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Community Mental Health Nurse

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
27 May 2024
Lancaster and Morecambe Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) are looking to recruit a qualified Band 5 Mental Health Nurse to work predominately within our Physical Health Monitoring Team. The applicant would need to be registered with the registered body NMC. This is a permanent 37.5 hour contract. We would consider part time work applications.

The team serves the population of the Lancaster and Morecambe area. It is an established team with a friendly and supportive culture. There is a visible and supportive leadership team who are committed to clinical supervision and professional development.

This is an interesting and rewarding role in a busy service. Ideally, you will have current or previous experience in a community setting and be able to work effectively in a multi professional context. You should have a collaborative and enthusiastic approach as well as passion and commitment in developing and promoting recovery based approaches for adults with severe and enduring mental health needs.

The post requires that you are a good communicator, and are able to adopt a flexible, adaptable and proactive approach to your work.

Main duties of the job

The main job role is to perform duties as a Community Mental Health Nurse and to undertake assessments for people who are referred into the service for physical health monitoring when commenced on anti-psychotic medication including depot and Clozapine.

You will develop care plans and deliver evidence based interventions and treatments to patients alongside managing risks in the community for patients who are under the CMHT for shared care and depot and Clozapine monitoring. You will be working under the supervision of the Band 6 Community Mental Health Nurse within the Physical Health Monitoring Team and you will also have the opportunity to supervise junior staff.

This role involves managing unplanned patient work within the team, responding to escalation of risk/crisis situations and if required to step up care to a CMHT Band 6 Practitioner to assess.

You will benefit from encouragement to continue to develop your own specialist knowledge and competence. Your development will be guided using clinical supervision, management supervision, Team/Peer support, internal and external training opportunities and the Trust's appraisal process. If you are a newly qualified Nurse then you will benefit from our Trust's Preceptorship programme allowing you to learn about all of the aspects of the Team to ensure good development opportunities.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification

Education Qualifications


  • Registered Mental Health nurse with on-going Professional Registration.
  • Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development



  • Understanding of health and safety policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and practice of Mental Health Act 1983



  • Willingness to participate in mentor and preceptorship process.

Skills and Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate and understand the concept of community care and the need to develop good networks.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Developed clinical skills
  • Can demonstrate communication skills through practice and experience

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Lancaster & Morecambe CMHT

East Barn, Lancaster and Victoria House, Morecambe



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