Clinical Nurse Specialist - Homeless Service

Location Kildare
Job-type Permanent
Salary €45000 - €55000 per annum
Contact Brenda Freeney
Email email Brenda
Reference J352639
Date Published 10 days ago
Title of Post: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Homeless and Addiction Services)

Locations: We have roles are based in both Dublin and Kildare

Reporting to: Director of Nursing and Addiction Services

Overview of the Company :

The charity works with individuals at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, in Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Limerick. The Trust provides a wide range of services in the areas of homelessness prevention, Family Services , housing, homeless services, under 18s residential and drug treatment.

The service provides supports through intensive case management with multi-disciplinary specialisms to provide supports to tenants in their own homes. Intensive case management includes an assigned case manager to support tenants in move-in and daily living and community integration, with supports ranging from intensive (daily) to moderate (1 per week). The multi-disciplinary team consists of addiction specialists, mental health supports, psychotherapy and nursing supports.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

The clinical focus will be in adherence with the care planning process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. The responsibilities of the clinical nurse specialist with be to participate in and contribute towards the development of systems and practices to support the need of the participant group. The responsibility will also lie with the clinical nurse specialize to carry out research in line with organizational systems and practices associated with conducting research. The ongoing development of the enhanced health supports programme will be a integral part of the role and one in which the clinical nurse specialist will contribute towards.


The role of the clinical nurse specialist with be that of advocacy for the participant group. There is a large number of participants residing within the housing first service who have not had links to or been provided care by mainstream mental health services as a result of complex needs and often are faced with challenges in communicating their needs. Advocacy is an integral aspect of the role.

Personal Specification


Be a registered nurse in the Psychiatric Division on the active Register of Nurses
Hold a relevant (level 8) post-graduate qualification in Mental Health
Hold a full current driver license and have access to a car
Five years post qualification experience
Two years post qualification experience in Mental Health Specialist Care.


Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development
Have the ability to practice safely and effectively fulfilling his/her professional responsibility within his/her scope of practice
Experience in the area of mental health community nursing
Experience of working with individuals with a background of homelessness desirable

Professional Knowledge Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health) will:

Practice in accordance with relevant legislation and with regard to The Scope of Nursing & Midwifery Practice Framework (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2015) and the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2014)
Maintain a high standard of professional behaviour and be professionally accountable for actions/omissions. Take measures to develop and maintain the competencies required for professional practice
Adhere to relevant legislation and regulation
Adhere to appropriate lines of authority within the nurse management structure

Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health) will demonstrate:

In-depth knowledge of the role of a Clinical Nurse Specialist (Mental Health)
The ability to formulate a plan of care based on findings and evidence-based standards of care and practice guidelines
The ability to follow up and evaluate a plan of care
Possess a working knowledge of factors that present for participants within the homeless services
Knowledge of mental health promotion principles/coaching/self-management strategies that will enable people to take greater control over decisions and actions that affect their mental health and wellbeing
An understanding of the principles of clinical governance and risk management as they apply directly to Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health
A working knowledge of audit and research processes
Planning and Organizing
Demonstrates an ability to manage and develop self and others in a busy working environment
Anticipates problems and issues and take preventative action to address these
Delegates effectively to ensure objectives are achieved
Sets realistic time frames
Prepares by ensuring adequate resources are available
Ensures resources are utilized in an effective and efficient manner
Demonstrates the ability to work with multiple stake holders across clinical and non-clinical services
Manages others fairly and consistently
Demonstrates the ability to work under pressure
Awareness of one's own strengths and weakness
Demonstrates resilience by not taking things personally and striving for a successful outcome
Maintains appropriate level of visibility throughout the Organisation
Expresses ideas clearly and logically, supported by the appropriate evidence to persuade others
Information sharing in an open and timely manner ensuring to keep relevant people informed
Delivers presentations to groups with confidence and credibility
Ability to facilitate two-way communication between conflicting parties
Effectively communicates new initiatives and ideas to ensure successful implementation
Team Player
Proactively develops and nurtures workplace relationships
Establishes teams and manages the process
Understands and tolerates different needs and viewpoints
Utilizes team strengths and attributes in achieving goals
Engages input from all team members
Facilitates and manages team meetings to ensure to establish a shared sense of purpose and unity
Ensures everyone is aware of each other's role on the team

For further information on this role please send your most current CV in confidence to or contact Brenda
on 01-5136740

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