Nurse - Development Role

West London NHS Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Thank you for being so interested in these exciting opportunities at West London NHS Trust, tri-borough service, Hounslow, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham. This is a Specialist Older Adult Mental Health Service (SOAMHS). We are part of Older People's Mental Health Services (OPMHS).

We are passionate, committed, and motivated with the care we provide and would encourage to hear from you to work with us.

We seek individuals passionate about working with over 70's residing in our socioeconomically and culturally diverse population. Our service has opportunities for career development in our supportive specialist multi-disciplinary teams.

We welcome experienced Band 6 nurses. We also encourage Band 5, who have completed their preceptorship and are eager for developmental opportunities, to apply.

Main duties of the job

We are recruiting four nurses for the borough for Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow. We want to hear from you if you are dedicated to forward-thinking with clinical skills and experience in working therapeutically with older people with mental health difficulties and physical healthcare issues.

This post is ideal for experienced B5 who wants to progress to a senior position or less experienced B5 who can be considered for a Developmental B5 to B6 Post.

The Developmental Post means that they will be employed as B5 and will be promoted to a B6 post after all competencies are met, ideally within 6-12 months.

We ensure as an employer that the required support for the competencies will be on hand. You will be supported throughout your clinical journey by senior clinicians within the multidisciplinary teams.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be based in one of the community teams in Hammersmith and Fulham or Ealing and they will be undertaking home visits, meetings at the team base and other community sites.

The post holder will work under the supervision of a B7 Senior Practitioner. The post holder will carry a defined caseload of patients. They will utilise their clinical knowledge and skills in the assessment and care of Older Adults with functional mental health problems in the community. They will work within a multi-disciplinary team to undertake the facilitation of groups and individual therapeutic activities.

The post holder will be responsible for the supervision of junior staff and students as well as contributing to departmental and Trust improvement projects.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in mental health - Mental Health Nursing (RMN) with current NMC registration
  • Educated to degree or Diploma level with other courses relevant to primary care mental health services e.g. CBT, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy etc.
  • Evidence of recent and on-going relevant further professional development
Experience Essential
  • Working with people with mental health and physical health problems Working within a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines
  • Experience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting
  • Experience of working in a primary care setting/ social care/ voluntary sector
  • Lived experience of mental health issues/caring for Older person with mental Health difficulties
  • Audit and research experience
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of counselling skills/cognitive behavioural skills, psychosocial interventions
  • Knowledge of recovery approaches as used with those with mental health conditions
  • Interpret research and apply to practice
  • knowledge of mental health conditions in relation to Older people as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Current developments in nursing
  • Dementia awareness
  • Knowledge of long term physical health conditions
Skills Essential
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed patients, who may exhibit challenging behaviours .
  • Ability to assess health needs in an initial assessment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback
  • Self -motivated, able to work autonomously and independently with confidence when required
  • Ability to prioritize/cope with pressure.
Other Requirements Essential
  • Motivated to providing the highest standards of care in a changing service
  • Exercise initiative, flexibility and tact and self awareness
  • Willing to use peer and group supervision creatively
  • Be aware of the limitations in your competencies and seek appropriate senior advice and leadership.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities

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