Registered Mental Health Nurse

Livewell Southwest CIC
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

37.5 hours per week. Is making a difference what drives you? We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic Registered Mental Health Nurse for our 9 bedded, single sex, (male) in-patient recovery unit.

Syrena delivers a wide range of interventions and treatments to people experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems. Syrena is a Hospital Unit based in a community setting. We are uniquely placed to offer specialist care to our service users and can offer you a bespoke essential training programme.

We have close working links with our Low Secure Service and our Community Forensic and Community Recovery Teams which are the associated pathways to our services.

As a Registered professional you will be required to work shifts across seven days, including night shifts to bring transferrable skills where the aim is to prepare service users for community living.

You will be able to shape our evolving service and we would be able to provide you with opportunities to develop.

For enquiries please contact: Phill Gwyer (Unit Manager), on (01752) 434714.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will aim to promote all aspects of a Recovery ethos within an in-patient setting for people with complex, severe and enduring mental health needs. As a named practitioner you will be responsible for coordinating care to ensure that all aspects of the Care Programme Approach process leads to promotion of positive service user experience and successful outcomes.

The post holder will be required to take charge of the shifts on a regular basis. Livewell Southwest operates an on-call system out of hours.

The post holder will have the ability to sustain respectful, consistent, and reliable therapeutic relationships with service users, that enhances their ability to build social networks and diminishes their social exclusion, maximise their strengths and interests and increase their participation in meaningful activities.

The post holder will be required to create and maintain a learning environment for the development of junior staff and be able to mentor/educate qualified and unqualified staff, including pre and post registration students. The post holder will also be responsible for their own professional development.

The post holder will always work within the guidelines of their Code of Professional Conduct.

Whilst the post is based at Syrena there may be an expectation to work within the wider Recovery Service at the request of the Manager according to clinical and/or as part of personal development.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. To deliver a high standard of individualised care, which will include the assessment, planning, implementation, review, and evaluation of care following the CPA process. This should be in partnership with the client, carers, and multi-agency professionals as appropriate. This requires a complex level of communication in the receiving and transmitting of information to client’s carers, colleagues, the wider service, and the public on an individual or group basis. This will be over a wide range of complex and sensitive issues and will need to consider barriers to understanding.

2. To act as a named practitioner for an identified group of clients using the Care Programme Approach process.

3. To ensure comprehensive risk assessment, history, planning, and management is recorded and communicated to the team and the wider service if appropriate, for individual clients. This will require the recording of risk and relapse indicators and Special Note Warnings as per the Livewell Southwest SystmOne policy. This may require sharing of information, negotiating care and monitoring of risk in the wider context of a multi-agency approach e.g., with probation and with the co-ordinators of both safeguarding adult and child protection.

4. To contribute to and be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team. This will include leading handovers and MDT meetings. Involvement in the assessment of new referrals and to attend and contribute to reviews, clinical meetings, and case conferences. It is the role of the named practitioner to convene necessary meetings, invite the relevant stakeholders, communicate, and record, action and communicate outcomes.

5. The post holder will act as a role model to service users and staff. There is an expectation that they will promote a recovery ethos to encourage service users in all aspects of activities of daily living. This will include providing verbal prompting and when required additional support to ensure that all their basic physical health and personal care needs are met to a high standard. These interventions are also seen as opportunities for assessment/monitoring and/or learning opportunities.

6. The post holder will contribute toward the recovery process and the care pathway by utilising their skills and knowledge in a multi-disciplinary way to provide holistic care. This will be achieved through one to one work, group activities, networking and co-facilitation of psychotherapeutic groups. Contributing to the therapeutic programme within the unit and the creation of individual programmes for service users is a key responsibility.

7. To work in partnership with carers of clients using Triangle of Care Initiatives, offering support, advice and reassurance on often quite sensitive and emotional issues and at times of high levels of distress.

To maintain accurate, legible, and contemporaneous clinical notes, CPA, and other relevant paperwork in line with the professional guidelines and with local policy.

Maintain and regularly up-to-date knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 and be aware of own responsibilities and clients rights under the Act. To always work within the Code of Practice and Livewell Southwest policies.

Registered nurses are responsible and accountable for the safe storage and administration of medication in line with Livewell Southwest policies and procedures. To educate clients and carers regarding the potential benefits and side effects of medication and feedback information to the medical staff/community pharmacist.

The post holder is required to comply with all infection control policies which includes adherence to bare below the elbows.


1. To take responsibility for the management of the shifts in the absence of more senior staff, including the planning and organisation of the daily clinical activity, which may include covering short notice sickness.

2. Ability to work flexibly to change in routines in response to individual client need and changing staff levels to maintain the safety of staff and clients.

3. To direct and support junior staff in the delivery of high standards of individually planned care.

4. To encourage staff development using all training resources available and demonstrate work activities to new or inexperienced staff and students

5. Provide advice and clinical supervision for staff and direct to appropriate resources which facilitate evidence-based practice

6. To be aware of and appropriately implement national and Livewell Southwest policies and procedures governing a wide range of clinical and non-clinical practices i.e., Clinical guidelines such as the safe administration of medicines, NICE guidelines, CPA, Safeguarding etc. Non-clinical policies and procedures such as Health and Safety legislation, COSHH, Fire regulations and Food Hygiene.

7. To comment on and propose changes to draft policies and procedures.

8. To be responsible in attitude towards economy of resources and care of equipment and property including the day-to-day financial management of petty cash; safe storage and recording of patient monies; stock control of all supplies i.e., stationary, medicines, food, office supplies etc and the health and safety of the environment.

9. To be responsible for the safe use of unit vehicles and the accurate recording of mileage. To be responsible for carrying out risk assessments and planning to reduce risk when transporting patients.

10. To undertake appraisal and line management supervision of junior staff.

11. To create and maintain a learning environment for the development of junior staff and be able to mentor/educate qualified and unqualified staff, including pre and post registration students.

Professional Development and Education

1. The post holder will undertake a comprehensive induction, mandatory and other essential training as directed by the Livewell Southwest and Unit/Deputy manager. This will include Physical Intervention Training which is essential for this post.

2. Competencies profile to fulfil the role based on professional background will be identified through personal development needs and appraisal

3. The post holder will be responsible for their own practice, managerial development and to keep up to date with evidence-based developments in mental health nursing or their sphere of practice. This will include post registration education and preparation of portfolios for revalidation.

4. The post holders’ professional identity will be maintained and support for opportunities and the ways that their skills and knowledge can be used to meet requirements for revalidation will be central to the line management and appraisal process.

5. The post holder will be required to ensure they receive line management support and participate in clinical supervision and reflective practice.

Clinical Governance

1. To understand responsibilities under clinical governance to comply with Essential Standards of Quality and Safety as regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

2. To contribute to any audit process within the Livewell Southwest as appropriate.

Corporate Responsibilities

1. The post holder will behave in a manner that does not bring the service and Livewell Southwest into disrepute.

Person Specification



  • Confidentiality Knowledge base of psychiatric illnesses
  • Current knowledge of developments and nursing in healthcare Safeguarding and MCA processes and frameworks
  • Knowledge of the Care Programme Approach MCA/DOLS Mental Health Act Knowledge of NICE guidelines in relation to mental health and the ability to apply evidence-based practice


  • Physical Health/Health promotion initiatives
  • Ethical issues in relation to Mental Health.
  • Familiarisation in working with electronic patient record systems Interest and awareness of national and local services developments.
  • Knowledge of substance misuse and the impact of this on mental and physical health



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (NMC Registration)


  • Mentorship qualification or equivalent



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