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Community Psychiatric Nurse

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
21 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Psychiatric Nurse to work full time in the Richmond Community Older Peoples Service in the Memory Assessment Service. This is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team that assesses all referrals for old age adults with mental health needs and resident in the borough of Richmond.

This post will entail working as part of a well-established Multidisciplinary Team. The post holder will be required to offer support to patients in the MAS service, carrying out initial assessments and monitoring their response to prescribed anti dementia medication. Part of the role will be liaising with family and carers, other stakeholders such as GP's, Local Authority, and other voluntary organisations to develop good relationships. The post holder will develop skills in assessment, monitoring, planning, implementation evaluation and caseload management and know to appropriately feedback information to the MDT. They will also be part of the duty/triage team.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work closely with the team of doctors and be involved in carrying out initial assessments for patients, ensuring that prescribed medication has reached the patients and follow up to monitor the response to the medication. They will monitor side effects and complete physical checks such as blood pressure screening. They will also support to assess/determine what the individual's mental health needs are and identify potential risks to inform their care plan and develop a collaborative response to needs. They will support with follow up to ensure patients are stable on their prescribed medication and carry out discharges in collaboration with the MDT.

Have a weekly allocation of patients and carry out their initial assessments.

Hold a caseload of patients and managing their access to anti dementia medication and monitoring of their response to the medication.

Demonstrate the skills to professionally communicate complex information to users and carers regarding bio-psychosocial problems in an empathetic and supportive way.

To liaise with professionals/ agencies and ensure the patient receives continuity of care/ service through clear and timely communication with all involved in their care.

To assist in information gathering in accordance with the team's needs and to record these on the patient records.

To attend MDT meetings as required for MAS (Memory Assessment Service).

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

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 socialcontext, knowledge of the service users own experience and clinical judgment.

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.

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.

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 anddeveloping resilience and strategies to manage, including on leading staff and patient de-briefing sessions.

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.

Contributing to an effective communication process with appropriate and accurate information to patients, carers, family, friends and colleagues. Engaging and listening carefully and actively, and responding using appropriatelanguage and accessible communication methods and skills. Developing communication skills to enable and support difficult conversations, acknowledging cultural differences and professional boundaries.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification


  • Master's degree

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience of researchbased/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience as a preceptor / mentor
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and audit
  • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation


  • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit.
  • Experience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects
  • Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others
  • Forms very effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics promotes equality and diversity


  • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framework

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Livingston House

2 Queens Road


TW11 0LB

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