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Senior Nurse Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The First Response Service is looking to recruit a passionate, experienced Senior Nurse Practitioner to join the developing team.

This is a demanding and challenging role where, as a successful candidate, you will be required to demonstrate high levels of resilience, excellent problem solving and inter-personal skills as well as the ability to provide sound clinical and managerial support to team members.

The post holder will also demonstrate a passion for quality improvement and an attitude which respects and values service users' choice and works alongside them and their carers to ensure they are at the centre of care planning.

This post is subject to an enhanced check with adults barred listDisclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be competent in mental health assessment and identifying and managing risk.

Professional responsibility for the Community Mental Health Team and in the setting and adhering to the overall standards, which will include assessment of need and delivery of care within the context of Effective Care Coordination.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

The post holder will embrace the core values of the organisation and adopt the principles of Recovery.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

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

  • To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessments, evaluation and safety planning under the supervision of the clinical leads.
  • To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as identified in the care plan.
  • To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.
  • To undertake and supervise risk assessments and formulation of risk management plan for service users under your care, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team, family members carers and significant others.
  • To ensure Safeguarding Children and Adults requirements are followed and participate in meetings as appropriate.
  • To support unqualified staff to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.
  • To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.
  • To communicate to other members of the multi-disciplinary team information which has an impact on the service users care.
  • To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.
  • To check understanding of information where there are barriers to effective communications.
  • To give and receive accurate up-to-date information regarding service users care in reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings etc. These reviews may be external to the trust.
  • To have accurate and up-todate knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation.
  • To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. To supervise and monitor the entries made by unqualified staff.
  • To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.
  • To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve the situation with supervision and guidance as appropriate.
  • To actively participate in team meetings, development and reflective practice.

  • To be responsible for maintaining relevant professional registration and PREP requirements.
  • To participate in ongoing learning to maintain and develop practice utilising CPD, self directed learning reflective practice coaching mentorship clinical supervision and performance management in the interests and needs of yourself and the service.
  • To provide an effective link between mental health services and primary care, acting in an advisory capacity to professionals in other fields.
  • To develop effective working relationships with other professional outside of the Trust to enhance the delivery of care to service users.
  • To participate as a supervisor and supervisee in the Divisional performance management / supervision framework.
  • To take responsibility for maintaining and developing own knowledge and sills within own area of work.
  • To attend, as appropriate, courses and conferences, and to feedback and share knowledge, gained from attendance.
  • To be professionally accountable for own actions as a registered practitioner.
  • To act, always, in accordance with trust policies and procedures, ensuring that unqualified staff are adhering to policy and procedure.
  • To undertake mandatory training as identified by the Trust and Division to ensure that all actions are in line with training.
  • To keep up to date with developments in professional practice and make recommendations for change to senior staff, as appropriate.

  • To adhere to the Trusts right based approach considering service user choice.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and any others that may be affected by your acts and omissions at work.
  • To ensure that familiarity with the terms and conditions of own post.
  • To take responsibility for identifying, reporting and managing environmental risk as necessary e.g. liaison with facilities.
  • To participate in service development as required.

  • To maintain service user confidentiality in line with Caldecott Guidance both on and off duty.
  • To ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the Trusts Equality and diversity Strategy in a Human Rights approach and to contribute to its development.
  • To always maintain appropriate professional boundaries with service users both on and off duty.
  • To co-operate with reasonable requests from senior staff to vary your area of work to meet unplanned clinical need.
  • In exceptional circumstances to co-operate with reasonable requests from more senior staff to vary your area of work to meet unplanned clinical need.

  • Person Specification



    • Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained), on the appropriate part of the NMC register and hold a current NMC registration
    • Assessor/Mentorship Training*



    • Experience of working in an acute environment.
    • Experience of mentorship, supervision and co-ordination of staff.
    • Experience of Care Planning process and formulation
    • Working in a multi-agency framework
    • Demonstrate a contribution to change management process
    • Experience in positive leadership of a team
    • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches
    • Experience of risk assessment



    • Demonstrate sound leadership qualities and an understanding of management styles
    • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
    • Ability to delegate and coordinate
    • Ability to work to deadlines
    • Ability to utilise Assessment skills and tools effectively
    • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings.
    • Ability to maintain accurate and up to date clinical records
    • Able to present factual information and refer questions to others where appropriate
    • Able to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy
    • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues
    • Effective time & workload management
    • Ability to work to deadlines
    • Ability to identify and minimise risk effectively
    • IT skills
    • oAbility to travel in the course of performing duties.



    • Recovery Model
    • Mental Health Act (1983)
    • Effective Care Coordination
    • Relevant National policies and guidance
    • Evidence based and reflective practice
    • Mental Capacity Act
    • Vulnerable Adults Procedure and Child Protection
    • Safety, Privacy and Dignity Guidelines



    • Continuous Improvement
    • Accountability
    • Respectfulness
    • Enthusiasm
    • Support
    • High professional standards
    • Responsive to service users
    • Engaging leadership style
    • Strong customer service belief
    • Transparency and honesty
    • Discreet
    • Change oriented

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


    Hollins Park

    Hollins Lane



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