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Community Mental Health Nurse

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated newly qualified nurses who have a passion for older peoples' mental health and the services we provide. In exchange we will offer you:- a fantastic preceptorship programme, talent management and development and appraisal, and a progression route to a band 6 senior nurse post that will be subject to a portfolio which will be supported by a competency framework. You will be expected to receive your preceptorship programme within the Stockton/ Darlington team; and you will gain experience in our inpatient and crisis services which will be a part of your development programme and competency framework/portfolio before offered a band 6 post in one of these services in the MHSOP speciality.

This post is only open to those candidates who already have their NMC registration in place and have successfully completed the preceptorship programme. Please note: Newly qualified applicants or those due to qualify will be recruited via a different process.

Main duties of the job

  • Promotes and maintains safety, privacy and dignity of all patients in the delivery of patient centred care, recognising and respecting differences including spiritual and cultural beliefs
  • Takes steps to obtain patient consent to care and treatment
  • Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of patient harm, abuse or neglect
  • Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of patients are maintained at all.
  • Has responsibility for own caseload of patients and takes responsibility as lead professional or care co-ordinator as appropriate.
  • Assesses patients including those with complex needs and develops, implements and evaluates intervention plans.
  • Ensures intervention plans are based on current risk assessment and evidence based practice
  • Undertakes risk assessments in accordance with the Trust's Clinical Risk Assessment and Management Policy, devising and implementing actions and intervention plans.
  • May be required to accompany and provide support to patients within a variety of community settings, dependent on current risk assessment.
  • Supports individual patients and their families/carers in the community, liaising with other support services
  • Provides health education and advice on health promotion to patients and their carers.
  • Responsible for decision making and coordination in a crisis situation, where necessary seeking advice and guidance from other relevant professionals.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidates will be expected to act as lead professional/care co-ordinator for a caseload within MHSOP

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Additional contact details:

Faye Nesbitt ( Team Manager Stockton) 07717866807

Lawrence Jones ( Team Manager Darlington ) 01325 552015

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RNMH, current professional registration with NMC.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Trained clinical supervisor (within agreed timescale)
  • MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in AdultEducation or willingness to work towards. Qualification must be achieved within agreed timescale
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area
Experience Essential
  • Working with people with mental ill health.
  • Working in a person centred therapeutic organisation
  • Working in a community setting
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Working in partnership with other agencies
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Manage own time and prioritise effectively
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision (within agreed timescale).
  • Presentation skills
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidenced based knowledge of best practice in caring for patients in the designated field.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice.
  • Understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Awareness of psychological models of care and treatment.
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Able to work in accordance with the Staff Compact and Trust Values and Behaviours.
  • Compassionate in meeting the needs of vulnerable people and their families and carers
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Committed to continual quality and service improvement
  • Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.
  • This post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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