B5/B6 Community Mental Health Nurse - development post

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
West Molesey
£26,937 to £33,110 a year incl 5% Fringe HCAS allowance
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are pleased to announce we have a position available for a Band 5/6 Development post, to join our multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Team, covering the Borough of Elmbridge for Working Age Adults with Severe and Enduring Mental Illness. This post will include the opportunity for further training in working with people with Personality Disorders (EUPD, CBT, DBT) Training. Family intervention training and CBT for Psychosis and Bi-Polar and HEE funded training courses available throughout the year. Extensive opportunities to work with other core professions and with our Acute Pathway colleagues, making this post suitable for a newly qualified Nurse, needing to complete their Preceptorship. Full Clinical/Managerial Supervision will be given. The post will involve a mixture of Case Management and delivering therapeutic interventions, and opportunities to work closely with our Social Care colleagues and Community Connection partners so that we can cater for the needs of the Client and their Carers.

We are a friendly Team, based in a spacious building offering your own workspace.

We are based in the heart of West Molesey, Surrey with many local amenities. We have Wifi and Ample free car parking available.

Main duties of the job

You will manage a caseload of clients, and use evidence based/client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions as part of the holistic approach. You will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team. You will be committed to the delivery of a high-quality service, working both independently and as part of a well-established, innovative team in meeting the needs of people who use the service and their carers.

In return you will have a fulfilling and varied role within a friendly and supportive team. You will receive active management support and opportunities for personal and professional development.

A successful candidate would be employed at Band 5 and, after completing a preceptorship and/or a period of supervised practice and demonstrating evidence of competence, would then be supported to move to a Band 6 role.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this 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

My job makes better lives by providing an accessible, non-stigmatizing, localized service that contributes to the continuing care and rehabilitation of people within the locality with established mental health illness.

Job Overview (Band 5) to be a core member of the multi-disciplinary team, participating in the provision of on-going assessments, care planning, treatment and support of people with serious and enduring mental health problems and people in crisis to promote health, independence and recovery.

Qualifications required Band 6 - Mentor Preparation or Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice Experience required Band 5 – 1 years’ experience working in mental health (can be pre-qualification)

Band 6 – 2 year’s post qualification experience of working in the community with people with severe and enduring mental health illness. Suitable for someone who is passionate about providing a high-quality holistic approach to the care and support provided to clients in the community who have been identified as in need of community nurse support to enable them to exercise choice over their own lives.

Key Responsibilities - Band 5

• To discharge professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act (1983) and revised subsequent act Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the NMC Professional Code of Conduct

• Be accountable and responsible for a defined caseload that reflects the priorities of the local population and carry responsibility for the assessment of care needs; under the supervision of the CPN Clinical Lead.

• To develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based programmes of care; set standards of care and liaise with other agencies, particularly in relation to people discharged under the Care Programme Approach.

• Participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment of individuals with mental health problems living in the community, by providing a community mental health nursing perspective and expertise

• Ensure that a risk assessment is completed for service users, especially if there is a history of, or a potential for risk.

• To adhere to professional confidentiality standards.

• To be aware of the potential for vulnerability to abuse amongst the service users/families, and use of the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and SABP Policies.

• Ensure that a carer’s assessment is offered to carers of service users.

• Utilise the full range of mental health nursing skills to participate in the assessment, care and support of service users.

• Use specialised knowledge, experience and skills in direct clinical work and act as a resource for the team and other agencies. This may include work in rehabilitation, social interventions, development of social networks and accessing other services/resources, mental health promotion, counselling and intercultural therapy, encouraging service user participation at all times.

• Participate in the provision of community mental health nursing advice and consultation to colleagues, community groups and organisations.

• To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

• Ensure detailed and appropriate records are maintained to demonstrate that contact with people who use services, and their carers’, is meaningful and effective.

Key Responsibilities - Band 6 (in addition to those responsibilities at Band 5)

• To lead the clinical management of a care package to individuals who use our services.

• To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person-centred healthcare to a designated group of people who use our services, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.

• To deliver individual and group therapy utilising CBT skills.

• To work as a member of the MDT in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in people who use our services health.

• To ensure provision of the necessary physical health care checks.

• To ensure provision of therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to clients to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

• To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

• To ensure prescribed physical observations are undertaken as follows: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height and act upon exceptions appropriately

• Participate in the education of pre and post registration nursing, social work, psychology, medical and occupational therapy students. • Supervise junior nurses and other non-qualified staff in the service/team.

• To lead the development, maintenance and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.

• To promote shared decision making with service user/relatives/carers, as appropriate, involvement in all aspects of their care.

• To ensure compliance by self and staff of the Trust’s Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions, Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, including taking all reasonable steps to manage and promote a healthy working and diverse working environment.

Person Specification


  • Qualified Mental Health Nurse
  • Degree / Diploma level

  • Successful completion of Mentorship course OR equivalent

Knowledge and skills

  • Ability to provide quality care
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills


  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Newly qualified applications OR Band 5 currently working within the Mental Health sectors.

  • Previous Community experience.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Suitable for newly qualified Nurse
  • Car driver essential.
  • Current UK Registration.
  • Previous community experience.

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