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Bank Community Mental Health Nurse, Watford sw1156

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 an hour p.a pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023
We currently have opportunities to join the Nursing Bank within Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) in Watford as a Community Psychiatric Nurse

The Community Mental Health Nurse will be an active member of the multi disciplinary team and will work in close co-operation with hospital based, primary care based professionals, other community agencies such as Housing, Probation, Police, Children Schools & Families and Voluntary Agencies.

The Community Mental Health Nurse will be responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for a defined caseload of people with complex mental health and or social care needs and maintaining associated records. They will also act as mentor for student nurses as required.

All staff should comply with the Trust's Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

Main duties of the job

Support the CMHT Team Leader in establishing and maintaining effective inter-team and inter-agency communication

Provide effective liaison/communication relating to referrals to and discharge from the CMHT across in-patient, primary care and community services

Maintain effective joint working with Sector EPMHS, CATTs, , EIP's, AOTs and other community based teams according to local circumstances

Ensure that all relevant information regarding client care is communicated to the appropriate persons within and outside the team, bringing to the CMHT Team Leader's attention issues of concern regarding practice or workload

Ensure effective communications with relatives, visitors, voluntary organisations and the general public, thus encouraging participation in care delivery. To respond sensitively to the needs of relatives and carers, often in a highly emotive setting.

Liaise with other professionals in relation to client care, actively co-ordinating care planning and review meetings, and case conferences as appropriate.

Advise others as to the role and practices of the CMHT

Maintain positive working relationships and clear communications with team members and other professionals


About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

With a workforce of c. 3,000 and an annual income of c. �200m, the Trust is organised across three Strategic Business Units and provides integrated health and social care services through a large network of community and inpatient settings, serving diverse communities across Hertfordshire, Norfolk, North Essex and Buckinghamshire. As a university trust, HPFT continues to develop strong links with the University of Hertfordshire providing excellent learning and development opportunities, as well as strengthening our clinical research capability.

Whilst it is a challenging period for the NHS, there has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT. Building on the CQC ' Outstanding' rating given by the CQC in 2019, we remain on our Good to Great journey as we continue to innovate, improve, transform and ultimately deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities that we serve.

To support us on this journey we are looking for an energetic, dynamic and ambitious individual to join our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibility

Manage a patient caseload, identified in consultation with medical, nursing and other professions and agreed by the CMHT Team Leader.

Establish and maintain effective individualised nursing and social care by assessment of patients problems planning implementation and evaluation of agreed interventions clear and concise documentation of individualised client care and use of electronic patient record systems.

Be aware of the physical needs of people with mental health problems and refer physical conditions on as appropriate.

Establish therapeutic relationships with individual clients, relatives and carers.

Be responsible for the administration, carriage and storage of medication in accordance with relevant Trust policies. To ensure safe disposal of equipment used in the Community e.g. syringes, needles, in accordance with Trust policies.

Be responsible for the administration of prescribed medical treatments and monitoring effects in accordance with clinical procedures adopted by the Trust.

Use research findings in designing nursing care programmes and develop awareness of the significance of nursing research and wider evidence based practice in community mental health care.

Participate and be responsible for running nurse led clinics e.g. Clozapine.

Demonstrate an awareness of the needs of carers of patients with mental health problems and develop strategies to meet those needs e.g. self-help groups, respite care, Carers Act.

Ensure that the principle of continuity of care is maintained and that appropriate plans are made for clients discharge and transfer from the clinical areas in line with Care Programme Approach (including acting as care coordinator), Community Care Act 1990 and Discharge Policies and the National Service Framework for Mental Health.

Have a working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and subsequent legislation as it affects the client group.

Participate in the Trusts adverse incidents reporting systems and comply with the Trusts procedure and techniques for managing

Person Specification



  • RMN or Dip / BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing
  • NMC registration



  • At least 1 years post registration experience at Band 5 in a relevant mental health setting
  • Medication administration.


  • Experience in working with acute mental health problems in a community setting



  • Car Driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Colne House, Watford, Herts, WD18 0JP

Colne House, Watford, Herts, WD18 0JP


WD18 0JP

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