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Team Leader (Physical Health Nurse SMI check)

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen within in Essex to be part of a new Physical Health Team providing services to people with Severe Mental Illness. HPFT are looking for people who want to make a difference to their community, supporting patients with mental health difficulties, and working alongside GPs and other professionals.

The successful candidate will work alongside primary care under the clinical supervision and oversight of the Senior Service Line lead and Head of Nursing.

Main duties of the job

The primary responsibility for this post is to provide a comprehensive and systematic annual health to those on the Severe and Enduring Mental illness register (SMI) and provide leadership and direction for the physical health team, developing working partnerships with primary care and wider system, in the context of contemporary service strategy and operational objectives.

These new opportunities within primary care will be developing and expanding over the next three years, and will be a core feature of delivering excellent care to people in the local community.

In return we offer structured supervision, access to training and development as part of your own personal development and support plan. This is your chance to be part of a friendly and supportive team environment within an organisation, which is well known for its expertise and outstanding clinical services.

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 Responsibilities: The primary responsibility for this post is to provide a comprehensiveand systematic annual health to those currently on the Severe andEnduring Mental illness register (SMI).

Work as part of the Primary Care Team to minimise duplication andcoordinate health checks Ensure appropriate physical health observations and blood tests aretaken and actioned for all patients who are eligible for an annualphysical health check. This will involve liaison with GPs, practicenurses, practice managers and other primary care staff Liaise with Primary Care professionals to ensure any follow up actionsare completed as part of Annual health check process. Offering health and lifestyle advice, signposting to relevant informationand services, delivering interventions or liaising with GP to do so. Provide clinical leadership in their service area. This means keepingclinically up to date, being able to assess patients thoroughly,plan care rigorously, and audit and evaluate nursing interventionsbased on evidence and locally agreed protocols and policies. Will be responsible for communicating any identified mental health,physical health, social care and safeguarding issues to relevant staff. Provide effective professional support to the physical health team. Provide practice supervision and support for nursing students andstudent nursing associates on placement in the service. Provide nursing care in a person centred way that promotes andfacilitates the positive health and well-being of people experiencingmental health problems and learning disabilities. Will maintain close liaison with all department\staff involved in patientscare and report on progress and effectiveness to the MDT. Will be aware of all policy documents and legal requirements andGeneral practice local procedures pertinent to the post and ensure thatthese are adhered to. This must link to SystmOne Arden procedureswhich is linked to NICE Will demonstrate and serve as an example for all clinical activities toappropriate grades of staff. Will be fully conversant and ensure compliance with NMC Code andStandards of Practice, as well as relevant legislation, policies andprocedures. The post holder is required to maintain current registration with theNMC.

  • RMN Managing team
  • Current registration with NMC
  • ENB 998 / Preceptorship and Practice Supervisor and Assessor Training.
  • At least 3 years post registration experience at Band 6.
  • Community nursing experience.
  • Venepuncture competent.
  • Interpretation of blood test results.
  • Ability to identify and intervene for health and lifestyle factors.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Experience of working with people with severe mental illness
  • Experience of working in other clinical settings.
  • Smoking cessation training
Job related aptitude and skills Essential
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multiprofessional team.
  • Confidence to work autonomously, use own initiative, and make decisions in complex situations.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassuring skills are required.
  • Ability to deal with distressing circumstances and challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of risk assessment and management.
  • Ability to cope with an unpredictable work pattern and frequent interruptions
  • Understanding of legal framework MHA, MCA, DoL, safeguarding and social factors involved in care.
  • Facilitate Clinical Supervision of band 4?
  • Specific clinical skills applicable e.g. management of tachycardia for patients on Clozapine
  • Implementing quality improvement initiatives.

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