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Community Assessment Nurse

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAs
Closing date
28 Nov 2023
We are looking for a self-motivated and dedicated nurse to join our experienced multi-professional service team. The Richmond SPA is part of the Trust's Community Adult Service Line, which aims to receive, triage, and assess referrals from GPs, external providers, and self-referrers.

The service are the primary point of access for referrals relating severe mental health illness needs between the ages of 18 - 75. The teams consist of a multitude of differing professions inclusive of nursing, Medical, OT and Social Work to deliver initial triage and assessment reviews and determine the appropriate treatment pathway streams for patients to engage with.

The services are presently undergoing transformation in accordance with the NHS Long Term Plan (2019) and actively reviewing process and operational policy to deliver upon the guidance in accordance with the long-term strategy.

Applicants applying for the role need to be qualified and committed to providing responsive and high-quality clinical services, in addition to being actively involved with changes to service delivery.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for an assigned caseload of pending referrals and the provision of high-quality care for patients referred to you within the service. You will support patients via actions of triage and assessment review and screen new referrals as part of the wider service duty system.

You will identify mental health needs with patients, carers, and referrers through information gathering and via the assessment process, with the use of evidence based/client centred principles. You will evaluate plans and interventions in conjunction with the wider multi-professional service, working closely and collaborating effectively with all agencies and partner organisations involved in the care of our patients.

You will be expected to hold a valid Mental Health Nursing qualification and adhere to the NMC standards. You will also be expected to maintain your registration through Re-validation and continuous professional development.You will be a Registered Nurse with experience of working ideally within community assessment, crisis and liaison services possess good communication skills with the ability to lead, motivate and develop staff and manage difficult situations, and be able to apply healthy coping strategies to address stress and change.

You will also have a sound knowledge of clinical issues within mental health services, and you must have a valid UK driving license and access to your own car.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.

Leading and supporting/teaching junior staff on risk assessment and risk management that involves making decisions based on knowledge of the research evidence, knowledge of the individual service user and their socialcontext, knowledge of the service users own experience and clinical judgment.

Advocating for service users needs and rights within Trust policy. Encouraging and empowering service users to have an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programme of care.

Demonstrating an enhanced understanding of Mental Health signs and symptoms and an understanding of how these may present in practice including recognition of impact on patient presentation and behaviour including risk factors. Supporting and teaching junior staff to develop understanding of mental health signs and symptoms and develop appropriate responses to these in practice.

Recognising and responding appropriately to challenging behaviour in line with Trust policies and training. Leading and coordinating junior staff and the wider care team in the management of difficult situations and de-escalation anddeveloping resilience and strategies to manage, including on leading staff and patient de-briefing sessions.

Demonstrating a depth of knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty and other legislation applicable to the practice area and how they are implemented in practice ensuring adherence to legislation at all times. Teaching junior staff to understand the legal frameworks that support their practice.

Contributing to an effective communication process with appropriate and accurate information to patients, carers, family, friends and colleagues. Engaging and listening carefully and actively, and responding using appropriatelanguage and accessible communication methods and skills. Developing communication skills to enable and support difficult conversations, acknowledging cultural differences and professional boundaries.

Person Specification



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


  • Master's degree



  • Experience of researchbased/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



  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
  • Teaching ability
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
  • 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


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

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Maddison Centre

140 Church Road


TW11 8QL

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