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Community Psychiatric Nurse

West London NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
28 May 2024
We have two exciting positions available for a Crisis Care Practitioner Nurse (Band 6) in the Hammersmith and Fulham Crisis Assessment and Home Treatment Team (CAHTT), West London NHS Trust.

We are looking for two new staff to join our vibrant and supportive MDT!

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, co-ordination and the delivery of a high quality mental health service for patients under the care of CATT who require assessment by secondary mental health services for pathway planning, crisis intervention in the community, early discharge or gate keeping for the inpatient wards and community recovery house with the emphasis for potential providing home treatment.

The post holder will be involved in the on-going development of services, to ensure that the most relevant care pathway and care plan is devised to provide access to urgent and crisis care. They will be active in the promotion and use of evidence-based practice through the provision of clinical advice and support acting as a role model and providing education and training where appropriate. They will liaise closely with carers, both statutory and non-statutory services, emergency services, and third sector services. They will liaise closely with local services Single Point of Access providing rapid response to mental health crisis situations where necessary and appropriate to decrease the number of unnecessary presentations to A& E.

Main duties of the job

To carry out biopsychosocial assessments for individuals referred to the service in a mental health crisis.

To provide assessment for gatekeeping for inpatient admissions.

To provide support to junior colleagues and mentor student nurses.

To be part of an MDT and actively participate and be part of care planning and risk assessment/management.

To be able to administer and monitor medication in line with NMC code of conduct and Medicines management training.

To be conduct home visits working autonomy and as part of a team.

To work closely and liaise with other internal services and external agencies.

Be prepared to engage in professional development and training where appropriate.

Have excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

A high standard of clinical work to be carried out in all duties.

Ensuring compliance with clinical governance and quality improvement.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To develop and maintain communication with individuals or groups of patients, carers, and staff about difficult or complex matters, overcoming any problems in communication in a difficult situation.
    • To communicate with people in a manner which:
    • is consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating
    • acknowledges the purpose of the communication
    • is appropriate to the context
    • encourages their participation
    • responds to communication of any kind from them.
      • To improve communication through:
    • changing the methods of communicating
    • changing the environment
    • modifying the content and structure of communication
    • reflection on the barriers to effective communication.
      • To confirm that you have accurately interpreted communications.
      • To provide feedback to other staff on their communication at appropriate times.
      • To maintain accurate patient records consistent with legislation and, policies and procedures.

    Person Specification



    • Registered Professional (Mental Health Nurse.
    • Relevant post registration experience.
    • Evidence of post registration further development.
    • Mentorship qualification


    • Degree in Health Care related subject.
    • Qualification in psychosocial interventions in mental health.
    • KUF training



    • Post qualification experience to include appropriate experience within an acute mental health care setting and / or significant experience within community, crisis care, or liaison psychiatry.
    • Experience of working with other professions within a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Experience of working independently


    • Experience of mentoring students.
    • Experience with telephone triage within a Single Point of Access Service.
    • Advanced Assessment Skills training



    • A high level of both written and spoken English language
    • Knowledge of adult and children safeguarding requirements.
    • Knowledge of relevant mental health law.
    • Availability to work a shift rota covering 7 days a week 365 days a year
    • Full UK driving licence and willing to drive pool cars.
    • Ability to manage potentially distressing situations and events.
    • Punctual & Good attendance record.


    • Knowledge of RiO patient record system.
    • Ability to communicate in a second language.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    West London NHS Trust


    Crisis Assessment & Treatment (H& F)


    W6 8NF

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