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Community Mental Health Nurse- Forensic Psychiatry

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge and Peterborough
£27,055 to £32,934 a year dependant on experience
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a registered mental health nurse who has a passion for working with service users with Forensic histories to work on a full-time permanent basis in the Community Forensic Psychiatry Service.

This post is also open to newly qualified nurses requiring a period of preceptorship.

This is a developmental post and will provide the opportunity for successful candidates to progress to Band 6 within this role upon completion of agreed competencies.

The Community Forensic Psychiatry Service consists of 2 multi-disciplinary teams based in Cambridge and Peterborough which between them cover the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.

The service works with adults with mental health disorders who present with a risk of significant harm to others, to achieve optimal management of risk, minimize re-offending and promote relapse prevention and recovery so enabling individuals to realise their full potential.

You will be joining an experienced team of professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, support workers, administrators) who all share a passion for delivering high quality care and treatment to service users with Forensic histories.

Main duties of the job

To provide nursing input to the 2 multi - disciplinary teams across the county (based in Peterborough and Cambridge).

To work closely with all members of the MDT teams, based in Peterborough and Cambridge.

You will act as a key professional in the assessments of individual care needs and will plan, implement and review care planning and risk management planning.

You will be able to communicate effectively with the wider MDT and raise concerns as required.

The service will run 7 days a week (8am till 8pm), excluding bank holidays, and will include shift work on a rotational basis.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot usepublic transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

To work within the Community Forensic Psychiatry Service to provide specialist assessment, care planning and interventions, with support from senior members of the MDT.

To take a lead role in the care planning process, take on care co ordination responsibilities and work within the Care Programme Approach ensuring that Service and Trust policies are adhered to.

To develop practice within the teams in the assessment of health and well being needs.

Working closely with the Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists and other members of the 2 multi disciplinary teams, act as a central link in the ongoing management of complex cases for the team.

To provide written reports in respect of Mental Health Tribunals as required.

Take part in the evaluation of the care of individuals at review meetings, case conferences, ward rounds etc.

To attend and contribute to team meetings, providing specialist professional advice and support to staff regarding the management of individual service users and their programmes of care.

To liaise with community statutory and non- statutory community and inpatient services.

If required, to complete preceptorship training, supported by the clinical nurse specialist.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • oRegistered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or other specialism relating to post such as Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD).
  • oNMC registration
  • oEvidence of continued training and professional development
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working as part of a multi disciplinary team.
  • oBasic experience of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs.
  • oExperience of developing service user and carer involvement
  • oExperience of working within Secure Environments.
  • oLived experience of mental health.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • oAbility to undertake assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans.
  • oEffective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office)
  • oAbility to work as part of a team, as a role model, empowering and motivating other team members
  • oAbility to build effective working relationships with staff across a wide range of professional and managerial groups.
  • oAbility to participate in full rotational shifts
  • oShows appropriate professional and personal boundaries
  • oAbility to use own initiative, to enable contribution to a multi-disciplinary team approach
  • oAbility to advocate for the service users and colleagues you are supporting
  • oAbility to keep calm and respond appropriately under pressure
  • oEffective time management and organisational skills
  • oAble to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
  • oAbility to demonstrate assertiveness skills
  • oAbility in decision making, delegation and problem solving skills.
Knowledge and Understanding Essential
  • oThorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (CPA).
  • oKnowledge of physical healthcare needs of service users in the community.
  • oCommitment to and understanding of evidence based practice.
  • oAwareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
  • oBasic understanding of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the Data Protection Act /GDPR
  • oKnowledge of NICE guidance relevant to practice area.
  • oUnderstanding of the concept of Relational Security.
  • oUnderstanding of PREVENT
  • oKnowledge of the role of the MOJ and other criminal justice agencies.
Physical Requirements Essential
  • oPhysically able to undertake a demanding role safely and complete associated mandatory training.
  • oTo be able to travel between locations as and when required.
  • oRoutine and regular use of IT equipment
Other Essential
  • oInterest in enhancing service user engagement
  • oAn interest and willingness to be involved in clinical research.

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