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Community Mental Health Nurse

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a highly motivated, caring and dedicated mental health nurse who enjoys community working? Do you believe in keeping service users and carers at the heart of everything you do? Are you interested in developing your skills and knowledge in a supportive and friendly environment

South Sefton Neighbourhood Centre is looking to recruit a full time Band 5 Mental Health Nurse to work within our Complex Care Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults. The applicant will join a committed, enthusiastic and recovery focused multi-disciplinary team. In order to deliver high quality services you will be supported and developed to deliver evidence-based interventions to a wide range of service users with complex care needs and their carers who are experiencing a range of mental health issues. You will work across our service including our Memory Service and Community Team, working in clinic and across the community. You will receive regular supervision to consolidate your skills and knowledge and be offered further training to progress your career.

Main duties of the job

You will be able to work autonomously and be decisive, whilst also being a supportive team player. You will need to re-organise your day at short notice according to the needs of the team, so flexibility is essential. We are working in challenging times as we try to improve care provision with limited resources, so enthusiasm, resilience and passion are absolutely crucial to making this role a success.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

To contribute to teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills.To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Person Specification Person specification Essential
  • Registered Mental Nurse qualification essential.
  • Degree / Diploma o Evidence of post registration study.
  • Experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems
  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
VALUES: Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm o Responsive to service users o Engaging leadership style o Strong customer service belief o Transparency and honesty o Discrete
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discrete
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively.
  • Possess good listening and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base regarding:
  • Care Planning and evaluation
  • Quality and clinical audit.
  • Health & Safety/Risk Management Mental Health Act
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision.
  • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit.

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