Community Mental Health Nurse

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Assertive Outreach West is seeking a registered Mental Health Nurse to join our well established team in meeting the needs of our service users. If you are an RMN with experience working with people suffering with mental ill health whether this be inpatient or community based we would love to hear from you.

You will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary team made up of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Support Time Recovery Workers, Occupational Therapists.

This post has become available at a very exciting time following the Rehab review. There has been significant investment available to review and expand the Assertive Outreach Team covering pan Dorset.

The Assertive outreach Weymouth team covers pan Dorset County, with the exception of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as you will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes

Main duties of the job

The primary role responsibility is being a dedicated Care Coordinator for a caseload of patients with whom you'll provide person centred targeted support to assist in aiding their holistic recovery. There are opportunities for you to advance you own clinical assessment skills whilst risk assessment will remain at the forefront of everything you do. Alongside this there will be duty working and assisting in the completion of regular clinics i.e. depot, Olanzapine and physical health. You should have recent experience of working in a mental health environment and will need to be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery in your work with service users.

It goes without saying that you are reliable, committed and motivated with excellent communication, organisational skills with the ability to prioritise. In return we are ready to offer you comprehensive structured management supervision, management you can approach any time and peer support which is second to none. In addition to this we are also happy to support you in advancing your own skill set using additional learning opportunities such and NMP, ACP and psychological therapies.

The post is for 37.5hrs covering Monday to Friday, 09:00hrs to 17:00hrs.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be personally accountable for:
  • Responsibility for the nursing assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for a defined caseload.
  • Promoting and participating in multi-disciplinary and agency assessment and treatment/care programmes.
  • Fully implementing and adhering to the Trust and Social Services policies on Integrated CPA and Risk Assessment.
  • To promote the needs of carers and support local Carer/User Groups.
  • Promoting the Trusts philosophy of treatment/care.
  • Ensuring the Trusts annual objectives, targets and standards are met, and complying with the agreed Assertive Outreach Team annual objectives and quality standards.
  • Ensuring that personal performance meets job requirements and standards at all times.
  • Supervision of any trainee nurse attached to the service, including acting as mentor as necessary.
  • Ensuring high standards record/case note recording.
  • Administration of medication, ensuring compliance with nursing responsibilities under the Medicines Act (1971), the local Care of Drugs policy and other relevant Trust clinical procedures.
  • Ensuring compliance with approved Trust clinical nursing policies/procedures and the Trusts Supervision policies.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Mental Health Act (1983) regulations / procedures and Code of Practice.
  • Complying with Admission and Discharge policies and associated procedures.
  • Maintaining and developing effective links and sound communication with the hospital, particularly in respect of aftercare of discharged patients.
  • Ensuring good communications with relatives and carers.
  • Promoting good relationships and working arrangements with other relevant staff of other professions and agencies to ensure the smooth running of services.
  • Liaising with outside agencies as necessary.
  • Assisting with induction and in-service training of staff.
  • Bringing any ideas for initiatives/motivations to improve services to the Team and assist in implementation where appropriate.
  • Ensuring familiarity with the fire and evacuation procedures and enact them as necessary.
  • Completing & inputting all required statistical returns promptly and efficiently, including Incident and Accident Forms.
  • Supervising and teaching staff as required.
  • Ensuring compliance with Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions and associated procedures.
  • To know and comply with responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974).
  • To provide cover as required for other colleagues.
  • Other duties as required by the Assertive Outreach Team Manager and/or the Service Manager-Community Mental Health Teams according to the needs of the service.
  • To work across community and in-patients settings as required to promote integrated & effective working.

Person Specification essential Essential
  • car driver
  • NMC Registered
  • Experienced RMN at band 5/6
  • A clear understanding of the function of a rehabilitation service and a demonstrable knowledge of therapeutic interventions used within the rehabilitation service
  • Experience of Ault Mental Health specialist working
  • Experience of developing programmes of care for an individual or groups of patient/clients and of providing highly specialist advise
Job specific Experiences Essential
  • Significant post registration demonstrable experience within mental health services, working with people with severe and enduring mental illness and complex needs . Knowledge of the legislative framework within which O.T's work . Able to demonstrate the ability to clarify the therapist role in the team. . A clear understanding of the function of a rehabilitation service and a demonstrable knowledge of therapeutic interventions used within the rehabilitation service . The ability to provide clinical / management supervision . Understanding of therapy outcome measures . Comprehensive knowledge and application of therapy assessments, including MOHO assessments and interventions relevant to the client group . Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team; recognising own limitations & when to ask for support and advice.
  • Experience a Practitioner level 5/6
  • . Experience of demonstrating duties to junior staff and delegating effectively
  • oExperience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
Managerial/Supervisory experience Essential
  • oExperience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
Information Technology / Resources Essential
  • oAbility to use IT systems to undertake Care Co-ordinator duties Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems

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