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Senior Mental Health Nurse

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

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Full Time
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My name is Chelsea Gamble, I am the Clinical Team Leader for the exciting new CATAT service! (CATAT - CAMHS Alternative to Admissions Team which covers both Norfolk and Suffolk).

For those of you who have yet to hear about us, we are a recently commissioned team aimed supporting those Children and Young People (CYP) under the age of 18 who find themselves in crisis and at risk of repeat admission to acute hospitals / A&E services or who may otherwise require admission as an inpatient.

CATAT is currently a one-year period until the end of March 2023, however this situation is under constant review, with the data collected, data is being collected in order to provide supporting evidence-for best practice. As a team, based on the current need within Norfolk and Suffolk's local communities and the success of the pilot this far, we believe that there is a high likelihood of this pilot period being extended. With this in mind, and recognising that suitable candidates will need both job and financial security, this post is being offered as a permanent/substantive post

As CATAT becomes more established, our hope is that the new CATAT team will serve as a gateway in and out of Tier 4 provision, with the other CFYP teams being able to access T4 support from our service without the need for actual admission. This is obviously a significant change in both the clinical offer and culture, which we appreciate will take time for us all to achieve.

Main duties of the job

The Mental Health Practitioner role offers a wonderful opportunity to be part of the multidisciplinary leadership team, influential in shaping, developing, and delivering care to meet the needs of the local population, in partnership with all other stakeholders. We are looking for individuals who have enhanced clinical skills and experience with an ability to inspire, motivate and deliver clear improvements for patients and staff.

Whilst experience in 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. But we would like individuals to be well motivated, have good interpersonal skills, personal resilience, and an enthusiasm for working with children and their families whilst they are going through a difficult and stressful period in their lives, in terms of their mental health and well-being.

It will be quite a challenging environment at times, so we need clinicians with a positive attitude, compassion, resilience, and a hands-on approach. It is vital that the clinician is reflective around issues of power and difference, see the importance of working across systems, and can do that effectively.

We can accommodate some flexible working in line with the service need. There will be a requirement to be able to travel independently across both the county's.

About us
About our current team.
  • This includes myself as CTL (who is mental health trained).
  • 2x B7 senior Nurse Practitioners (of which one is a non-medical prescriber and the other has completed their 2nd year of systemic therapy),
  • B6 PAEDS nurse,
  • 2x Assistant practitioners (both have good clinical experiences)
  • 1x Admin.
  • We have been live since 18th July 2022 and our work is already having an extremely positive response from the young people and wider teams we are working with.

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Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly, and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Benefits included with this role are: -
  • NHS pension
  • Agile working opportunities
  • Comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • Generous Relocation/Removal Package
  • Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • Staff physio service

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Person Specification
Chelsea and Karen to score
  • Have a driving licence and access to a car

  • Has previous experience working with children.

Chelsea and Karen to score
  • Professional qualification held for at least 2 years

  • Community experience

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



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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