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Lead Forensic Community Psychiatric Nurse

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Forensic Community Mental Health Team (FCMHT) in Derbyshire is expanding and now looking for an experienced, dynamic, and innovative lead nurse.

Come join our supportive team of psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, nurses, and enablement workers in delivering care that makes a difference to people's lives in the community.

The successful candidate will work alongside and liaise with other partner agencies such as police, probation, CMHT and inpatient units.

Feedback from multi-agencies working with the FCMHT have been positive, examples are:

From Probation, I have worked with the new Forensic Mental Health Service since June 2019. I cannot fault the service they have provided to date. Communication has been excellent which has helped to build a positive working relationship, and the staff have been responsive to both the needs of the client and to myself as a practitioner.

From MOSOVO, Doing joint visits together coupled with regular discussions has helped to put joint Risk Management Plans together and identify those risk management decisions that have been needed especially for our more complex cases. Working together means we can each provide a robust risk overview, from both clinical and criminal perspectives. Your insight with this has been invaluable

Main duties of the job

The role requires expertise in the engagement of and working with people across all adult vulnerabilities facing complex mental health challenges, within the context of the Criminal Justice System or with forensic background.

Service user presentations are varied and include a trauma background, substance misuse issues, learning or developmental difficulties, self-harm, or other behaviours that challenge.

The FCMHT helps reduce reoffending and increases ability to cope with mental health difficulties in those persons who are moving into the community from secure services.

The individual may or may not be subject to MHA or Criminal Justice sanctions.

The multi-disciplinary team delivers a range of risk and mental health assessments and provides support and psychiatric, psychological, and psychosocial interventions to enable the individual to stay safe, manage their mental health and therefore offending.

The post holder will have experience of delivering complex nursing assessments, interventions and supervising others, including mentoring students.

The ability to draw on a wealth of expertise and experience to deliver individually tailored nursing intervention and risk assessment according to need is paramount.

The post holder must have significant experience of working within a nursing role; as well as being keen to further develop service delivery in innovative ways.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for someone to help shape and develop nursing services in the community.

If you aspire to offer clinical excellence; have the experience and skills to develop nursing services and are looking to take the next step in your leadership journey within a supportive and cohesive service, then we would love to hear from you.

Please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion. As an employee of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust you will be required to adhere to the Trusts overriding value of putting patients at the heart of everything we do.

The post holder will demonstrate the FCMHT ethos in recovery and psychosocial interventions which is important to our patients as evidenced in their feedback:
  • Cycling is good for exercising and building therapeutic relationships with everyone I go with.
  • You reap what you sow at the allotment group, its good to see different plants grow and take home fruit and veg.
  • I liked abseiling, but I was scared at first. Theres an element of trust in others to hold the rope and make sure you werent going to harm yourself or anyone else. I took a lot out of it.
  • Exercise on the walking group is good because you get to meet different staff and patients. Its good to get fresh air and go to different places.

  • Person Specification Experience Essential
    • Registered Mental Health Nurse
    • ENB 998/Mentoring in Practice
    • Experience of working with people who have severe and enduring needs
    • Community Mental health experience
    Knowledge and skills Essential
    • Understanding team dynamics and promoting a positive working culture to support team cohesion.
    • Ability to build effective working relationships internally and externally to the organisation
    • High level understanding of Mental Health disorders and treatment models
    • Extensive knowledge of the principles of Safety planning
    • Knowledge of Mental Health Act (1983), MCA (2005) including Sections / Treatment Orders relating to Forensic client group
    • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
    • Working knowledge of the principles of CPA (Care Programme Approach) where appropriate
    • Knowledge of external agencies related to forensic client group eg, Probation Service, CJLT, Prison

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