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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/10/2020.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Job Reference: 246-CNN2614886-A

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
City Anchorage, Norwich
£38,890 - £44,503 gross per annum

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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Our service consists of three Community Mental Health Teams that serve the city of Norwich. We are extremely proud of the work we do and continuously strive for development and improvement.

We are looking to recruit a Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Independent Prescribing qualification for one year of maternity cover for our City 3 CMHT. Due to the complexity and severity of mental health needs among our service users, you will need to demonstrate both medical and psychosocial knowledge. An understanding of medicines commonly used in a mental health setting and side effects that may lead to discontinuation of treatment is essential, however you will be closely supported in your development as a prescriber by our Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner who provides line management for our team of three Clinical Nurse Specialists.

This role provides a unique opportunity for a suitably qualified nurse prescriber within a community mental health setting.

Your risk assessment skills and ability to effectively communicate will be crucial to this role as you will support the wider City 3 clinical team as a senior clinician. You will join us as a clinical leader alongside the City 3 Community Team Manager, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychologist colleagues. You may be asked to assist in initial assessment of service users upon referral and to offer appointments in conjunction with other members of the team for complex case resolution. We also encourage all of our Clinical Nurse Specialists to identify a specialist area of interest and will endeavor to support you in your development of this.

If this position interests you, please feel free to come and meet us to find out more and meet your potential new colleagues!

*Please note for internal applicants, this role can be considered for a secondment opportunity if required.

Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are to be confirmed, candidates may only be given a minimum of 3 days’ notice, please note this date is provisional and may be subject to change. You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

We are working hard to maintain usual recruitment process however please be aware that we may ask you to be interviewed via skype rather than in person. Please also bear with us as we endeavour to recruit as many people as we can in unprecedented times.

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For further details / informal visits contact:

Leo Boswell (Advanced Pharmacy Practioner)

Lauren Payne (Service Manager)

For more information regarding the team please contact Siw Jones (Community Team Manager)


Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures – these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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