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Senior Mental Health Nurse

Solent NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Nurse, Community mental health nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for Mental Health Practitioners to join our responsive Community Crisis Team, whether you are a registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist -- we want to hear from you!

Working in Portsmouth offers a diverse inner-city client base where we provide intensive treatment and interventions to individuals who present with a range of mental health needs as a 24 hour service. We need you to travel across the city to visit our patients, either by bike or bus, car or train! We also have pool cars which can be used by people with full UK driving licences and if you want to use your own, you can claim mileage!

Our aim is to prevent hospital admission and to be the access point for urgent mental health care to adults across Portsmouth. We work alongside our neighbouring teams to ensure patients who are in crisis are offered practical alternatives to hospital admission by the right professional at the right time.

We're passionate about providing you with the opportunity to develop and have a wide range of therapies and treatments to train in to continue your learning. We want the best for you so you can deliver the best quality care to our patients.

Although this is a community based role, our offices are based at St Marys Community Health Campus in Milton. This offers you a space to meet and connect with your team, time to complete outstanding work and an affordable restaurant to give you the fuel to keep going all day long!

Main duties of the job
Assess patient/client, plan develop/implement/evaluate programmes of care and carry out nursing procedures to achieve best health outcome for patient/client/family/health needs as well as actively promote health and wellbeingEvaluate clinical outcome and report variance to clinical pathway, protocols, or best practice guidelinesContribute to effective discharge planning and/or referral process to health care provider and support agencies to meet identified health needsApply diagnostic reasoning and professional judgement to nursing practiceManage daily care of patient/client and when required manage care in the absence of senior colleaguesFoster inquiry and critical thinking amongst colleagues to advance nursing practice and patient/client care to ensure the provision of positive patient/client outcomes and person-centred careAccurately document assessments of patients/client's health status, diagnosis and response to nursing and other interventions and treatmentsEffectively manage clinical care and area through the implementation of clearly defined policies and proceduresEducate and provide information to patients/clients/family to improve knowledge of illness, self-management prevention of complications and promotion of recoveryRole model safe nursing practice and report poor practice when observedPractice in accordance with legal, ethical, culturally safe, and professional standards including the Code of practice
About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Identify when a child may be at risk & know how to refer to the local multi- agency safeguarding hub (MASH) when appropriate
  • Identify when a vulnerable adult may be at risk & know how to refer to the local authority adult safeguarding service

  • Provides and receives complex, sensitive information to patients/relatives and colleagues and with empathy, persuasion and reassurance and ensure information is clearly understood, where there may be barriers to understanding
  • Ensures effective collaboration and communication with multidisciplinary team, patients, carers, family and significant others, always seeking consent of the client in doing so and in co-ordinating care and fostering effective working relationships to achieve best health outcomes
  • Actively listens, drawing out information and checks understanding.
  • Empathises with others and considers their needs and feelings.
  • Expresses information effectively and accurately, both orally and in writing, adjusting language and style to recipients and considers their frame of reference.
  • Accurately records patient information, progress and current status ensuring changes in patient/clients' condition are shared with the multi-disciplinary team in a timely manner.
  • Ensures patient confidentiality is always maintained.
  • Promotes Solent NHS as a centre of excellence for nursing practice through effective communication both internally and externally.

Knowledge, Education and Training
  • Pro-actively participates in own performance development and review to identify learning needs and take necessary steps to reach personal/professional objectives.
  • Attends educational opportunities relevant to nursing role and scope of practice.
  • Provide day to day clinical supervision of junior colleagues and students including safeguarding supervision when appropriate.
  • Participates in peer review/feedback and actively contributes to the provision of an effective learning environment.
  • Actively participate in the induction of new staff in accordance with Trust policy and when required act as a 'buddy', mentor or preceptor and resource person within your team
  • Be personally accountable for actions and omissions in your practice and able to justify decisions taken.
  • Provide opportunities for junior colleagues to assess their work and to provide them with clear, sensitive, and appropriate feedback that will help them improve and develop.
  • Actively participates in student placements and staff training within
  • Maintains and develops own clinical expertise and knowledge in speciality evidence-based nursing practice and personal portfolio to demonstrate fitness to practice in line with expectations for revalidation.
  • Actively participate in clinical and management supervision.

