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Liaison Clinical Nurse Specialist/MH Practitioner - Preceptorship

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Band 6 Preceptorship to Band 7
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provides integrated community and mental health, learning disability and social care services of a high standard due to our continued commitment to quality and service improvement. CPFT aims to support people of all ages to achieve the very best they can for their health and wellbeing. To ensure that we achieve this goal we look to recruit candidates of a high calibre who share our passion for delivering excellent care, research and education.

The CPFT liaison psychiatry service is highly regarded nationally and is Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) accredited. The service comprises highly skilled psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and occupational therapists. It aims to offer exceptional standards of care to patients with mental health needs attending the acute hospital.

The Liaison Psychiatry Older Persons Team based at Cambridge University Hospital (Addenbrookes) are excited to advertise for a B7 preceptorship. This role is a permanent, full-time vacancy for a band 6 developmental role for an ambitious, enthusiastic, and motivated Clinical Nurse Specialist / Mental Health Practitioner. The successful candidate will be supported by the team to achieve the role of a band 7 practitioner.

Main duties of the job

The purpose of this role is to assist in the delivery of a high-quality care within the Liaison Psychiatry Service at Cambridge University Hospital NHS Trust in keeping with the visions and values of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Triaging referrals from colleagues in the acute trust which includes providing advice and guidance.
  • Providing biopsychosocial assessments and risk assessments for Older People presenting in the Emergency Department and General Wards with mental health problems
  • Promoting safe and effective mental health care through training and giving expert advice to clinical teams.
  • Maintaining a visible, professional presence where patients, carers and staff can turn for assistance, advice and support.
  • As part of the Liaison Psychiatry Service, to contribute to the multi- disciplinary clinical assessment and management of patients referred to the service in collaboration with other team members.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Mental Health Professional with significant years' experience.
  • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development
  • Independent and supplementary prescriber
  • Recognised training qualification
Experience Essential
  • Knowledge in the assessment and management of clinical risk whilst gaining excellent experience within these criteria's during the preceptorship period
  • Experience of working with people with dementia
  • Clinical audits and research
  • General Nursing experience with older people
  • Project management
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Competent IT skills including word, outlook, excel and power point.
  • Ability to prioritise workload effectively, meeting expected deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.
  • High level of self-awareness, recognising own strength and limitations.
  • Ability to manage change and deal with conflict / stressful situations.
  • Ability to produce and present clear reports.
  • Research/gathering Data
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Understanding of the mental health needs of older people
  • Specialist knowledge of person-centred care and its application.
  • Knowledge of psycho-social interventions and their appropriate use, whilst working towards specialist knowledge during the preceptorship period.
  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of effects and side-effects.
  • Knowledge of appropriate assessment scales.
  • Knowledge of the recovery principles and its application to older people.
Other Essential
  • Positive approach to older people
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Ability to foster good interagency working.
  • Ability to represent the team / service / Trust in a professional manner.
  • Ability to travel independently.

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