Senior Mental Health Nurse

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year gross per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Crisis Response and Home Treatment Team are looking to recruit compassionate, dedicated and conscientious individuals whowantto make a positive difference toadults experiencing mental distress and mental health crisis.

This role is to work across the crisis support pathway based predominantly at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich. We can offer you the opportunity to rotate to the Mental Health Liaison Team based at our local acute hospital (NNUH) and hub working with our third sector partners that will be providing crisis support and housing. You will work within a multidisciplinary team providing care, treatment and assessment to patients both at base and in their own homes.

The CRHT team are very proactive and highly skilled at managing risk and supporting service users in South, North and Central Norfolk who present in crisis and persons needing intensive support to avoid hospital admission.

Main duties of the job

The team is the 'front-door' to acute services, they provide triage, assessment, intensive support and admission avoidance hand in hand with support of families and 3rd party providers. The staffing teams also works with service users already in hospital to ensure that they can be supported at home at the earliest opportunity to support their recovery.

There is an expectation thatyou will have the ability to clinically lead care delivery and will be proficient in clinical care including care/discharge planning, risk assessment, admission prevention, environmental health & safety, Mental Health Act work and physical health care.

We are looking for dynamic registered nurses / OT to who want to be involved in assessments and home treatment for people in crisis who are keen to be part of transformation and improvement in the area of crisis care. We want creativity, innovation and passion towards providing excellent patient care.

About us

Communication is key, we are working towards a model of co-production within CRHT and are in the midst of significant change and growth. We are therefore looking for someone who can communicate in a professional manner with a wide spectrum of people to achieve the best outcome for our service users and their families/supporters.

We are looking for someone who has exceptional people skills as this role requires you to make difficult decisions whilst having to maintain professional relationships.

If you want to make a difference in people's lives and change it for the better, we want you to be part of our fantastic team! We have a number of pathways for staff development and career progression.

Job description
Job responsibilities

In return for your individual skills and knowledge, we are fully committed to assisting you to meet your professional development needs and enabling you to provide high standards of care, in a supportive environment. Central CRHT is an early-adopter site for the NSFT Personality Disorder Pathway and specific training in this area will be offered to all existing and new staff. There are longer term training opportunities for the right candidate. Further details available on request.

Our location

Living in Norfolk allows you to combine a rewarding career with a high-quality lifestyle. Whether you prefer living in a cosmopolitan city, a small market town, a remote rural location or by the sea, Norfolk has it all. House prices are competitive, schools are good, and the crime rate is very low.

Please visit our website to hear from some of our current nurses on why they work here and on some of our services. You can also visit our Facebook page Facebook and Twitter page @NSFTjobs

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

* Previous applicants need not apply *

Person Specification
  • Nursing Degree, Dip OT, Clinical Psychology or equivalent
  • Higher degree or post grad certificate in area of clinical / therapeutic practice

  • Good to great management course, or equivalent

  • Demonstrate effective risk assesment and risk management experience
  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous experience

  • Satisfactory verbal and writen language skills
  • Competent assessment skills

  • Ability to time manage and reflect on clinical practice

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“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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