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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Band 7

Main area
Inpatient Adolescent Mental Health
Band 7
Secondment: 12 months
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (This post will require a level of day to day flexibility to meet the needs of the ward and may be required to undertake unsociable working hours)
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Darwin Centre for Young People
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum pro rata
Salary period
18/01/2021 23:59



The permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a compassionate and driven Clinical Nurse Specialist to join an established team at the Ida Darwin Hospital. The successful applicant should have has extensive experience working in mental health with young people and their families.

The Darwin Centre for Young People is a specialist adolescent inpatient unit for the assessment and treatment of young people from 12 to 17 with serious mental health problems. The service works in partnership with young people, their families and external agencies to help them manage their illness in a way that will allow them to return home and to school at the earliest opportunity.

An understanding of safeguarding issues and how to respond to them is essential along with an understanding of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and how they apply to young people.

This post is central to the delivery of clinical support, education, training, and development of the nursing team. Working in partnership with the Ward Manager, Modern Matron and the Consultant Psychiatrist. The post holder will develop and embed evidence-based clinical nursing practice within the team through the implementation and facilitation of clinically based education, training and skills development for the clinical team.

We are looking for a Clinical Nurse Specialist who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of our service group, shows initiative, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, is a team player and is able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and those who use our service.

You would be working alongside Psychologist, Family Therapist and Psychiatrist colleagues with excellent opportunities for peer support and learning, as well as being expected to access clinical and professional supervision through the well-defined systems we have in place.

The post will offer varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through the Trust's appraisal process.

Extensive post qualifying experience working within multidisciplinary inpatient and community settings and evidence of accredited courses in  Trauma-Informed Care, DBT, MBT and mental health practice are preferable criteria for this post.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dave Rickerby, Modern Matron

dave.rickerby@cpft.nhs.uk / 01223 534430


Georgie Holloway, Ward Manager



Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501