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Community Mental Health Nurse

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic Mental Health Nurses who have a strong sense of initiative and an excellent team working ability. Effective communication skills and self-governance are required. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of high level interventions & community assessment skills.

We are a community service for both older people with mental health needs, which are complicated by age related needs, and for people, of all ages, who have needs related to dementia. We also provide support and advice to professionals, care homes and carers.

Our service focuses on both functional and organic mental health disorders. We provide comprehensive multi-disciplinary services and work closely with local specialist mental health teams, tertiary service providers, primary care, local statutory and non-statutory agencies, service users & carers.

Our team comprises consultant psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, support workers, Admiral nurses and administrative staff.

Main duties of the job

  • Plan and provide flexible, client centred care for patients and their carers referred for assessment and support.
  • Take an active role in assessing individuals with Memory difficulties and functional illness.
  • Act as care co-ordinator for a designated caseload.
  • Provide supervision and support for junior staff and students
  • Ensure that patients referred to the service are supported before, during and following diagnosis.
  • Enable patients and their carers to access the care and support that they need.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of therapeutic groups and interventions for clients and carers.
  • To deliver an effective service it is essential that you are able to travel between bases in a timely manner.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Clinical

    To work effectively as a lead clinician in the Community Mental Health Team for Older People ensuring that patients referred for assessment experience a smooth pathway through the referral, diagnosis and treatment process.

    To contribute to the planning and implementation of interventions.

    To monitor clients progress, reporting on clients psychological, physical, behavioural and social needs.

    To adapt and evaluate interventions ensuring that they support the client and his/her carer to meet their needs, adjusting own approach accordingly.

    To act as Care co-ordinator to designated caseload

    To establish effective therapeutic relationships with clients and their carers, communicating in a way that respects their views, and autonomy and overcomes communication difficulties which may exist.

    To report effectively and routinely to the multidisciplinary team on issues relating to the Memory Assessment Service.

    To contribute to the effective communication between all parties involved in clients care.

    To take part in the team duty system.

    To participate in multidisciplinary meetings regarding clients care and progress.

    To maintain accurate and up to date written and electronic clinical records in accordance with professional and Trust standards and provide copies of correspondence to clients / carers consistent with local guidelines, and commensurate with their understanding

    Professional Ethics
    To adhere to and apply relevant Professional Code of Ethics and Conduct.

    To take into account the individuality of views, wishes and beliefs of service users, carers and families, respecting their diversity

    To demonstrate the ability to reflect upon ethical issues and to provide guidance to junior staff as appropriate

    Leadership, Supervision and Appraisal
    In line with Trust policy and guidelines, review and reflect on own practice and performance through regular participation in both management and clinical supervision and appraisal.

    To provide effective support, guidance and supervision for junior members of staff as delegated, and with support from senior members of staff.

    Training staff and students
    To participate in the induction, training and education of students and staff in this setting.

    To participate in the dissemination and sharing of information and skills regarding the work of the Community Mental Health Team with staff, students and volunteers.

    To act as a fieldwork educator / mentor for students as appropriate
    Service Development and Delivery
    To ensure that activities undertaken with clients comply with health and safety guidelines, ensuring the safe use of equipment and storage of materials.

    To work flexibly adjusting priorities according to the needs of the Service.

    To participate in activities concerned with the development and delivery of the CMHSOP/MAS.

    Professional Development
    To undertake relevant activities to meet training and development objectives as identified with supervisor through supervision and annual appraisal.

    To keep a record of training and evidence of own continuing professional development in a portfolio.

    To contribute to service and professional development of equality and diversity issues, ensuring any negative impacts are eliminated or minimised.

    Clinical Governance, quality and Standards
    To ensure that service is provided in accordance with the Trusts Standards, procedures and objectives for quality and governance, and that they are consistent with agreed best practice.

    To apply national guidelines / legislation relating to health and social care in mental health service.

    To identify organisational risks and highlight these to the appropriate manager.

    To comply with professional standards of practice

    To contribute to the development of local operational policies and guidelines which are required to support the work of the CMHSOP/MAS
    Line management, staff, budgets and departments
    To maintain when requested, materials and equipment advising Team Coordinator on resources necessary to carry out the job.

    To ensure that Trust policies and guidelines regarding confidentiality are adhered to at all times.

    To coordinate the day to day activities of junior staff where applicable.

    To responsibly secure cupboards, filing cabinets, offices and premises at the end of the day.
    Research and Development
    As part of a team, incorporate up-to-date techniques and ideas on best practice (especially person centred care for dementia).

    To participate in the CMHSOP/MAS audit and evaluation activities as agreed with the Senior Practitioner or Locality Manager.

    Please see job description for full details.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • 1-year experience in RMN
  • Experience within Older Adult services
Training and Registration Essential
  • NMC registered
  • Completed or willing to carry out Mentorship training

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