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Band 7 Clinical Nurse Specialist - Independent Non-Medical Prescriber

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
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The North Somerset Recovery Team are looking for a full time non-medical prescriber to join the team on a 2 year secondment (internal applicants)/fixed term contract (external applicants) and work alongside our Consultant Psychiatrists and Speciality Doctor. This opportunity has arisen due the current post holder undertaking the 2 year MPAC training programme.

The North Somerset Recovery Team are a friendly supportive team who are passionate about improving the lives of service users with complex mental health needs by providing high quality recovery focused interventions.

The Team are based at the Coast Resource Centre in Weston-Super-Mare, just 5 mins from junction 21. As part of the role you will be required to travel to and work from the locality bases in Weston-Super-Mare and Clevedon, and visit service users in the community and use on line video platforms.

To apply for this post you will need to be an independent non-medical prescriber who is a current professionally registered healthcare practitioner (not a doctor) who has undertaken the accredited training programme in non-medical prescribing, and who is able to function in this role within his/her own area of expertise.

Main duties of the job

This post will suit an enthusiastic, driven, motivated and flexible NMP with experience of independent prescribing and preferably experience of working as a CPN in a clinical setting. Arrangements for Consultant support and prescribing supervision are in place.

The post holder will be required to engage in CPD including a mix of self-directed learning and mentored practice.

The post holder will be required to formulate, implement and evaluate treatment plans working in collaboration with the service user, carers and the multi-disciplinary team. There will also be an expectation to undertake reviews for service users who meet criteria medications such as: Clozapine, Lithium and newer depot preparations

You will work closely with our specialist physical health care practitioners ensuring that service users have their physical health needs met and that appropriate annual health checks are carried out.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

To undertake comprehensive assessments of service users referred to the team, both urgent and routine, including specialist assessments of clients requiring nonmedical prescribing, ensuring that a full health and social needs assessment, including medical history and medication history, is undertaken and implemented where required.

To establish diagnosis and prescribe accordingly, discussing all treatment options (including non-pharmacological treatment) and potential side-effects with each service user.

To ensure that record keeping is both up to date and accurate adhering to Trust, NMC and good practice guidelines, including clear documentation of medications discussed, their effects and risks.

To establish, plan and implement Clinical Management Plans (CMPs) where appropriate and review at least annually.

To request formal diagnostic tests in line with Trust, NICE and Department of Health guidelines.

To assess and review the service users progress.

To prescribe and change medications within area of speciality and competence.

To formulate, implement and evaluate individual care plans and nursing treatment plans with the involvement of all parties in the care of the service user.

To work within Trust Medicines and Non-Medical Prescribing Policies.

To establish and maintain good liaison with GP practices and other mental health services in the area, including sharing prescribing information and rationale.

Participate in pilot sites for implementing Trust policies, audit working environment producing data, and analysing results.

To maintain comprehensive case records in line with Trust requirements, including recording medications prescribed.

To ensure that all prescribing decisions are communicated.

To co-ordinate care within the framework of the Care Programme Approach [CPA] ensuring effective discharge planning including those service users under section 117 and 25A MHA.

To undertake risk assessments and management plans.

To monitor and evaluate the quality of care given to service users.

To offer carers an assessment of their needs.

Prepare reports for tribunals, case conferences and applications for funding as required.

To ensure the Trust Policies in relation to CPA, Risk Management and Confidentiality are strictly adhered to.

To maintain an holistic approach with service users and work with them in all aspects of their lives in a variety of settings.

To participate in Team Duty System to provide urgent response and advice to service users as required.

To regularly undertake and participate in agreed research projects and to use evidence based findings to the benefit of service user care.

To lead clinical audit in own specialist area of Non-Medical Prescribing.

Provide training to other staff regarding specialist area, adhering to Trust policies.

Provides input into developing strategies for improving nursing care.

Provides a safe and effective learning environment in mentoring and supervising student nurses, participating in their learning objectives and assessments.

Ensure that are up to date with UWE requirements for mentoring students by attending annual mentor updates.

To develop a service plan in conjunction with their service manager, SBU Clinical Director and NMP Lead.

To be aware of the current legislation and prescribing developments, which may impact on the delivery of services to service users.

To manage the prescribing needs of an agreed caseload.

To ensure that clinical standards are cascaded to staff.

To develop protocols for prescribing within ones own team setting.

To enhance the working of the team by the sharing of ones own specific professional expertise and knowledge.

To be responsible for the ordering and safe keeping of FP10s.

Have a good knowledge, and apply, current Trust Policy, procedures and guidelines ensuring that junior staff work to these.

Participate in and ensure the on-going development of staff within the team providing Clinical Supervision and acting as coach and assessor to learners/students on placement.

Participate in recruitment, selection, appointment and retention of appropriate grades of staff.

To provide cover to deputise for Team Leader in their absence.

To manage a community caseload, acting as care co-ordinator for service users with severe and enduring mental illness.

Provide support and supervision to other team members.

To liaise with Clinical Governance, attending as required, and ensuring that clinical standards are cascaded to team.

To agree appropriate levels and participate in medical supervision with Independent Medical Prescriber in relation to prescribing practice.

To be responsible for their own development and the updating of their professional development.

To participate in Clinical Supervision in line with Trust Policy.

To develop strategies for continued professional development as Non-Medical Prescriber and Clinical Nurse Specialist, including specialist clinical supervision.

To ensure own adequate individual liability cover.

Comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council The Code, relevant legislation, procedures and policies. To attend and contribute effectively to relevant professional forums.

To participate in regular caseload management as agreed with line manager.

Undertake regular review of performance with the line manager to agree personal and service goals.

Act as a positive role model at work for colleagues in relation to personal and professional conduct and practice.

All team members working in multi-disciplinary community team

Primary Care providers

Service Manager

Relevant third sector care providers

NMP Lead

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse with current professional registration
  • Post registration qualification in Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescriber recorded by NMC.
  • Educated to degree level, or ability to demonstrate an equivalent level of Knowledge
  • Thorough knowledge of the principals of CPA.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of current Mental Health legislation.
  • Can demonstrate knowledge and principal of Risk Assessment and Risk Management
Skills Essential
  • Expert clinical assessment skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with other staff.
Experience Essential
  • At least 6 months experience working as a Supplementary Nurse Prescriber
  • Experience as a CPN
  • Approved Medication Management training (this incorporates CBT techniques, motivational interviewing and psycho-education).
  • Experience of clinical audit process

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