Community Mental Health Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Old Age
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a highly motivated and enthusiastic RMN interested in joining our Community Mental Health team working with older people in Hillingdon? We are a needs-led service and work with service users that are physically frail and have a mental health problem. Caseloads are a mixture of service users with long and enduring mental health issues, acute mental health issues or issues relating to memory loss. You will act as a Care Co-ordinator or Lead Professional dependent on the complexity of the case.

You will need to have post registration experience, preferably experience of working with older people with mental health problems and /experience of working in an NHS community-based team.

You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a sound understanding of current government legislation, the able to work as part of a MDT and provide high quality care with evidence based therapeutic interventions.

Car owner/driver is essential

In return we offer regular clinical supervision, and excellent professional developmental opportunities within a supportive environment.

Main duties of the job

1. Assessments and treatment of patients with patients with Primary Mental Health conditions and/or Dementia living in the community.

2. Assessment & management of risk.

3. Medication management

4. Supporting carers & family .

5. Liaising with statutory & non statutory agencies.

6. Acting as a Duty Worker & triaging new referrals .

7. Promoting Older Adult Mental Health services in Hillingdon.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. Were always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career. With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description Job responsibilities

1.To manage and have Care-coordinator/Case Manager responsibility for a defined clinical caseload of service users with complex mental health problems living in the community. This will include service users subject to the Care Programme Approach and under Lead Professional care.

2.To undertake holistic assessments of service users utilizing the integrated notes system, , Risk Assessment , Mental State Examinations and Physical Health checks.

3.Supervising and administering medication as necessary, observing effects and side effects, regularly updating knowledge on medication, also, ensure the policy for carriage and administration of drugs is strictly adhered to.

4.To work collaboratively with carers in the care & treatment of the service user and offer carers assessments as required.

5.Ensure that all views of service users and carers are effectively sought, channelled and acted upon, including the efficient actioning of compliments and complaints in accordance with the Trust policy.

6.To act in a manner to raise standards of care and make the services culturally sensitive, relevant and accessible to meet the needs of a diverse population.

7.To be conversant with the Safeguarding Adults procedure and alert to signs of possible abuse.

8.Help service users to understand the ageing process and how it affects their health and lifestyle. Assist Service Users in adjusting their lifestyle to maximize their comfort, dignity and independence.

9.To promote the work of the CMHT and an understanding of mental health issues affecting older people within the catchment area.

10.To participate in the Duty service for the CMHT and take responsibility for triaging referrals when on duty.

11.To maintain up-to-date clinical records electronically in line with agreed local policies and procedures, NMC guidelines and CNWL policy.

12.To ensure that own professional practice and clinical knowledge is maintained at all times in accordance with NMC guidelines and CNWL policies and procedures.

14.To acquaint the Team Manager with professional concerns and promote professional practice at all times.

15.To work in partnership with the primary care team, statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure that the appropriate care needs of older people with mental health problems are met.

17.To participate in CNWL developments and transformation of older adult services as required

Carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade and nature of this role as required by the Team Manager.

Person Specification Qualifications & Education Essential
  • oRegistered Nurse.
  • oPost registration education
  • oPractice Assessor
  • oRGN
  • oBSc in community health studies
  • oDementia Training
Previouis Experience Essential
  • oRequires post qualification experience in Older Adult mental health.
  • oAbility to assess, plan, implement and evaluate resident care & act accordingly if untoward changes occurred
  • oExperience of working with carers
  • oExperience of working with statutory & voluntary organisations.
  • oExperience of managing / supervising other staff.
  • oPractical experience of providing high quality care and exceeding expectations.
  • oKnowledge of medication and the safe administration of drugs.
  • oKeeping accurate records.
  • oExperience of basic counselling and group work.
  • oCommunity Mental Health experience desirable
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • oAble to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy using good communication skills.
  • oExcellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • oAbility to work within a multidisciplinary team.
  • oAbility to work autonomously and manage own caseload
  • oEffective time management.
  • Able to motivate and affect change
  • oEvidence of leadership.
  • oAble to provide supervision & support to junior staff & students.
  • oProvide clinical supervision
  • oKnowledge of statutory & legal acts pertaining to mental health & older adults
  • oNMC code of conduct.
  • oCare Programme Approach / Single Assessment Process
  • oKnowledge of new developments in nursing and mental health.
  • oRisk assessment and management.
  • oTreat patients with respect and dignity.
  • oMaintain patient confidentiality.
  • oAble to assess, plan treatment for and review nursing care needs.
  • oAble to undertake physical health assessments and awareness of how this may impact on the service user's presentation
  • oLeadership skills (motivating, using initiative, change management).
  • oSpecialist knowledge in an aspect of nursing older people
Other Essential
  • Car driver & access to a car for work
  • oIT skills
  • oMotivated to provide the highest standard in a changing service.
  • oAwareness of Health & Safety issues.
  • oAwareness of the importance of Equal Opportunities.
  • oWillingness to undertake further training relevant to clinical area.
  • oAble to recognise signs of stress in self & others.

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