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Community Mental Health Nurse

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a specialist service based at Kent and Canterbury Hospital responding to patients who have a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment; who are experiencing an escalation of those symptoms or a degree of crisis requiring specialist intervention to aid their transition of care from hospital to a short term residential or nursing home establishment.

In addition to working with the MDT in the Kent and Canterbury, William Harvey and QEQM hospitals you will be required to work alongside care homes, carers and other external agencies.

Main duties of the job

Under the direction of a Locality Services Manager to provide high quality mental health services to Older People with Mental Health Needs within a defined geographical area. Provide clear and timely assessment of patients with complex needs and behaviours seen challenging; particularly dementia. Offer advice and consultation to patients, acute hospital teams, fellow professionals, carers and care home staff, in relation to managing behaviours perceived as challenging, to help promote an improved quality of life and person centred care. To assist timely acute hospital transfers, prevent unnecessary re-admissions and transfers between care home establishments.

Provide clear recommendations in relation to onward support and care jointly with the Rapid Transfer Services (KCHFT) and Kent County Council colleagues, where co -morbidities and complex physical and mental health needs are present.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Community Psychiatric Nurse role provides an integral part of mental health assessment and care planning . Clinicians within the Rapid Transfer Dementia Service put people referred at the centre of the care offered to promote approaches to person centred care. To facilitate continuity of seamless patient care with the involvement with various other services ;
  • Care Homes
  • Acute Trust Dementia Specialists Teams
  • Continuing Healthcare Teams
  • Psychiatric Liaison Teams
  • Specialist Therapies Department :i.e. specialist psychology accessible to all patients (if appropriate)
  • GPs
  • Community Services
  • Intermediate Care Teams
  • Acute Hospitals (i.e. QEQ, WHH and KCH)
  • Geriatricians
  • Carers and families.
  • Voluntary Sector organisations
  • Social Care
  • Domiciliary care services

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate professional qualification
  • Registered
  • Practice educator / nursing mentor
  • Other relevant training / qualifications
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of dementia presentation and treatment
  • Understanding of functional mental health presentation and treatment
  • Knowledge of mental health act / capacity act
  • Demonstrates profession specific knowledge and risk management
  • Person Centred Care
Skills and Experience Essential
  • 2-3 years post grad experience
  • Experience working with dementia / mental health conditions
  • Prioritising and managing own workload
  • Team working
  • Working in a health or social care setting

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