This job has expired

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
The Horizons Service operates in three localities across East Kent to provide intensive rehabilitation and recovery focussed support to service users in their own homes. The team use an holistic approach together with partners from 3rd Sector agencies who provide additional Social Care and landlord/tenancy support in order to enable individuals with complex mental health needs to manage more effectively in the community.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to work as a CPN within an established team across Ashford & Canterbury. The post is open to Registered Mental Health Nurses with at least 2 years post registration experience

This posts involves working flexible hours between 08:00 and 20:00 according to the needs of the service, this will include some, evenings, weekends and public holidays.

Main duties of the job

To assist in identifying, developing and providing the Health and rehabilitations contribution within the partnership and across the service lines in accordance with the needs of service users and the requirements of the service.

To manage a defined caseload of clients with complex needs as a result of a mental health issues, using evidence based, client centred, hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention orientated principles and practice in a socially inclusive manner.

To undertake specialist assessments of service users and identify rehabilitation goals with clients who have a range of complex mental health needs.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties:
  • To work collaboratively with MDT members to contribute to a flexible and effective interdisciplinary team approach to clinical care.
  • To effectively establish a therapeutic relationship with service users and their relatives/carers.
  • To assess capacity and obtain informed consent from service users and work within a legal framework with those clients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • In conjunction with colleagues to undertake, record, review and work within individual risk assessment and management plans in line with service and Trust policy.
  • To provide specialist assessment of clients experiencing an episode of mental illness and analyse and interpret information gained to form an accurate diagnosis of impairments, strengths and capabilities and formulate clinical needs.
  • To ensure service users are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual service users circumstances, including regard for cultural and linguistic differences.
  • To work collaboratively with service users, staff, and relatives to identify goals and determine and deliver an appropriate intervention/rehabilitation/recovery plan which aims to maximise engagement and function whilst balancing risk, and promoting choice and independence.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify therapy programmes in order to measure progress and increase efficacy for service user outcomes.
  • To demonstrate and apply understanding of impairments to cognition (capacity, psychological and wellbeing) and their impact on function, including strategies to manage impairments and potential risks.
  • In conjunction with others to identify clients needs for additional care provision / housing/specialist placement/further assessment /referral on to other agencies.
  • To act as a source of clinical reference for other colleagues regarding the service users, providing advice to enable and improve service/care provision.
  • To attend and actively participate in relevant clinical meetings/forums.

    • Working with service users referred to Horizons service
    • To screen all service users referred to the Horizons service.
    • To contribute to the planning and implementation of induction, training and education of students and staff.
    • To contribute to the delivery of specialist training packages of in-service training and staff development when necessary.
    • To fulfil the role of practice educator, maintaining own update training and ensuring responsibility for regular placement provision and ensuring supervision and written assessment of students whilst on placement.
  • To assist the local management team by identifying personal and professional training needs in order to appropriately plan for future training and development.
  • To provide effective supervision, support, and guidance for support workers and any work delegated to them.

Please see job description for full details.

Person Specification

Training, Qualifications & Registration


  • Recognised professional qualification in Mental Health Nursing or Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with the NMC or HCPC
  • Approved Practice Educator


  • Evidence of further training relevent to the role



  • Minimum of 2 years post registration experience
  • Experience of working with individuals with complex mental health needs
  • Experience of care coordination
  • Experience in liaising with a variety of stakeholders/teams


  • Previous experience of working in a rehabilitation setting
  • Leadership experience

Knowledge & Skills


  • Experience of completing a range of mental health assessments
  • Knowledge of and experience in applying relevent theoretical models appropriate to the client group
  • Good working knowledge of relevent legislative frameworks e.g. MHA, Safeguarding, Consent to Treatment
  • Sound understanding of risk and ability to apply principle of ris assessment and risk management
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive and emotional information using a variety of appropriate mediums

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Stanhope Court, Ashford

Stanhope Rd


TN23 5EW

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert