Senior Community Mental Health Nurse/Community Psychiatric Nurse

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
Dover / Shepway
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting new opportunity within South Kent Coast CMHTs as we look to develop a brand new Senior Mental Health Nurse position providing guidance and support to the team at a senior nurse level.You will have continuous responsibility as lead Health Care Professional for a defined caseload of no more than 40 patients. You will liaise between stakeholders to ensure clear communication and seamless care pathways, thus enabling access to the appropriate level of care and intervention.You will provide senior clinical leadership within the locality and work collaboratively with our Operational Managers and Specialist Community Nurses to provide advice on all nursing issues with an expectation to provide specialist mental health advice and education to colleagues.

Main duties of the job

Risk assessment and risk management is an essential aspect of this role and in addition to the expectation to participate in providing quality first line psychosocial assessments, the role also requires working proactively in forging professional working relationships with multi-agencies.You will facilitate clinical sessions offering short-term interventions based on psychological therapies and offer professional advice to patients and their carer's, other professionals, statutory and voluntary agencies. You will facilitate the transfer of patients between both primary and secondary care and between specialist teams within the Trust.You will either work as lead Health Care Professional to those on both standard and enhanced CPA.The post holder will work with the Clinical Nurse Specialists on the setting, monitoring and maintaining standards of care and will advise the Operational Managers and Locality Manager on issues which endanger standards of practice within their specific area of practice.You will assist the service in facilitating and developing care pathways within CMHTs.If this sounds like your next role to further expand your clinical expertise then we would like to hear from you.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

Act as a role model for colleagues and others in relation to professional and personal conduct and practice.

Ensure implementation of agreed standards of nursing care.

Ensure each Service User/patient has a defined individual care programme to meet their needs.

Ensure all policies and procedures relevant to the role are implemented and complied with.

Ensure that regard is given to dignity, choice, self-esteem and well-being of service users and carers.

Use nursing interventions in a variety of settings to engage with Service Users and using community resources where possible.

Ensure that agenda for social inclusion is reflected in interventions offered and implemented.

Discharge professional responsibilities under Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Trust Child Protection and Safeguarding Adults procedures, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other relevant legislation.

Use the Trusts IT system as and when appropriate.

Collate evidence of own CPD and ensure junior staff do likewise through the supervision process.

Feed into the supervision process when necessary to highlight areas of poor practice and support staff to improve areas of concerns.

Continue to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and ensure the Guidelines on accountability, confidentiality and administration of medication and other Guidelines that may apply from time to time are adhered to.

Responsible for a defined caseload within the Team. Using specialist Mental Health knowledge and skills, carry out individual nursing assessment, plan and formulate and evaluate packages of care.

Undertake the task of lead HCP, organise CPA review meetings, discharge planning meetings involving Service Users and their carers and other professionals/agencies, attend inpatient reviews and act as Service User advocate if necessary.

Facilitate the development and use of care pathways by the multi-disciplinary team.

Treat clients with both short term and long term conditions where assessment has indicated this. Assess and treat Service Users with complex, severe and enduring mental health conditions who may be on a community section of the Mental Health Act.

Facilitate the transfer of client from Primary Care to Secondary Care Mental Health Services as appropriate and discharge Service Users from caseload to appropriate agencies when nursing interventions are complete.

Act as a support and specialist adviser to the Band 6 and Band 5 Nurses in the team and also to GPs and Primary Care colleagues.

To be part of the Senior Team within the Locality and attend relevant regular meetings as scheduled.

Carry out agreed nursing procedures and clinical treatments in accordance with agreed policies.

To attend Tribunals and other Multi-Disciplinary Meetings and prepare reports.

To supervise and participate in the safe carriage, storage and delivery of medication to clients both in the clinical area and domestic environment, according to Trust and National Guidelines and policies, ensuring that ordering and delivery of clinical equipment meets policy requirements.

To act as mentor or delegate appropriate mentor for nurses from other clinical areas wishing to gain experience in the team as well as acting as a role model to staff within the team.

To refer as appropriate carers in need of a carers assessment in accordance with the Care Act.

Please see job description for full details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Must be a registered Mental Health Nursing qualification
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience including 3 within a community setting
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with Personality Disorder
  • Working knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 and Care Act 2014
  • Care Programmed Approach
  • Risk Assessment

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