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Community Psychiatric Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
26 Jun 2024
Community Psychiatric Nurse, Band 6
Permanent, Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
The post holder will deliver, or advise on the delivery of, high quality safe nursing care, ensuring consistently high standards of practice and clinical excellence which comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct.

As a senior nurse working within the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership you are required to encourage and foster collaborative and cross organisational working.

Your professional and personal development will include further postgraduate study and you will be encouraged and supported by your line manager to undertake master's programmes.

Main duties of the job

As Community Psychiatric Nurse you will promote and develop clinical leadership and clinical practice and be a positive role model to junior members of the team through the practice of evidence-based care. You will be expected to support professional development through clinical appraisal and supervision and contribute to the ongoing educational programme for staff, fostering a positive learning environment.

This job description is an outline of the key tasks and responsibilities expected of a Band 6 Nurse. The post holder will be required to undertake additional duties appropriate to the clinical area/speciality in which they work. The specific responsibilities associated with different speciality roles are listed below.


As a member of the clinical team, providing patient care, we encourage you to be:

o Caring

o Competent

o Courageous

o Committed

o Communicative

o Compassionate

The Nursing and Midwifery Council requires nurses to:

o Priorities people

o Practice effectively

o Preserve safety.

o Promote professionalism.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. 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 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, 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

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Skills

1. Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational, and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.

2. Leading on and undertaking activities to ensure that the fundamentals of care are met - nutrition, hydration, hygiene, comfort, emotional and social support:

Co-ordinating and evaluating collaborative patient centred care getting feedback and improving plans with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

Providing accurate information about care in an accessible format to patients and their relatives / carers.

Liaising and working positively with members of the multi- disciplinary team and partner organisations.

Administering, and monitoring the side-effects of, medication monitoring service user compliance.

Safety: safe custody of medicines, sharps, clinical equipment, report all incidents following trust policy.

3. Leading and supporting/teaching junior staff on risk assessment and risk management that involves making decisions based on knowledge of the research evidence, knowledge of the individual service user and their social context, knowledge of the service users own experience and clinical judgment.

4. Supporting and supervising junior staff to develop the management of care needs through:

Initial data collection

Monitoring of individual service user / patient progress

Feedback and discussion

Producing reports and in-care reviews

Devising a plan of care and interventions in partnership with service user, carer, and MDT

5. Coordinating junior staff and the wider care team in providing hands-on care to service users and evaluating processes of care delivered. This will include:

Undertaking 1-1 engagement with service users in an honest, open and non- judgmental way.

Recognising and valuing service users as individuals, acknowledging the importance of maintaining the service users respect and dignity at all times and ensure that the care provided respects equality and diversity.

Developing care plans that reflect service user needs and relevant patient care documentation working in partnership with service users, wider MDT, and family/carers.

Ensuring the monitoring and recording service user clinical observations are undertaken, such as physical observations and vital signs and treating or escalating as appropriate any signs or symptoms of deterioration or that does not fulfil the personal parameters to the relevant professional for treatment. Promote healthy lifestyles and give health promotion advice and support.

Implementing the principles of recovery: encouraging and supporting service users to engage with healthy lifestyles, facilitating psychosocial activities and other activities of their interest. Where appropriate contributing to psychological interventions.

6. Escorting service users, as required, in line with Trust policies.

7. Advocating for service users needs and rights within Trust policy. Encouraging and empowering service users to have an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programme of care.

Management responsibilities

6. Demonstrating an enhanced understanding of Mental Health signs and symptoms and an understanding of how these may present in practice including recognition of impact on patient presentation and behaviour including risk factors. Supporting and teaching junior staff to develop understanding of mental health signs and symptoms and develop appropriate responses to these in practice.

7. Recognising and responding appropriately to challenging behaviour in line with Trust policies and training. Leading and coordinating junior staff and the wider care team in the management of difficult situations and de-escalation and developing resilience and strategies to manage, including on leading staff and patient de-briefing sessions.

8. Demonstrating a depth of knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty and other legislation applicable to the practice area and how they are implemented in practice ensuring adherence to legislation at all times. Teaching junior staff to understand the legal frameworks that support their practice.
  • Developing the clinical practice of junior members of staff, including newly qualified band 5 nurses.
  • Acting as a point of contact for all enquiries, working in partnership with the team manager and the wider MDT to coordinate the activities of the unit.

  • 3. Deputising for the team manager in their absence and be accountable for the nursing care and management of team, including maintaining communication with the modern matron and senior nursing staff.

    4. Assisting the team manager in ensuring the team is safely staffed, prioritising, and deploying resources within budgetary parameters and escalating concerns to senior nursing staff where appropriate in accordance with HR policies and procedures.

    5. Supporting the team manager to investigate incidents and complaints:

    compile reports and disseminate this information to senior management.

    6. Recognising nursing practice that needs improvement and to work in partnership with the team manager to ensure appropriate action is taken to address it.

    7. Supporting the team manager to ensure mandatory and statutory training are up to date for all staff.

    8. Linking with Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to ensure delivery of care is in line with current teaching standards for both pre-registration and post registration nursing.

    9. Demonstrating awareness and engagement with the SLMH& CP programme to develop the band 2-5 clinical workforce. This will include support of junior staff to undertake and complete apprenticeships as part of their career progression and development.

    10. Facilitating the induction of new staff and students.

    11. Supporting the team manager to ensure all newly qualified band 5 registered nurses have undertaken their preceptorship.

    12. Supporting the team manager to ensure all registered nurses are engaged with the revalidation process.

    13. Maintaining your status as a mentor/sign-off mentor and participate in training of student nurses.

    14. Encouraging band 5 nurses to undertake and develop their mentorship skills.

    15. Attending and participating in regular personal development, ensuring compliance with all mandatory training requirements. Maintaining a work development portfolio and complying with all requirements of NMC revalidation

    Are you required to train/mentor/coach staff or facilitate courses/study days
  • Measuring and developing standards of care through collection of benchmarking data where appropriate and undertake audits to ensure care meets the requirements of the CQC and Service Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Contributing to the strategic targets of the trust directorate and wider SLMH& CP workforce development.
  • Participating and encouraging research within the clinical environment and ensure knowledge of it is widely disseminated throughout the team, trust, and wider stakeholders.
  • Contributing to service development through awareness and engagement with trust policy and wider national standards of care.
  • Contributing to service improvement (Quality Improvement and Innovation) and developments, benchmarking exercises.
  • Contributing to research and audit activities, disseminating knowledge and results, and contributing to relevant audit practice development and research activity that may be taking place in the work area.
  • Undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the band and nature of the post.

  • Person Specification

    NMC Registeration -RMN


    • NMC Registration- RMN / 2 years clinical work experience


    • Full UK driving licence

    NMC Registeration - RMN


    • 2 years clinical working experience post NMC registration


    • 2 years working experience in an inpatient acute and community setting / driving licence

    RMN- NMC Registeration / Full UK driving lience


    • RMN-NMC Registration / Full UK driving licence / 2 years experience


    • Active Nursing Validation

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


    Bexleyheath Centre

    4 Emerton Close


    DA6 8DX

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