Staff Nurse

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Staff Nurse
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Shift Work)
Job ref
Sowenna Unit
£28,407 - £34,581 Per Annum
Salary period
01/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

This post is primarily focussed upon working within the CAMHS adolescent in-patient unit, but will also involve working closely with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly community CAMHS team, including working with young people who are attending the day-patient facility, to ensure a seamless whole service approach.

The role of Staff Nurse involves working a rotational shift pattern, including day and night shifts, weekends and bank holidays as required.

Main duties of the job

The post holder collaboratively assesses the needs of service users, plans, implements and evaluates the care given and maintains records associated with this process. This may include the co-ordination of care of service users liaising with other members of the multidisciplinary team where necessary.

They will take an active part in the therapeutic programme, co-facilitating groups and individual work with young people as necessary whilst carrying out nursing procedures to a standard that ensures safe and effective care, and complies with The Nursing and Midwifery Councils Code of Professional Conduct. The post holder will provide care to a group of service users and clinically supervise junior staff and students.

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

Role Requirement

Essential criteria
  • Current professional registration – NMC
  • Current professional qualification in Mental Health nursing RMNH or RNLD
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship or supervision training

Skills & Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Caring attitude and ability and to develop therapeutic relationships with young people and their families
  • Skills in assessment, care planning and therapeutic intervention with young people who are experiencing sever mental health problems and their families
  • Good listening skills and ability to develop empathy 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
  • Excellent written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • A willingness to train other professionals when appropriate
  • Ability to impact sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the recipient
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with colleagues and others
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • Ability to prioritise work and make autonomous decisions when appropriate
  • Skilled in the use of information technology

Knowledge and abilities

Essential criteria
  • Experience and knowledge of working with children and/or adolescents with mental health problems and their families
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of current policy, legislation and guidance (including evidence base) relevant to the provision of children's in-patient services and therapy
  • Experience of working in a mutli-disciplinary clinical team
  • Knowledge of child development


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates evidence of Trust “CARE” values
  • Ability to travel independently where required
  • Flexibility in respect to the needs of the service
  • Disclosure and Barring service check satisfactory to the trust
  • Occupational health clearance satisfactory to the trust

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.

We are committed to diversity and equality of employment including the employment of current and former service users.

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

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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

Alicia Morse
Job title
Deputy Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01208 834234
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