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Community Mental Health Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Come and join us at Leigh Moss Community Hub, at Leigh Moss Hospital, Liverpool L14. We are currently recruiting band 5 nurses to work within our community mental health teams.

We can offer you an exciting role that will interface with older people's functional care pathways, dementia care pathways and our young onset dementia care pathways.

There is plenty of opportunity to work alongside our psychology team, we encourage and support our nurses to deliver psychological interventions such as post diagnostic groups and cognitive stimulation therapy. We will guarantee career development through a variety training packages and learning opportunities. We have an excellent multidisciplinary team with a wealth of experience here at Leigh Moss.

Importantly for you, we offer full support from our clinical leadership team. We pride ourselves on looking after our staff and their wellbeing. We are a contemporary workforce that offers flexible working and we make the most of our data analytics and technology.

We are interested in hearing from newly qualified nurses who would like the opportunity to work in a forward thinking, warm and friendly, highly experienced multidisciplinary team. That said, we welcome applications from nurses who would like to move into this specialist community service recognizing full transition training can be offered.

Main duties of the job

Provide assessments and develop treatment plans for service users on caseload Hold a caseload of people with cognitive and functional mental health problems.

Participate in team meetings , MDT meetings and training opportunities.

Provide support for service users and carers

Participate in delivery of group interventions

Liaise with colleagues and coordinate care for service users on caseload

Support and monitor the service user whilst commencing medication

Work collaboratively with other members of the MDT

Attend regular supervision meetings

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

Principal Responsibilities:

Clinical1. To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under the supervision of the line manager.

2. To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as laid down in the care plan.

3. To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.

4. To develop a risk management plan for service users, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.

5. To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.

6. To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.

7. To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users that you have responsibility for with guidance from a supervisor.

8. To communicate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the communication of any relevant information which has an impact on the service users care.

9. To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.

10. To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language.

11. To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in the reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust.

12. To have knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation. To support services users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented.

13. To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.

14. To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery Councils regulations are adhered to.

15. To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. To supervise and monitor the entries made by unqualified staff.

16. To under the guidance of a supervisor provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested e.g. for a service user Mental Health Act Tribunal or Managers Hearing.

17. To contribute to teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills.

18. To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive.

19. To ensure that unqualified staff members get appropriate support following violent or other untoward incidents.

20. To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per Trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.

21. To actively participate in service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.

22. To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting.

23. To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve the situation with supervision and guidance as appropriate.

24. To assist in the assessment and supervision of nursing and other students.

25. To assess and monitor the physical and mental health of service users, seeking advice and support from medical staff as appropriate.

26. To actively participate in team meetings in order to positively influence team working and the development of research based practice.


1. To be responsible for maintaining own professional registration and PREP requirements.

2. To provide an effective link between mental health services and primary care, acting in an advisory capacity to professionals in other fields.

3. To develop effective working relationships with other professional outside of the Trust in order to enhance the delivery of care to service users.

4. To participate as a supervisor and supervisee in the Divisional performance management / supervision framework. Work towards and help others work towards goals and objectives as agreed in personal development plans.

5. To take responsibility for maintaining and developing own knowledge and sills within own area of work.

6. To attend, as appropriate, courses and conferences, and to feedback and share knowledge, gained from attendance.

7. To be professionally accountable for own actions as a registered practitioner.

8. To act, at all times, in accordance with Trust policies and procedures, ensuring that unqualified staff are adhering to policy and procedure.

9. To undertake mandatory training as identified by the Trust and ensure that all actions are in line with training.

10. To keep up to date with developments in professional practice and make recommendations for change to senior staff, as appropriate.

11. To take and active role in the reporting of adverse incidents as per Trust policy. Ensure that junior staff follow the policy and appropriately report all incidents.

12. To seek advice and further training, if appropriate, before carrying out any duty.

13. To actively participate in the preceptorship process, working towards fulfilling any action plans, as agreed with the supervisor, and seeking advice and support to enhance skills and develop expertise.


1. To adhere to the Trusts right based approach taking into account service user choice.

2. To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and any others that may be affected by your acts and omissions at work.

3. To ensure that you are familiar with the terms and conditions of your post.4. To take responsibility for identifying, reporting and managing environmental risk as necessary e.g. liaison with facilities. To participate in service development as required.


1. To maintain the dignity of service users at all times whilst dealing with aspects of personal care.

2. To maintain service user confidentiality at all times both on and off duty.

3. To ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the Trusts Equality and diversity Strategy in a Human Rights approach and to contribute to its development.

Person Specification essential Essential
  • Professional registration
  • Experience of OP services

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