Clinical Nurse Specialist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year gross per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Hi, my name is Sarah and I am the Service Manager for our community team within Children, Family and Young People's services here at NSFT.

Since I started working for the Youth Service I have received a really warm welcome and have been really impressed that I have been given the opportunity to make a difference, to put my own spin on things and the role has been moulded to suit me and my skill set.

The Central Youth teams are strong and credible, we have a friendly team atmosphere where ideas are welcomed and explored. We are creating the conditions to embrace change whilst always ensuring the basics. We work hard to ensure that from the very moment people access our services to the moment they leave their care will be outstanding.

A role which will challenge your thinking, expand your knowledge and connect with your heart.

Due to an increase in funding, we are advertising for multiple roles within the Central Youth teams.

Full time and part time applicants will be considered.

Main duties of the job

The role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist involves being part of the Leadership team. You would work closely with the Community Team Manager, the Principle Psychologist and the Lead Consultant. You would hold a smaller, more complex caseload and we would expect you to work provide clinical support to the team and be comfortable with being part of strategic decision making. You would line manage members of the team and would have the opportunity to access management training to help you develop your leadership skills. There would also be opportunity to clinical training, such as the non-medical prescribing course.

Whilst experience working with children and young people would make you perfectly suited to this role, we are really open to welcoming people from clinical backgrounds who have experience in other areas of mental health. We understand that you will be able to bring with you a wealth of skills and experience to the team and would welcome ways of thinking.

We are looking for a dedicated mental health professional with either Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy qualification. We would love to hear from you if you have experience in working with people who suffer with mental health difficulties and you have at least 12 months post qualification experience in a mental health setting.

Please refer to the job description attached for more information.

About us

We want you in our team if you share our values and core beliefs. If you want to work in an environment of mutual respect, transparency, integrity and collaborative working we are the team for you.

We are an improving Trust, with ambitious aspirations and pushing ahead with exciting transformation work. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with exceptional leadership teams who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We are interested in hearing from individuals who are confident in delivering high quality services that are timely and effective, able to use professional autonomy to thrive and grow in the role alongside their colleagues, work in an evidence-based manner, and place the children, young people, and families at the heart of everything they do.With that being said, it was only natural and right to ask the children and young people we work with what qualities they want from our Clinical Nurse Specialists.and this is what they said: Flexible Person centred Goes the extra mile Led by them Put their needs first Dynamic Friendly Approachable ReliableIt is essential that our successful candidate is able to demonstrate their skills to meet the requirements of the role. We also encourage applicants to consider how they are able to demonstrate a commitment to encompassing our Trusts values of Positively, Respectfully, Together; we are committed to promoting a positive culture in the workplace for everyone. Our successful applicant will be joining a Team who are continually working hard to support Young People and their families in need of our Services as well as each other.

If you believe this is you, please feel free to apply or alternatively discuss this further.

Person Specification
  • RMN or equivalent professional qualification
  • Degree Level Qualification or equivalent or equivalent level

  • Non-Medical Independent Prescriber

  • Extensive experience at which has required supervision and mentorship of others.
  • Extensive experience of practice within clinical area with proven track record in delivering high quality care

  • Experience of implementing evidence based practice and or service improvement initiative

  • Ability to communicate widely in a clear manner.
  • Approachable, tactful and diplomatic.

  • Ability to problem solve. Confident manner.

  • Able to demonstrate sound clinical expertise and knowledge of mental health disorders and their treatments.

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“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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