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Integrated Care Mental Health Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Band 6
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Full Time
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Are you passionate about holistic care, and the impact that our physical health can have on our mental health? Would you want to be part of a supportive wider team of mental health nurses integrated within primary care physical health care. Due to development and promotion, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Nurse to work within the HPFT Integrated Care Team across East & North Hertfordshire.

This position is based within the team at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Welwyn, covering Welwyn Garden City & Hatfield areas, although there will need to be some flexibility in meeting service need of other localities within the team.

Main duties of the job

This is a unique position for someone who enjoys reflective multi-professional teamwork, challenges, and variety in their day to day work. You will be supporting the locality community mental health nurses, mental health OT's and Psychology team. You will be working in primary care alongside community matrons, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, social workers, and other professionals. You will visit service users who are identified under the frailty pathway, in their place of residence, to complete a holistic assessment of their physical and mental health needs

Integrated Care Teams aim to make healthcare more preventative, this service supports service users with multiple long term or complex conditions to remain at home rather than going into hospital or residential care.

If you would like to know more our about our service that is at the forefront of the future of integrated working then please make contact for an informal chat.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary:

The post holder is required to take responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standards of care and management of a defined caseload, including liaison with other agencies and, where appropriate, the supervision, development and teaching of staff and/or students. The post holder will hold a case load of service users, ensuring the care plan is met at all times. To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.

As a staff member you are representatives of Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and play a vital role in fostering positive relationships and communication between the Mental Health Trust and not only the service users and their carers and relatives, but also other agencies, charities and providers.

All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

Job Responsibilities:

The post holder will:
  • Be responsible for the full assessment of care needs and risk assessment of service users presenting with a wide variety of clinical conditions. Following this the post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, without direct supervision (though clinical supervision is implemented as per policy to support you).
  • To be named care coordinator, and act accordingly when applying care.
  • To manage one self in a professional manner, responding to requests, enquiries etc in a timely fashion.
  • To respond to any crisis that a service user may advise of, with the aim of promoting independent living in the community
  • Work with the philosophy to support service users to remain in their own home.
  • Administer and/ or supervise medications as required. To have a sound knowledge of medications and their desired and undesired effects,
  • Be required to provide education, advise and guidance to service users and their carers and families.
  • Provide a range of clinical interventions and treatments appropriate to the individuals needs.
  • Participate fully in providing quality care in line with local and national guidelines.
  • Act as a role model in providing a service for people with mental health problems.
  • Participate in audit/research projects associated with the service.
  • Be required to challenge practice that compromises or challenges high quality care to older people
  • To advise Team Manager of any resource short falls.
  • To partake in continuing professional development that will also benefit the development and quality of the service.
  • Remain updated with local and national guidelines and policies.
  • Partake in home visits with other professionals such as Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialty Doctors, Social Workers, community Matrons, Occupational Therapists etc
  • Partake in clinical and management supervision

Working Relationships and Communication Requirements of the Job

Working relationships
  • As the post holder will be working within the community most of the time, they will be need to be establishing and maintaining positive relationships with people, agencies, charities and other providers whom also provide services to Older People in that community area. These relationships are vital and team members should bear in mind that they will be representing HPFT
  • Close working relationships should be developed with other parts of HPFT notably Crisis teams, Intensive Outreach Team and SMHTOPs; as well as Hertfordshire County Councils Health and Community Services.

Communication requirements

The post holder will
  • Have good level of competency to receive and give clinical information verbally and in writing from/ to those receiving care, their families/carers and professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrate a good level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness and empathy in all communications.
  • Ensure adherence to all aspects of patient confidentiality, documentation and record keeping according to Trust and national guidelines.
  • Will have the ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in complex situations.
  • Will have the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues within the all agencies whom they encounter to the benefit of the client and the service.

Clinical Responsibility

In addition to Job Responsibilities above, the post holder will
  • Carry out specialist mental health and social care assessments. Develop, implement, evaluate and document specialist care. This will include frequent requirement for intense concentration.
  • Devise care plans that promote patients independent living in the community
  • Complete risk assessments that are clear, concise and detail plans to safely manage any risks that are identified.
  • Use a variety of clinical skills appropriate to the needs of the individual and the clinical setting in which they are seen.
  • To provide ongoing interventions for people where assessment indicates this to be relevant to their needs.
  • Where indicated by assessment to discharge with appropriate care provisions and follow-up, with future review dates booked as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and documentation with adherence to Trust policies
  • Work with colleagues to develop and promote the services philosophy, framework of care delivery and strategic objectives.
  • Contribute to Mental Health strategy discussions/steering groups when requested by senior management.
  • Work with colleagues to develop and demonstrate clinical expertise and good standards of mental health practice.
  • Deliver care that is person centred reflecting current best practice, and challenges practice that may be detrimental to older people receiving high quality care.
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing mental health care. In particular having a good knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983) and its use in non-mental health areas.
  • Complete PREP as defined by NMC.

Leadership and Staff Management Responsibility

The post holder will:
  • Plan and organise their diaries, prioritise duties, and coordinate the care of the service users for whom they are allocated.
  • Give due regard to the health and safety, well-being and interests of those who come in to contact with the team professionally.

Financial responsibility
  • Report any activity that may be fraudulent
  • Be responsible for the completion of own extra duty and expenses claims.

Service Development and Improvement
  • Ensure that all policies applicable to SMHTOP are implemented
  • To comment upon and propose changes to working practices and procedures relevant to SMHTOP, and where requested by the Team Manager, implement changes.
  • To propose ideas for, and if accepted, complete audits relevant to the improvement of the teams clinical practice.

Analytical and Judgemental Skills

The post holder will
  • Have good working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity act, National Dementia Strategy and National Service Frameworks for Older People and Mental Health. The post holder will also have an understanding of the Safeguarding Adults procedures.
  • Be required to make judgements involving complex information and/ or situations which require analysis.
  • Make judgements as to the best course of action where there are a range of options available, following discussion with supervisor and/ or manager.
  • Assess or interpret information to make a judgement.
  • Consult supervisor and/ manager where expert opinion may differ or be conflicting.

Planning and Organisational Skills

The post holder will
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise and organise case/ work load on a day to day basis.
  • Ensure that the client is given high quality care at all times.
  • Where necessary request assistance from colleagues.
  • Represent the Integrated Care Team at meetings etc as delegated by the Team Manager.
  • When staff/students are attached to the team ensure that learning is facilitated to meet their needs.

Physical Working Conditions and Environment

The post holder will
  • Need to be able to drive to meetings /training off site and occasionally as required cover for colleagues on other sites.
  • Be able to input information using computer keyboard.
  • Be able to restrain people as necessary and maintain training for such as per HPFT policies/procedures.
  • Be able to work in an environment that is at times extremely busy and demanding.

Information Resources

The post holder will
  • Be expected to maintain a record of hours worked and to time owing monthly.
  • Maintain up to date electronic records of people that the post holder has had contact with.
  • Audit activity as required.

Person Specification Physical Skills Essential
  • Computer literacy skills in order to enter data onto electronic client records
  • Car driver (unless you have disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • Aility to complete tasks associated with the job (subject to Occupational health)
Physical effort Essential
  • Work will be undertkaen in office base, client homes and potentially some remote working
  • A high degree of travel is required
Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental hea

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