Community Mental Health Nurse (B5/B6 Development Post)

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,503 a year incl. 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to the promotion of current post holder, an opportunity has arisen for a Community Mental Health Nurse to work in our lively and friendly team based in the market town of Dorking, Surrey.

This post is a Band 5/6 Developmental post and suitable for a newly qualified nurse.

Main duties of the job

The Mole Valley CMHRS delivers care in line with care pathway frameworks and this is an exciting time to join and contribute to the team.

The post holder will hold a small caseload and focus on delivery of a specific time-limited intervention using the recovery model. The care and treatment will focus on empowering service users to use their strengths, skills and special interest to help in their recovery whilst under the secondary services working with our Multidisciplinary Team. You will be offered regular clinical supervision and support from the Clinical Lead.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a high level of commitment, motivation and knowledge of working with people with severe and enduring mental health needs.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence due to the community element of the role.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Band 5

To discharge professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act (1983) and revised subsequent act Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the NMC Professional Code of Conduct

· Be accountable and responsible for a defined caseload that reflects the priorities of the local population and carry responsibility for the assessment of care needs; under the supervision of the CPN Clinical Lead.

· To develop, implement and evaluate evidence based programmes of care; set standards of care and liaise with other agencies, particularly in relation to people discharged under the Care Programme Approach.

· Take on the role of care co-ordinator/care manager to service users subject to the Care Programme Approach, as in line with Local and National Policy.

· Participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment of individuals with mental health problems living in the community, by providing a community mental health nursing perspective and expertise

· Ensure that a risk assessment is completed for service users, especially if there is a history of, or a potential for risk.

· To adhere to professional confidentiality standards

· To be aware of the potential for vulnerability to abuse amongst the service users/families, and use of the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and SABP Policies

· Ensure that a carer’s assessment is offered to carers of service users, as in line with Standard 6 of the National Service Framework.

· Help develop and maintain effective joint working arrangements with colleagues in the community mental health services, residential services, primary health care, social services and voluntary services, thus facilitating the co-ordination and comprehensiveness of provision.

· Utilise the full range of mental health nursing skills to participate in the assessment, care and support of service users.

· Use specialised knowledge, experience and skills in direct clinical work and act as a resource for the team and other agencies. This may include work in rehabilitation, social interventions, development of social networks and accessing other services/resources, mental health promotion, counselling and intercultural therapy, encouraging service user participation at all times.

· Participate in the provision of community mental health nursing advice and consultation to colleagues, community groups and organisations.

· Promote the recovery model to the people who use the service and their carers

· To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

· Ensure detailed and appropriate records are maintained to demonstrate that contact with people who use services, and their carers’, is meaningful and effective.

Band 6 (in addition to those responsibilities at Band 5)

· To lead the clinical management of a care package to individuals who use our services.

· To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person centred healthcare to a designated group of people who use our services, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.

· To deliver individual and group therapy utilising CBT skills.

· To work as a member of the MDT in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in people who use our services health.

· To ensure provision of the necessary physical care to help people who use our services i.e.: personal hygiene, diet and fluid intake, clothing and laundry, personal environment, manual handling, elimination, maintaining rest and sleep and activity, physical observations.

· To ensure provision of therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to clients to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

· To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

· To ensure prescribed physical observations are undertaken as follows: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height and act upon exceptions appropriately

· Participate in the education of pre and post registration nursing, social work, psychology, medical and occupational therapy students.

· Supervise junior nurses and other non qualified staff in the service/team.

· To lead the development, maintenance and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.

· To promote shared decision making with service user/relatives/carers, as appropriate, involvement in all aspects of their care.

· To ensure compliance by self and staff of the Trust’s Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions, Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, including taking all reasonable steps to manage and promote a healthy working and diverse working environment.

· To participate in clinical governance activities including monitoring standards set within the service.

· To participate in the recruitment and selection of staff

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience required
  • Band 5 1 years experience working with people with mental health (can be pre- qualification)
  • Band 6 2 years post qualification experience of working in the community with people with severe and enduring mental health illness.
Qualifications Essential
  • - Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • - NMC registered
  • Band 6 - Mentor Preparation or Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice.

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