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Band 6 Clinical Nurse Specialist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum Inlcu HCAS
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen to for a Band 6 community mental health nurse to join Camden Assertive Outreach Team

The service aims to engage and treat service users with severe and Enduring Mental Illness, who are difficult to engage and may have a dual diagnosis of substance misuse. With smaller caseloads, we are able to work more intensively and deliver a team approach.

Although the successful post holder will act as care co-ordinator for a defined group of clients, the service utilises a team approach and has a flexible multidisciplinary team structure. This post ideally suits a Band 6 Nurse with experience of supporting individuals (and their families) with psychotic illness in a community setting. The successful applicant will also be encouraged to develop their leadership skills, supervise junior staff and will deputise for the Team Manager at times. Other development activities include peer support, regular supervision and participation ongoing professional development.

This is an excellent opportunity for practitioners to transition from a ward to a community environment, for Band 5s looking to move to a more senior role, or community clinicians who are looking for a change from their current posts.

Potential applicants are encouraged to speak to your current line manager, (as per secondment policy). If you want more information about the post please contact Sophie Sturrock (Team Managers) for further information on 0203 317 6924.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve outreach to a people living with severe and enduring mental illness

As a care coordinator you will hold case load of service users with complex needs, offering personalised risk and treatment management support care plans

About us

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) provides high quality, safe and innovative mental health care to our patients in the community, in their homes or in hospital. We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area. We currently deliver the majority of our care to residents in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. However, we also provide substance misuse services in Westminster, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to people living in Kingston. Our trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world's leading academic health science partnerships. In addition we have specialist programmes which provide help and treatment for: veterans living in London, young people caught in the cycle of gang culture, older people living with dementia and other age related mental health conditions. For more information, please access the following link:

Job description Job responsibilities


  • To be responsible for providing expert care in an area of designated expertise, in accordance with NMC codes of professional conduct

  • To provide expert, autonomous and highly specialist clinical practice within a multi disciplinary Team to include:-
  • Initial assessment and formulation using a range of mental health or other specialist tools
  • When required to do so making appropriate judgements about own caseload
  • To undertake care co-ordinator responsibilities within the Care Programme Approach
  • Apply a range of therapeutic modalities, using evidence based interventions in accordance with the requirements of service line care pathways
  • Contributing to multidisciplinary team decisions at the point of discharge and or transfer of the service user
  • To participate in and provide a specialist nursing perspective to multi-disciplinary team meetings/case discussions
  • Maintaining contemporaneous records to the standard required by the trust and the relevant professional body (where appropriate to the post holder)
  • Assessing and managing risk on a continuous basis, in line with trust policy
  • Support other members of staff in their assessment and management of service user care needs through reviewing initial data collection; monitoring of their progress; feedback; discussion and reports at care reviews or CPA reviews with the team.

  • To recognise and respond appropriately to challenging behaviour in line with Trust policies
  • At all times to act in accordance with trust policies in relation to risk assessment contributing to comprehensive assessments of risk, and monitoring as appropriate
  • To follow trust policy in promptly reporting all accidents and incidents. Undertaking investigations when called upon to do so or nominating / supervising relevant others in this role.
  • To review and recommend medication changes as appropriate in consultation with medical staff re efficacy and possible side effects and to develop user centred medication concordance.
  • To ensure the implementation of national guidelines for clinical best practice and apply to practice where ever relevant.
  • To undertake and lead where appropriate, in the evaluation and audit of professional interventions, clients and the service.

  • Managerial

  • To take operational day to day management responsibility as required at team/service level using performance management systems to ensure the effective delivery of contract activity to agreed quality standards
  • To work in conjunction with the Team Manager to deliver integrated governance requirements, this may include contributing to the developing of policy and guidelines which determine practice standards.
  • To provide professional supervision and support for both clinically qualified staff, students and support staff, ensuring clinical best practice at all times.
  • To ensure that practices are in place that assess, determine and support learning and development, clinical supervision, managerial supervision and appraisal processes.
  • To take a lead on delivering delegated aspects of training within the team and or to the wider service line on an area of specialism as required by service need.
  • To be responsible for implementing policy relating to health and safety and monitor compliance e.g. fire marshals, safe environment etc
  • To provide consultation within the team on own area of specialism.
  • To assist team members during care reviews
  • To be aware of Service Line and Trust financial and budgetary controls and restraints and to manage delegated team resources accordingly.
  • To respond to complaints or other concerns as they arise and in accordance with trust policy, and in conjunction with the Operational Services Manager and Team Manager.
  • To undertake other duties in a corporate role as may be reasonably expected in accordance with the grade of the post to ensure the attainment of team and service objectives.

  • Education, Training and Research and Development

  • To adhere to all Trust policies and procedures and requirements of professional NMC or HCPC registration.
  • To be managed by and receive supervision from a nominated line manager, including annual review of performance as part of the appraisal system. To be in receipt of and engage with clinical and professional supervision.
  • To ensure that all standards and requirements of preceptorship or newly qualified nurse and occupational therapists are fulfilled
  • To promote a culture that fosters staff involvement and a progressive attitude to service improvement.
  • Work with the Team Manager to deliver a culture and style of leadership that develops, empowers and recognises achievement while delivering results.
  • To work with Team Manager to deliver service line workforce plans in the team.
  • To act as a role model to others
  • of the service against Trust and national benchmarks with resultant development of the service in response to areas identified as needing development through staff training, service delivery.
  • To lead on agreed service line clinical governance programmes and service evaluations in discussion with the team manager

  • Communication

  • Maintain confidentiality of information, in accordance with Trust Policy.
  • Contribute to the effective communication process of often sensitive or highly sensitive information with service users, carers, family, friends and staff colleagues.
  • Communicates appropriate and accurate information to and from other departments, service lines, and agencies as required.

  • Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse Current registration with relevant professional body
    • Other advanced relevant training i.e. CBT in psychosis/dynamics of mental health practice / Mentalisation Based Therapy / NMP etc.
    Experience and Knowledge Essential
    • Demonstrable experience in a senior specialist capacity caring for people with psychosis in a community care or inpatient setting.
    • Sound practical experience of patient / service user care and engagement within the wider context of the organisation
    Skills Essential
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills Able to work autonomously and to deputise for senior staff in a variety of roles when required to do so.
    • Demonstrable skill of implementing change processes

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