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Community Mental Health Nurse

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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The Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner/ dual registered nurse will work as a core member of the Care Homes Team to support the provision of good evidence based practice within both Residential and Nursing homes in the south east locality.

To play an important role within the care homes to proactively identify and work with people, including the services users, care home managers and care home staff, to provide coordination and navigation of care.

To work collaboratively with wider services-acting as a central point of contact to ensure appropriate support is made available and that the delivery of care is safe and effective.

To provide bespoke mental health education sessions to the homes. Demonstrate the ability to come up with new and innovative ways to improve how the team can best support the homes.

Main duties of the job

To support the care homes to effectively manage the care of complex individuals presenting with severe and enduring mental illness.

To undertake full holistic assessments of identified service users within the homes and to formulate care plans in line with risk and identified needs.

To assess risk, develop risk management plans, review and support staff in homes to manage risk.

To work in collaboration with the homes, service users and their families/carers, promoting the principles of wellness, choice and personalisation, which aim to value and empower the service user and their carers.

To be proactive in ensuring service users receive the range of interventions they need in line with their care plan, whether or not the post holder provides those interventions. This will include physical health monitoring.

To participate fully in caseload supervision and management, to ensure that care plans are matched to need and the professional within the team.

To work with relevant agencies, and to give advice to the home staff with regards to The NHS and Community Care Act, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Liberty protection safeguards, Data Protection Act, care quality commission, Adult & Child Protection Procedures.

To work in accordance with all relevant policies and procedures including care planning, risk assessment and safeguarding

To deliver evidence based interventions in accordance with those agreed for use within the service

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 Mental Health/Dual registered nurse to join a supportive and innovative team based at Rowner Health Centre.

Our compassionate, caring and friendly colleagues make up the team which includes our OT clinical lead, a registered general nurse, a mental health nurse, an associate practitioner and an admin support.

We all have a passion for learning, continuous improvement and excelling together through innovation, collaboration and development.

As a team player you will work collaboratively and independently with care home staff alongside multi-agency health and social care professionals to maintain high standards of care and achieve best outcomes for our patients.

We are looking for someone who is creative, highly motivated, shows initiative and is passionate and committed to ensuring high quality services.

The applicant would be working alongside all members of the team but would need to be an experienced community mental health nurse/ Dual registered nurse. It would be beneficial if the post holder has experience working in a community mental health setting as they would be working alongside the RMN in the team to deliver advice and support to the care homes regarding:

*Dementia Care.

*Management of challenging behaviour.

*The importance of therapeutic social activities.

*Knowledge regarding psychotropic medications.

*The mental capacity act and the new liberty protection safeguard.

You will be expected to complete holistic assessments for identified residents within the care homes. This is to identify any training requirements, whether there is a need to refer on for specialist advice or to act on any safeguarding or quality concerns appropriately.

As part of your role you will be expected to support in the delivery of various bespoke physical and mental health related teaching sessions to the care homes.

You will support the Care Home Team in providing clinical advice and case management for residents living in Nursing and Residential homes in order to prevent inappropriate referrals to outside services and unnecessary hospital admissions. The Care Homes Team work within a rapidly changing environment and flexibility is essential for this role

The post holder will be required work with a high degree of autonomy and professional accountability as part of the Care Homes Team and will act as a resource to other community and primary care teams. This post requires you to effectively communicate with care providers and the wider MDT, in identifying those residents at greatest risk of hospital admission and homes that require the most support. You will need to have a good Knowledge base of Safeguarding and the role CQC plays in the care Home setting.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Dual Registered Nurse / Mental Health Nurse
  • Recognised Mentorship qualification (applies to nurses) or preparedness to undertake this within agreed timeframe
  • 24 months post registration experience
Experience Essential
  • Competency in the use of specialist assessments required for the care of older people
  • Commitment to life long learning
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organise self and others to achieve tasks
  • Ability to motivate service users
  • Theoretical knowledge of MHA legislation
  • Awareness of local and national mental health developments
  • Assessment skills
  • Knowledge of safeguarding children and adults policy
  • Awareness of service and personal Risk Health and Safety requirements
  • Able to use a computer to meet the requirements of the role
  • Working knowledge and application of the recovery model in collaboration with service users.

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