Community Mental Health Nurse - MHSOP

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a Community Mental Health Nurse to join our secondary care service.

You will be based at Colne House in Watford. However, you will work flexibly away from the base for most of the working time seeing people in the own homes, in care homes or in GP surgeries. The administrative aspect of the job can be done remotely from home, from other sites, or at Colne House.

Main duties of the job

As part of MHSOP you will be within the Community Team, and will have close links with our Crisis Function, Care Home Function, Early Memory Diagnosis and Support Service and Therapies - along with all the disciplines that work across and within them. You will however, develop working relationships and links with GPs and other professionals and organisations that work within your PCN so that the people you see get the right care at the right time.

As a team we regularly hold teaching and reflective sessions, and look to embed an open culture of learning through our governance. You will have regular supervision, and an appraisal that looks to support your development, helping you to think about what you would like to do after the fixed term ends.

If you are passionate about caring for older people in the community we are the right team for you. Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary:The post holder is required to take responsibility for the assessment of care needs,the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and thesetting of standards of care and management of a defined caseload, including liaisonwith other agencies and, where appropriate, the supervision, development andteaching of staff and/or students. The post holder will act as care co-ordinator to acase load of service users, ensuring the care plan is met at all times. To work as amember of the multi-disciplinary team.As a staff member you are representatives of Hertfordshire Partnership NHSFoundation Trust (HPFT) and play a vital role in fostering positive relationships andcommunication between the Mental Health Trust and not only the service users andtheir carers and relatives, but also other agencies, charities and providers.All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, EmployeeCharter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

Job Responsibilities:The post holder will: Be responsible for the full assessment of care needs and risk assessment ofservice users presenting with a wide variety of clinical conditions. Following thisthe post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation andevaluation of programmes of care, without direct supervision (though clinicalsupervision is implemented as per policy to support you). To be named care coordinator, and act accordingly when applying care. To manage one self in a professional manner, responding to requests, enquiriesetc in a timely fashion. To respond to any crisis that a service user may advise of, with the aim ofpromoting independent living in the community Work with the philosophy to support service users to remain in their own home. Administer and/ or supervise medications as required. To have a soundknowledge of medications and their desired and undesired effects, Be required to provide education, advise and guidance to service users and theircarers and families. Provide a range of clinical interventions and treatments appropriate to theindividuals needs. Participate fully in providing quality care in line with local and national guidelines. Act as a role model in providing a service for people with mental health problems. Participate in audit/research projects associated with the service. Be required to challenge practice that compromises or challenges high qualitycare to older people To advise Team Manager of any resource short falls. To partake in continuing professional development that will also benefit thedevelopment and quality of the service. Remain updated with local and national guidelines and policies. Partake in home visits with other professionals such as Consultant Psychiatrist,Specialty Doctors, Social Workers etc Partake in clinical and management supervisionWorking Relationships and Communication Requirements of the JobWorking relationships As the post holder will be working within the community most of the time, they willbe need to be establishing and maintaining positive relationships with people,agencies, charities and other providers whom also provide services to OlderPeople in that community area. These relationships are vital and team membersshould bear in mind that they will be representing HPFT Close working relationships should be developed with other parts of HPFTnotably Crisis teams, Intensive Outreach Team and SMHTOPs; as well asHertfordshire County Councils Health and Community Services.Communication requirementsThe post holder will Have good level of competency to receive and give clinical informationverbally and in writing from/ to those receiving care, their families/carersand professional colleagues. Demonstrate a good level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness andempathy in all communications. Ensure adherence to all aspects of patient confidentiality, documentationand record keeping according to Trust and national guidelines. Will have the ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in complexsituations. Will have the ability to develop and maintain good working relationshipswith colleagues within the all agencies whom they encounter to thebenefit of the client and the service.Clinical ResponsibilityIn addition to Job Responsibilities above, the post holder will Carry out specialist mental health and social care assessments.Develop, implement, evaluate and document specialist care. This willinclude frequent requirement for intense concentration. Devise care plans that promote patients independent living in thecommunity Complete risk assessments that are clear, concise and detail plans tosafely manage any risks that are identified. Use a variety of clinical skills appropriate to the needs of the individual and the clinical setting in which they are seen. To provide ongoing interventions for people where assessment indicates this to be relevant to their needs. Where indicated by assessment to discharge with appropriate care provisions and follow-up, with future review dates booked as appropriate. Demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and documentation with adherence to Trust policies Work with colleagues to develop and promote the services philosophy, framework of care delivery and strategic objectives. Contribute to Mental Health strategy discussions/steering groups when requested by senior management. Work with colleagues to develop and demonstrate clinical expertise and good standards of mental health practice. Deliver care that is person centred reflecting current best practice, and challenges practice that may be detrimental to older people receiving high quality care. Demonstrate a working understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing mental health care. In particular having a good knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983) and its use in non-mental health areas. Complete PREP as defined by NMC.Leadership and Staff Management ResponsibilityThe post holder will: Plan and organise their diaries, prioritise duties, and coordinate the care of the service users for whom they are allocated. Give due regard to the health and safety, well-being and interests of those who come in to contact with the team professionally.Financial responsibility Report any activity that may be fraudulent Be responsible for the completion of own extra duty and expenses claims.Service Development and Improvement Ensure that all policies applicable to SMHTOP are implemented To comment upon and propose changes to working practices and procedures relevant to SMHTOP, and where requested by the Team Manager, implement changes. To propose ideas for, and if accepted, complete audits relevant to the improvement of the teams clinical practice.

Person Specification Knowledge/Training/Experience Essential
  • Degree, diploma or equivelent in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing).
  • Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Mentorship Preparation Course.
  • Two years post registration experience, with at least one year post registration experience in Adult Mental Health Care.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act, Care Programme Approach etc)
  • Sound knowledge of dementia, mental health in older people, and how CMHT interacts with nursing/residential homes
  • Pre or Post registration training/ short courses in mental health
  • Community and InPatient nursing experience
  • AMHP qualification
  • Supervision skills
  • Formal courses in dementia care
Communication Skills Essential
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent documentation of duties performed.
Physical Skills Essential
  • Computer literacy skills in order to enter data onto electronic client records.
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • Ability to work in a number of locations (eg. office, ward, nursin home, own home etc)
Analytical Skills Essential
  • Good range of problem solving skills.
  • Good range of information gathering skills.
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
  • Experience in working with service users who present with frailty
  • Maintaining a positive, non - judgemental attitude and therapeutic optimism towards working with people with personality disorder.
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Frailty champion

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