Clinical Nurse Specialist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £36,572 a year
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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To provide a defined level of specialist assessment and access to interventions for transgender patients.

Main duties of the job

To be a Transgender Healthcare Professional and work as part of the service to support patients in line with the NHS England national service specification.

The role requires the post holder to be a named professional for patients and undertake both assessment and follow-up responsibilities for an identified case load of transgender and non-binary patients.

The role involves monitoring cross sex hormone treatment for trans male, trans female and non-binary patients.

The post holder will be part of the team providing a service to patients and, on occasions their families, including direct and indirect clinical work that supports the Medical Lead and Service Manager in developing the service.

Experienced registered nurse (Mental Health/Learning Disabilities or General), with current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The role requires a clinician with specialist skills to assess patients needs analyse and formulate treatment plans within a multi-disciplinary framework.

The post holder works autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationship Skills

The post holder will communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of patients under their care.

They will communicate effectively, orally and in writing, including highly technical, highly complex, confidential, and clinically sensitive information to professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

They will communicate effectively with MDT colleagues, and act as a positive contributor to the collaborative work of the team.

Analytical and Judgemental Skills

Ability to assess trans individuals with complex and specialist mental and physical health needs.

To independently prescribe following verification of eligibility by a Lead Clinician.

Demonstrate an ability to carry out a comprehensive assessment of health, wellbeing, and social needs.

Collaboration and liaison skills.

Undertake accurate record keeping.

Planning and Organisational Skills

Ability to work on own initiative; carry our new/comprehensive assessments.

Organise own time and that of other staff; undertake discharge caseload planning and referrals to other services as required.

Ability to manage own time by prioritising workload.

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment and Therapy

The post holder will provide advice concerning the assessment, care, and treatment of patients with gender incongruence. Develop specialised programmes of care.

Undertaking the role of the Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist and hold a caseloadtodevelop individualisedcare pathways, with patient involvement,whilst providing advice and guidanceinrelationto transgender healthcare.

Liaisingwith and referringto other professionals,as appropriatewithin and outside of the clinicto ensure effective care and treatment for patients attending the clinic.

Provide highly specialist advice to patients/clients, carers, relatives and other professionals

To assess, design, implement and evaluate safe creative and effective treatments plans in collaboration with the patients diverse needs, family, and other professionals.

Responsibility for Policy and Service Development Implementation

Follows and implements policies in own work area.

Participates in the developments of evidence based effective practices and policies in the service including NICE guidance.

The duties and responsibilities of the post will be undertaken in accordance with the policies, procedures, and practices of the service specifications as written by NHS England. It is the post holders responsibility to keep up to date with these policies and other policy documents.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment and Other Resources

The post holder will exercise their personal duty of care in relation to the equipment and resources of the service.

Responsibility for Human Resources, e.g. Supervision, Training, HR Advice and Management

Demonstrate duties to new starters as appropriate.

Provide mentorship for the Peer Support Worker.

Support and deputise for the Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist when appropriate.

Responsibility for Information Resources and Administrative Duties

The post holder will maintain and promote the highest standards of clinical and managerial record keeping, including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the Nursing and Midwifery Council policies and procedures.

Records personally generated information.

Responsibility for Research and Development

Undertake surveys/audits as necessary to own work.

Freedom to Act

The post holder will exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the psychological assessment, treatment, and discharge of patients from the service. They will be accountable for their own actions and their interpretation of local and national policies.

Accountable for own professional actions, lead specialist for defined area

The post holder will work within the NMC code and professional guidelines in accordance with Trust policy and procedures, managing their own defined caseload and accountable for their own practice.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

There is an opportunity to study towards the Post Graduate Diploma in Gender Healthcare.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification (General/Mental Health/Learning Disability) to degree level or equivalent.
  • Relevant Post Graduate qualification or working towards.
  • Maintains current registration with NMC.
  • Willingness to undertake new clinical practices, education and training that will enhance service delivery.
  • Demonstrate continued professional development to maintain professional registration.
  • Training in transgender healthcare.
  • Training in gender diversity.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of individual patient case management responsibility.
  • Substantial experience of MDT working.
  • Demonstrates satisfactory clinical expertise for the banding.
  • Experience of clinical working with transgender and non-binary patients.
Communication and Working Relationship Skills Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Good written/oral communication skills.
  • Good skills in assessment intervention and evaluation of patients nursing care.
  • Clinical supervision skills.
  • A high level of emotional intelligence.

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