Community Mental Health Nurse

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum + HCA
Closing date
4 Dec 2023
We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual with a demonstrable interest in working with patients who are living with a mental illness in the community.

We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Individual who is committed to working in partnership with patients/carers and a range of other care staff and agencies to provide truly person centred services.

You must have excellent communication skills, commitment to working flexibly to meet patient's needs, be able to demonstrate that you can work effectively in a multi disciplinary team setting and demonstrate a commitment to further development with the support of the team. You must have an awareness of current health and social care issues that affect community care for Adult with mental health needs. You will be expected to take an active role in facilitating the depot and Clozaril clinic's as well as the physical health monitoring for the team.

You will have commitment to your own development including experience of a varied caseload, health promotion and clinical supervision. Your active participation in providing a variety of learning opportunities for students and participating in training initiatives in general will be a part of the role.

The post also offers the opportunity to actively influence and participate in the development of services to Adult with mental health needs living in the South West area.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the Physical Wellbeing Nurse for the Recovery & Wellbeing Team. The post holder will be responsible for providing high quality, effective care and management of the depot clinic, clozapine clinic and physical health checks. They will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team and work in close co-operation with hospital based and primary health care based professionals. They will be responsible for the maintenance of standards of care within the Recovery & Wellbeing Team and actively participate in the training and education of students and staff seconded to the service. In addition, they will also be responsible for ensuring that an integrated assessment and treatment service is provided to the clients and ensure that a good inter-disciplinary working environment is maintained.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To establish and maintain effective individualised care using the Care Programme Approach (CPA) by:-

a) Undertaking assessment of risk and formulating care plans to manage and minimise risk. Planning, implementing and reviewing interventions designed to meet assessed needs.

b) To facilitate the depot clinic, requiring staff to travel to various locations within the locality, undertake physical health checks and taking bloods, support the clozapine clinic on site

c) Providing advice and information to service users, their carers and their families in order to alleviate distress and work in partnership, as far as possible, with all the available support systems.

d) Providing clear, accurate and concise documentation of the service users care as required by the Trusts Care Programme Approach (CPA) Policy.
  • To participate in team meetings, initiating and discussing new methods/models of care and participate in the introduction of research or trails within the area.

  • Seek to establish a therapeutic relationship with individual clients and their families.

    Ensure effective and confidential communication between all care professionals.

    Provide significant data governing client care and treatment by:-

    Participating in informal or formal case conferences and discussions.

    Maintaining a secure system of record keeping and information exchange

    Establishing regular written reviews of progress

    Ensure that information is recorded on the client information database.

    To develop close links with relatives/carers and ensure that effective communication takes place especially when clients are admitted or being prepared for discharge from hospital and that all appropriate agencies are informed, so that follow up care can take place.

    To advise the manager and Professional Nursing Advisor on all breaches of nursing professional conduct as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Councils Code of Professional Conduct.

    To liaise with the Manager to ensure that all (Eput) Essex Partnership University Trust policies and procedures are communicated, implemented and developed within the area.

    To participate in professional supervision on all allocated cases.

    To take on clinical work commensurate with experience and skills, in discussion with supervisor, and senior staff.

    To liaise and work in partnership with the voluntary sector, maintaining a close relationship for the benefit of our mutual client group.

    Out of hours and weekend working may be required according to the needs of the service,

    Any other duties as appropriate to the grade as may be requested eg Duty.

    Mental Health Services We provide a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness both as inpatients and within the community. This includes including treatment, in secure and specialised settings. A number of our specialist services have achieved accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

    Find out more about the services we offer in ourservice directory.

    In return we can offer exceptional education, training and development opportunities as well as a wide range of benefits, which include flexible working opportunities, salary sacrifice schemes and the opportunity to buy or sell up to one week of annual leave to support a healthy work-life balance. In addition to this the Trust also offers a generous relocation package where applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

    Person Specification

    RMN/ RGN oRMN qualified for at least 6months


    • oknowledge of physical health monitoring / health promotion (2)
    • oCar driver, access to vehicle (2)
    • Experience and interest of working with people with Mental Health problems for at least two years


    • Venepuncture/ECG trained
    • Experience of facilitating Clozapine Clinic
    • Experience or willingness to undertake training in ECG and venepuncture (2)



    • Ability to prioritise own workload and that of others in the face of competing pressures
    • A full and clear understanding of the needs and issues of carers.
    • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing


    • . Demonstrate practical experience of staff/student Supervision

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


    Basildon Mental Health Unit



    SS16 5NL

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