Mental Health Nurse

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Incl 5% HCAS - Mileage is additional
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Hope service is responsible for health, social care and educational provision and contains both NHS and Surrey Childrens Services. The mental health nurse practitioner will work with young people with complex mental health, behavioural and social care needs. They will provide mental health assessments focusing on risk management, needs of the young person and provide the appropriate intervention and/or sign posting for the young person. To offer consultation to the team on mental health related issues.

The Extended Hope service delivers, in partnership with Surrey Childrens Services a mental health assessment function out of hours with two respite beds based in Redhill. The post holder will work collaboratively in an Extended Hope model of an integrated team with residential staff to wrap care around a young person who is experiencing a crisis. The post holder will respond professionally to all requests for information and assistance, whether in person or by phone, using discretion as to appropriateness of requests and being aware of confidentiality and information sharing guidelines at all times. The post holder will work with all Trust Services and Surrey Childrens Services to ensure an integrated approach to benefit young people out of hours.

Main duties of the job

The Hope service is county-wide and within Extended Hope, during the hours of operation, an assessment service for young people along with support to the respite beds.

Hours of the service will be flexible to the requirements of the service and the post holder will be required to flexibly change working hours to meet the requirements of the service and 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 within easy reach.

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

Job description Job responsibilities

To work with young people who are high risk with complex mental health and social care needs.

To provide assertive outreach to young people and their families/carers to monitor mental state and risk and help re-integrate into an educational setting.

To recognise potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly to resolve the situation, seeking assistance if required.

To provide comprehensive mental health assessments focusing on risk management to young people who are at risk of hospital admission or in mental health crisis.

To monitor effects and side effects of medication and report appropriately to the prescribing consultant, Lead Clinician and Health Lead.

To ensure CPA requirements are met within specified timescales e.g care plans, risk assessments, organising of CPA meetings and record keeping.

To work within the Extended Hope model to deliver an assessment and respite service within the working hours, guided by the principles of the Hope Service.

To work collaboratively with the Emergency Duty Team out of hours to develop joined up relationships to benefit young people.

To identify and manage Safeguarding Childrens issues thought the assessments and ensure the appropriate interventions.

To oversee the risk in the respite beds and ensure that appropriate risk management plans are in place.

To recognise potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly to resolve the situation, seeking assistance if required.

To provide effective communication to young people and their families/carers to monitor mental state and risk

To promote shared decision making with Young People/families/care and involvement in all aspects of care.

To develop and maintain effective relationships with partnership agencies.

Develop creative packages of care for young people and their families/carers to try to prevent hospital admission or shorten length of stay when admission is necessary.

To be a resource for specialist advice and information to other colleagues, agencies and organisations of adolescents with complex mental health issues.

To provide evidence based interventions to young people and their families/carers in accordance with NICE guidelines.

To uphold the principles of the appropriate code of professional conduct at all times.

To ensure that all information is recorded in the appropriate Trust Electronic Care Record System in a timely and professional way.


a) All staff will have a sound awareness of Safeguarding issues and be clear about their respective roles and responsibilities to report, respond to and share information in relation to Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Children, Domestic Abuse and Public Protection.

b) All staff will have a good knowledge of and adhere to the Data Protection Act and will not disclosure to any person or organisation, any confidential information that comes into their possession in the course of their employment.

c) To fully participate in the Trusts performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.

d) Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line manager as part of the personal development planning process.

e) To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.

d) To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the teams in which he/she works.

e) To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.

f) To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

g) To contribute to the prevention and control of health care associated infection by adhering to Trust policies and guidelines.

h) Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust is committed to valuing and promoting diversity in employment, service delivery practices and its general environment. An expectation of all leadership posts within the Trust is that each individual will take responsibility for promoting open, inclusive and accessible service provision, staff development and a culture that values and respects difference.

Employees must:

Cooperate with the Trust and its officers in implementing the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Take reasonable care of their own health, safety & welfare.

Refrain from doing anything which may constitute an unacceptable health & safety risk to themselves or others.

Report any defective equipment, unsafe situations or practices immediately to the responsible manager.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Children Act.
  • Sound knowledge of Mental Capacity Act.
  • Ability to demonstrate collaborative practice which promotes integrated working. Ability to contain others and provide skill and expertise to a wider system such as acute hospitals.
  • Demonstrate experience or effective risk assessments and risk management plans.
  • Ability to work autonomously but within a managed system.
  • Sound understanding of the wider network around young people
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage young people in their care and risk management.
  • Skills
  • Proven skills in written and oral communication, with the capacity to convey complex information in a manner appropriate to the target audience.
  • Ability to seamlessly work within any care setting respecting the protocols of each environment whilst maintaining the integrity of the appropriate code of conduct/practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal manner and ability to communicate within team and all other agencies.
  • Ability to respond to changing circumstances and information and make appropriate judgements, either from own initiative, or consultation with colleagues, as necessary.
  • Ability to manage own time so that key tasks are prioritised and work is carried out in a timely manner.
  • Basic IT skills in the use of computers, such as logging on and off, maintaining security, key board skills, e-mail, and word processing to a standard commensurate with the nature of the work.
  • Car driver (valid driving licence)
  • Medication administration (depot)
  • Computer use
  • Abilities
  • Sit for regular intervals throughout the day when working with clients.
  • Use computer at regular times of the day for short periods.
  • Drive for periods during the day.
  • Able to analyse and interpret complex situations and arrive at well thought out risk assessed decisions in a short period of time.
  • Able to understand psychological language and be able interpret in relation to Client care.
  • Able to hold clinical discussions related to physical, social and psychological concepts of client care.
  • Be able to translate complex psychological concepts into understandable framework for clients and carers.
  • To be able to manage oneself emotionally when workload is heavy.
  • Be able to contain client distress in a therapeutic relationship where clear therapeutic boundaries have been established.
  • Be able to manage boundaries when the client breaches them whilst maintaining therapeutic relationship.
  • Be able to contain sensitive and difficult client issues
  • Be able to deal with emotionally charged situations, including highly distressed patients and families.
  • To be able to recognise limitations and request assistance and further supervision.
  • Be able to manage and support distressed colleagues.
  • Experience of lecturing, teaching and mentorship.
  • Knowledge of more advanced IT skills such as spreadsheets, publishing etc.
Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification at Diploma/Degree level RMN
  • Further training or experience to post graduate diploma level
  • 2 years post qualification experience
  • Ability to demonstrate experience of working with Young People or older adolescents.
  • NMC registered

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