Community Mental Health Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year pa inc.
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Community Mental Health Nurse, Band 6 Full Time: 37.5 hours per week

We are seeking a highly experienced, motivated and forward thinking Community Mental Health Nurse for our Bexley Community Mental Health Rehabilitation and Enablement Service (BCMHRES ) team.

You will have previous experience of working in similar environments and be able to demonstrate you have the requisite skills to provide excellent clinical care to our service users, carers and families.

The BCMHRES Service within Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust offers a specialist multi-disciplinary service for individuals suffering with and recovering from severe and enduring mental health problems. We utilise a planned and integrated approach to care that is delivered in conjunction with community, in-patient, crisis and other specialist services.

We provide Intensive Support for working age adults with severe & enduring mental illness associated with significant disability, predominantly psychoses. Our service-users present with disorders requiring skilled, frequent and intensive intervention including psychological interventions, medication management, occupational therapy, supervision of complex problems of management and engagement.

We work collaboratively with service users, carers and family networks to actively pursue their goals and aspirations while minimising the impact of their long term mental health difficulties.

Main duties of the job

  • Promoting of independence to enable clients to move to independent or less supported accommodation
  • Working with third sector providers in monitoring, reviewing and delivering care as planned to facilitate movement of clients in supported living establishments
  • Enabling service users to manage their mental health in conjunction with Gps external to the secondary mental care services
  • Working collaboratively with service users , carers and their family networks to attain their set goals and aspirations and minimising the impact of long term mental health difficulties.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Please note that Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust operate a probationary period. Further details are available on request.

Job description Job responsibilities

Foster recovery through empowerment of service users and carers by involving the service user and carer in the planning of their care establishing and maintaining consistent supportive relationships, which encourage increased self-determination and responsibility for service users and their care.
  • Offer a range of evidence-based bio-psychological interventions and risk management approaches enabling the service user and carers to reduce and manage symptoms and high-risk behaviour.
  • Be proactive, innovative and creative in delivering care, enabling the facilitation of service users recovery.
  • Engage service users and carers in relapse prevention and crisis plans, providing intervention that maximizes the service users ability to resolve crisis and prevent hospitalization.
  • Facilitate early discharge by providing regular, formal, joint in-patient reviews.
  • Deliver a flexible and responsive service through practice that is dictated by service users/carers needs.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with members of the multi-disciplinary team and in partnership with other agencies.
  • Deliver high quality care and provide solutions to service users with severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • Enhance social functioning, maintaining service users within their own environment in the community.
  • Act as an educator for service users and carers. Advise on issues of mental health so as to generate a positive approach to health and strengthen the service users capacity to manage illness, symptoms and crisis.
  • Act as a Care Coordinator to a defined caseload of service users, depending on the level of complexity of the service users needs.
  • Carry out supervisory duties as required under Section 25 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Maintain a service users centered focus.
  • Respond swiftly to crisis, providing intervention to prevent admission.
  • Work closely with Carers.
  • Listen appropriately to service users, carers and other professionals involved.
  • Recognize racial, cultural, sexual preference and linguistic differences.
  • Ensure that service response is appropriate to needs.
  • Ensure that record keeping/documentation reflects needs.
  • Maximize the use of resources within the team and available in the community.
  • Responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care, using evidence based tools.
  • Work within the M.D.T. framework according to code of practice, for delivery of optimum care.
  • Ensure that care plans are reviewed and updated to take into account of the most recent information regarding service users needs. It should reflect the views of the service users and carers.
  • Undertake risk assessment/management for service users on caseload and to disseminate the information to other team members and professionals involved.
  • Ensure activity/contact is entered promptly on RIO, conforming to the Trust and Social care data quality requirement.
  • Nurses carry out agreed nursing procedures including depot administration and other clinical treatment in accordance with Trust policies.
  • Attend case conferences and Sec. 117 meetings/discharge planning meetings.
  • Prepare and provide M.H.R.T reports.
  • Provide carers assessment and care plans in accordance with NSF Guidelines, Trust and Social

Services policies.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Experience of working in the community mental health team
  • RMN qualifications
  • Minimum of 2 years post registration
  • Experience of working with adults with mental health problems
  • Experience of liaising with other agencies
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of caseload management
RMN qualification Essential
  • Valid NMC registration
  • Excellent communication skills
Professional development Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional Development
  • Caseload Management
  • Experience of caseload management

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