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Senior Nurse Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit a full time Senior Nurse Practitioner to join our Later Life and Memory Service in StHelens. We are a forward thinking, friendly and busy team aiming for high quality service provision to older adults in our area. You would join a busy, well established team who are supportive and welcoming. The job itself can be challenging but rewarding and provides job satisfaction.

We would like you to have some demonstrable experience of working within mental health setting and / or with adults with a dementia diagnosis and be keen to develop your professional skills in this clinical area.

The role will involve supporting with assessments of older adults in our care, medication reviews and liaison/support to carers. There will be an expectation that the SNP would be able to develop positive working relationships with the wider care network.

Encouragement is given should you wish to discuss this vacancy further.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work with local services to provide mental health assessment, appropriate triage and cognitive assessment/formulate treatment & management plans.

They will also contribute to maintenance of the overall standards, which will include assessment of need and delivery of care within the contextof Effective Care Coordination.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Participate in regular clinical supervision as per Trust policy.Participate in practice/clinical supervision to monitor standards ofservice user care and documentation.

Assist with the appropriate screening of referrals and provideinformation for referrers, service uses and carers

Provide short-term, evidence based practices and fixed term interventions

Support the delivery of education and self-help materials within a variety of locations.

Develop and maintain effective working partnerships with services inother statutory and non-statutory organisations

Assist in the development and implementation of integrated carepathways, including appropriate service user assessments/referralsand models of care.

Ensure the clinical environment is conducive to promote service usershealth, safety and well-being, thereby preserving and respecting eachservice users personal dignity, privacy, religious and cultural beliefs.

Ensure record keeping is in accordance with Professional and Truststandards.

Ensure the safe management of medicines and adhere to safe practiceand principles of administration in accordance with the NMC code ofprofessional conduct and Trust Medicines Code.

Work in a professional and collaborative manner with the Multidisciplinary team.

Participate and promote positive intra-agency working.

Responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development,implementation and evaluation of programmes of care withoutsupervision and act as Named Nurse as required.

Participate and assist in setting standards of service user care basedon sound research findings.

Where indicated and following completion of the relevant training thepractitioner will act as a non-medical prescriber, at all times workingwithin their sphere of clinical competence.


Undertake delegated responsibilities as agreed with Clinical Team Manager.

Support the formulation and implementation of clinical and operationalpractices, and procedures as appropriate.

Participate in the induction of new staff.

Support the implementation, monitoring and updating of an operationalpolicy and philosophy for the clinical area.

Ensure the principles of Clinical Governance are incorporated inservice delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreedclinical standards.

Ensure that service users are cared for within the confines of theirrespective Mental Health Act status and adhere to the requirements ofthe MHA 1983 and the corresponding Code of Practice.

Ensure adherence and implementation of Effective Care Coordination.

Ensure that Trust policies and procedures are adhered to.

Assist in the development of local protocols to ensure a high standardof service delivery is achieved and maintained.

Support the process of staff participation in the formulation of newideas/suggestions to improve service user care and service delivery.

Provide statistical information as required.

Assist in the maintenance and updating of the units equipmentinventories and service schedules. Ensure regular servicing, maintenance, repair or replacement as required adhering to Health & Safety, COSHH and Medical Devices Agency regulations.

Ensure effective processes of communication are established, maintained and regularly evaluated within designated team.

Assist in the investigation of complaints and incidents in accordancewith Trust policy.

Participate in Serious Untoward Incident investigations/reviews asrequired

Co-ordinate utilities, equipment and services and report/refer issues torespective managers where necessary.

Ensure that the nursing practice within the clinical area adheres to theTrusts policies and procedures.

Participate in managerial supervision.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrate sound leadership qualities and an understanding of management styles
  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Ability to delegate and coordinate
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to utilise Assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and up to date clinical records
  • Able to present factual information and refer questions to others where appropriate
  • Able to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues
  • Effective time & workload management
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to identify and minimise risk effectively
  • IT skills


  • Project Management
  • Engaging difficult to reach patient groups.
  • Formulation of reports
  • Presentation skills
  • Resource and Budget management



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Experience of working with persons with dementia.
  • Experience of mentorship, supervision and co-ordination of staff.
  • Experience of working as a Nurse in Charge.
  • Experience of Care Planning process
  • Working in a multi-agency framework
  • Demonstrate a contribution to change management process
  • Experience in positive leadership of a team
  • Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches
  • The principles of person centred dementia care.
  • Mental Health Act (1983)
  • Effective Care Coordination
  • Relevant National policies and guidance
  • Evidence based and reflective practice
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Vulnerable Adults Procedure and Child Protection.
  • Safety, Privacy and Dignity Guidelines


  • Working within a memory clinic setting



  • Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained), on the appropriate part of the NMC register or equivalent HPC register and hold a current NMC/HPC registration


  • Post registration training in relevant field
  • Assessor/Mentorship Training
  • Leadership/Management training

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Harry Blackman House

Marshalls Cross Road



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