This post is only open to those candidates who already have their NMC registration in place and have successfully completed the preceptorship programme. Please note: Newly qualified applicants or those due to qualify will be recruited via a separate process.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for highly motivated, skilled and enthusiastic Registered Mental Health Nurses to join our busy Community Mental Health Team in the Darlington and Teesdale Older Persons Mental Health Team, providing assessment/treatment and care for older persons with functional and organic illness in their own homes and care homes.
You will need to possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You are required to have the ability and experience to manage complex cases in partnership with other agencies providing care coordination in line with CPA. In addition you will further develop skills in, Psychological therapies, psychosocial interventions and care management. You will support service users in their recovery.
There is an expectation of commitment to the development of high quality care, and to engage in quality improvement activities. You will be supported with regular management and clinical supervision. You will be offered training and development opportunities to fully support your role within the team.
Main duties of the job
- Promotes and maintains safety, privacy and dignity of all patients in the delivery of patient centred care, recognising and respecting differences including spiritual and cultural beliefs
- Takes steps to obtain patient consent to care and treatment
- Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of patient harm, abuse or neglect
- Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of patients are maintained at all.
- Has responsibility for own caseload of patients and takes responsibility as lead professional or care co-ordinator as appropriate.
- Assesses patients including those with complex needs and develops, implements and evaluates intervention plans.
- Ensures intervention plans are based on current risk assessment and evidence based practice
- Undertakes risk assessments in accordance with the Trust's Clinical Risk Assessment and Management Policy, devising and implementing actions and intervention plans.
- May be required to accompany and provide support to patients within a variety of community settings, dependent on current risk assessment.
- Supports individual patients and their families/carers in the community, liaising with other support services
- Provides health education and advice on health promotion to patients and their carers.
- Responsible for decision making and coordination in a crisis situation, where necessary seeking advice and guidance from other relevant professionals.
We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.
We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas. Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
- Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
- Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
- Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious
Job description Job responsibilities
The successful candidates will be expected to act as lead professional/care co-ordinator for a caseload with in MHSOP.
Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010
Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- RNMH, current professional registration with NMC.
- Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
- Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
- Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
- Working with people with mental ill health.
- Working in a person centred therapeutic organisation
- Working in a community setting
- Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
- Working in a multi-disciplinary team
- Working in partnership with other agencies
- Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
- Manage own time and prioritise effectively
- Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision (within agreed timescale).
- Evidenced based knowledge of best practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
- Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
- Care Programme Approach and its application in practice.
- Understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice.
- Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
- Awareness of psychological models of care and treatment.
Personal Attributes Essential
- Able to work in accordance with the Staff Compact and Trust Values and Behaviours.
- Compassionate in meeting the needs of vulnerable people and their families and carers
- Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in distressing and challenging circumstances
- Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
- Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
- Committed to continual quality and service improvement
- Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision
Other Requirements Essential
- Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.
- This post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.
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