We have a vacancy for a Band 6 Community Mental Health / Learning Disability/ Addiction Specialist Nurse to join our dynamic community mental health team, based at Highlands House in Tunbridge Wells. We are looking for a Mental Health Practitioner with a core mental health nursing background with demonstrable skills and interest in working with service users who have complex mental health needs. You must have experience of working with mental health service users as a qualified practitioner. We are looking for a practitioner with good communication and liaison skills who is forward thinking and enthusiastic regarding innovative ways of working.
We are particularly interested in applicants who can have a keen interest in developing specialist skills in the areas of assessment, CBT, Psychosocial Interventions, Use of the Recovery Model, Care of those with Personality Disorder, and Dual Diagnosis. Potential post-holders should be able to demonstrate a capacity for creative and flexible working, and a willingness to work in a diverse, challenging and multi-agency environment.
In the winter of 2017, we launched our new and exciting Nursing Strategy, which is attached here for your reference. Our strategy will support our registered and unregistered nursing staff to provide the best care possible to our patients and their families, whilst enjoying a long and supportive career with us here at KMPT.
Main duties of the job
To manage a caseload of mental health service users within a Community Mental Health Team who have varying levels of complexity. This will include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans. It will also include robust needs and risk assessments and a comprehensive approach to the implementation of care and multi-disciplinary reviews. This will be in line with the statutory and legal requirements of the NHS care provisions and the effective implementation of the trust policy and procedure guidelines.
To identify, report and record all incidents of potential or actual abuse. This applies whether the victim is an adult or child. All queries will be addressed by the Trust Safeguarding Team.
Actively participate in the evaluation and development of the service by attending team and service improvement meetings.
Work in collaboration with all members of the multi-disciplinary team, and the wider trust including Primary Care, voluntary and other agencies.
To maintain a clinical caseload, planning and prioritising workload.
Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.
We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.
The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.
You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.
The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.
Job description Job responsibilities
To operate as a lead nurse for a caseload of mental health service users with complex and diverse needs. To undertake comprehensive needs assessments, developing and reviewing care plans and community care packages in line with agreed health and social care eligibility criteria.
To manage and ensure the provision of appropriate medical and psychosocial interventions to a caseload of service users who experience mental health problems. To effectively meet the needs of the client group and their carers in line with agreed NHS and Trust competencies and targets. To ensure that the care offered is evidence based and in line with NICE guidelines.
To ensure information systems and client records are effectively maintained in accordance with the Trusts policy. To input data concerning clinical activity as required ensuring that entries are accurate and timely. To ensure that procedures are followed in order for necessary data to be collected (e.g.) key performance indicators.
To ensure that the views of the service users and carers are sought and incorporated into treatment plans and that care is sensitive to the needs of all our service users.
To participate in rotas as required and provide clinical cover for team members in their absence.
To liaise with CRHTT and inpatient services as required. To provide written reports, attend Mental Health Review Tribunals and Discharge Planning Meetings, where appropriate, ensuring that key professional input and expertise is provided.
Person Specification Qualification Essential
- BSc Hons or Diplome/Degree
- Experience in Mental Health Services Inpatient or Community
Knowledge and Skills Essential
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