Developmental Staff Nurse/Senior Staff Nurse - Sowenna

Main area
CAMHS Inpatient
Band 5/Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Sowenna Unit
£28,407 - £42,618 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Salary period
01/10/2023 23:59

Job overview

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and passionate Band 5 Nurse to join our team at Sowenna to develop into a Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse role. The Postholder will have access to regular supervision and be provided with excellent opportunities for professional development.

Sowenna, meaning “success” is Cornwall’s first Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Inpatient Unit providing treatment for young people aged between 13 and 18yrs and working collaboratively with the Community CAMHS teams, ensuring a seamless whole service approach.

Our emphasis is on providing a therapeutic environment, offering a holistic approach to treatment in a safe and supported space which promotes rehabilitation and recovery. We work with various professionals, carers and community staff to ensure effective delivery of care and a planned, safe and timely discharge.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be required to shift lead a multi-disciplinary staff team and the management and provision of quality evidence based interventions, advice, support and care for children and young people with health and social care needs and their family and carers within the clinical area.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in developing services and practices that provide high quality care and interventions and will be required to work long days/nights.

Safe and effective delivery of care will be expected alongside compliance with The Nursing and Midwifery Councils Code of Professional Conduct.


Working for our organisation

We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health.  We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability. 

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK. 

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff. 

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases.  Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner. 

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon.  As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services. 


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.  

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Current Professional Registration - NMC
  • Current Professional qualification in Mental Health nursing - RNMH or RNLD
  • Evidence of continues professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship or supervision training

Skills and Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Caring attitude and ability to develop therapeutic relationships with young people and their families
  • Skills in assessment, care planning and therapeutic intervention with young people who are experiencing severe mental health problems, and their families
  • Ability to manage young people who may be displaying high emotion, distress or challenging behaviour in a calm, caring and planned way according to Trust policies and best professional practice
  • A good working knowledge of the needs of children, adolescents and families with behavioural, relationship and emotional problems

At Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to prioritise the development of our people. To support this, the following opportunities are available:

  • Career conversations and individual development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a dedicated central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management development programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • A full clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for our band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A bespoke and robust preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support our colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The Trust reimburses all application costs for staff eligible to apply for EU settlement status.

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via email regarding interview details.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust welcomes and values individuals with lived experience of mental or physical ill health joining our workforce. We aspire to have a culture that develops, promotes and supports lived experience roles - throughout the organisation.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

Frances Riley
Job title
Clinical Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01208 834234
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