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Community Psychiatric Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Does a role supporting older adults with mental health problems and dementia to remain safe and well at home motivate you?

Do you have a passion for enabling older people to maintain the relationships that are important to them?

Are you a registered Mental Health Nurse? (RMN)

If so, we would love to speak to you about our CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse) role in our Dementia and Specialist Older Adult Mental Health Service in the beautiful town of Chichester.

As a Community Psychiatric Nurse, you will work in partnership with older adults with complex health presentations and dementia, developing their care plans and recovery plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives. Sitting in our multidisciplinary team, you will have access to and work closely with a variety of clinicians in order to provide the best care possible to our service users.

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to t&c's)

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Main duties of the job

You will be well suited as a CPN in our team if you are an autonomous practitioner, who is comfortable in carrying continuing responsibility for a defined caseload of service users. You will be building strong relationships and trust with service users and their families, carers and partner agencies, in order to provide the best care possible.

Your day-to-day role will include:
  • Undertaking assessments of individuals and their families; including those service users presenting with higher levels of risk
  • Developing a care plan alongside the service user
  • Offering specialist nursing assessment and advice where required
  • Assessing and managing on going risks as identified during the assessment, ensuring that this is done in collaboration with the service user and carers
  • Regularly reviewing risk factors and make changes to the management of them as necessary
  • Provide clinical supervision to staff and students and act as a mentor for student nurses

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.


In order to be a successful Community Psychiatric Nurse in our team you will be:
  • A Registered Mental Health Nurse with the NMC
  • Experienced in risk management
  • Experienced working within a mental health setting
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions; to include education, care plans and discharge planning, working closely with carers, families and partner agencies to facilitate this

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced working with older adults presenting with complex mental health difficulties and dementia.

The service operates 0900 - 1700 hours Monday to Friday.

The service has an intensive support element within it that offers extended hours and weekend interventions to people who are seen by the team.

The ability to travel across sites is essential for this role. SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

Although this is a band 6 role, we would consider a band 5 development post for the right candidate.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Candice Douglas Team Leader: / 01243 791833

(We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependant)

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualifying experience in the relevant care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Previous experience of working in the community

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