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Community Mental Health Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Liverpool older people's community mental health team are looking to recruit enthusiastic band 6 RMHN's with experience of working in this field, to join a large, friendly, forward thinking multi-disciplinary team who provide assessment, treatment and support for older people with mental health needs including dementia. The team are about to relocate to a newly refurbished office base.

There are well established multidisciplinary teams and the roles will involve working alongside clinicians from other professions to support people with dementia and mental health conditions and their carers who are living in the community.

The service is also commissioned to deliver a range of psychosocial support through a varied group programme which there would be opportunity to be involved in. The post holders would receive regular supervision and support and report to the deputy team managers. An ability to drive and have access to a car is essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based within the Community Mental Health Team and :
  • Act as the care coordinator/named professional for a caseload of people with dementia and people with mental health problems
  • Provide assessments and develop treatment plans for service users on caseload
  • Supervise band 5 staff and support workers
  • Participate in team meetings , MDT meetings and training opportunities
  • Provide support and advice for service users and carers
  • Support people with complex needs and provide advice and guidance as people's needs change
  • Participate in delivery of group interventions
  • Liaise with colleagues and coordinate care for service users on caseload
  • Support and monitor the service user whilst commencing medication
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the MDT
  • Attend regular supervision meetings

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holders will manage a caseload of clients with mental health conditions including dementia, acting as lead professional / care co-ordinator , providing nursing assessments and interventions on an individual and group basis. The role involves providing supervision for junior staff / students. The service operates a 7 day shift pattern between 8.00am and 9.00 pm.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of older peoples conditions, hold appropriate professional qualification and have post qualification experience in older peoples mental health services.

The Memory Service forms an integral part of the Community Mental Health Team ,providing a range of interventions for people living with mental health conditions. The team works across Liverpool and the post holder will be expected to deliver interventions for people in a variety of settings. The team operates a system of regular supervision and there is also peer supervision available within the team.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate professional qualification or experience at Degree Level e.g. RMN, AHP, Social Worker
  • Evidence of post registration study / continuing professional development e.g. Mentorship in Practice
  • Working towards master level education
Knowledge Essential
  • Minimum of 2 years post registration experience in mental health.
  • Evidence of leadership and management skills
  • Evidence of experience of managing cases & case loads
  • Evidence of supervising staff.
  • Ability to work autonomously across the organisation/boundaries and with other agencies
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies and service users and carers
  • Experience of audit/research and working knowledge of clinical governance.
  • Experience in change management and policy formulation.
  • Experience of using Incident Reporting Systems e.g. DATIX
  • Experience of undertaking and involvement in Serious Untoward Incident Reviews
  • Evidence of experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems in a variety of health care settings.
Knowlede/Skills Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and non -verbally.
  • Being responsive and flexible, seeing change as an opportunity to improve services
  • Ability to lead the process of standard setting and audit
  • Leadership Skills
  • Ability to work within a divisional management team, be able to generate own workload and ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • Ability to build purposeful relationships with a range of both internal and external to the organisation.
  • Proven knowledge of relevant mental health legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of CPA ECC guidelines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide education and supervision to junior staff
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of professional Codes of Conduct and Staffs' responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Professional attitude
  • Possess excellent listening and negotiation skills and leadership skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • The ability to lead change management
  • Ability to contribute to developing care excellence within the ward / team area.

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