabilities, associated autism and or behaviours that challenge.

We are seeking an experience band 6 nurse who would like to develop specialist knowledge and skills in this field. You would be part of progressive and passionate team working working with a range of partner services including health education and social care to provide specialist mental health and behavioural intervention to young people and their families.

Main duties of the job

The LD CAMHS Team are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive and innovative individual with the ability to join our acute service for Learning Disability. You will work closely with the Inpatient Service as part of a flexible workforce, providing assessment and interventions to support the team to identify the impact of learning disability on the individual's life and to support the team and the individual in ways that improve that person's quality of life.

About us

NSFT is engaged in a process of significant and exciting change with a new Suffolk-wide care group for Children, Young People and Families. Recent CQC inspection has shown improvements in the services which we plan to build on as we transform the CFYP service following the recent investment from NHSE and the CCG.

We have a new leadership structure and are engaged with internal and external transformation. NSFT in collaboration with alliance partners are striving to deliver a truly biopsychosocial approach within the 'Thrive' framework. This will require significant system changes across Suffolk to move towards a whole system approach.

This is an exciting time of Transformation of Children's and Young Peoples mental health services in Suffolk, creating opportunities for services to recognise and consolidate what they are doing well and also to drive creativity to radically change service delivery. The changes are locally driven, with the aim of embedding mental health services within the community.

Job description
Job responsibilities

You will be responsible for direct assessment of need, designing specific and implementing targeted care and treatment interventions.

You will work in collaboration with a range of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary staff offering direct support to children, young people and their families.

You will need excellent communication and liaison skills in order to engage and collaborate with service users, families, colleagues and a range of professionals.

You will act as a professional advocate for young people to ensure their mental and physical health needs are met. Where required you will facilitate healthcare access with universal and specialist health services.

You will support access to emergency and crisis services in accordance with presenting risk.

You will work within the governance frameworks and values of NSFT

Person Specification
  • professional registration in mental health or learning disability

  • Evidence of post graduate training

  • experience in mental health or learning disability or autism

  • experience working in the community

  • Evidence of autonomous risk management
  • evidence of good communication re LD/Autism
  • evidence of supervision skills

  • Evidence of working within PBS framework

  • Demonstrates a positive approach to working with people with learning disabilities and autism

  • Demonstrates a positive approach to team working

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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