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Older Peoples Community Mental Health Nurse

Department Summary:HMR Older People's CMHT (formerly known as the MERIT Team) is the community mental health team for older people. It is a borough wide team and provides a service to Rochdale, Middleton and Heywood. The team is comprised of community mental health nurses, an occupational therapist, a mental health well-being practitioner, team manager and an administrator. Role Summary:To undertake the role of care co-ordinator in the assessment, treatment, and delivery of care to older people with mental health problems, who meet the criteria for access to the service. You will ensure that the highest quality care is carried out in accordance with the policies and procedures of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The role does not involve commissioning services on behalf of the local authority.

Main duties of the job

Key Responsibilities of the Post:To undertake holistic mental health and risk assessments using Trust approved documentation and procedures.To manage a caseload of clients who will have a variety of mental health conditions, both organic and functional.To provide evidence based therapeutic interventions promoting enablement, choice and recovery.

To comply with all legislative requirements in relation to service users care.

The post holder will support the duty system that is operated within the team in response to crisis calls they receive.

Actively participate in multi-disciplinary meetings and contribute to clinical decision making. Engage, supervise and monitor junior staff and student nurses.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • RMN or Equivalent level professional qualification
  • Educated to Degree level. Evidence of advanced academia
  • Evidence of further education in Dementia Training
  • NMC registration


  • Educated to Degree level.
  • Evidence of advanced academia
  • Mentorship



  • Experience of working in a community mental health team
  • Evidence of multi-professional working.
  • Experience of post registration nursing practice
  • Experience of completing mental health assessments and risk assessments
  • Managing own time and prioritising workload
  • Managing own caseload effectivley


  • Experience of working with service users with enduring mental health problems, their carers and families
  • Experience of working with older people in a mental health setting.



  • Knowledge of screening tools and interventions appropriate to older people
  • Knowledge of current best practice in dementia care including management of behaviour that challenges
  • Ability to advise nursing and medical staff in best practice
  • Impact of physical ill health on the mental health of older people
  • Safeguarindg procedures and practice
  • Common medications in use with this client group , issues with concordance, interactions, side effects and theraputic effects.
  • An understanding of Mental Health Act and Menatal Capcity Act Legistlation


  • An understanding of the Care Act

Skills and Abilities


  • Evidence of ability to provide specialist mental health assessments, risk assessment and be accountable for decision making
  • IT Skills
  • Evdence of ability to manage a complex caseload without direct supervision
  • Ability to manage own time
  • Ability to work with other professionals and multidisciplinary
  • Ability to provide theraputic interventions for this client group
  • Ability to communicate effectivley and provide coherent reports and documentation according to Trust documentation standards
  • Ability to engage with service users and carers in the production of person centred care plans
  • Ability to manage own emotions and those of others in challenging situations
  • Ability to be assertive and engage in difficult conversations with clients and other proffessionals


  • Broad range of clinical skills

Work Related Circumstances


  • Full driving licence and access to a car or access to means of transport
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.
  • Keen interest in working with this client group

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Birch Hill Hospital

Birch Road


OL12 9QB

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