Mental Health Nurse (Developmental)

West London NHS Trust
Ealing Acton
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa annum plus HCAS
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking to develop from Band 5 to 6 quickly? Are you looking to improve your assessment skills in a community setting? Well an exciting opportunity has become available for Band 5 nurses in Ealing Acton MINT. This role is perfect for nurses that are keen to learn new skills quickly and advance their careers and become a band 6 worker. You will be supported to progress using our specially designed band 5 to 6 framework. Once this is complete you can progress to a band 6 role within the team. You will be joining a passionate MDT in delivering community care inline with the Community Mental Health Framework.

Community mental health nurses play a key role in dissolving the barriers that can exist between mental health and physical health, social care, voluntary and community social enterprise (VCSE) and local communities You will be working in primary and secondary care, to deliver integrated, personalised, place-based and well-coordinated care for adults and older adults. We are moving towards a 'whole system' of mental health care, which will provide timely access to support, care and treatment.

Please confirm that you have a current registration with the NMC, or a student about to qualify, under the mental health section. Please also confirm you currently have the right to work in the UK.

Main duties of the job

We need Community Mental Health Nurses to support people with mental health needs to access care where and when they need it and be able to move through the system easily. This role means supporting people to be able to manage their problems and move towards individualised recovery on their own terms, surrounded by their families, carers and social networks, and supported in their local community. We need Community Mental Health Nurses who can support individuals be able to contribute to and be participants in the communities that sustain them, to whatever extent is comfortable to them

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health, physical healthcare and community services commissioned locally and nationally. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of only three high secure hospitals in the country and one of the highest profile mental healthcare settings in the world.

Our medium-secure and forensic services care for patients from across the South of England. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs - Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow. The Trust employs 3,770 staff, of which 47% are from Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. Our turnover in 2019/20 was �314m.

In recent years there has been a trust-wide step change in culture, performance and ambition. The Trust is now rated as 'Good' overall by the CQC, and the rating for our Forensic services has improved from 'Requires improvement' to 'Outstanding'. Rigorous financial management has been central to our ability to deliver service improvements. The Trust has delivered consistent surpluses since 2009, totalling more than �77m. In parallel, we have also improved efficiencies by reducing length of stays and improving patient flow.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role will involve a number of elements which will support the management of people with mental health conditions in the new integrated mental health teams. The post holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary team which will cover a Primary Care Network or locality and will work across networks to form a truly innovative and ground-breaking support structure. Please see more details of the job description Candidate Information Pack.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • oProfessional qualification in mental health - Mental Health Nursing (RMN) with current NMC registration


  • oEducated to degree or Diploma level with other courses relevant to primary care mental health services e.g. CBT, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy etc.
  • oRGN/physical health qualification
  • oEvidence of recent and on-going relevant further professional development



  • oDemonstrable experience of post qualifying work in psychiatry.
  • oExperience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines


  • oEvidence of experience in a Band 6 position or equivalent
  • oOther relevant post registration experience
  • oAudit and research experience
  • oExperience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting
  • oExperience of working in a primary care setting/ social care/ voluntary sector



  • Knowledge of counselling skills/cognitive behavioural skills, psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of recovery approaches as used with those with mental health conditions
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health conditions as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Assessment and treatment of Deliberate Self Harm
  • Risk assessment/management and crisis intervention skills
  • Use of psychosocial assessment methods
  • Higher level communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to engage challenging and/or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations and use de-escalation techniques effectively
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options, with senior clinical support/supervision
  • Team/self management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Computer literate

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed and/or disturbed patients, often exhibiting challenging behaviours and the risk of physical violence
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Self-motivated, able to work autonomously and independently with confidence when required.


  • Personal experience of a mental health condition

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

West London NHS Trust


Ealing Acton MINT

Ealing Acton


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