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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich
£40,057 to £45,839 a year gross per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 7
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Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity to recruit to the post of Clinical Nurse Specialist within our Children, Families and Young People service in Suffolk (we have vacancies in both West and East Team). The post holder will work within the Children's and Adolescent Mental Health and Family Therapy Service 0-16 years. This is an opportunity for you to provide family therapy and individual therapies for emotional and psychological difficulties, emerging mental health needs and early intervention and systemic based care.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist role will also play a key part supporting the comprehensive CFYP transformation in Suffolk. This is an exciting opportunity to drive change and develop your leadership and change management skills. People participation, co-production, and collaboration with the VCSE are fundamental to our service model, to ensure development, maintenance, and systematic provision of a high-quality specialist service in line with NICE guidance, QED standards, National and Local priorities.

Main duties of the job

We would welcome applicants with clinical knowledge and experience of working within a CAMHS team or within mental health services. We are looking for someone who can provide think and work creatively with individuals and their carers with excellent and varied communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team. You will be able to work independently, carry out comprehensive assessments and plan, implement and evaluate delivery of nursing interventions as part of the holistic approach.

The post holder will undertake the planning and delivery of direct patient care with appropriatesupervision, ensuring continuity of practice and working within a multi-disciplinary and multiagencyenvironment. Work within a multidisciplinary environment participating in caseload management, assessment, care planning and provision of interventions. Utilising knowledge and experience to support and advise students and other health care professionals.

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 eating disorder 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.

Job description
Job responsibilities

To provide clinical leadership to the clinical team in the care, treatment and therapy of the client group, with a clear focus on clinical risk and its management.

To hold a case load of complex service users

To have protected sessions within their job plan to deliver specialist nonpharmacological therapeutic treatment

To complete a thorough risk assessment of the service users to ensure that any risk is minimised

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions/ treatments and care for service users presenting with a mental health diagnosis.

Assess the psychological, physical, spiritual, and occupational needs of the service users, carers and their families as appropriate

To assess capacity and provide safe treatment and care to those who may lack capacity.

Rapidly and continuously evaluates the patients changing condition and response to therapeutic interventions and modifies the plan of care for optimal patient outcome.

Attend high risk or crisis situations to provide management advice and clinical intervention

Prioritises health problems and intervenes appropriately, including initiation of effective emergency care.

Integrates appropriate non-drug-based treatment methods into a plan of management.

Participate in decision-making meetings as appropriate, evaluating care with members of the multidisciplinary team, making recommendations for change, and evaluating outcomes.

Work with service users to support concordance with prescribed interventions.

Promote and deliver evidence-based care for service users with mental health conditions

Support service users to adopt recovery strategies that promote their wellbeing, healthy lifestyle, independence, and self-care

Promote the involvement of families in care, reflecting their diversity, equality and rights to ensure their needs are met.

Participates in planning, development, and implementation of public and community health programmes.

Apply infection control measures within the practice according to local and national policies.

Demonstrate a sound knowledge of current legislation and policy that underpins mental healthcare delivery including all aspects relating to the clinical area of practice.

Utilise clinical expertise to support identified clinical area.

Communicate educational and practice information within the clinical environment and undertake presentations to groups.

Employ motivational, persuasive, empathetic and communication skills within the clinical team.

Be able to communicate with people in a form and manner which is consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating.

Be proactive in seeking out different styles and methods of communicating.

Be able to produce accurate and complete records consistent with current legislation, policies and procedures.

Demonstrate clinical expertise through personal practice and development.

Ensure that nursing practice adheres to the NMC Code of Practice and Trust policies and procedure.

Work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team, working across statutory and non-statutory settings.

Always protect and maintain the confidential nature of the work, both in written and verbal form.

Act as a role model to all staff and always act in a manner to uphold public confidence.

Be able to manage own time and workload effectively.

Seek out and receive appropriate level training to keep abreast of changing trends and practices.

Meet regularly with relevant service and clinical managers to identify specific needs or emerging trends.

Act consistently with legislation, policies, procedures and other quality approaches and promotes the values of quality approaches to others.

Maintain expert practice through further study, research, clinical practice and personal development.

Liaise and develop relationships with other Trusts and organisations.

Work unsupervised and organise own workload and work in a manner which maintains and promotes quality.

Communicate with other disciplines/professions as and when required.

Participate in supervision for both self and delivery to others

Provide expert advice and recommendations to improve service and training quality.

Maintain quality in own work and encourage others to do so.

Develop a culture that improves quality and take the appropriate action when there are persistent quality issues.

To deliver approaches which are person centred.

Assess and benchmark acceptable standard for practice.

The role requires post holder to:

  • Act in ways that support equity and value diversity.
  • Support equality and value diversity.
  • Promote equality and value diversity.
  • Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity.
  • Participate in Equality and Diversity Impact Assessments.

The post holder will manage their own electronic calendar

Utilise electronic recording systems for recording patient activity and records and also own activity (i.e. Lorenzo)

Maintain accurate, timely and legible records in accordance with Trust and NMC requirements and guidelines

Input daily contacts with service users on Trust IT system as per Trust policy

Demonstrate positive role modelling of the nursing profession.

Support staff development within their clinical and professional competencies

Encourage other staff to self-assess their knowledge and skills of mental health nursing, and challenge actions that are not in the interest of service users or the public.

Evaluate and review service provisions and innovations that are relevant to the clinical area.

To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and developing service

Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of evidenced based policies, procedures, and guidelines relevant to the care of people with mental health conditions.

Encourage staff members to utilise resources to attain and maintain high levels of medical and nursing care.

Promotes and develops the public health and wellbeing role of mental health nursing

To work in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct and ensure that NMC standards of practice are upheld

Maintain and develop own professional knowledge and competence by keeping informed of advances and research pertaining to mental health care and NMC Revalidation.

Participate in the clinical supervision of nursing and medical colleagues.

To attend statutory tribunal meetings for SEND and Mental Health Act tribunals.

Person Specification
  • able to drive and act independently.

  • Expertise and significant experience in mental health settings, providing assessment, treatment and specific therapies.
  • Experience acting as care coordinator.

  • Experience working in a leadership role and working with young people and families in a systemic way.

  • RMN or equivalent professional qualification
  • Qualification in a therapy - CBT, DBT, IPT or similar.

  • Study experience at Masters level, study at that level or clinical experience

  • Extensive experience 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

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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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