Community Mental Health Nurse - Band 5

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£29,553 to £36,265 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to work within one of our Community Teams as either a newly qualified mental health nurse or an existing band 5. This is a great opportunity to join one of our passionate and forward thinking teams, develop skills, and enhance your overall career pathway. The Trust has a strong commitment to developing and supporting staff through their career with a range of opportunities to progress.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

The aim is to support all Band 5s whether you are Newly Qualified Nurse, A Band 5 with no community experience or are a Band 5 nurse with community experience but want to develop a bit further before stepping into a Band 6 position. We aim to develop your skills and knowledge to be ready to apply for a band 6 nurse role in 12 -18 months.

Our Award Winning Support and Development Programme will provide the following:
  • Work based support & supervision.
  • Caseload Support and Management
  • Training Opportunities
  • Additional coaching and supervision from our Nursing Develop Team.
  • Career Progression clinics and meetings with Head of Nursing
  • Preceptorship programme 10 sessions (If within first year of qualification)
  • Addition monthly sessions to support role development.
  • Programme content & skills: Coaching, risk assessment/management, assessment, safety planning, suicide prevention, relapse prevention, record keeping, physical health promotion, working with families/carers and psychological interventions.

Main duties of the job

As a Community Mental Health Nurse you will provide community patient led services and work with adults 18-65 years who have mental health issues, social needs and require support with their physical health needs by participating and leading within our health and well being clinics and visiting patients in the community to support their safety and recovery.

Our community multidisciplinary teams, comprise of nurses from Nursing Associates to Advanced Nurse Practitioners, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, employment specialists, mental health practitioners, recovery support workers and peer support workers. The teams are supported by good administrative systems and offers excellent working environments as we transform our older buildings into new with an ethos of team support and team ownership with supportive team managers and community leadership.

Flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 9am to 5pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

We are currently going through our exciting Community Transformation across our Boroughs providing opportunities for nursing associates to develop into new integrated community teams, develop and provide a range of physical and therapeutic interventions, offer nursing based skills and care and be part of our drive to enhance and enable people with mental health concerns to live successfully in the community.

We have opportunities in a range of teams in:

Community Primary Care, Assessment, Integrated Care, Recovery & Support, Early Intervention and Personality Disorder Teams

We can also provide the opportunity for you to rotate and join teams to expand your knowledge and skills during your career progression.

About our locations:

We have 5 Boroughs which you can choose to work:
  • Royal Borough of Kingston
  • Merton Borough
  • Sutton Borough
  • Richmond Borough
  • Wandsworth Borough

Job description Job responsibilities

As a Registered Nurse working in the community you will work under the supervision of a Band 6 Registered Mental Health Professional to promote and deliver evidence-based care for patients with mental health conditions in their own homes and within a variety of accommodation settings.

Community roles vary and the specifics of the community setting in which you will work are covered during induction and will be explained by your line manager and colleagues;
  • Managing case load, having indepth knowledge and understanding of the needs and recovery goals of each patient. Providing medication, advice and guidance, offering physical health assessments and health promotion. Providing range of mental psychological interventions. Having significant knowledge, awareness and understanding of Mental Health Law, including legislation of particular relevance to the community sector including the Community Care Act (2015) treatment legislation, the Care Programme Approach (2008), the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Community Treatment Orders (CTO).
  • Managing own work load as part of the community team (this will be a reduced/protected case load).
  • Assessing, treating, providing a range of interventions, Co-ordinating care, communicating with other professionals involved in the care and ensuring regular CPA reviews are held as required. This will include communication with other teams for example in-patient services through attendance at ward meetings and with interface services e.g. Addictions service and CAMHS services where appropriate.
  • Independently carrying out assessment, care planning and care coordination with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to listen to others views, respect and value individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Meeting with community team members on a regular basis to discuss report and evaluating client care.

  • Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
    • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
    • Mentorship qualification
    Experience and Knowledge Essential
    • Experience of research-based/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice.
    • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation
    • Experience of shift co-ordination.
    • Experience of supervising and mentoring junior staff and students.
    Skills Essential
    • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others.
    • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics; promotes equality and diversity.
    • IT skills
    • Skilled in supervision of others, and in providing critical and constructive feedback.

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