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Community Mental Health Nurse - Band 6

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum plus inner or outer London HCAs
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to work within one of our Community Teams as either a Band 6 Community Mental Health Nurse. This is a great opportunity to join one of our passionate and forward thinking teams, develop skills, and enhance your overall career pathway. The Trust has a strong commitment to developing and supporting staff through their career with a range of opportunities to progress.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

The aim is to support all Band 6s whether you have no community experience or are a Band 6 nurse with community experience but to join our Trust or want to develop further within a different team or Borough. We aim to continue to develop your skills and knowledge as part of our staff development and career progression.

Our Support and Development Programme will provide the following:
  • Work based support & supervision.
  • Caseload Support and Management
  • Training Opportunities
  • Supervision and Reflective Practice.
  • Career Progression clinics and meetings with Head of Nursing
  • Band 6 Development Programme
  • Clinical Skills Enhancement and Growth through our Nursing Framework and Professional development within your Appraisal

Assessment date scheduled for: 15th June 2023

Main duties of the job

As a Community Mental Health Nurse you will provide community patient led services and work with adults 18-65 years who have mental health issues, social needs and require support with their physical health needs by participating and leading within our health and well being clinics and visiting patients in the community to support their safety and recovery.

Our community multidisciplinary teams, comprise of nurses from Nursing Associates to Advanced Nurse Practitioners, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, employment specialists, mental health practitioners, recovery support workers and peer support workers. The teams are supported by good administrative systems and offers excellent working environments as we transform our older buildings into new with an ethos of team support and team ownership with supportive team managers and community leadership.

Flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 9am to 5pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

We are currently going through our exciting Community Transformation across our Boroughs providing opportunities for nursing associates to develop into new integrated community teams, develop and provide a range of physical and therapeutic interventions, offer nursing based skills and care and be part of our drive to enhance and enable people with mental health concerns to live successfully in the community.

We have opportunities in a range of teams in:

Community Primary Care, Assessment, Integrated Care, Recovery & Support, Early Intervention and Personality Disorder Teams

We can also provide the opportunity for you to rotate and join teams to expand your knowledge and skills during your career progression.

About our locations:

We have 5 Boroughs which you can choose to work:
  • Royal Borough of Kingston
  • Merton Borough
  • Sutton Borough
  • Richmond Borough
  • Wandsworth Borough

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Senior Community Mental Health Nurse working in the community you will promote and deliver evidence-based care for patients with mental health conditions in their own homes and within a variety of accommodation settings.

Community roles vary and the specifics of the community setting in which you will work are covered during induction and will be explained by your line manager and colleagues
  • Assessing, treating, providing range of interventions, assessing physical health needs and offering health promotion, supporting social needs, offering medication optimisation, advice and guidance as well as having indepth knowledge of the MHA and offering information to patients within the community.
    • To be personally responsible and professionally accountable for a caseload as part of the community team and lead and manage the work of others as required.
    • Co-ordinating care, communicating with other professionals involved in the care and ensuring regular CPA reviews are held as required. This will include communication with other teams for example in-patient services through attendance at ward meetings and with interface services e.g. Addictions service and CAMHS services where appropriate.
    • Independently carrying out assessment, care planning and care coordination with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to listen to others views, respect and value individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
    • Leading meetings with community team members on a regular basis to discuss report and evaluate client care.
    • Ensuring a flexible approach in care provision with focus on choice and social inclusion opportunities.
    • Recognising and addressing concerns about the physical health needs of patients with long term conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma etc.); escalating these concerns as necessary to senior members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Promoting Recovery
    • Encouraging and empowering patients to have an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programme of care and with their consent, where appropriate, seeking the cooperation of friends, relatives and carers following recovery principles and approaches.
    • Supporting patients to adopt recovery strategies that promote their wellbeing, healthy lifestyle, independence and self-care.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
    • Recognising and responding appropriately to self-harm and suicide prevention with particular regard to the risks in community settings, in line with Trust policies and training guidelines.
    • Responding to urgent situations, emergencies or crises using protocols specific to the local community setting.
  • Safeguarding and Duty of Candour
    • Understanding and implementing safeguarding procedures in a community setting; recognise, report and investigate safeguarding issues and raise safeguarding alerts if you suspect that a patient and/or carer has been exposed to harm or abuse.
  • Communication and Collaboration
    • Preparing and providing reports on information and statistics as required relating to case load, regularity of visits and details of contact with clients and families.
    • Communicating/liaising effectively with relevant agencies to ensure that an integrated programme of care is provided throughout.
    • Advising families on prevention of illness and accidents in a community setting within own level of competency.
    • Leading and participating in team, locality and Trust initiatives as required and promote the strategic aims and objectives of the service, Nursing strategy and other relevant quality improvement initiatives in the community.
    • Leading and actively contributing to clinical or governance reviews of the teams activity and the monitoring of performance in line with trust directives and audit programmes in the community.
  • Legislation
    • Demonstrating an awareness and understanding of relevant and up-todate Mental Health Law of particular relevance in community settings; ensuring adherence to legislation at all times.
  • Understanding of the admission and discharge procedure
    • Completing referral forms as necessary.
  • Medication Management
    • Administering and monitoring the side effects of medication according to NMC professional standards.
    • Having significant knowledge of medication used in a community setting and side effects.
    • Giving medication including IMI to the right patient, right medication, right dose, right route, and right time and giving the right education to patients.
    • Ordering and appropriate storage of medication in a community setting.
  • Administration and Leadership
    • Ensuring that electronic patients records are complete. Writing reports and letters in a community setting.
    • Engaging in practice reflection through clinical supervision and reflective practice groups, and contributing to the delivery of clinical supervision to junior staff.
    • Demonstrate leadership skills within the clinical context of the community, showing particular awareness of the challenges facing staff working in a community setting and supporting junior staff as appropriate.

    Person Specification

    Education and Qualification


    • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
    • Mentorship qualification


    • Master's degree

    Experience and Knowledge


    • Experience of research-based/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
    • Significant relevant clinical experience
    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    • Experience as a preceptor / mentor
    • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
    • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation


    • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit.
    • Experience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects
    • Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas
    • Experience of teaching. e.g. lecturer practitioner/preceptorship
    • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff

    Skills and Abilities


    • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
    • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others
    • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics; promotes equality and diversity
    • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.


    • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework

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