Community MH Nurse

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year Incl 5% High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Surrey Integrated Service for Young People [HOPE Service] operates from two bases, East Surrey [Epsom] and West Surrey [Guildford] and provides a Service for young people aged 11 to 18 years old presenting with severe mental health, behavioral, emotional and relationship problems. The Service is the link between CYP (children and young people) Services (as part of the Mindworks Alliance Group, Surrey Families Directorate [Social Care and Education] and the Specialist inpatient services. It offers support to CYPS Services such as CYPS Community Teams, Crisis Pathway Services, and Surrey Families Directorate, through structured Day Programme and Outreach Teams working in community settings. The Service also provides transitional support for those young people in hospital in the process of returning to their local community. The Service considers referrals for admissions to adolescent inpatient facilities and from the CYPS Community Teams as well as Childrens Services Teams and advises of the best appropriate care; this ensures that young people get access to the right level of treatment.

In this role you can be based either in Epsom or Guildford to cover the East or West Surrey catchment area and this can be discussed at interview.

Main duties of the job

Suitable for someone who has effective active listening skills (questioning and summarising), who can use good use of empathy and diplomacy, build good rapport, knows their own limitations and has good time management.

As the Band 7 Senior Nurse you would have a small defined caseload as well as the opportunity to lead new assessments. You would have the opportunity to supervise and develop junior staff and undertake the preceptorship for newly qualified nurses which has been tailored particularly for nurses wishing to work in children and young peoples services. You would be part of the appraisal process for anyone you are supervising.

This is a great opportunity to not only work with young people during their most vulnerable time, but to be part of the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approach to meeting their needs. You would be working alongside health staff such as Psychiatrists, Drama and Art Therapists, Psychologists and other nurses as well as Social care staff and Teachers. The Hope service is unique in its offer for young people in Surrey and uses a DBT model of care to faciliate their journey of recovery.

We offer training opportunities that are tailored to your pathway and career development including modules concerning assessment and risk assessment of adolescents, DBT-A, DBT skills as a basic introduction. We are keen to explore other developments with you whether it be NMP, ACP or other interests and will support you on this journey.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Experience required/ Key Responsibilities

To manage a caseload of young people who are vulnerable and can be deemed as high risk with complex mental health and social care needs.

To provide assessments and reviews within community, acute hospital or Health Based Place of Safety (HBPoS) to support decision making with regards to hospital or respite and options regarding diversion from tier 4 provisions.

To provide comprehensive mental health assessments focusing on risk management of young people who are at risk of a hospital admission and that may include family/placement breakdown.

To recognise potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly to resolve the situation, seeking assistance if required.

To provide assertive outreach to young people and their families/carers to monitor mental state and risk and help re-integrate into an educational setting.

To promote shared decision making with Young People/families/carers and be involved with all aspects of care.

To monitor effects and side effects of medication and report appropriately to the prescribing Consultant, and Clinical Nurse Lead.

To ensure documentation is up to date and reviewed in a timely manner according to the Quality Standards for CYPS e.g care plans, risk assessments, organising of care plan meetings and in accordance with NMC guidance regarding good record keeping.

To develop and maintain effective relationships with Mindworks Alliance, SCC and other partnership agencies.

Develop creative packages of care for young people and their families/carers to try to prevent hospital admission or shorten length of stay when admission is necessary.

To be a resource for specialist advice and information to other colleagues, agencies and organisations of adolescents with complex mental health issues.

To provide evidence based interventions to young people and their families/carers in accordance with NICE guidelines.

To uphold the principles of the NMC code of professional conduct at all times.


a) All staff will have a sound awareness of Safeguarding issues and be clear about their respective roles and responsibilities to report, respond to and share information in relation to Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Children, Domestic Abuse and Public Protection.

b) All staff will have a knowledge of and adhere to the Data Protection Act and will not disclosure to any person or organisation, any confidential information that comes into their possession in the course of their employment.

c) To fully participate in the Trusts performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.

d) Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line manager as part of the personal development planning process.

e) To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.

d) To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the teams in which he/she works.

e) To undertake any other duties at the request of the General Manager which are commensurate with the role.

f) To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

g) To contribute to the prevention and control of health care associated infection by adhering to Trust policies and guidelines.

h) Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust is committed to valuing and promoting diversity in employment, service delivery practices and its general environment. An expectation of all leadership posts within the Trust is that each individual will take responsibility for promoting open, inclusive and accessible service provision, staff development and a culture that values and respects difference.

Person Specification



  • Registered RMN


  • Continuing professional development including Ma/Msc level study.



  • At least 3 years post qualification with most of that experience working in CAMHS or Crisis services.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Hope Service


KT19 8PB

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