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B6 Community Mental Health Nurse - Two vacancies

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year incl. HCAS Fringe
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a motivated, committed crisis response and home treatment practitioners for the East Surrey Home Treatment Service.

The post is for full time however part time options are also available.

This opportunity is open to registered mental health nurses, occupational therapists or social workers.

The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner who can also work effectively as team player. You will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills and be able to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. You will be committed to the delivery of a high-quality service, working both independently and as part of a well-established, innovative and crisis response and home treatment team in meeting the needs of service users and their carers.

Qualified clinicians in our Home Treatment Teams are currently benefiting from a local retention premium of between £2,400 and £2,800 per annum (based on whole time), dependent on payscale point.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role.

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Main duties of the job

Post holders will work within one of three hubs located in Redhill providing a single point of access for all emergency, urgent and routine referrals. As a Band 6 you will be working alongside both junior and senior practitioners. You will take a lead in coordinating shifts, delegating to other team members as well as liaising with other key stakeholders. You will be required to urgently respond to request for assessment and treatment of people experiencing a mental health crisis. You will work autonomously as well as an effective team member.

This is an integrated role in order to support the triage and/or rapid response as well as the Home Treatment elements of the service and the post holder will be responsible for creating an environment which is safe, supportive and an easily accessible with a no wrong door approach.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities ( please refer to attached JD for more information)

Embody the visions and values of Surrey & Borders Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

Adhere to the code of practice/conduct of your registering body at all times

Discharge professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act (1983) and revised subsequent act Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Professional Code of Conduct

Be accountable and responsible for own practice.

Develop, implement and evaluate evidence based programmes of care; set standards of care and liaise with other agencies, particularly in relation to people discharged under the Care Programme Approach.

Participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment of individuals with mental health problems or vulnerabilities living in the community, by providing a community mental health perspective and expertise.

Ensure that a risk assessment is completed for service users, especially if there is a history of, or a potential for risk.

Adhere to professional confidentiality standards

Be aware of the potential for vulnerability to abuse amongst the people who use this service, and use of the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and SABP Policies.

Ensure that a carers assessment is offered to carers of people who use services, in line with Standard 6 of the National Service Framework.

Help develop and maintain effective joint working arrangements with colleagues in the community mental health services, residential services, primary health care, social services and voluntary services, thus facilitating the co-ordination and comprehensiveness of provision.

Utilise the full range of mental health skills to participate in the assessment, care and support of people who use this service.

Use specialised knowledge, experience and skills in direct clinical work and act as a resource for the team and other agencies. This may include work in rehabilitation, social interventions, development of social networks and accessing other services/resources, mental health promotion, counselling and intercultural therapy, encouraging service user participation at all times.

Participate in the provision of community mental health advice and consultation to colleagues, community groups and organisations.

Promote the recovery model to the people who use the service and their carers.

Act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

Ensure detailed and appropriate records are maintained to demonstrate that contact with people who use services, and their carers, is meaningful and effective.

Utilise a range of specialist skills appropriate to the needs of individual patients and the clinical setting in which they are required to be seen and work autonomously.

Co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person-centered healthcare to a designated group of people who use our services, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.

Be responsible for the full assessment of the psychiatric/psychosocial needs of those patients who have been referred to the service; including the comprehensive assessment of risks to self and others.

Be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of robust discharge plans based on a clear assessment and formulation of the persons needs; which may include urgent referral to secondary mental health services, social and voluntary services.

Work as a member of the MDT in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in people who use our services.

Ensure provision of therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to clients to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

Create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff, with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

Act as role model in providing a service for people with mental health problems within the general hospital setting.

  • Accurately record all contacts with people who use services in case notes in line with SABP record keeping policy.
  • Ensure effective communication with people who use services, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others.
  • Ensure that all communication takes place in a manner that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Develop measures to improve communications where barriers exist.
  • Ensure that consent to intervention or assessment is sought in a manner that is meaningful to people who use our services.
  • Communicate with people in a manner that is consistent with their level of understanding, culture and background.
  • Communicate assessment and discharge planning information to the referrer, G.P and other relevant professionals in accordance with service expectations and policy

  • Lead the development, maintenance and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.
  • Identify, implement and evaluate, with others, areas for potential service improvement and to agree further action
  • Develop, with others, measures for service standards, including benchmarking, and to identify areas for potential service improvement.
  • Contribute to the maintenance, monitoring and implementation of service standards and policies.
  • Promote shared decision making with service user/relatives/carers, as appropriate, involvement in all aspects of their care.
  • Contribute and make suggestions to the improvement of services.
  • Identify issues of concern at work and alerting appropriate personnel
  • Present a positive image of the team, service and trust.
  • Work effectively in own team and as part of the whole organization...
  • Ensure the availability of clinical supervision and preceptorship
  • Ensure structures are in place for effective appraisal, personal development and performance management and audit these regularly
  • Assess and plan care in a manner that is consistent with the Evidence based practice, policies and procedures and the management of risk

Risk Assessment
  • Understand the range of risks potentially faced by people who use services
  • Undertake risk assessments and management strategies in line with trust and local policies, and ensure the delivery of care within same.
  • Recognise potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly to resolve the situation, seeking assistance if required.
  • Be aware of the potential for vulnerability to abuse amongst the service users/families, and use of the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and SABP Policies
  • Take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, people who use services, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety, security and risk.
  • Identify and address health education issues that cause risks relevant to service user group.
  • Ensure the safe custody of all patients in accordance with their

Professional/Personal Development

  • Utilise in clinical supervision, and appraisal in enhancing performance development.
  • Identify ones own development needs and set personal development objective in collaboration with the appraiser.
  • Adhere to the Nursing and Midwifery council code of professional conduct for nurses.
  • Ensure attendance at all SABP essential training.
  • Demonstrate the achievement of competencies through the collection of evidence within a personal portfolio.
  • Participate in the orientation and induction of all new staff.
  • Contribute to the experience of learners and to ensure delivery of mentorship requirements meeting NMC standards for nursing students.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualifications required
  • A professional mental health qualification e.g. RMN,OT, Social Work Degree or equivalent Clinical Supervision qualification
Experience Essential
  • Experience required
  • Band 6 2 years post qualification experience
  • Willingness to complete Mentorship course
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • 2 years experience as a Band 5

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Gatton Place

St. Matthews Road



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