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Community Mental Health Nurse Homeless Assessment Support Team

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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Community Mental Health Nurse Homeless Assessment Support Team (HAST)

HAST is a multi-disciplinary community team designed to meet the mental health needs of Rough Sleepers. Typically, our clients' needs are complex with a history of non-engagement with traditional psychiatric services. Do you see the person, not the 'problem'?

Do you want to make a difference in people's lives?

Do you want to help improve the way services and systems work?

The Changing Futures programme is a £64 million joint initiative by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and The National Lottery Community Fund. The fund is for local organisations to work in partnership to better support those who experience multiple disadvantages, including homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse, and contact with the criminal justice system. Sheffield is one of fifteen areas nationally selected to deliver an ambitious £3.267 million programme between now and March 2024. If you are a Community Mental Health Nurse driven by a passion to make a positive difference and like a challenge, we want to hear from you. We hope that the Changing Futures programme will have a lasting impact on improving health outcomes for this cohort and if successful it may be rolled out for longer.

18 months fixed term contract however secondment opportunity may be available.

Main duties of the job

The team has developed a distinctive multi-disciplinary clinical approach to the care pathways, and this incorporates all aspects of the client's mental health care being managed by the team. HAST work in a Trauma informed way and will use an assertive outreach approach to maximise engagement and offer face to face psychosocial interventions with Changing Future clients. The role requires the post holder to be responsive and offer person centred care at every stage of someone's journey from referral to discharge. Responsibilities also includes triage, comprehensively assessing a person's mental health needs and physical health needs, being responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care within agreed parameters and having a working knowledge of local and national policies and legislation, which govern service provision, audit. The role will involve managing a defined caseload of clients presenting with complex trauma and distressing psychological problems, including paranoia, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, addiction, and personality disorder. Undertaking risk assessments, intervention, and appropriate escalation of these risks and ensuring effective communication pathways exist both internally and externally are key responsibilities of this role. The successful candidate will also be responsible for attending Health MDTS with primary care and co ordinating complex case meetings and implementing a range of evidence-based interventions as appropriate.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds, and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

Principal Duties

  • Triage and determine urgency of new referrals to the service
  • Carry out comprehensive assessments of an individuals health and social care needs in a variety of settings and agree the most appropriate course of action
  • To assess, evaluate and manage clinical risk
  • To formulate a plan of care based on identified need
  • Deliver evidence based interventions as appropriate
  • Review effectiveness of care plan at regular intervals
  • To work collaboratively with service users, carers and partner agencies
  • To coordinate the clinic work of a day by day basis
  • To maintain computer held care records in an accurate and timely fashion
  • Undertake all work in a culturally sensitive manner
  • Act in accordance with the Care Programme Approach, Care Management System, Acute and Schedule Care Pathways as appropriate.
  • Develop effective working relationships with inpatient, community and voluntary organisations.

  • Regularly review own clinical work with supervisor to promote efficacy and contribute to the overall management of HAST
  • Deliver supervision and facilitate annual PDR with more junior members of staff
  • Participate in own PDR process, identifying training and development needs, and pursuing relevant actions to maintain and improve level of competence and effective contribution

Education and Training
  • Act as mentor to learners, keep up to date with relevant course and curriculum developments, and maintain sign off status
  • Participate in training relevant to role, including training needs for the team.
  • Promote insight and understanding of mental health issues to service users, carers, and other agencies
  • Contribute to audit, research and evaluation as appropriate

Service Development
  • Contribute to service development and review of development within the team.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities and in discussion with the manager the postholder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the Banding of the post. The job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the postholder.

The post holder should be comfortable in the use of computer technology, have basic keyboard skills and have the ability to use email.

All employees are expected to observe the following: -

Equal Opportunities and Dignity at work Statement of Intent

The Trust is a major employer and provider of services. We are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of and meets the needs of the local community.

We oppose all forms of discrimination on legal and moral grounds, and recognise that discrimination creates barriers to achieving equality for everyone.

The Trust is committed to making equality of opportunity and fair treatment a reality whereby an individual can seek, obtain and continue employment without unfair discrimination.

As an equal opportunities employer, we will ensure that all job applicants and employees receive fair and equal treatment and will not be disadvantaged by unjustified conditions or requirements.

The Trusts Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work Policy underpins the Trusts commitment to achieve equality and fairness at work and to ensure that individuals or groups are not unfairly discriminated against.

We are committed to improving our practice through signing up to initiatives such as Stonewall Champions, the Disability Standard, Two Ticks and Mindful Employer.

Safeguarding Children and Adults

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people (anyone under the age of 18) and adults. It expects all staff, volunteers and contracted staff to share this commitment and act in such a way that safeguards and promotes the health and well being of children, young people and adults.

Staff must ensure that they are familiar with the signs and symptoms of abuse and know what to do if any such concerns are raised.

Staff are expected to know about and follow the Trusts safeguarding children and safeguarding adult policies which can be found on the Trust intranet, and participate in related mandatory/statutory training.

Risk Management

Staff should be aware of the principles of risk management and adopt appropriate practice to reduce the risk to themselves and others. In particular, staff should observe the Trusts Risk Management Strategy, Risk, Incident & Serious Incident reporting and management policies, Health & Safety regulations and the risk management training requirements for all staff.

Infection Prevention & Control

Staff are expected to comply with the Trusts Infection Prevention & Control policies and conduct themselves in such a manner as to minimize the risk of causing healthcare associated infections.

Person Specification Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oWorking knowledge and understanding of Care Programme Approach & Care Management
  • oKnowledge and understanding of appropriate therapeutic approaches and engagement strategies
  • oKnowledge and understanding of PDR and supervision processes as a supervisee
  • oDemonstrable risk assessment and risk management skills with evidence of positive risk taking
  • oAbility to assess, plan and evaluate care
  • oDemonstrable caseload and time management skills
  • oAbility to work as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team with an ability to communicate at all levels
  • oAbility to work autonomously and make decisions independently based on a thorough understanding of care plans
  • oAbility to maintain accurate and contemporaneous data utilising the electronic records system
  • oAbility to motivate and support others
  • oKnowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • oAbility to demonstrate effective leadership skills, including the ability to deputise for the Team Manager in their absence
  • oAdditional skills /training in psychosocial interventions for people with SMI, CBT and family interventions
  • oPhysical Health Monitoring skills, ECG Phlebotomy, NEWS2
Training and Qualifications Essential
  • oRegistered Nurse -Mental Health
  • oCurrent registration with NMC
  • oEvidence of continued professional development
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • oExperience of working in a community setting
  • oExperience of working in a recovery focussed way
  • oAble to demonstrate an understanding of the risks within lone working
  • oKnowledge of working with service users with severe and enduring mental illness.
  • oExtensive experience in mental health in both inpatient and community settings
  • oExperience of managing/supervising others
  • oExperience of working with patients who find difficulty in engaging with mainstream services
Other Essential
  • oAwareness and understanding of legislation and other factors influencing mental health services
  • oHold a full driving license and have access to a car

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