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Community Mental Health Practitioner/Community Psychiatric Nurse

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year Fringe HCAS applies
Closing date
22 Jul 2024
To work within a community mental health team based within the Surrey Heath area working in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector to facilitate whole system approach to care delivery. The Post Holder will act as Care Coordinator/Lead Professional, where appropriate, to care home patients with dementia, who require the skills of a Mental Health Nurse, and provide a holistic, clinical autonomous nursing service, to enable individuals to engage in the best standards of care available.

To succeed in this role, you will be supported by a range of specialist clinicians and there are regular opportunities for training, CPD and supervision in relation to the care home work. This includes quarterly CPD events scheduled for all staff working into the Care Home Pathway, where you will receive specialist training and share ideas with other colleagues working in a similar role and learn new skills and training on Positive Behaviour Support and psychosocial approaches to supporting people showing distressed behaviour. You will need to be a driver with personal access to a car have good IT skills be a good communicator and have robust management and clinical skills and knowledge, as well being able to work flexibly and dynamically in a very exciting service.

There is an expectation to deliver personal care for people with dementia and experience of working in care settings would be an advantage for this position.

Main duties of the job

  • To deliver a high-quality service to older people with dementia, in care homes, in a multi-professional framework.
  • To develop shared understandings of people's presentations that help people to better comprehend the underlying function(s) driving behaviour that challenges.
  • To act as key worker/care co-ordinator for named individuals and adhering to the Care Programme Approach process.
  • The ability to work independently, autonomously and take personal responsibility/initiative.
  • To provide high standards of care, which are delivered in a professional manner.
  • To ensure that the care delivered is based on best practice and is regularly reviewed.
  • To help review suitability of referrals into the service and to support the wider network in understanding the remit of the Care Home Pathway Team. This will be achieved by attending meetings and providing training.
  • To ensure all records and reports are kept up-to-date and are in accordance with Trust electronic records system guidance and key policies such as the Caldicott report.

As this role is based within a community setting we do require that you must be able to travel between multiple sites and trust locations within the set hours of your working day.

Please see the Job Description for full requirements of this role.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Please note if the role has been advertised as a Home Working Contract Only - Eligibility to high cost area supplement is conditional upon candidates residence and will be discussed on offer.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a role suitable for an NMC registered Community Psychiatric Nurse who is passionate about delivering excellence in dementia care in care homes.

Please check the job description and personal specification document for more information on the requirements for this job.

Person Specification



  • RMN
  • OT/SW with mental health background


  • Mentorship course
  • Further studies/training in dementia
  • Further studies/training in challenging behaviour



  • Working in care home setting, especially dementia care homes
  • Community mental health working experience


  • Working in care homes

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust



Lyon Way


GU16 7ER

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