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Physical health in Mental Health Nurse

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
13 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Our Forensic Community Service is expanding, and we are excited to introduce a brand-new role that will support our commitment to holistic care. We are seeking a Physical Health in Mental Health Nurse to join our multidisciplinary team (MDT).

This role will be pivotal in bridging the gap between physical and mental health care, addressing health inequalities for our service user population and ensuring our service-users receive integrated, whole-person care. The successful applicant will be dedicated, skilled, kind and approachable with an excellent team working approach.

If you are passionate about improving physical health outcomes for individuals with complex mental health challenges, we hope to hear from you. Join us in making a difference in the lives of our community caseload.

Main duties of the job

  • Comprehensive Assessments: Conduct thorough physical health assessments for individuals with mental health conditions within the forensic community.
  • Physical Health Care Plans: Develop and implement person-centred care plans that address both physical and mental health needs, in collaboration with psychiatrists, pharmacists, mental health practitioners, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Health Education: Provide education and support to service-users on maintaining physical health, managing chronic conditions, and adopting healthy lifestyle practices.
  • Monitoring and Follow-Up: Regularly monitor service-users' physical health conditions, manage medication side effects, and coordinate with primary care providers for seamless care.
  • Advocacy and Support: Advocate for the physical health needs of service-users within the forensic mental health caseload, ensuring they receive the necessary medical attention and support to engage.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with the forensic community team to ensure a cohesive approach to service-user care, participate in care reviews, present physical health reports and contribute to team decision-making and processes.
  • Training and Development: Educate and train staff and partner agencies on common physical health conditions for the caseload, treatment and management and promoting a culture of holistic care.

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.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN)/Registered GeneralNurse (RGN) Registered Learning Disabilty Nurse (RLDN)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Degree qualification in relevant subject or demonstrable evidence or equivalent experience relevant to field of practice.



  • In-depth understanding of the physical health needs of individuals with severe mental health issues.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and best practices in forensic mental health care.
  • Awareness of health promotion, infection control and disease prevention strategies.



  • Previous post qualifying experience, including 12 months working within a mental health setting.
  • Significant experience in physical health care.
  • Experience in conducting health assessments and developing care plans.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Forensic Community Service



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