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Discharge to Assess Mental Health Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Hemel Hempstead
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Mental Health Nurse to bring their expertise into the teams that support people following discharge from the district general hospital into care home for further assessment, support and rehabilitation.
  • This really is an exciting opportunity to work in an integrated way, not only across the organisations that provide Physical and Mental Health as well as with Social Care; but also across a number of sites - for example district general hospital, Nursing and Residential Homes, community health buildings and in people's own homes.We can be flexible with the base, for example Hemel One, Apsley One or Watford General Hospital.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of the integrated care provided by HPFT in supporting people with complex physical health/frailty as well as mental health needs. You will primarily work within the Discharge to Assess and Post Hospital Review Teams at Watford General Hospital to:

  • Provide mental health assessment, and risk assessment (to people in Discharge to Assess beds, or open to the Post Hospital Review Team)
  • Provide support, advice and guidance to the Discharge to Assess and Rapid Response Teams, and to the Post Hospital Review Team.
  • Support the Discharge to Assess Single Point of AccessSupport ward staff at the district general hospital with risk assessment, risk management, and positive risk taking where people are under 1-1 observations.
  • Review people for MHSOP who have previously been seen by Mental Health Liaison, who are now in a Discharge to Assess bed.
  • As part of MHSOP you will have access to the supervision, support and training that we offer, but as part of the Discharge to Assess and Post Hospital Review Teams, you will also develop your knowledge and skills in physical health and social care.

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

Please see job description and person specification for further details. If you would like further information then please call for an informal chat.

Person Specification Knowledge/Skills/Experience Essential
  • Degree, diploma or equivelent in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing
  • Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Mentorship Preparation Course.
  • Two years post registration experience, with at least one year post registration experience in Adult Mental Health Care.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act, Care Programme Approach etc)
  • Ability to manage distressing and challenging situations
  • Physical healthcare training/knowledge
  • Experience of working with clients with Delirium
  • Experience of working in primary care
  • Tier 2 Dementia training
Communication Skills Essential
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to feedback and discuss cases within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent documentation of duties performed
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the community
Analytical Skills Essential
  • Good range of problem solving skills
  • Good range of information gathering skills
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
  • Fine attention to detail
Physical Skills Essential
  • Computer literacy skills in order to enter data onto electronic client records
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • Ability to complete tasks associated with the job (subject to occupational Health)

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