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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Mulberry 3

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rota
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Nurse, Rehabilitation mental health nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
I'm Richard and I am the Clinical Nurse Specialist on Mulberry 2. I will be working closely with you, if you are successful, as our Adult Inpatient wards are linked by the 3-3-3 model of care. I work in the middle part of the model in our Treatment Ward, and you will be working as our Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) on our Recovery Ward, Mulberry 3.

Our CNS posts are a development opportunity designed to enable experienced nursing colleagues to make a professional advancement without stepping away from their clinical work. I have loved working in this post because I've had opportunity to shape this role based on my interests and area of expertise. For example, I have supported the development of our clinical environments to promote patient engagement alongside developing an in house teaching programme to continuously support staff progression and enhance patient experience.

As a CNS you are expected to work a combination of clinical shifts alongside your 2 leadership days each week. You will be working to develop and enhance the clinical practice to support our patients in their recovery.

We work alongside the ward managers, who support the operational management of the ward, to ensure the best care possible is provided for our patients. For this reason, we are expected to work clinical shifts (including on weekend per month) to enable us to identify and address areas for development and enhancement.

If you want to find out more about this role, get in touch.

Main duties of the job

As CNS you will be a clinical leader who will ensure patients receive the highest standard of clinical care. You will be working in partnership with the multidisciplinary team and will embed evidence based clinical practice within your team. To do so you will need to facilitate and lead education and training sessions as well as skills development sessions for your nursing colleagues.

You will provide inspirational specialist nursing leadership within the team, including strengthening and developing assessment approaches and nursing interventions.

You will also be responsible for contributing to and leading the ongoing development of clinical practice standards of care within the service including the development of policies, procedures, protocols, and guidelines. We will need you to actively initiate and participate in clinical activity and audits within their specialist area.

As this is a senior post, if you are successful, you will need to demonstrate your skills in and knowledge of managing groups and teams. If you are successful in securing an interview, we will work with you to identify your area clinical skill/interest, which will then provide the basis for your specialist work once in the service.

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 provide a clear focus for clinical leadership and to be responsible for ensuring the provision of a high standard of holistic, patient-centred care
  • To use a range of techniques to ensure, set, and monitor standards of clinical practice, audit, research and teaching to set, monitor, and continually improve standards of care and patient experience.
  • To lead on nursing practice development including the development, and or updating of clinical guidelines, policy and procedure that relates to the practise setting.
  • Demonstrate safe, compassionate, consistent, and appropriate practice and expert nursing advice using up to date knowledge, skills, clinical competence, and evidence, to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate care, communicate findings, influence changes, and promote health and best practice.
  • To teach and act as a facilitator, mentor, and supervisor to other staff. To develop and participate in the delivery of a clinical supervision structure/reflective practice for team members.
  • To support the development and clinical learning infrastructure providing advice and guidance which ensures that all newly qualified nurses receive preceptorship and that those who mentor and support them are well prepared and regularly updated.
  • To take a lead role in ensuring that a high standard of multi-disciplinary care planning is in place and to be accountable for the nursing contribution to the process.
  • To ensure that the nursing team provide accurate and high-quality patient records which comply with Trust and service policy and NMC guidance
  • To be responsible for the safe custody, administration and monitoring of medication in accordance with NMC guidelines and Trust Medicines policy.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • Completion of Mentorship Course
  • Registered Nurse Mental Health/LD Nursing
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Leadership Qualification
  • Post graduate qualification relating to MH
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex mental health/LD problems.
  • Extensive experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated pathway
  • Extensive experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessment and formulation
  • Significant experience of supervision and mentoring of others, and in providing critical and constructive feedback.
  • Experience of leading nursing staff or teams in practice improvement
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Advanced Clinical Skills in: assessment, planning and therapeutic intervention
  • Provision of specialist nursing advice in relation to care delivery
  • Able to establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters.
  • Excellent ability to develop effective professional relationships with others (individuals and groups)
Knowledge and Understanding Essential
  • Advanced specialist knowledge of Nursing assessment, intervention and practice models relevant to the client group
  • Significant knowledge of NICE guidance and other National guidance relevant to delivery of care and safe nursing practice
  • Significant knowledge, awareness and understanding of Mental Health Law, including legislation of relevance to the setting, the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Community Treatment Orders (CTO).
  • Significant understanding of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel across sites
  • Able to use IT equipment
  • Ability to carry out patient care including manual handling techniques
Other Essential
  • Motivated to provide the highest standard of care in a changing service
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust
  • Flexibility to work across clinical areas as required
  • Demonstrates values of the trust and NHS

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