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Community Mental Health Nurse

West London NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has become available for a Community Mental Health Practitioner to work in Hounslow East MINT. We are currently going through an exciting transformation as set out in The Community Mental Health Framework. You will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary Team as well as having an autonomy to manage a caseload of patients with varied mental health conditions.

This role also involves working close with our community partners such as GP practice the VSCE to ensure we can provide the best community placed base care.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking applications from Registered Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Social Workers who have experience of working in community mental health services.

The ideal candidate will have:

Prior experience of working across a range of community mental health settings and with a range of mental health diagnoses/need;

Hold a registration for the correct governing body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Social Work England or the Health & Care Professions Council

Knowledge of and experience in delivering a range of brief interventions to patients with mental health needs;

Good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to use these to strengthen local relationships with the local MINT Teams

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Description for the post of Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner is attached to this Job Advert for further information.

If you are interested in the role or would like more information then please contact the Team Manager Anthony Gabriel by emailing

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Professional qualification in mental health - Mental Health Nursing (RMN) with current NMC registration
  • Educated to degree or Diploma level with other courses relevant to primary care mental health services e.g. CBT, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy etc
  • RGN/physical health qualification
  • Evidence of recent and on-going relevant further professional development
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of post qualifying work in psychiatry.
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines
  • Evidence of experience in a Band 6 position or equivalent
  • Other relevant post registration experience
  • Audit and research experience
  • Experience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting
  • Experience of working in a primary care setting/ social care/ voluntary sector
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of counselling skills/cognitive behavioural skills, psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of recovery approaches as used with those with mental health conditions
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health conditions as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Assessment and treatment of Deliberate Self Harm
  • Risk assessment/management and crisis intervention skills
  • Use of psychosocial assessment methods
  • Higher level communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to engage challenging and/or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations and use de-escalation techniques effectively
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options, with senior clinical support/supervision
  • organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Computer literate
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed and/or disturbed patients, often exhibiting challenging behaviours and the risk of physical violence
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Self-motivated, able to work autonomously and independently with confidence when required.
  • Exercise initiative, flexibility and tact and self awareness
  • Willing to use peer and group supervision creatively
  • Be able to work flexibly if required
  • Be aware of the limitations in your competencies and seek appropriate senior advice and leadership.
  • Personal experience of a mental health condition

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