Management and Leadership
  • The post holder to ensure they work within professional boundaries
  • Staff are managed and standards of work are maintained and trust policies for the management of staff performance are adhered too.
  • Appraisals of staff directly managed are undertaken and that the appraisal process is maintained throughout the team.
  • Provide leadership role model and demonstrate specialist knowledge and high standards of clinical practice
  • Manage staff sickness absence according to policies set out locally
  • Co-ordinate day to day management of the clinical area
  • Participate in recruitment of other healthcare professionals where appropriate
  • Staff receive appropriate health and safety, and other mandatory training as prescribed and relevant records are maintained
  • Appropriate risk and other assessment are completed and documented in a timely manner in accordance with trust policy

Quality and Service Improvement
  • Identifies situations of clinical risk and takes appropriate action to ensure a safe environment for patients/clients/families and staff.
  • Contributes to evidence-based nursing practice in speciality areas.
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements, risk management and resource utilisation participating in monitoring and evaluation activities including audit and research activities
  • Provides input into clinical standards/protocols and policies and undertakes clinical audits as required.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of clinical practice contributing to service improvement initiatives.
  • Participates in the implementation of nursing models of care appropriate to patient/client population needs.
  • Contributes to and participates in Solent NHS policy development providing own expertise where relevant and feedback on proposed polices based on relevant experience and expertise where applicable.
  • Participates in case review and debriefing activities as required.
  • Participates in group/unit discussions that review current practice.
  • Contributes to the development of programmes of care/care packages providing specialist advice where relevant.
  • Promote patient and public involvement in activities designed to inform service improvement
  • Actively participate in clinical audit and service improvement activity to improve patient care and patient outcomes (privacy, dignity, and duty of candour).
  • Fully adheres to the Solent NHS trust Integrated Clinical and Safeguarding Supervision policy along with Safeguarding Children and adult policies, and information sharing protocols to ensure the health and well-being of children and adults at risk.
  • Familiarity with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act and maintains MCA mandatory training.

Health and Safety, Security and Equality
  • Works in accordance with the relevant Health and Safety Trust policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Contribute to development of service.
  • Attends organisational mandatory training as required by the Trust and relevant to your role.
  • Actively participates in and enables others to carry out risk assessments within the working environment.
  • Ensures self and colleagues are trained and competent to use equipment safely.
  • Ensures incident reporting is expedited promptly and appropriate action plans completed.
  • Identifies potential health, safety and security issues and collaborates with others to promote and maintain an environment that supports infection prevention and control policies and procedures.
  • Supports and promotes a positive approach to diversity and equality of opportunity, to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage in service delivery and employment, and to manage, support or comply through the implementation of the Solent NHS Trust's Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Promotes a culture which respects and values diversity, and support patients, visitors, and staff in exercising their rights.
  • Ensures care within areas of practice and adheres to the 5 principles of the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice (2005).
  • Recognises and reports behaviour which undermines equality and diversity in accordance with organisational policies and current legislation.

Limits of Authority
  • May not dismiss or suspend staff under the disciplinary procedures.
  • May not take annual leave without prior agreement of the manager

General Requirements
  • Ensure they and where appropriate their staff:
    • Always adhere to trust policies and procedures,
    • comply with trust standing orders, standing financial instructions, policies, procedures, and guidelines,
    • follow any policies and procedures in relation to infection, prevention, and control
    • are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children, and vulnerable adults, and the specific responsibilities placed on individuals who care for such clients/patients
    • take all reasonable steps to manage and promote a safe and healthy working environment which is free from discrimination,
    • comply with the trust policy on confidentiality, and the Data Protection Act 2018 as amended, relating to information held manually or on computerised systems,
    • Always respect the confidentiality and privacy of clients and staff,
    • maintain a constant awareness of health, welfare and safety issues affecting colleagues, patients, visitors, and themselves, reporting any accidents or fault in line with trust policy,
    • fully participate in health and safety training,
    • participate in personal training, development, appraisal, and attend all relevant training courses as required.
    • comply with the professional body code of conduct
  • This job description seeks to outline the key duties and responsibilities of the post; it is not a definitive document and does not form part of the main statement of Terms and Conditions.
  • The post holder may, with their agreement, which should not reasonably be withheld, be required to undertake other duties as required, which fall within the grading of this post, to meet the needs of this new and developing service.
  • Individuals who are required to hold a professional registration to practice must continue to be a member of their professional body throughout the lifespan of this job description. Such individuals will be required to notify the Trust immediately if their professional body limits or changes the terms of their registration.
  • This job description will be reviewed yearly as part of the annual individual appraisal, to ensure that it reflects the responsibilities of the post. No changes will be made without full consultation with the post holder.

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