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Community Mental Health Nurse with Recruitment Incentive

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
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for enthusiastic nurses to join our Adult Community Mental Health Services in Cygnet House, Ware.

We can offer you a competitive salary, staff benefits package and excellent career development and training that comes from working for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust . In addition this post attracts a £6,000 Recruitment & Retention premia. Term's and Condition's apply.

Main duties of the job

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge of nursing in a community setting, working closely with experienced colleagues in a supportive team, and making a real difference to the quality of services.

You will be part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team who work creatively, collaboratively and compassionately to deliver the very best standards of care. The successful candidate will have regular supervision, and continuing professional development opportunities.

As a University Trust, we have close links to the University of Hertfordshire, providing excellent learning and development opportunities for staff, as well as strengthening clinical research.

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 will be responsible for the clinical and operational dayto day service delivery ensuring that an individualised comprehensiveassessment and Care Management service is effectively delivered. Responsibilities include the clinical and operational supervision ofjunior nursing staff and students as delegated by the team manager. To be accountable for delivering a quality services that is effective andefficient in line with the organisations objectives and performanceindicators To contribute to strategic service development working collaborativelywith other agencies.Communication & Relationships To support the Team Leader in establishing and maintaining effectiveinter-team and inter agency communication To provide effective liaison/communication throughout the carepathway to service users, their carers and others, respondingsensitively to all needs especially in highly emotive settings To maintain effective joint working with others, developing positiveworking relationships and clear communications with MDT and otherprofessionals Ensure that all relevant information regarding service users care inparticular issues of concern re practice and workload arecommunicated as necessary to the line manager To liaise with other professionals in relation to service user care,actively participating in care planning and review meetings andattending case conferences requiredAnalytical and Judgemental The post holder will be able to undertake assessment of need ofservice users who meets the service eligibility criteria, and their family.To formulate a care plan and risk assessment, review its effectivenessand re-plan using evidence based interventions to best effect inpartnership with the service user. The post holder will be expected to identify and respond to acutepresentations in order to manage risk and promote the safety and wellbeing of the service user. Utilise clinical judgement to evaluate service users physical andpsychological responses to treatment. To initiate, plan and deliver effective risk management systems withinthe clinical area To ensure a consistent and timely response to safeguarding cases inline with departmental procedures To provide a responsive effective service to individuals in crisisPlanning and Organisation To plan, organise and prioritise resources and tasks on a daily basis tomeet service and organisational needs To take a leading role in the day to day management of the servicesupporting the Team Leader, including recruitment retention, rosteringand attendance management as required. To work in conjunction with and alongside colleagues and partnerswithin the organisation. To plan and deliver treatment interventions in line with Best Practiceand local and National Guidelines To act as a Care Coordinator ensuring high quality care delivery at alltimes To take a leading role in designated projects/service development asallocated To support the line manager/service line lead in the effective andtimely management of complaints and serious untoward incidents To identify the training needs of junior staff highlighting this to theTeam Leader To plan, develop and deliver training to others as neededPhysical & Emotional Working Conditions and Environment Document service user care by recording information on electronic carerecord, demonstrating keyboard skills. To have the ability to sit with service users for extended periods of time,often within pressurised circumstances and to sustain frequent, intenseconcentration. To be adaptable to the physical environment, particularly when meetingservice users in their homes, continually being aware of Trust Health &Safety Policies within this context. Ability to cope with the physical demands of frequent travel across theTrust. To drive own vehicle between bases. The post holder may be involved in physical procedures includingadministration of oral and injectable medications, the storage andtransportation of them, and the monitoring of peoples physical responsesto medications, such as blood pressure, glucose and weight monitoring. The post holder will be expected to drive between appointments across awide geographical area in order to manage numerous visits each day,across the west and south of the county and occasionally further. The post holder will be expected to share office space in a hot deskarrangement and work in an open plan environment. Visits to serviceusers occur mainly within their own homes and can therefore includeexposure to a range of environments. Work frequently in distressing, challenging and emotionally demandingsituations requiring mental effort to undertake duties effectively. The post holder may be exposed to unpleasant and distressing workingconditions; some service users may exhibit aggressive and abusivebehaviour.Mental EffortService User Care To carry a clinical caseload and act as a CPA Care Coordinator,adhering to the CPA policy and fulfilling the named nurse role. To undertake comprehensive health needs and risk assessments(including capacity assessments) and develop a care plan (HealthAction Plan) in accordance with identified needs establishing specialistcourse of responsibilities/actions based on Recovery Principles. To carry out joint assessment with other MDT as required. To be aware of and comply with the relevant mental health and workrelated legislation and policy at all times. To provide relevant up to date evidence based information abouttreatment/intervention that enables service users to make informedchoices about their care. To deliver evidence based care in a timely manner. To make reactive recommendations as necessary when working alonein the community. To undertake health promotion activities with individuals and groups. To promote physical health and well being by providing healthchecks/screen and monitoring. Where necessary to administer prescribed medication or to superviseits administration and assess the service user for desired and nondesired effects. To maintain robust clinical records and prepare reports as required To provide and facilitate specialist help and advice to otherprofessionals agencies and carersHuman Resources To provide effective professional supervision/mentorship of junior staffand students assessing proficiencies of practice as required. To be a sign off mentor for students and provide a conducive learningenvironment To maintain ones own Professional Registration and development To actively participate in and seek clinical and professional supervisionand appraisal in line with organisational policyFinancial and Physical Resources To ensure effective and economic use of resources available To comply with the relevant Trust and service financial policies andproceduresResearch & Development To remain up to date concerning relevant clinical, social and legalissues. To be aware of relevant research findings and assist the Team Leaderin the development of the team, incorporating evidence based practice. To adhere to quality initiatives compatible with national targets andlocal standards applicable to practice. To be involved in the development and use of quality assurancesystems contributing to and participating in audits/outcomes, evaluationand lesson learning.Information Resources To gather and record statistical data relevant to service provision anddevelopment and to input data as required. This is carried out in order toprovide statistical data for research and audit for the service. To provide relevant data on treatment provision required by HPFT, whilstcomplying with the Data Protection Act 1984. To maintain effective service user records primarily within the TrustElectronic Patient Record Tool in line with Trust and NMC policies andprocedures, to include electronic diary entries and computerised data basesystem to facilitate collection of statistical information.

Person Specification Knowledge/Training/Experience Essential
  • RMN or Dip / BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing
  • ENB 998 / Preceptorship and Mentorship.
Areas of Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Working knowledge of MHA (1983), CPA, Risk Assessment and Section 25 etc.
  • Effective multi-professional team communication & team working
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care with supervision.
  • Medication administration.
  • Experience in working with acute mental health problems in a community setting
Communication skills Essential
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues, service users, carers, and relatives. Also with a range of local statutory and non statutory agencies
  • High standard of report writing
General Essential
  • Able to use computers for clinical record entry, seeking information, producing detailed reports and communication purposes
  • Car Driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

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