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Senior Community Nurse Intensive Support Team

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus 5% HCA
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
We are looking for an enthusiastic, honest, self-motivated colleague who is able to provide high quality person centred care to patients, their families and carers within the Intensive Support Team (IST) that offers an alternative to hospital admission for patients suffering a mental health crisis. they work alongside the Specialist Dementia and Frailty Service (SDFS) Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) in a range of settings in the West Essex Area.

Main duties of the job

The SDFS team provide a comprehensive assessment, diagnostic and treatment pathway supporting patients of any age with dementia as well as older adults over 75 years of age, who have complex mental health needs with an associated age related frailty.

The IST team offer an Intensive period of support to patients whom without the intervention would be at risk of an admission to an acute or mental health ward.

We work closely with our EPUT community specialist practitioners and Essex County Council colleagues, local organizations as well as the voluntary sector to support the holistic needs of the patient with a person centred collaborative approach.

The successful candidate will be trustworthy, positive about change and will be passionate about the services we provide. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and autonomously, as well as part of a team therefore will need excellent verbal and written communication skills and will have excellent interpersonal skills and a zest for delivering the highest level of patient care and service delivery improvements.The successful candidate will be able to adhere to the trust core values of being compassionate, open and empowering.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through working alongside our well established MDT and accessing specialist training.

The West Essex area is a culturally diverse locality covering the beautiful Essex locality, the area covers both urban and rural geography.

The post attracts a London fringe payment.

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Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Registration Mental Health Nurse RMN Part 3
  • Mentorship preparation
  • Evidence of continual professional development
  • Meet the requirements for revalidation as set out by the NMC
  • High standard of education


  • Post graduate qualification or commitment to work towards this
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification



  • Understanding of / and the ability to conduct assessments and review of care in line with the requirements of the mental health care clusters
  • Understanding and the ability to support the team to meet their key performance indicators and contractual targets
  • Experience in the performance management and supervision of lower banded staff
  • Excellent IT skills i.e. Word / Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Experience of using an electronic information system
  • Experience of and participation in audit and research
  • Knowledge and understanding of health legislation, principles of CPA and Care Management, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act 1983 and safeguarding, the NHS Constitution, and risk assessment / management
  • Knowledge of current best practice and models within nursing practice in mental health
  • The ability to devise comprehensive care plans that incorporate effective, individualised and evidenced based therapy interventions
  • Understanding of the nature of mental health conditions and how they can affect people's day to day life and impact upon recovery
  • Commitment to ongoing learning through CPD for self and others within operational area



  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Proven experience of working in a health, social care or community setting as part of a multi- disciplinary team
  • Experience of dealing with confidential and sensitive information
  • Proven experience of working with people with mental health conditions and vulnerable service users
  • Proven experience of conducting and contributing to ongoing assessments
  • Ability to conduct risk assessments of the individual in the service user environment
  • Proven experience of medicines management in line with NMC Standards and Trust policies and procedures
  • Experience in providing psycho- social interventions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the recovery principles
  • Ability to manage and coordinate mulit-disciplinary meetings i.e. referral / review / business / handover
  • Ability to work with Clinical Manager in the development and implementation of operational / Trust policies
  • Deliver training to colleagues and lower banded staff
  • Ability to critically analyse and review research findings and reports
  • Assess and treat own caseload of service users in accordance with Trust clinical pathways
  • Undertake physical health checks of services users and act on the findings appropriately
  • Undertake a range of clinical duties e.g. providing practical support and guidance to service users
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Trust Core Values
  • Understand the need for compassion in working with colleagues, servicer users and families
  • Support families and carers within the boundaries of their role and NMC professional code of conduct
  • Capable of working under pressure and meet deadlines where required
  • Act as key worker to a group of service users
  • Take on the role of lead practitioner
  • Self-motivated with a desire to contribute to the ongoing service development
  • Participate in service reviews and research
  • Able to demonstrate a level of flexibility, innovation and creativity in the working environment
  • Ability to engage and motivate people
  • Ability to organise individual and group activities / work skills
  • Experience in risk assessment of service user activity
  • Plan and prioritise own and team workload as required
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly as a senior practitioner in the multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead, facilitate and support group work i.e. anger management, psycho education and hearing voices
  • Mentorship and supervision of lower banded staff
  • Promoting concordance with medication and treatment regimes in line with NMC regulations and Trust policy
  • Requirement to undertake carers assessments
  • Undertake, supervise and sign off nursing needs assessments
  • Lead and facilitate group work
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, telephone manner including liaison with outside agencies
  • Record all service user related information on Trust electronic records system
  • Lead/chair professionals meetings and reviews
  • Ability to report back at professional meetings / reviews on an individual / groups performance
  • Produce reports for managers appeal / renewal hearings and mental health review tribunals
  • Supervise the work of nursing students and support workers
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise own workload and that of others
  • Ability to adapt to change when required
  • Carry out / contribute to SI and other Trust investigations as required


  • Able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial interventions, Family Interventions, DBT approaches

Additional Requirements


  • Current driving licence

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Mental Health Unit, St Margaret's Hospital, Epping

the Plain


CM16 6TN

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