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Community Mental Health Nurse

Employer
Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Location
London
Salary
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Profession
Nurse
Service
Community
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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In-Reach Nurse HMP Pentonville

North London Forensic Service (NLFS) has been rated as OUTSTANDING again by the Care Quality Commission, and part of this is our dedicated and skilled staff team who have a number of development opportunities open to them across a varied number of innovative services within the criminal justice pathway.

We are currently looking for Band 6 mental health practitioners for our Inreach team within HMP Pentonville. This is a Category B local remand male prison in North London with an operational capacity of approximately 1300 spaces. Although it would be beneficial, previous prison experience is not a mandatory requirement as we provide a full training and induction package. What is of paramount importance is a genuine desire to work compassionately and creatively with service users who are often in crisis and acutely distressed.

Please note, this position will be subject to prison vetting. You will be required to have a current right to work in the UK and be currently resident in the UK.

Main duties of the job

1.1 Conduct triage and comprehensive assessments that produce informed recommendations about their needs and implements a care pathway.1.2 To undertake a full mental state assessment, risk assessment, and gather a background history for individuals with a variety of needs. These would include those with mental illness or personality disorder and associated learning, social, personal, dependency and substance misuse issues.1.3 To prepare accurate written reports following assessment in line with quality standards.1.4 To make clinical judgments on situations as they arise, or change.1.5 A high standard of interpersonal skills is required to manage the complex and often conflicting needs and wants of those involved in the process.1.6 To facilitate appropriate signposting to/referring on, or interventions in close collaboration and liaison with other relevant agencies. Using a good working knowledge and understanding of local services.1.7 Safely managing a caseload within a recovery focused framework.1.8 To undertake risk assessments and provide risk management strategies.

About us

We are a large provider of integrated mental health services in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey and also provide community health services in Enfield. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community.

We look after people's mental and physical health in our hospitals or in the community.

We have a renowned North London Forensic Service (NLFS), rated as 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission. This service, based in Enfield, cares for and treats people in low and medium secure environments.

NLFS delivers mental health care in HMP Brixton, HMP Pentonville and HMP Wormwood Scrubs in London and HMP Grendon and HMP Springhill in Buckinghamshire. NLFS also provides mental health services at HM Young Offenders Institutions at Aylesbury.

Job description Job responsibilities

1. CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES1.1 Conduct triage and comprehensive assessments that produce informed recommendations about their needs and implements a care pathway.1.2 To undertake a full mental state assessment, risk assessment, and gather a background history for individuals with a variety of needs. These would include those with mental illness or personality disorder and associated learning, social, personal, dependency and substance misuse issues.1.3 To prepare accurate written reports following assessment in line with quality standards.1.4 To make clinical judgments on situations as they arise, or change.1.5 A high standard of interpersonal skills is required to manage the complex and often conflicting needs and wants of those involved in the process.1.6 To facilitate appropriate signposting to/referring on, or interventions in close collaboration and liaison with other relevant agencies. Using a good working knowledge and understanding of local services.1.7 Safely managing a caseload within a recovery focused framework.1.8 To undertake risk assessments and provide risk management strategies.1.9 Participate and represent the team in the strategic management of high risk/complex needs offenders by attending regular clinical reviews, CPA meetings and case conferences.1.10 To have an overview of the patients, their carers and available resources to aid the multidisciplinary team in the formulation of care plans, packages of care and management of risk.1.11 To act as care co-ordinator in accordance with the principles of the Care Programme Approach and Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007).1.12 Maintain a knowledge and skill base, which supports professional practice in a range of therapeutic interventions, including individual and group therapies in domiciliary and other therapeutic settings.1.13 To plan, implement and evaluate nursing interventions, taking account of risk to the patient and the community.1.14 To work therapeutically with patients on own caseload and co-ordinate therapeutic input of others.1.15 To provide specialist consultation to relatives, carers and others concerned in the care of the patient.1.16 Liaise with other sector service providers in health/social statutory and non-statutory.1.17 To provide care, custody and administration of medication in accordance with the Trusts policies and the NMC Code of Practice.1.18 To conduct ongoing assessment of the impact of prescribed medication on individual patientsboth in terms of therapeutic and untoward effects.1.19 Manage time and resources to provide a safe and effective high quality of care.1.20 Maintain accurate and up to date patient records ensuring confidentiality is kept at all times.1.21 To provide accurate written reports following assessment, in line with quality standards.1.22 Collect and provide statistics related to work, as instructed by the manager.1.23 The post-holder will have access to multi-agency sensitive information and must be aware of potential public and media interest that this may generate, and deal with these issues in line with Trust policies regarding confidentiality.1.24 Make referrals to other professionals as appropriate.1.25 Liaise with the inpatient services of both the forensic and general mental health teams.1.26 Assist with clients under the care of the locality mental health teams.1.27 Initiate and promote forensic, general mental health and community initiatives in order to raise awareness and understanding of forensic/mental health issues.1.28 Participate in the provision of services that are sensitive to the needs of the individual, paying particular attention to their ethnic and cultural backgrounds.1.29 Provide expert advice, underpinned by research evidence, to others regarding the management of care.1.30 To demonstrate specialist knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by MHA2007).

2. EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES2.1 Be aware of and assess the impact of new developments in the field of forensic and mentalhealth care.2.2 Make suggestions and contribute to the formulation of new strategies aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the service.2.3 Identify and share good practice.2.4 Contribute to the induction and teaching programme for staff and students.2.5 Promote sound clinical practice by contributing to the promotion of current developments in thecare of mentally disordered offenders and mental health patients.2.6 Contribute, assist and cooperate appropriately with research programmes which may be related to your work.2.7 Implement therapeutic programmes based on empirical evidence.2.8 To take full responsibility for coordinating and implementing mental health research and development. To use research findings, where appropriate, in developing an exploratory approach topractice.2.9 Continually appraise and audit own practice and that of others.2.10 Critically update knowledge, skills and practice by attending mandatory in-service training and other educational opportunities.2.11 Act as mentor/preceptor for relevant junior staff.2.12 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by MHA 2007).2.13 Demonstrate knowledge of Mental Health Act legislation and keep abreast of legal change or update.2.14 Keep abreast of issues pertaining to Mental Health legislation of Mentally Disordered Offenders.

3. RESPONSIBILITIES GOVERNANCE AND PERFORMANCE3.1 Participate in clinical supervision, appraisal and objective setting.3.2 To meet with the team to monitor and review the performance, governance, clinical practice andbusiness of the service.3.3 Provide clinical cover for colleagues in their absence when required.3.4 Report all sickness, absence, accidents or incidents using the correct Trust processes.3.5 Aid in the development of effective working relationships with other service lines and otherproviders for both statutory and non-statutory agencies.3.6 Keep up to date with Trust and Unit policies/procedures.3.7 Provide information to meet the requirements of the Trust, Health Authorities, Department ofHealth and Ministry of Justice.3.8 To coordinate the safe transfer of care relating to restricted patients from forensic services tolocal care providers.3.9 Maintain links with partnership agencies, which might include Commissioners of services,voluntary organisations and statutory organisations such as Social Services and the police.

4. PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES4.1 Maintain own personal and professional status by ensuring that the requirements laid down by NMC for periodic registration and continuity of personal professional licence are met.4.2 Maintain high standards of professional patient care in accordance with the Trusts aims andobjectives.4.3 Uphold the principle of the NMC code of professional conduct.4.4 To work within the legal, professional and ethical frameworks established by national bodiessuch as the NMC and frameworks established by the Trust.4.5 Any other duties commensurate with the grade and in line with the requirement for this post

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (Part 3 or Part 13 of NMC register) and evidence of post-basic study
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Essential
  • At least 2 years' experience as a band 5 in Mental Health Nursing preferably Forensic Services
  • Preferably experience / interest in group work, talking therapies and therapeutic activity
SKILLS AND ABILITIES Essential
  • Ability to plan and organise a range of complex clinical activities which require judgments to be made on competing factors
  • Ability to undertake risk assessments using a standardised or semi-structured risk assessment method
  • Ability to prioritise workload and emergency referrals
  • Ability to formulate care plans and packages of care
  • Ability to engage in group work and supportive therapy
  • Ability to contribute to new strategies and policy development


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