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B7 Clinical Nurse Specialist - Mental Health Professional

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Nurse, Community mental health nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We would encourage any applicants or those considering application to get in touch to discuss the role and to see the service.

An exciting opportunity has risen for an experienced band 7 mental health professional to work in the PLAN accredited Liaison Psychiatry Service at Cambridge University Hospital, Addenbrookes, working within the Adult Emergency Department team covering a 24/7 rota whilst also being flexible to assist other liaison psychiatry teams where required.

The Liaison Psychiatry Service for Adults and Older Persons has close links with the broader mental health services provided by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT; the Trust). There are wide-ranging opportunities for training and development both within CPFT and Liaison Psychiatry.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provides integrated community and mental health, learning disability and social care services of the highest 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 that share our passion for delivering excellent service user care, research and education.

Main duties of the job

As part of the Liaison Psychiatry Service, the post-holder will contribute to the multi-disciplinary clinical assessment and management of patients referred to the service in collaboration with other team members.

Providing and undertaking timely biopsychosocial assessments and risk management plans in accordance with CPFT's Clinical Risk Assessment and Management policy for adults presenting to the Acute Trust with mental health problems.

This role is a permanent, full-time vacancy for an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Nurse Specialist / Mental Health Professional wanting to join the established liaison psychiatry emergency department team.

The liaison psychiatry service is highly regarded nationally and is accredited through the Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN). The service consists of highly skilled psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and occupational therapists.

The service aims to offer exceptional standards of care to all patients attending Cambridge University Hospital experiencing a comorbid mental health issue. As such, an opportunity has arisen to recruit a dynamic CNS / MHP on a permanent contract who will work 10-hour shifts across a 24/7 rota.

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

  • To assist in the delivery of a high-quality Liaison Psychiatry service within Addenbrookes Hospital in keeping with the visions and values of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Providing and undertaking timely biopsychosocial assessments and risk management plans in accordance with CPFTs Clinical Risk Assessment and Management policy for adults presenting to the Emergency Department with mental health problems.
  • Promoting a safe and effective service throughout the Emergency Department; this will be through training and giving expert advice and support to nursing and medical teams within the Emergency Department
  • Maintaining a visible, professional presence where patients, carers and staff can turn for assistance, advice and support.
  • As part of the Liaison Psychiatry Service, the post-holder will contribute to the multidisciplinary clinical assessment and management of patients referred to the service in collaboration with other team members.
  • To participate in and promote close links with community mental health teams and other agencies to develop effective care plans.

  • Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse or equivalent professional registration
    • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development.
    • Mentor and mentorship training or willingness to complete
    • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
    • Recognised training qualification.
    Experience Essential
    • Significant post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
    • Community and in-patient experience in mental health services.
    • Considerable experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk.
    • Experience in the planning and delivery of training and practice developments to staff.
    • Experience of effective collaborative working.
    • Evidence of ability to drive for results.
    • Evidence of experience in service evaluation and improvements.
    • Evidence of Interdisciplinary / multi-agency working experience
    • Clinical audits and research.
    • Experience of working in Liaison Psychiatry
    • We welcome people with lived experience of mental health
    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.
    • Advanced interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate and work with a wide range of professionals.
    • Ability to influence others effectively.
    • Ability to work autonomously and effectively under pressure.
    • High level of self awareness, recognising own strength and limitations.
    • Ability to manage change and deal with conflict / stressful situations.
    • Effective negotiation skills.
    • Ability to produce and present clear reports.
    Knowledge/Understanding Essential
    • Advanced understanding of the mental health needs of adults
    • Specialist knowledge of person-centred care and its application.
    • Specialist knowledge of psycho-social interventions and their appropriate use.
    • Specialist knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effect.
    • Up to date knowledge of appropriate assessment scales.
    • Good Knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of care to adults with mental health needs.
    • Awareness of the impact of the health economies on service planning and delivery.
    • Knowledge of the recovery principles and its application to adults.
    • Knowledge of practical application and use of psychological therapies
    • Knowledge of improvement models and applications
    Physical Requirements Essential
    • Ability to foster good interagency working.
    • Ability to represent the team / service / Trust in a professional manner.
    Other requirements Essential
    • 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 travel independently.
    • Ability to work flexibly.

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