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Community Mental Health Nurse/OT

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum Incl. of HCAs pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023
We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Community Mental Health Nurse or Occupational Therapist to work as a member of the multi-professional team in Croydon Care Home Intervention Team (CHIT) which forms part of the Mental Health of Older Adults Clinical Academic Group.

The CHI Team provides a community in reach programme for older adults who express behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia or challenging behaviour in the context of mental illness. You will be contributing to the development of the practice of care staff in nursing homes, residential homes via training and joint work with service users with challenging behaviours

As a Band 6 staff your clinical and theoretical knowledge will be strengthened and enhanced through multi-professional group work and individual work.

We offer excellent opportunities for professional and clinical development both within the Trust and within the Older Adult Service. There is a strong emphasis on research and you would be encouraged and supported to develop research as part of your professional development

Main duties of the job

At South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, we believe in providing excellent care which is delivered with pride and compassion. Everything we do is to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve and to promote mental health and wellbeing for all.

The post-holder will be expected to carry out an assessment and formulate a plan of care for service users who are experiencing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia or challenging behaviour in the context of mental illness. They will care co-ordinate a defined caseload comprising of people with a diagnosis of dementia that are experiencing Behavioural and Psychological symptoms associated with the illness. This will include developing and evaluating care plans in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team

The post will have a key role in providing time limited support to people with dementia, their carers and relatives and will liaise with colleagues within primary care, community health and social care services, voluntary organisations and the wider mental health of older adult service as appropriate.

Communications and Working Relationships

People with dementia and their carers

Multi-disciplinary team colleagues

Private residential and nursing homes and day centres

Community, day & in-patient services within MHOA directorate

Line & service management and professional leads

GPs, primary & community health and social care teams

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

The Trust employ around 5000 staff and serve a local population of 1.1 million people. We have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. Currently, provide inpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark as well as substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

By coming to work at our Trust, you will gain experience of being part of an organisation with a rich history and international reputation in mental health care. You will have access to professional development and learning opportunities and have the chance to work alongside people who are world leaders in their field.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

1. To promote a holistic, person-centred assessment and formulation framework to local authority and private providers of older peoples care to support direct care staff to implement the plan of care. To ensure that the care offered is evidence based. To undertake comprehensive outcome monitoring of all referrals you see and wider caseload. To care co-ordinate a clinical caseload of service users with dementia, who could also experience co-morbidity. To work in partnership with social care to provide information that can contribute to a review of service users needs as required. To participate in Mental Health Act Assessments of service users as required. To effectively assess and manage complex psychiatric and physical health risk as required.


2. To Develop and facilitate education/training opportunities to enhance the knowledge to private providers of residential / Nursing home care and to develop skill to promote positive care of service users with dementia resulting in enhance quality of life. Make use of practice-based training opportunities to increase the skills of staff working with clients with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia or challenging behaviour in the context of mental illness. To work in a consultation role with service users, carers and staff To provide consultation and supervision to stakeholders and associated professionals about behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia or challenging behaviour in the context of mental illness issues, whilst utilising a team approach to support this work

3. To maintain accurate clinical documentation as per the Trust policy. To input data concerning clinical activity and ensure that entries are accurate and timely. To provide written reports as requested. Ensure effective verbal and written communication with all staff, service users and carers in order to maximise user and carer involvement in the delivery of care and treatment. Liaise as required with other disciplines and organisations to ensure that all issues affecting client care are managed and communicated to a high standard.

4. To work in a manner that supports effective partnership working with all services that will enhance service user and carer interventions. Engage in joint clinical work with Kings Health Partners. Act as a team resource for other agencies in the field of mental Health and Dementia care. Act as a role model and mentor to junior members of staff and learners. Develop effective relationships with key stakeholders in the in-patient unit and other statutory and voluntary sector agencies in the borough and operate in a way that promotes collaborative working. Ensure that service user and carer views are incorporated into the development of the service. Participate in setting standards and writing policies/protocols. Keep abreast of latest developments/guidance in Dementia Care and mental health.

5. Contribute to clinical audit and outcome measures with the support of the MDT. Keep up to date with information and policy documents including legislation such as CPA, MCA, MHA, Health & Social Care Act and national policy that informs practice. Participate in audit and research. Attend meetings, forums and working groups as appropriate.

6) To ensure anti-discriminatory practice and value diversity, to actively support a teams approach in prompting the workplace is a learning environment ensuring best practice. To respond to complaints by other parties in line with Trust policys. Ensure Confidentiality of information is always maintained in accordance with Trust policies and the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.

7) To receive regular managerial supervision from line manager and participate in the Trust appraisal system and PDP. Acknowledges their own limitations and identifies their training and development needs with their line manager. Makes effective use of supervision with their line manager on a regular and agreed basis, using reflective practice and recognising emotional and mental effort required to fulfil the post. Manages own time efficiently. Undertakes training and development as required in line with the responsibilities of the post and Trust policy. Accounts for one's own professional practice in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct, and maintains the requirements for regular re-registration.

8) The requirements of all mental health legislation are met, with particular regard to the Mental Health Act 1983 (including amendments and Code of Practice) and Community Care Legislation (eg. CPA, Supervision Registers and Supervised Discharge etc), and Child and Adult Protection. That Health and Safety at Work Act is adhered to. The post-holder will be responsible for taking immediate action to deal with any problem which might affect service user, visitor or staff safety. This will involve liaison with the relevant Health and Safety Co-ordinator. All written and electronically stored information is accessible only to authorised personnel and is stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

9) The post holder will be responsible for Deputising for the Team Manager as required. Establishing and building on excellent working relationships between other services within and external to the CAG. The post Holder will have a understanding of the implementation of the Nursing Strategy.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse/Occupation Therapist
  • ENB 998/Mentrorship/Other relevant teaching qualification (A)


  • Further training relevant to Older Adult Mental Health care (A)



  • Community experience that is evidenced through the second gateway of KSF (A/I)
  • Experience of assessment and casework which meets the needs of older adults with mental health problems who are supported in the community (A/I)
  • Experience of assessing and managing complex risk issues in the context of community work with people who have mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with residents living with dementia and Behaviour and Psychological Symptoms of dementia


  • Experience of working with other client groups and of using a variety of models/approaches to care (A)
  • Experience working with residents living with dementia in Care Home or Nursing Homes

Knowledge/Skills / Abilities


  • Knowledge of current issues in the care of older people with acute mental health problems within the community
  • Ability to manage own time effectively and to produce pieces of work on time and to a high standard (I)
  • Methodical approach to work with attention to detail (A/I)
  • Basic computer skills (A)


  • Knowledge and/or experience of dementia care mapping, person centred care, working with diagnostic tools for memory problems and dementia (A/I)
  • Training in psychological interventions (A/I)

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Purley Resource Centre - Portacabin

50 Pampisford Road



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