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Community Mental Health Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
** Due to a genuine occupational need we are currently only able to accept female applicants for this role**


We have an opportunity for a mental health nurse to join the Adult Community Mental Health Teams at South Sefton Neighbourhood Centre. We are looking for someone with genuine enthusiasm for working in mental health, someone who is caring and who is motivated to provide high quality care with a recovery focused approach. The successful candidate will posses excellent communication skills and will work well in a team. Our nurses are supported with access to post-registration training and development, regular clinical supervision and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

** Due to a genuine occupational need we are currently only able to accept female applicants for this role**


Short listing planned for 20th March 2023

Interviews planned for 24th March 2023

Main duties of the job

The Community Mental Health Team caters for individuals who have severe and enduring mental health difficulties and is a busy and skilled multi-disciplinary group which actively promotes close partnership working within the wider community. If you feel you possess the values of Mersey Care NHS Trust we would welcome an application from you. Applicants should hold the professional qualification of a Registered Mental Health Nurse. The role will include providing high quality evidenced based care, formulating risk management plans, supervising risk assessments, providing expertise and advice, care co-ordination and directing unqualified staff. In addition we require a strong commitment to working with service users with complex needs, in order to assist them plan and take steps towards their recovery.You will have excellent interpersonal skills that will enable you to support service users and their families and challenge, motivate, influence and inspire your colleagues at all levels.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

1.To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under the supervision of the line manager.2. To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as laid down in the care plan.3. To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.4. To develop a risk management plan for service users, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.5. To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.6. To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.7. To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users that you have responsibility for with guidance from a supervisor.8. To communicate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the communication of any relevant information which has an impact on the service users care.9. To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.10. To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language.11. To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in the reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust.12. To have knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation. To support services users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented.13. To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.14. To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery Councils regulations are adhered to.15. To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. To supervise and monitor the entries made by unqualified staff.16. To under the guidance of a supervisor provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested e.g. for a service user Mental Health Act Tribunal or Managers Hearing.17. To contribute to teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills.18. To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive.19. To ensure that unqualified staff members get appropriate support following violent or other untoward incidents.
  • To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per Trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.21. To actively participate in service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.22. To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting.23. To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve the situation with supervision and guidance as appropriate.24. To assist in the assessment and supervision of nursing and other students.25. To assess and monitor the physical and mental health of service users, seeking advice and support from medical staff as appropriate.26. To actively participate in team meetings in order to positively influence team working and the development of research based practice.

  • Person Specification Registered Mental Health Nurse Essential
    • Registered Mental Nurse qualification essential.
    • Degree / Diploma
    • oEvidence of post registration study.
    EXPERIENCE: Essential
    • oExperience of working with a range of people with mental health problems
    • oA demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights
    • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
    VALUES: Essential
    • oContinuous Improvement
    • oAccountability
    • oRespectfulness
    • oEnthusiasm
    • oResponsive to service users
    • oEngaging leadership style
    • oStrong customer service belief
    • oTransparency and honesty
    • oDiscrete
    • oAble to communicate effectively.
    • oPossess good listening and negotiation skills
    • oAbility to work as a member of a team.
    • oBe able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base regarding: oEffective Care Co-ordination oCare Planning and evaluation oQuality and clinical audit. oHealth & Safety/Risk Management Mental Health Act
    • oDemonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
    • oDemonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision.
    • oAppreciate the process of standard setting and audit.

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