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Specialist Mental Health Nurse

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust are looking to recruit a Band 6 Specialist Mental Health Nurse to support the Older People's CMHT team in the North Staffordshire Community Directorate.

The successful candidate will hold a caseload and undertake the role of care-co-ordinator for older people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties, working as an autonomous and accountable practitioner within a multidisciplinary team. This will involve the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical intervention with effective liaison with all agencies involved with the service user.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with older people and their families incorporating the use of outcome measures within their work.

Main duties of the job

  • To act at all times in accordance with their respective professional bodies Code of Professional Conduct, Trust Policies and occupational protocols.
  • To perform all aspects of the role in accordance with Trust policies and other national bodies.
  • To work with a defined caseload of service users as part of a multi-disciplinary team, providing assessment, care planning and care delivery for service users with complex and multiple conditions. This will include the provision of highly skilled clinical interventions, clinical assessment, risk assessments / risk management and promoting recovery and inclusion and ensuring patient centred practice with service users and their carers.
  • To provide specialist advice to other members of staff.
  • To provide leadership, management and supervision / appraisal for junior multi-disciplinary staff and lead / coordinate / supervise teams of staff in the delivery and evaluation of care.
  • To liaise with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and outside agencies in the implementation of patient care.
  • To ensure that care activities are research based and in keeping with changes in the field of activity.
  • To contribute to the development of ideas and innovative practice and propose changes to protocols and procedures within Older People's Mental Health where required.
  • To initiate and participate in departmental audit as requested by the Team Manager or Quality Improvement Lead.

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

As an employee and representative of the Trust, you are required to demonstrate and uphold the Trust's Values. These are:

Proud to CARE:


Caring with compassion, it's about how we listen, what we say, what we do.


Friendly, welcoming, sharing ideas and being open


Taking personal and collective responsibility, being accountable for our actions


Striving for the best, for high-quality safe care and continually improving

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Team Manager be accountable and responsible for a defined clinical caseload.
  • Demonstrate the clear and effective use of outcome measures for all clients as dictated by the trust.
  • Complete evidence based functional assessments of a persons behaviour in partnership with the service user and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Following appropriate assessment, develop person centred care plans to enable the proactive management of presenting behaviour.
  • To develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with older people, their families and carers who may at times be in situations of emotional distress and presenting in an aggressive manner.
  • Communicate complicated or highly sensitive information such as diagnosis and care plans to service users and families in a way that allows them to fully understand what is required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A nationally recognised professional qualification in mental health nursing and must be registered with the appropriate professional governing body, such as NMC.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience within the field of Older People's Mental Health.
Knowledge Essential
  • Awareness of national and local policies and how these impact on service provision.

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