Senior Community Mental Health Nurse - Band 6

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata for part-time post
Closing date
12 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are excited to be able to offer three posts to the right candidates following career opportunities for the leaving practitioners.

Gloucester Recovery Team is a community mental health team made up of psychiatrists, community mental health nurses, senior (B4) and Band 3 support workers and occupational therapists; and have physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants sitting within the service. We provide assessment and treatment for patients with significant mental health needs in the Gloucester locality. We work closely with the Complex Psychological Therapies team and clinicians have access to training and opportunities to participate in facilitating emotional skills and Dialectical behavioural therapy group programmes. The service provides a Clozapine and depot clinic and we actively support access to onsite and at home physical health checks and smoking cessation for all our patients in order to mitigate and reduce the known inequalities in health outcomes for many in our client group.

If you are a registered mental health nurse or occupational therapist with relevant experience and passion for working with people with complex mental health difficulties and are looking for an opportunity to work with different professions in a supportive and friendly team with development opportunities we would like to hear from you!

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a senior member of the team working with service users under the Recovery Team who have a common and severe mental health need with complexity. The purpose of this role is to:
  • Provide assessment and implementation of evidence-based interventions for service users who are experiencing common, acute mental health and longer-term recovery needs
  • Optimise service users' ability to remain in the community and / or be cared for in the least restrictive environment in line with the principles or recovery, social inclusion and the 10 essential capabilities
  • To facilitate face to face assessments, participate in the provision of a comprehensive triage service,
  • Plan interventions, support and educate service users referred to the service with a range of psychiatric illnesses.
  • To maintain responsibility for a caseload of approximately 25-30 service users with severe and enduring mental illness.

The post holder will:
  • Understand mental health difficulties, how to assess and support patients in implementing collaborative treatment plans towards achieving personal recovery
  • Show compassion and care for others - both who we offer a service to and their carers/supporters and also colleagues, other agencies and
  • Have the ability to work autonomously and at times under pressure and also closely with other professions as part of multidisciplinary working
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills and ability to prioritise clinical tasks in order to meet competing demands

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Engage in complex health assessments as appropriate and plan relevant care in partnership with services users e.g. Specialist assessment of complex nursing needs
  • Utilising the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and in line with Trust policy, provide specialist care, education and advice to service users (including carers) who are suffering from common, severe and enduring mental health problem to promote recovery and social inclusion and in accordance with Trust policy act as care co-ordinator as and when required, including adults at risk and supervision procedures
  • Develop, implement and evaluate care plans in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals which reflect individual needs
  • Ensure that everyone involved in the care plan receives a copy and to ensure that all relevant details are recorded on trust IT systems
  • Liaise with and offer specialist assessment and advice to other agencies and professions. To participate in Multi-Agency meetings to offer advice and opinions to facilitate the ongoing treatment and care of clients and to ensure adherence to National Service Framework (NSF) guidelines
  • Actively support service users in the management of their medication within a concordance framework and relevant policies. For CPN role only: administer medication, including Intra-muscular injections depot medication as appropriate and monitor side effects. Delegate the checking and delivery of medication when appropriate.
  • Carry out Independent Prescribing as appropriate within the policy and related protocols if the post holder has the relevant training and qualifications, working with relevant members of the multi-disciplinary team

  • Maintain accurate written records and statistics to ensure that service user details and details of care given are recorded in notes and on the trust database(s) in line with trust policy
  • Prepare appropriate reports, including social circumstances reports for Mental Health Act Tribunals and Mental Health Managers review meetings as required by rule 6 (1) of the Mental Health Tribunal rules
  • Ensure the physical health needs of service users are met, including advice, support and health education to both the service user and carers
  • Provide and receive complex and sensitive information from service users, carers or other professionals and agencies, on a daily basis
  • Ensure that psychological intervention or treatment is offered to service users as outlined in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines
  • Work with and support other members of the multi-disciplinary team, using clinical judgements in the absence of key members of the team, including medical staff
  • Undertaking other duties appropriate to the post as requested by senior managers
  • Take responsibility for ordering and maintaining stocks of medication and clinical supplies, ensuring clinical waste is disposed of safely and in accordance with trust and national policies (if applicable)

Leadership / Management
  • Implementing risk assessments and management plans on a daily basis
  • Take responsibility on an occasional basis to deputise for the Team Manager to ensure ongoing management of the team and adherence to Human Resource procedures
  • To be involved in the recruitment of staff
  • Take responsibility for the provision of appraisal and supervision of other team members including induction of junior staff members and assessment of work based studies such as NVQ
  • Contribute and deliver in the planning and delivery of teaching sessions to members of the multi-disciplinary team and outside agencies including professions from primary care in order to implement mandatory training or to pass on specialist knowledge and skills. These sessions may be part of protected learning time
  • Contribute to service development and quality initiatives in line with local and national policies through the use of audit and policy development
  • Ensure sufficient time is allocated to provide and receive clinical and managerial supervision, to include work load management, focusing on improving quality of care and audit in line with the Government Modernisation Programme, through competent planning and organisational skills
  • Provide mentorship and preceptorship to junior nurses, nurses in training and other members of the multi-disciplinary team ensuring training objectives are met. For OT clinicians, regular practice educator responsibility in line with an expectation of supporting the development of the profession and future colleagues.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trusts view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • NMC/HPC registration to practice
  • Post graduate qualifications relevant to training
  • Formal teaching and assessing course
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience in mental health or related area
  • Extensive experience of first line assessments including the assessment of risk
  • Working knowledge of recovery approach and social inclusion
  • Experience of working within community setting
  • Experience of collaboration working with other agencies including the voluntary sector
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of appropriate legislation e.g. current Mental Health Act legislation, Child Protection legislation and other policy related to mental health
  • Up to date clinical knowledge including risk assessment, dual diagnosis and complex health and social care needs
  • Ability to work on social factors affecting mental distress e.g. accommodation, substance misuse, domestic violence, welfare rights
  • Experience of supervising staff
Skills Essential
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to work under pressure and to problem solve in complex and often chaotic situations
  • Be able to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member

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