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Community Mental Health Nurse / Care Coordinator

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Shooters Hill, London
£37,152 to £43,994 a year pro rata inc
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Band 6
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Part Time
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We are pleased to announce this exciting opportunity. Greenwich Older Adults CMHT are recruiting for a Community Mental Health Nursing / Care Coordinator post, to join our team.

Greenwich OA CMHT is a multidisciplinary team, offering clients over the age of 65yrs, bio, psycho, social support with their mental health and social care needs.

Our team comprises of Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Support Workers. and a Care Broker. We are all very supportive and work collaboratively across the disciplines, which allows a broadening of skills and knowledge.

We offer opportunities for training and skill development, regular supervision and reflective practice.

Main duties of the job

To work as an effective professional in a multidisciplinary Community Mental Health Team.

Hold care co-ordinator responsibility for a caseload of services users, usually over the age of 65yrs, with complex mental health and social care needs. To offer support to clients, carers and families.

Deliver high quality health and social care within the Care Programme Approach framework.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities
Key Task and Responsibilities

Responsibility for assessing individual care needs and the planning, implementation and evaluation of care plans, in line with Oxleas Foundation Trust CPA policy.

To communicate effectively within the multidisciplinary team (and with service users and their carers), on a range of issues that are often complex in their nature and in complex situations.

Participate in supervision and Professional Development Reviews and demonstrate reflective practice through the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

To maintain electronic and written clinical records ensuring confidentiality is maintained at all times.

Provide supervision, mentorship & leadership for junior staff within the CMHT & Student Nurses, as appropriate.

In line with national and local changes in the provision of integrated services, the post holder will undertake a specialist mental health role in an holistic approach to patient management in partnership with primary health care, community health services, and social care services.


To accept care co-ordinator responsibility for a designated caseload and to manage this within the CPA framework, using a person centred approach to care.

Actively engage with service users and their carers in the provision of holistic, needs-led care, which takes account of the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs of individuals.

To be responsible for the inclusion of social care services in the care-plan and for ensuring that services are purchased in line with assessed need, agreed eligibility criteria and agreed procedures.

Have an understanding of the needs and rights of carers and undertake Carers Assessments with a view to offering supportive services.

To maintain accurate RIO records, including core and risk assessments, care plans, progress notes and contacts as required.

Have a good understanding of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2007. Undertake mental capacity assessments and have an understanding of their responsibilities under both Acts.

Demonstrate an understanding of Safeguarding Adults policy and procedures.

Ensure that service users and their carers are up to date in their knowledge including having a copy of their care plan, information about treatment and the role of the care co-ordinator.

Assist patients with social and practical activities, such as education, leisure and financial management and assisting in developing and maintaining personal and social networks with families, carers, and others in line with the social inclusion model of care.

Advise and assist patients in maintaining daily living skills such as personal hygiene, self-care skills, social skills, and nutritional management.

Implement evidence based practice in all aspects of clinical care, developing an ongoing awareness of significant nursing and other mental health research relevant to the care group.

Develop effective working relationships with patients, families andcarers by facilitating engagement and therapeutic co-operation through the use of flexible and responsive strategies.

Develop a problem solving approach to the management of service users alcohol and drug misuse needs.

Be responsible for the administration, carriage and storage of medication in accordance with relevant policies and clinical procedures. To maintain drugs records as agreed policy.

To act as a resource within the CMHT, giving advice and offering assistance as appropriate [e.g. joint visits]

To participate in duty rotas where required.

Respond to the needs of people in an honest, non-judgemental and open manner, which respects the rights of individuals.

Demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities and an understanding of the impact of social and cultural diversity on service users and their carers experiences of mental illness and mental health services.


To ensure registration with the NMC is maintained at all times.

To adhere to the NMC code of conduct.

To assist in the identification and recording of unmet need and in the solutions for the meeting of that need.

To remain informed about new legislation, guidance, national initiatives, research and departmental developments, so as to contribute to ones own and others learning.

To positively promote best practice within the team and across the department in relation to working with clients with Enduring Mental Health problems and management of clients in crisis.

Research and Quality

Participate in any research, audit, Clinical Governance or Clinical Effectiveness projects, as required.

Demonstrating ability to initiate and maintain positive change within own and other areas.
In the course of your employment with Oxleas NHS Trust you may handle confidential personal information concerning either patients or staff which may be held by the Trust. You must not read, discuss, disclose or pass on confidential information unless it is necessary in the pursuance of your legitimate duties.

Unauthorised disclosure of such information will be treated as a serious disciplinary matter. In addition it is important that you realise that if this confidentiality is breached, this may result in civil proceedings or a criminal prosecution.

This confidentiality must continue at all times and this agreement will continue beyond your period of employment with Oxleas NHS Trust.
Health and Safety
Helping to ensure the safety of patients, carers, self, other staff and the public, by maintaining a safe environment.

Ensuring that all furniture, fixtures and equipment and maintained in good order, reporting faults as soon as they are noticed.

Oxleas NHS Trust is a smoke free working environment.

You are required to make positive efforts to maintain your own personal safety and that of others by taking reasonable care, carrying out requirements of the law and following recognised codes of practice. You are also required to be aware of and comply with Trust policies on health and safety, etc.
Equal Opportunities
The aim of the Trusts policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of race, colour, creed, sex, marital status, disability, age, nationality, ethnic or national origins. The Trust commits itself to promote equal opportunities and will keep under review its policies, procedures and practices to ensure that all users and provides of its services are treated according to their needs. The policy also applies to staff working within the Trust.
Service User and Carer Involvement
Oxleas NHS Trust is committed to developing effective user and carer involvement at all stages in the delivery of care. All employees are required to make positive efforts to support and promote successful user and carer participation as part of their day to day work.
Personal Development
Your development will be assessed using the Trusts Personal Development Review (PDR) process. You will have the opportunity to discuss your development needs with your manager on an annual basis, with regular reviews. As outlined within the NHSKnowledge and Skills framework.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc Mental Health Nursing or Equivalent
  • NMC Registration RMN/RNLD
  • Practice Assessor Trained
  • Phlebotomy Trained
Experience Essential
  • Minimum of 3 years experience as a qualified nurse
  • Experience of working in the community and carrying a caseload of clients with complex needs
  • Experience of working with Older Adults
Safeguarding anfd Managing Risk Essential
  • A working knowledge and understanding of raising safeguarding concerns
  • Experience of managing risk within a complex caseload.

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