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Community Psychiatric Nurse

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year incl. 5% hight cost area supplement
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Nurse, Community mental health nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Calling band 6 Community Psychiatric Nurses!

Would you like to become a CPN at NW Community Mental Health Team for Older People, (Spelthorne Locatlity)?

Based at Unither House in Chertsey, the NW CMHT for Older People’s service offers assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for people over 65 who present with functional mental health illnesses; deterioration in cognition and/or dementia. We work closely with other services, such as social care and also with the voluntary sector, particularly the Alzheimer’s Society, to provide positive support for people using services and their carers, ensuring effective forward signposting where appropriate.

We are looking for a passionate nurse who will focus on providing support and high quality nursing care for clients and carers, targeting and prioritising people with severe mental health problems to join the NW Community Mental Health Team for Older People.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to demonstrate a high level of commitment, motivation and knowledge working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems and/or dementia. You will also need to demonstrate clinically effective care management skills and interventions in accordance with the Care Programme Approach.

You will manage a caseload of clients, and use evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions as part of the holistic approach. You will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team. You will be committed to the delivery of a high quality service, working both independently and as part of a well-established and innovative team in meeting the needs of clients and their carers.

In return you will have a fulfilling and varied role within a friendly and supportive team. You will receive active management support and opportunities for personal and professional development.

Applicants must have a driving licence suitable for use in the United Kingdom and access to a vehicle for work purposes

If you have the above qualities and are interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Sophie Makanbu, Clinical Lead – NW Older People's Community Mental Health Services (Spelthorne), on 07979777204 for further information.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Title: Community Psychiatric Nurse

Directorate: Older People's Mental Health Services

Service hours: 0900h – 1700h (The post holder will be expected to work flexibly in line with service needs)

Job Description:

My job makes better lives by ensuring that the Community Mental Health Service has efficient and appropriate clinical leadership and support to enable the service to have good outcomes for people who use it.

Suitable for someone who

Is looking for a busy, challenging and complex environment in which to develop and establish effective working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and supporting the implementation and delivery of high quality Single Point of Access for Mental Health Referrals. Flexibility in meeting the needs of the service is required, especially in view of supporting expanding and developing the service

Job Overview

The post holder will have excellent assessment skills and the ability to plan, implement and evaluate care in a multi-disciplinary team setting. You will be up to date with training and professional development, and have the necessary skills and qualifications, or be willing to attain them, to mentor students within the team.

The Post Holder will act as care co – coordinator, where appropriate to patients who require the skills of a Mental Health practitioner, and provide a holistic, clinical autonomous mental health service, to enable individuals to engage in the best standards of care available.

The Post Holder will work within a community team based within the North West Surrey sector working in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector to facilitate whole system approach to care delivery.

The delivery of care should encompass NSF standards and Government Policy guidelines. To assist in improving the quality of life, for older people with mental health problems, and enable them to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

The Post Holder will support Primary Care in management of people presenting with mental health problems by offering assessment, diagnosis and treatment options.

The Post Holder will liaise with Primary Care professionals, through regular informal and formal meetings.

Principal Duties

  • To deliver a high quality community mental health service to Older People with mental health problems, in a multi – professional framework.
  • To prescribe services that meet the user / carer needs, in conjunction with others.
  • To act as key worker / care co-ordinator for named individuals, within the Care Programme Approach process, including Single Assessment
  • The ability to work alone
  • To provide high standards of care, which are delivered in a professional manner.
  • To ensure that the care delivered is based on best practice, and is regularly reviewed.
  • To attend and ensure all referrals are passed through CMHT allocation meeting, and assessed for acceptance to the specialist team.
  • To ensure all records and reports are kept up-to-date, and up to the standard expected of this grade of nurse, in accordance with the Caldicott Report.
  • Keep an accurate, up-to-date diary and record of visits.
  • Be responsible for the continuous overall management of a defined caseload.
  • To receive and give clinical and management supervision / guidance
  • To supervise juniors / other staff in the delivery of care and treatment to individuals and groups
  • To support junior staff to manage caseloads effectively
  • To act as a positive role model for junior staff, assisting / guiding them in their duties
  • To provide information to the Line Manager, if any incidents that may affect the standing or running of the service
  • To develop close working relationships with voluntary / statutory services, in particular Social Services and members of the Primary Care Team, and participate in the system of integrated team working
  • To support care and nursing homes in caring for their residents, who have mental health problems
  • To educate and train junior staff / student nurses and other professionals around competencies of a Community Mental Health Nurse
  • To ensure the Post Holder has developed a personal learning plan through approval with their supervisor, thus maintaining high standard based on best practice.
  • To participate in the Duty Rota to manage new referrals

  • To provide a holistic, autonomous and clinical community nursing service by attending to referrals, and the ability to work alone.
  • To assess clients according to agreed care pathways, and with appropriate assessment tools.
  • To refer to other appropriate services, according to assessment of need
  • To participate in the Team’s Duty Rota
  • To treat clients with short term interventions, where assessment has indicated this
  • Ensure audit and evaluation take place as expected and required
  • Attend relevant clinical / business meetings
  • To act as support and specialist advisor to the GP, and primary care colleagues
  • Provide supervision and appraisal for junior staff
  • Carry out agreed nursing procedures and clinical treatments in accordance with agreed procedures
  • To use the Trust Clinical record system and other IT systems as appropriate
  • To attend and prepare reports, for MDT meetings
  • To ensure the safe storage and recording of medicines within the clinical area
  • To administer intra muscular injections, as prescribed according to Trust and National guidelines and policies
  • To ensure the safe delivery if oral medications to clients, in the domestic environment according to Trust guidelines and policies

  • To act as mentor for junior colleagues from other clinical areas, wishing to gain experience in the CMHT

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN/BSC Hons or Diploma in mental health nursing,
  • 2 years post qualification experience
  • Further training or experience to post graduate diploma level or 5 years equivalent experience
  • ENB 811, 812 or equivalent Community Nursing course
  • Membership of a professional body (NMC) registration
  • - Knowledge of SystmOne (clinical computer system)
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Ability to provide quality care
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
Experience Essential
  • Experience in older peoples community mental health nursing
  • Experience in care coordination and caseload management
  • Basic IT Skills including the ability to use a computer
  • Must be able to drive for work purposes
  • Experience of working in primary care

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