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Community Mental Health Nurse - Band 5

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
25 May 2024
The Assertive Outreach Team is seeking to recruit a keen and well-motivated Community Mental Health Nurse who has a passion for working with people with severe and enduring mental illness, their families and carers to help maintain a good quality of life. The team cover the Stroud & Cirencester areas in Gloucestershire.

You will be provided with regular supervision as part of your role and there are bi-monthly peer support team meetings that you would be expected to attend as part of your ongoing CPD and development. You will have an allocated supervisor / mentor as well as opportunities for further studies relating to the role.

The post is a full-time position of 37.5 hours a week, mostly 09:00 to 17:00 but some weekend and Bank Holiday cover will be expected if clinical need dictates.

Main duties of the job

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care needs of a specific group of service users
  • Supervise mentor and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students
  • Coordinate care for a specified group of service users

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Surveygives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We provide a Multi-professional preceptorship programme that is aligned to the National Preceptorship Framework for Nursing and have been awarded the Interim quality mark from NHS England. Our programme is provided to all Newly Qualified Nurses, Nursing Associates, Internationally Educated Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals and Return to Practice Practitioners. In addition to the programme we also offer all preceptees the opportunity of enrolling and completing the level 7 (Masters) 15 credit validated module Preceptorship for Healthcare (AP7026).

Closing date: 24th May 2024

Person Specification

Qualification and Experience


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse Qualification (or award pending)
  • Experience of Multi-disciplinary working in a community setting
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • European Computer Driving Licence or equivalent
  • Evidence of formal post registration learning

Personal attributes, skills and abilities


  • Excellent communication and record keeping skills
  • Flexibility, ability to work across a 7-day rota

Professional Knowledge


  • Good knowledge of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Demonstrable skills in Risk assessment
  • Knowledge of the different approaches to mental health assessment
  • Knowledge of evidence based intervention with service users in an all phases of mental illness


  • Ability to work on social factors affecting mental distress e.g. accommodation, substance misuse, domestic violence, welfare rights
  • Up to date clinical knowledge including risk assessment, dual diagnosis and health and social care needs

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Weavers Croft

Field Road



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